Alerts and Actions
Organic integrity can only be maintained through contant public pressure and involvement. Check back often as Beyond Pesticides works to keep the public informed on the lastest actions concerned citizens can take to protect the organic brand.
Take Action to Protect Organic Integrity!
Comments Due by March 19, 2012
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
will meet in Portland, OR this spring to decide on a range of issues regarding the future of
organic food and farming in the United States. The 15 member board
will vote to allow or prohibit substances and practices in certified
organic food and farming after considering input from any interested
members of the public, such as farmers, consumers, food processors, or
Public participation is vital to the
development of organic standards,
as farmers and consumers relay their ideas to the board for
consideration. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the
issues on our Keeping Organic Strong webpage, and provide a unique public comment to board for their
consideration by the deadline on March 19, 2013.
We urge citizens concerned about organic integrity to speak out and provide a public comment to USDA.
Please note that only the fields with an
asterisk are required for entry, for "Organization Name" feel free to
put "Private Citizen"
View our Keeping Organic Strong page for an overview of the issues, and then post your comment to the docket!
- For all other current and past opportunities for public involvement in the development of organic standards, see Beyond Pesticides' Keeping Organic Strong program page.
- Act Now! Organic Integrity is at Stake! An interim rule promulgated by NOP is permitting
the continued illegal use of these synthetic nutrients in organic foods,
which was allowed by a previous administration without the legally
required NOSB ruling
Remove Pro-Pesticide Provision in Farm Bill(4/9/08) Ask
your Senators and Representative to stand up for the protection of health
and the environment by joining with their colleagues in Congress by
calling conferees to stop a pro-pesticide provision in the Farm Bill.
the Today Show To Give Equal Time to Organics (12/05/06)
NBC's Today Show ran a piece recently that paints organic food as unsafe,
leaving the impression that conventional chemically grown food is better.
Ask the Today Show to get the facts right.
Organic: Sign Letter to Organic Industry. Despite massive
efforts by thousands (over 320,000!) of organic farmers, consumers,
industries, and activists, the OTA Amendment to the Organic Foods Production
Act passed in a closed-door, Leadership-only Agriculture-Appropriations
Conference Committee on Friday, October 28, 2005.
Standards Under Sneak Attack Today! Vote at 4:00 pm. (10/25/05)
Today Congress will consider an amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations
Bill sponsored by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) that would weaken
the organic food law.
and Keep the Pressure On! (9/20/05) Write Congress Before
It’s Too Late. Say NO to Dangerous Organic Rider on Senate Appropriations
- USDA's Agricultural
Marketing Service has extended, until June 25, 2004 the comment deadline
on its proposal to exempt 100 percent organic producers from commodity
promotion assessments. See "Agricultural Marketing Service"
Comments may be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com.
solicits comments on Bt engineered cotton; Public Comments Due 11/14/03 (November 2003)
Things OrganicTM Trade Show 2004. 310
booths already reserved (October 2003)
seeks NOSB staff director. Listed as Advisory Board Specialist (October
You Members and Friends: Organic Integrity Upheld (April 2003)
Bill Rider Weakens Organic Livestock Standards (February 2003)
Take Legal Action to Protect Integrity of the National Organic Standards (October 2002)
does the USDA Organic Seal mean for you? A National Organic Standards
Factsheeet (October 2002)
Announces New National Organic Standards (December 2000)