URGENT ACTION - Protect Native Ecosystems - Comments Due April 4th
Tell the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to Eliminate the Incentive to Convert Native Ecosystems to Organic Production.
Because of concerned consumers and farmers like you, the recommended rule change that is being presented at the April 2018 meeting is strong!
We are on the brink of accomplishing this important change and we can't do it without you!
The National Organic Program’s (NOP) three-year waiting period for land to be free of prohibited substances unintentionally incentivizes producers to convert native ecosystems since this land is instantly ready for organic production. With the passage of this new regulation, the NOSB will incentivize the transition of non-organic farms while minimizing the loss of lands with important habitats from conversion.
These Native Ecosystems will be necessary to support declining and rare species today and a hundred years from now, when there will be much less available due to increased human populations and climate change.
After sending a draft of this rule back to the committee for revisions in the fall of 2017, the NOSB followed WFA's lead and got it right. The momentum is in our favor and we have a few Critical steps before the integrity of USDA organic label is upheld by protecting Native Ecosystems.
We need your help in this final push urging the full NOSB board to approve this recommended rule.
Comments are due April 4th, so please submit your comments today. Thank you for taking action and protecting our native ecosystems.