OEFFA is one of the oldest and largest organic certification agencies in the United States. Organic agriculture provides multifunctional benefits to farmers, farm workers, and communities. In our work, we provide information about organic agriculture and give voice to policies that maintain and improve the integrity of organic production and handling systems. We work with the National Organic Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and participate in the National Organic Standards Board process to represent the needs of organic farmers and protect the trust consumers have in the organic label.
If we truly believe in and want to advocate for a more sustainable world, there are ways to engage in promoting sustainable agriculture. Our priorities include:
Increased funding for organic research
State level investments in organic agriculture including funding for farmers interested in transitioning to organic production
Land Grant support for organic agriculture education and Extension
Mandatory funding for the National Organic Cost-Share Certification Program
A strong and independent National Organic Standards Board to advise the National Organic Program
Organic is Non-GMO and Much More
We all value information about the food we eat, and for many people, that includes information about foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Certified organic food is produced without GMOs, but the label goes above and beyond the absence of GE seed. Organic is the most ecological and well-regulated label available on the market. It is backed by comprehensive and rigorous national standards that ensure that food is grown in a sustainable manner, protecting our natural resources and conserving biodiversity.
Upholding the Integrity of Organic
Organic food is grown in a way that fosters ecological balance in nature. Maintaining the value of organic food and farming is ongoing work. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was created in the law that established the National Organic Program (NOP) to provide important oversight to the program.
The NOSB is a group of 15 very dedicated public volunteers that make recommendations on the production, handling, and processing of organic products. The NOSB also has special responsibilities related to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
The NOSB accepts comments from the public twice each year and your voice is important to maintain a strong organic program. OEFFA farmers have attended NOSB meetings and shared their views on issues important to organic production. You can present during a webinar or by submitting written comments. We can also help bring farmers directly to the NOSB meetings. The NOP is not perfect. There are components of the organic standards that need to be improved and that will not happen without strong public input. Comment on issues important to the organic program. If you are interested in future NOSB meeting agendas, contact us.