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.
We’ve got a big problem here in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill in the coming days, and folks, this bill is bad.
In short, this is the worst farm bill ever – if it passes, it could set our shared movement back decades!
The good news? It hasn’t passed yet. There’s still time to get a better farm bill done this year.
So much good is happening in the sustainable agriculture movement today. Farmers are adopting smart conservation practices like cover crops and pollinator habitat at a rapid clip. Demand is skyrocketing for fresh, healthy food from local sources - and farmers are growing to meet that demand. Farmers of color are gaining long-overdue seats at the table and beginning farmers are entering the field nationwide.
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.Read more
Below are bills that have been introduced by members of Congress. They support strong programs and associated funding for what we want to be included in the final 2018 Farm Bill.