Keep up the pressure! We need to shore up the work that our allies are doing on the hill!
Right now the Senate Agriculture Committee is considering Farm Bill legislation that would change the structure and authority of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and make it easier for industrial operations to cash in on organic at the expense of family farmers. The NOSB is at the heart of the transparent, democratic process that upholds the integrity of the organic seal. Changes that weaken the NOSB could be the end of organic as we know it.
Over the last 18 years, WFA has successfully worked with members of the NOSB to strengthen organic and maintain the integrity of the label.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is made up of 15 dedicated public volunteers from across the organic community. The Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on a wide variety of topics related to organic standards, including the protection of biodiversity and what materials should be allowed in organic farming. The Board currently has statutory authority to keep toxic substances out of organic production.
The organic standards must remain strong to ensure trust in the label and to create a level playing field for the vast majority of organic farms and businesses that are playing by the rules.
The science is clear that organic farming is better for people and the planet. It protects eaters, farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities from exposure to toxic pesticides. It conserves water, soil, and wildlife resources. And it’s a climate change solution - it emits fewer greenhouse gases than industrial agriculture and builds healthy soil that traps carbon in the ground and in woody plants that support above-ground biodiversity. Organic farming also improves farmers’ incomes and boosts rural economies.
Take Action Today!
Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
*Enter your zip code to connect with your Senators.
Ask to speak with the staffer who works on agriculture or leave a message with whoever answers the phone. Use these talking points:
- I’m calling as a constituent and an organic farmer/consumer.
- I urge Senator XX to oppose any attempts to weaken the organic standards in the Farm Bill. First and foremost, I urge Senator XX to oppose any changes to the National Organic Standards Board.
- I urge Senator XX to create a level playing field for U.S. organic family farms and stop organic import fraud by fully funding the National Organic Program, fully funding organic certification cost-share, and increasing funding for the Organic Research & Extension Initiative to $50 million