tural material. The material was recommended by a unanimous vote.
The only other petition that the
Handling Committee considered was
for the addition of grape seed extract
to 205.606 as a non-organic agricultural material, however, it was not recommended to be added to the list. Also,
several handling materials were considered for continuation of listing
through the sunset process including
agar agar, animal enzymes, calcium
sulfate, carrageenan, glucono-delta
lactone and cellulose. All these materials were recommended for continuation as listed.
During the meeting, Barbara
Robinson from the NOP entertained
us with an audio greeting card. The
card delivered a monolog from Gilda
Radner’s character Roseanne
Roseanna Dana. Roseanna delivered a
long litany of complaints that ranged
from her feet hurting to a problem with gas. Is this an expression of the
programs’ state of mind in a resource stretched government program?
Or perhaps this is a metaphor for the NOP and NOSB. It seems like we
“T“There will always be new challenges and more
difficult decisions to make.”
are always dealing with a critical issue that has us spinning. We have
lived through some vital issues such as the first sunset review, the ramifications of the Harvey lawsuit court order, and now the definition of critical terms. We always think that all we have to do is get through it and
we will be OK. However, with growth like we are experiencing within
the organic industry, there will always be new challenges and more difficult decisions to make. As Roseanne Roseanna Dana said at the end of
her commentary, “it’s always somethin’!” The important thing to
remember is that each of these challenges is an opportunity to strengt h- en our integrity and bring the organic movement to the next level.
Andrea Caroe is the former NOSB chairperson as well as the executive director of
Protected Harvest, a non-profit organization that independently certifies farmers’
use of stringent crop and region-specific environmental growing standards. She
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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