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正宗的有机农民和前诺斯伯成员弗朗西斯·塞克出现在国家有机标准委员会(NOSB)之前公众评论网络研讨会4月22日星期四,分享有关国家有机标准的诚信的担忧。

他是代表1992年签署于1992年的40名前NOSB成员的讲话。Cornucopia Directors,Goldie Caughlan和Kevin Engelbert和我们的三个顾问博士Joan Dye Gussow博士博士Kirschenmann博士和Jennifer Taylor博士是向美国农业部秘书Vilsack发言的签名者之一。

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雷竞技官网网站下载Cornucopia Institute分享了信件所涉及的问题:水培生产不是有机的,牲畜的起源and有机牲畜和家禽实践最终规则是糟糕的需要,执行Pasture Rule很薄弱,而且有机粉末欺诈continues.

Read the letter below (PDF版本):

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

我们的签名人士都在全国有机标准委员会(NOSB)上。我们每个人都被美国农业秘书任命。我们在NOSB上的任期已经涵盖了1992年的NOSB存在的全部跨度,直到现在今天。

我们正在写作与您分享我们担心,多年来国家有机标准的诚信显着侵蚀。在某些情况下,标准已从OFPA的初衷中脱离,如封闭的家禽门廊替换室外接入的例子。在其他情况下,缺乏强大的现有标准的执行导致了涉及违反规则的有机运营商的欺诈案件和经济负担,而不是那些没有。我们认为有机标准的侵蚀违反了1990年的有机食品生产法,正在破坏消费者对有机食品的完整性的信心和真正有机农民在美国农业部国家有机计划的完整性方面的信心。

In the last eleven years, the National Organic Program has failed to successfully bring a number of key NOSB recommendations to rulemaking. This failure has led to real damage to trust in and the integrity of the organic program, as the NOP has failed to respond to serious challenges to the meaning of organic from industry. We urge you to take immediate action on the following NOSB recommendations;

  1. 容器和围栏中陆地植物的生产标准(温室),passed in 2010. This recommendation called for the prohibition of hydroponic production in the organic program: “systems of crop production that eliminate soil from the system, such as hydroponics or aeroponics, can not be considered as examples of acceptable organic farming practices. Hydroponics, the production of plants in nutrient rich solutions or moist inert material, or aeroponics, a variation in which plant roots are suspended in air and continually misted with nutrient solution, have their place in production agriculture, but certainly cannot be classified as certified organic growing methods due to their exclusion of the soil-plant ecology intrinsic to organic farming systems and USDA/NOP regulations governing them.” The NOP issued a statement that they “will develop a proposed rule based on the NOSB final recommendations” on September 30, 2010. This was followed with inaction until 2014, when they issued the statement saying that hydroponic production is now allowed in organic certification. This was followed by a resolution passed by the NOSB in 2016 reaffirming the 2010 NOSB recommendation.
  2. 美国农业部发布了一项拟议的规则,以关闭与“起源”相关的漏洞Livestock’ (80 FR 23455) in 2015。The proposed Rule would clarify that: “After completion of a one-time, 12-month transition period of an existing conventional dairy herd (or livestock to form new organic dairy operations), all new dairy animals milked on the organic dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation.” Unfortunately, the 2015 rule has never been finalized. Congress included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill requiring USDA to finalize the long-delayed rule by June 17, 2020. USDA missed that deadline. On October 21, 2020, the NOP announced plans to publish another Proposed Rule to address enforcement issues raised by USDA’s Office of General Counsel, instead of moving directly to a final rule as required by Congress. NOP has failed to provide a timeframe for issuing the new regulations that are fully enforceable.
  3. 国家有机计划(NOP)最终确定了一套全面的动物福利标准,称为有机牲畜和家禽实践(OLPP)规则2017年1月。The rule, originally set to take effect in March 2017, was written with broad input from the organic community, and is supported by the vast majority of organic farmers, businesses, consumers, and advocacy organizations. The rule was rejected by the Trump administration. The OLPP should be immediately reinstated in its final form.

此外,我们呼吁美国农业部采取立即采取行动,以执行那些已经不充分强制执行的标准。

  1. The Pasture Compliance Program。由于大型CAFO行动牧场规则的高度公开例子,美国农业部有机密封的公众信托正在摇摇欲坠。华盛顿邮政的2017年系列文章给这个问题带来了巨大的审查。这些大型生产者应该是规则的举例。
  2. Grain Fraud.Despite significant Congressional funding to stop fraud in imported grain certified as organic, there has been little regulatory action taken to alter this failure. Action should be taken immediately to protect both American farmers and consumers.

虽然这封信包含关键问题,但在这里还没有提出重要的重要性问题。国家有机计划只有在基于公共信任时才能茁壮成长。这种信任依赖于国家有机计划的完整性和透明度。我们NOSB成员和有机社区在试图保护国家有机计划方面投入了几年。我们敦促美国农业部对这些诺斯布的建议采取行动,旨在加强在有机食品生产法案中阐明的基础目标。

Signed by the following former members of the National Organic Standards Board:

Michael Sligh(1992-1997)

罗伯特奎因(1992-1995)

Fred Kirschenmann (1995- 2000)

Joan Gussow(1996-2001)

Eric Sideman (1997-2002)

Owusu Bandele(2000-2005)

Jim谜语(2001-2006)

戴夫卡特(2001-2006)

Goldie Caughlan (2001-2006)

Ann Cooper (2002-2004)

Dennis Holbrook (2002-2007)

Nancy Ostiguy(2002-2007)

Hubert Karreman(2005-2010)

Jeff Moyer(2006-2001)

Joe Smilie (2006-2011)

Daniel Giacomini(2006-2011)

Jennifer Hall(2006-2011)

Kevin Engelbert(2006-2011)

Steve DeMuri (2007-2012)

Katrina Heinze(2007-2012)

Kristine Ellor(2007-2012)

Barry Flamm (2008-2013)

Jay Feldman(2010-2015)

Wendy Fulwider (2010-2015)

Joe Dickson (2010-2015)

Calvin Reuben Walker(2011-2016)

Robert (Mac) Stone (2011-2016)

Jennifer Taylor(2011-2016)

Colehour Bondera (2011-2016)

Nicholas Maravell(2011-2016)

Zea Sonnabend(2012-2017)

Harold Austin (2012-2017)

Tracey Favre(2012-2017)

Francis Thicke(2013-2018)

Paula Daniels(2015-2015)

Harriet Behar (2016-2020)

Jesse Buie (2016-2021)

艾米莉奥克利(2016-2021)

Dan Seitz (2016-2021)

Dave Mortensen(2017-2020)

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