National Organic Standards
The National Organic Standards Board and the National Organic Program will hold their first meeting ever in Seattle on April 26-29. Consumers, vendors and other organic stakeholders may attend or testify.
Tuesday, April 26 – Friday, April 29
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or later) all days
Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
1415 5th Avenue, Seattle
Tuesday and Thursday are dedicated to public testimony. Wednesday and Friday are slated for committee reports, discussion and voting.
View the agenda »
Submit comments electronically at http://www.ams.usda.gov/nosbseattle until April 10, 2011. Under "Document Type," put a check in the "Notice" box. When "Meetings: National Organic Standards Board" shows in the lower portion of the page, click the "Submit a comment" bubble on the right.
You can sign up to testify before the NOSB at http://www.ams.usda.gov/nosbseattleslots or by calling 202-720-3252.
The agenda will focus on animal welfare and rules on “outdoor access” for organic poultry. Aquaculture also may be debated — whether only vegetarian fish should be certifiable in land-based systems, or whether carnivorous fish, such as farmed salmon and cod, also should be certifiable in open-ocean net pens.
Learn more about these key issues in the Sound Consumer:
- Poultry rules, and more, Sound Consumer, March 2011.
- Can farmed fish be organic?, Sound Consumer, April 2011.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to witness the organic rule-making process.
Three key figures in the organic industry will join us as speakers at PCC's annual meeting on Tuesday, April 26. Liana Hoodes is director of the National Organic Coalition; Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D. is director, technical policy at Consumers Union and Michael Sligh, founding chair of the NOSB and Sustainable Agriculture Program director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International.
What questions would you like to ask these experts about organic standards? Submit your question by emailing
We will use some of your questions during the Q&A session at PCC's annual meeting.