OEFFA helps to educate the public about the benefits of organic agriculture and serves as a voice for policies that maintain and improve the integrity of organic production and handling systems. We work with the National Organic 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.
Investments in organic research provide dividends to the public, the environment, and local communities and resources that benefit all of agriculture. Unfortunately, organic research is inadequately funded and vulnerable to cuts during the annual appropriations process. We defend federal appropriations that support the organic industry.
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 free from synthetic inputs and 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 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 prior to their meetings. 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 in person or remotely by webinar. Please consider commenting on issues important to the organic program. If you are interested in future NOSB meeting agendas, contact us. View the spring 2017 NOSB meeting materials and OEFFA's comments.
The success of our policy work relies on OEFFA's dedicated members, who are leading the way to strong and healthy local food systems. For more information about OEFFA's policy work or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 421-2022 Ext. 208.