It took 57 years and a dozen farm bills for organic to get a place in the nearly 1,000-page legislation that defines contemporary American agricultural policy.
The CCOF Foundation is launching “Roadmap to an Organic California,” a new project for 2018 that will make the case for increasing certified organic land in California and recommend state policies to achieve 10 percent certified organic agricultural land by 2030.
Following a public comment period, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in mid-December approved a final consent order settling its first-ever case against a company making false organic product claims.
In the Summer 2017 Organic Report, we featured an article entitled “Organic fraud prompts action on import verification” describing the various avenues the Organic Trade Association was pursing to address organic fraud after the discovery of fraudulent soybean imports from Turkey. In addition to the trade association’s 2018 Farm Bill priorities that include a call for increased trade oversight, we reported on the Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force that had convened.
The continued success of our organic sector demands that organic standards be robust, consistent and clear to stay meaningful and maintain the integrity of organic and the organic seal.
Twenty organic farmers—including one major league baseball player—stepped up to the plate for thousands of organic farmers throughout the country when they came to Washington in November to participate in the Organic Trade Association’s first Farmers Advisory Council fly-in and talk with lawmakers and policy officials about organic priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are stepping up to support the advancement of organic agriculture in the United States. These organic champions are publicly advocating for an equal playing field for organic farmers, more research devoted to organic-specific production challenges, and adequate funds for the National Organic Program to maintain the integrity of organic, prevent fraud and uphold organic’s strict standards.
For the first time in over a decade, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) has a nearly full roster of appointed committee members. The reinvigorated committee will provide critical leadership and elevate the voice of California’s organic sector in public policy and programs.