Stop the Corporate Takeover of Organics! Comments Due April 10th!
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which advises the Secretary of Agriculture on organic policy and rulemaking, is considering several changes to the USDA’s organic standards that would water down organics, catering to corporate interests . We cannot allow corporate-backed members of the NOSB to chip away at the integrity of the label. The following proposals are highly objectionable. Please comment on them through www.regulations.gov (complete instructions below). Synthetic Additives The proposal would allow any synthetic additive that qualifies as a “nutrient” to be added freely to organics, even those that have never been tested for safety by the FDA. Currently, organic law requires all synthetic additives, including nutrients, to be individually petitioned, carefully reviewed and approved by the USDA before they can be added to organics. Message to the NOSB :...