havior of the animals. Following up on this, at the spring 2010 meeting
the NOSB considered a discussion document on stocking density of
organic livestock in various housing operations and will take all the
comments received and continue to study the issue to potentially be
included in a future animal welfare recommendation.
Additionally, the NOSB recommended the relisting of synthetic methionine to be allowed in the diet of organic poultry on a limited use
basis and recommended that level be further reduced after 2012. The
NOSB also recommended that milk from organic lactating animals
treated with allowed synthetic (NL section 603) substances that carry a
withholding time on the milk can be used to feed young organic livestock via either the nursing of the mother or surrogate mother by the
young or hand-fed to the young animals still being fed milk in their
diet. In regard to crop production, the NOSB passed a Crops Committee recommendation to clarify production standards for growing terrestrial plants in containers and enclosures.
The NOSB also passed a guidance recommendation that proposed
the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the matter of the EPA list formerly
known as “List 4 Inerts.” The recommendation suggests the development of a task force that involves all stakeholders in this matter including the EPA, pesticide manufacturers and various representatives from
the organic community, such as crop and livestock producers, proces-
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sors and certifiers, as well as the public. This task force would discuss how
these substances might be allowed or
prohibited in organic production and
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strides, it’s important to understand
that NOSB recommendations are not
instantly inducted into the NOP regulations. Instead, after the NOSB
makes a recommendation it’s passed
on to the USDA via the NOP. The
USDA then considers the recommendations for incorporation into the
NOP regulations. NOSB recommendations should not be applied in organic production and processing until
the NOP publishes a final rule or issues official guidance on the subject.
Meanwhile, the NOSB continues
to work on issues important to the organic industry and welcomes your
input. Every year, the NOSB leads two
public meetings where they listen to
public comments from the organic
community, discuss issues that are important to the organic industry, and
make recommendations to clarify the
national organic standard. These
meetings allow for public comment
in both written and oral form to help
direct the Board on important matters. Everyone interested in the integrity of the organic seal and the
growth of this industry is encouraged
to participate in this important
process. This is your industry and
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