Thank you for taking action to protect organic integrity.
A Framework to Keep in Mind When Commenting to the NOSB:
Additionally, it must be fully established that the use of the substance [7 USC 6517(c)(1)(A)]
Structuring your comments on synthetic substances around these points and referencing the specific stipulations in the law will help the members of the NOSB to understand your argument and will make your input more effective.
Beyond Pesticides encourages citizens to provide a detailed comment to the Board, with the understanding that considerate, well thought-out comments carry more weight than form letters or copy/pastes of our organization's summaries. You might notice that many comments on the regulations.gov website have an "X" marked through them. When this is done, regulators are essentially grouping your comment together as one comment. This unfair practice minimizes your voice. The best way to avoid the "X" is to start with a personal statement such as:
I am a mother of two young children. I buy organic because I want the best food for them....
I am a school teacher and I teach my students about the value of organic products....
Organic products are crucial to me because of my chemical sensitivities....
By personalizing your comments in this way, they are set apart as unqiue. We encourage you to also provide your unique take on the issue on which you are commenting. However, we understand the constraints of modern living, and encourage you to provide the best comments that your time contstraints allow. If hard pressed, you can copy the summary of Beyond Pesticides comments, or simply express your concern that organic integrity be protected. That being said, the more detailed comments the Board gets, the less likely it is that you will be "X"ed out, and the more likely it is that we can really Keep Organic Strong.
Note: If you plan on submitting comments to multiple subcommittees, please consider submitting a separate comment for each subcommittee, as this will make the process easier and ensure that your comments are more effective.
If you have additional questions on how to structure your comments, give Beyond Pesticides' a call at 202-543-5450 to speak with one of our staff members. You can also send us an email at [email protected].