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Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Louis, MO #NOSB

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:14
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NOSB_MO_TwitterNovLast Updated: 11-16-16, 9:36 a.m. CT

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we live tweet from the National Organic Standards Board meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. We will be sharing the play by play with our Twitter followers under #NOSB or simply follow our stream.

If you’re not already following us on Twitter, please do so here.

Read The Cornucopia Institute’s written comments to the NOSB here.

You can also stay updated throughout the meeting right here:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

9:36 a.m. CT: The NOP’s McEvoy complains to the NOSB that FOIA expenses are increasingly time consuming and take away from core activities.
[Cornucopia has been forced to file lawsuits to obtain public information from the NOP. Some of Cornucopia’s Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) are more than 4 years old.  The NOP should operate in a more transparent fashion and be more forthcoming with documents the public has a right to.  This would shed light on decision making and enforcement activities.]

9:33 a.m. CT: As part of his report to the NOSB, Miles McEvoy says  “The NOP is responsible for the integrity of 80 certifying agents worldwide, 31,000 certified operations over 120 countries, over $43 billion in U.S. Organic sales (2015).” The NOP is starting to post enforcement documents on the AMS website. Notable enforcement actions include the case against Yorgo Foods Inc, selling organic produce without a certificate and Saul Farms, selling conventional alfalfa as organic.

[Cornucopia has for years been seeking more information on enforcement actions, as few details have been shared with the public.]

9:19 a.m. ET: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program (NOP) announces five new appointees to the National Organic Standards Board. The appointees will serve five-year terms.

The appointees are:

  • Joelle Mosso, handler representative, previous manager of strategic quality for Whitewave.
  • Sue Baird, consumer representative, ED of the Missouri Organic Association, owns a calf/cow operation
  • Asa Bradman, Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation representative, University of CA professor, Organic Center Board of Trustees.
  • Steve Ela, Organic Farmer representative, from Hotchkiss Colorado.
  • David Mortensen, State College Pennsylvania, scientist representative, professor of weed and applied plant ecology

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