National Organic Standards Board is the committee that works with USDA
to decide on changes and how to implement the USDA organic
certification process. As I promised, when these events are happening
and there is an opportunity for you to share your perspective I would
share them with you, so here is a chance for you to give them your


Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

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From: Liana Hoodes [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 3:38 PM
To: Vicki Morrone
Subject: NOSB pre-Meeting Sunday May 3, 2009 Washington, DC


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Dear Vicki,

Pre- NOSB Meeting, Sunday May 3, 2009


NOON to 6:30 pm, Washington, DC -- POST LUNCH (snacks will be provided)
please RSVP!
Sponsored by National Organic Coalition
AAEp-LDnxNpl-Ty8kWfFwJvWLDHomYjXx2v0> and National Sustainable
Agriculture Coalition

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)  is meeting Monday May 4
through Wednesday May 6, 2009, so we will once again hold our pre-NOSB
meeting on the day before --  Sunday, May 3.


(same hotel as NOSB meeting)
10 Thomas Circle,   Washington DC  20005  202-842-1300



I.    Farm Bill Implementation Update
II.   2010 Appropriations
III.  "Pasture" Rule and Origin of Livestock Rule??

Aquaculture bivalves
Retail Certification and ICS
Personal Care products
Biodiversity Issues
Organic Seeds Requirement
Definitions of Ag/NonAg;  Synthetic/Non-Synthetic
NOSB 2010 nominations

V.   SCS label update
VI.  NOAP Update
VII.  Food Safety

FOR FULL NOSB MEETING AGENDA ( and link to committee documents) go to:

Take Action Today to Support Organic Biodiversity Conservation -- 
See Alert below

**  In order to make sure there are enough chairs, 
Please RSVP to:  Liana Hoodes ([log in to unmask]) **

For Hotel Rooms:

The Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Circle, NW 

Washington, DC 20005



From the Wild Farm Alliance:


Take Action Today to Support Organic Biodiversity Conservation

Send comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before
Monday April 20, 2009 to let them know that you support biodiversity
conservation within organic agriculture. 

Use text from the sample letter or submit your own comments via this
Once there, look for the "Notice of Meeting of the NOSB" under the dark
blue bar and click the image beneath "Add Comments."  

For further information, read the discussion on recommendations for
strengthening biodiversity conservation within organics written by joint
committees of the National Organic Standards Board:

Sample Letter

----Your Letterhead----

Jeff Moyer
Chairman of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
Re: Implementation of Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Agriculture
Dear Chairman Moyer,
<Your Organization> is writing to encourage the NOSB to adopt
recommendations that will address biodiversity conservation within the
National Organic Program (NOP) rule. Maintaining healthy, biologically
diverse farms is essential for the long-term sustainability of our food
system and ecosystem.
<Your Organization's Mission and how strengthening biodiversity
conservation in the rule relates to your work.>

In 2004 and 2005, the NOSB issued guidance statements regarding
biodiversity conservation. The current recommendations of its Joint
Crops and Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification Committee are
reasonable steps that build on these earlier assertions and include:
1)   Biodiversity be considered when reviewing materials for use on
organic farms, 
2)   Biodiversity conservation be more fully developed and implemented
in the Organic System Plan (OSP) by:
a) Producers outlining their strategy for biodiversity conservation in
their OSP,
b) Inspectors being trained in biodiversity conservation, 
c) Certifiers verifying producer's efforts to address the NOP's
requirements for biodiversity, and
d) NOP emphasizing biodiversity conservation in its trainings and
revising its checklist used to audit certifiers so that questions about
the NOP's biodiversity standards are in every audit.

Incorporating biodiversity into the Materials Review process will ensure
that no harm comes to organisms benefiting the farm, such as native
pollinators. Implementing the requirement for organic farmers to include
biodiversity conservation in their OSPs, will help them to prioritize
their plans and will ensure improvement of their practices over time.
Educating organic inspectors about conservation will result in
consistent interpretation, and requiring certifiers to verify that their
producers are conserving biodiversity will mean that farmers across the
country will all be treated equally. As well, once the NOP begins
checking that all organic certifiers are inspecting for biodiversity
conservation, the rule will be uniformly implemented.  
The organic community will benefit from improved conservation efforts.
Farmers who conserve habitat will see an increase in native predatory
and parasitic insects, predatory birds, and pollinators. The dependence
on artificial pest control means will be reduced, as will the need for
purchasing honeybee services. Native vegetation which protects soil from
erosion and acts as filters for pathogen and nutrient pollutants, will
help to meet community needs of food safety and clean water
requirements. By maintaining and restoring wildlife corridors through
the farm, rodent-eating predators will help to keep pests in check,
native species populations will stay viable, and wild nature will
benefit. Consumers will profit from conservation because they care about
nature and do not want to have their children grow up in a world devoid
of biodiversity. Additionally, implementing the recommendations will
help maintain the integrity of the organic label and honor consumer
confidence in its meaning. 
We believe it is crucial for the organic farmers, inspectors,
certifiers, the NOSB and the NOP to each do their part to ensure that
biodiversity conservation is fully developed and implemented. By
comprehensively handling the issue, the organic community throughout the
country will be become more efficient at addressing the intent of the
rule and better equipped to benefit from all that nature provides.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
<Your Name>
<Your Organization> 


Liana Hoodes
        National Organic Action Plan
        National Organic Coalition
3540 Route 52
Pine Bush, NY  12566
Phone and Fax:  845-744-2304
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