On February 29, 2012, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit report about the National Organic Program (NOP), focusing on oversight and monitoring activities of the National Organic Program and its certifying agents with respect to organic milk.
We're excited to meet the spring 2012 COG students! Join us March 14-April 4.
Around 300,000 organic farmers think that Monsanto, the biotech giant known for genetically modifying Mother Nature’s handwork for profit and pushing over the little guys all the while, is pretty seedy. Now a judge in New York is debating if Monsanto’s questionable methods will go before a jury.
The European Union and the United States announced that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region.
The National Organic Program published a final rule in the Federal Register today to amend the crops and processing portions of the National List. Effective March 15, 2012
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published a new web feature documenting how agribusiness giant Monsanto Company is failing to deliver on its promise to make the U.S. agriculture system more sustainable.
The National Organic Program (NOP) published draft guidance with request for comments. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic bulk commodities and specifies that handlers of bulk organic products—including grain, soybeans, hay, milk and livestock—must be certified or be covered under another operation’s organic certification.
Visit the revised handbook page, which provides the table of contents in a more user-friendly, PDF format with improved readability. Frequent users may wish to bookmark the link for fast access.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation set up in 1990 has published a report on “Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity”. The report clearly summarizes the benefits of organic agriculture and formulates the goal of changing the US government’s agricultural policy.
President Obama has appointed former Monsanto VP and lobbyist Michael Taylor to become senior advisor to the FDA's commissioner. This unthinkable linkage between food safety and corporate interests that have little regard for the public health must be stopped. This example of a "fox watching the henhouse" is inexcusable. President Obama must reverse this unimaginably dangerous policy and isolate the FDA from corporate influence.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals.
The National Organic Program is pleased to announce that Canada has recognized the USDA organic pasture regulations as equivalent to the Canadian organic stocking rates.
At its recent quarterly meeting and annual retreat, OTA’s Board of Directors agreed to move forward to Phase 2 of an initiative to facilitate an industry decision on a research and promotion order for organic. After reviewing the feasibility assessment prepared by a member-based steering committee, the Board looks forward to continuing this exploration with the entire organic industry.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded four grants totaling $50,640 to fund research for organic farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has posted a request for proposals for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year 2012, with a submission deadline of March 9.
NOP recently posted several new Training Modules to its website. Examples of new training modules include a label review and exercise, adverse action notices review and exercise, review of procedures for submitting questions to NOP, and NOP’s GMO policy. Additionally, NOP has added several new documents related to accreditation and certification procedures to the NOP Program Handbook.
Public comment on proposed rule changes for non-agricultural ingredients listed in, §205.605 and non-organic ingredients listed in §205.606 is now open. The National Organic Program is asking that comments be submitted for proposed changes to Yeast, Pectin, Colors, Potassium Iodide and Hops by February 13, 2012.
The Sunset 2012 and vitamins and minerals proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on Jan 12 and the comment period is now open. These rules were previewed online earlier this week and have been replaced with the Federal Register versions.
The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) meets February 2-4 at the Union Station Mariott for their annual conference, with a packed schedule of educational and thought-provoking events that are open to the public. “The most special thing about this year’s conference is Jeffrey Smith and his Seeds of Deception presentation which helps people understand that they do have a choice when it comes to the food they eat,” said MOA board chair Sue Baird. “It’s a great opportunity for people to hear the truth about their food sources.”
USDA is preparing to escalate, letting chemical/biotech companies force a new wave of genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant crops, mutants that can survive being sprayed with the infamous herbicide 2,4-D, an Agent Orange ingredient with documented, uncontested major health problems that include cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression.