Organic Consumers Association

Save Organic Standards! Tell USDA Secretary Vilsack to Reverse Rule that Weakens Organics

Under pressure from the Organic Trade Association, representing some of the largest players in the organic and natural food segment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has once again weakened the standards for organic.

Tell USDA Secretary Vilsack: Save organic standards! Reverse the NOSB’s new rule that weakens organic standards.

Without any input from the public, the USDA changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in certified organic. The change all but guarantees that when the NOSB meets every six months, the list of non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic will get longer and longer.

The USDA’s new rule plays to the cabal of the self-appointed organic elite who want to degrade organic standards and undermine organic integrity.

For consumers, farmers, co-ops and businesses committed to high organic standards, the USDA’s latest industry-friendly move is a clarion call to fight back against the corporate-led, government-sanctioned attack on organic standards.

For consumers, this also means that the list of synthetic and non-organic ingredients allowed in organic will just get longer and longer, making reading organic labels and choosing among organic foods more complicated, confusing and time-consuming.

The USDA didn’t give the public an opportunity to comment on the change, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to public outcry.

Please sign and share our petition to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to reverse this disastrous new rule. We’ll deliver the petition to National Organic Program Director Miles McEvoy at the next NOSB meeting Apr. 29-May 2 in San Antonio.

1-25 of 83220 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (optional)
83220 17 hours ago Bosley Hiss MA
83219 19 hours ago Jean Kaminski Stow, OH
83218 1 day ago Rene Louis Taylor, MI
83217 4 days ago Gilbet Villa Northridge, CA
83216 5 days ago j. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
83215 6 days ago James Phelps Winnetka, CA
83214 6 days ago James Phelps Winnetka, CA
83213 1 week ago Melissa Richardson SK
83212 1 week ago mariana salvador
83211 1 week ago anthea Pressler NV
83210 1 week ago Salma Schaheed San Jose, CA
83209 1 week ago thayanne nunes FL
83208 1 week ago ruth vicente FL No more gmo's
83207 1 week ago Anonymous FL
83206 1 week ago Christian Martinez CA
83205 1 week ago Karen Llanos NY
83204 1 week ago Cynthya Reyes Chula Vista, CA
83203 1 week ago Desiree Hernandez Santa Ana, CA
83202 1 week ago thomas gilbert lakewood, OH Monsanto

So we have this blind beast called Monsanto,
that informs all us farmers, We can't grow,
Organic fine foods,
Unless all seed includes
Poisoned pesticides, though we
They have lobbyists working for hire,
Regulating that foods soon acquire,
GMOs they\'re infusing,
While the courts are refusing,
To examine what dangers transpire.

Even though common sense would inform us,
That their reckless behavior\'s enormous,
We must all grow our own,
And share what we have sewn,
For Monsanto will never reform us!!!!

Mother Nature and God will provide us,
All the tools that They\'ve ever supplied us,
As Organics, together,
We can brave unseen weather,
Combating what Monsanto\'s denied us.'); return false;">...
83201 1 week ago Egidijus Musvickas athy, ot
83200 1 week ago Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA
83199 1 week ago Brooke Bates New York, NY
83198 1 week ago Marlo Gallegos Whittier, CA Give us a fair chance to decide for ourselves what we want. Quit breaking for the greedy corporate.
83197 1 week ago Carmen Alvarado Burke, VA
83196 1 week ago lee griffin hayes, VA
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The National Organic Standards Board is a 15-member advisory committee appointed by the US Department of Agriculture Secretary to make decisions about synthetic and non-organic materials allowed in certified USDA Organic food. With 10 out of 15 members’ approval, a synthetic or non-organic material can be added to the National List. Every five years each non-organic material must be reviewed in a Sunset Process. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture changed the rules of Sunset. For the first time, at its next meeting (Apr. 29-May 2), the NOSB will be operating under the new rules

Under the original Sunset Process, 5 years after a non-organic material was added to the National List, it would be removed from the List unless the National Organic Standards Board voted with a two-thirds majority to keep the material on the List. Industry would be given 5 years to find organic versions of necessary non-organic materials, and when the 5 years were up, the non-organic material would be phased out or “sunsetted.” Now, the process is reversed. Each non-organic material will stay on the National List unless the National Organic Standards Board votes with a two-third majority to remove it. 

The 15-member National Organic Standards Board, appointed by the Agriculture Secretary, is always stacked with industry reps that consistently vote with Big Food against consumers. Currently, this includes employees of, certifiers of and consultants to Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Horizon, Zirkle Fruit Company, Earthbound Farm, Whole Foods Market and other industry stalwarts. The Board’s industry-weighted membership guarantees that the ten votes need to remove a non-organic material stand little chance of being garnered.

Read OCA’s full article on the NOSB rule change