Organics

October 20, 2014 — Support for OTA's proposal: lignin sulfonate and natural flavors
Letter supporting removal of lignin sulfonate and natural flavors from the National List, to prohibit use in organic foods.

October 7, 2014 — Comments to the National Organic Standards Board
Comments to the National Organic Standards Board regarding its research priorities, BPA and BPS in packaging, the research impact of glyphosate in compost, GMO contamination prevention, “Excluded Methods,” Gellan gum and changes to the Sunset Provision.

September 23, 2014 — Letter to the Congressional Organic Caucus
We the undersigned organizations are writing to ask you to advocate reversal of USDA’s unilateral changes to the organic program’s Sunset Provision.

June 6, 2014 — Letter to the USDA & NOP
Letter to the USDA and the National Organic Program, asking them to reverse changes to the Sunset Provision.

November 7, 2013 — Comments to Rep. Suzan DelBene
Regarding the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

October 1, 2013 — Comments to the National Organic Standards Board
Regarding the sunset process and aquaculture

March 7, 2013 — Comments to the National Organic Standards Board
Regarding tetracycline for fruit production, sulphuric acid, potassium hydroxide, annatto color extract, and "other ingredients."

December 26, 2012 — Comments to the National Organic Standards Board
Comments on "Interim Rule on nutrient vitamins and minerals" to the National Organic Standards Board

May 1, 2012 — Comments to the National Organic Standards Board
Comments to the National Organic Standards Board on poultry living space and ammonia limits; additives carrageenan, inositol and choline; use of solvents.

March 1, 2012 — Reduce packer control of livestock markets, and restrict seed patents
Sign-on letter to U. S. House and Senate members, asking them to address stockyard and packer issues, bargaining rights for farmers, seed patents and other practices undermining innovation and competition in the seed industry.

November 15, 2011 — Sulphur in organic wine; Living conditions for organic poultry and hogs
Letter to National Organic Standards Board supports more space for organic chickens and hogs, and rejects petition for adding sulphur to organic wine

November 11, 2011 — "Nutrient additives" in organics
Comments urging National Organic Standards Board to reject petition for novel additives

May 31, 2011 — Canada's "organic" farmed fish
Letter to the Canadian General Standard Board about certifying farmed fish "organic."

April 26, 2011 — Public testimony to the National Organic Standards Board
Six PCC representatives testified before the NOSB on animal welfare, aquaculture or synthetic nutrient additives.

April 16, 2010 — Proposed pasturing exemption
Letter to the NOSB about a proposed exemption on pasturing slaughter stock.

December 7, 2009 — Use of sodium lactate in organic products
Letter asking the National Organic Program to revisit use of sodium lactate in organic products.

October 19, 2009 — NOSB livestock recommendation: animal welfare
Comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board Livestock Committee; re: its recommendations to strengthen organic standards for animal welfare.

October 19, 2009 — NOSB livestock recommendation: animal welfare
Comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board Livestock Committee; re: its recommendations to strengthen organic standards for animal welfare.

May 11, 2006 — Access to pasture and replacement animals in organics
To Mark Bradley, National Organic Program Administrator; re: comment on how USDA should address access to pasture and replacement animals in the organic program.

April 18, 2006 — Pasture access for organic livestock
To Kevin R. O’Rell, Chairman, NOSB, USDA; re: pasture access for organic livestock. To support strong addt'l language consistent with current law and regulations requiring livestock be managed promoting their natural instinctive behavior, and in the case of ruminants, requiring pasture as a meaningful part of their feed.

October 28, 2005 — "Access to pasture" for dairy cows
To Secretary Mike Johanns, USDA; re: supporting an appeal to the USDA Secretary to allow the NOSB to clarify "access to pasture" for dairy cows.

September 20, 2005 — Proposed rider amendment to the Organic Food Production Act
To Washington's 2 U.S. senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and to Senator Patrick Leahy; re: proposed rider amendment to the Organic Food Production Act.

June 26, 2005 — BIOAg Program at WSU
Thank you to Representative Kelli Linville; re: support for the BIOAg Program at WSU, and for strong leadership in the 2005 legislative session to secure funds for the program.

July 22, 2003 — WSU's organic crop research and education program
Thank you to Senator Patty Murray; re: supporting the organic crop research and education program at WSU.

March 26, 2003 — Farr-Kind bill: reinstate 100% organic feed requirement
Thank you to several U.S. representatives; re: supporting the Farr-Kind bill, HR. 955, to reinstate the 100 percent organic feed requirement in the National Organic Standards.

March 26, 2003 — Leahy-Snowe bill: reinstate 100% organic feed requirement
Thank you to Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray; re: supporting the Leahy-Snowe bill, S. 457, to reinstate the 100 percent organic feed requirement in the National Organic Standards.

March 11, 2003 — BiOAg program at WSU
Thank you to Rep. Rick Larsen; re: efforts to secure funding for the Organic and Biologically Intensive Agriculture (BiOAg) program at WSU.

March 11, 2003 — BiOAg program at WSU
Thank you to Senator Patty Murray, Re: efforts to secure funding for the Organic and Biologically Intensive Agriculture (BiOAg) program at WSU.

March 11, 2003 — BiOAg program at WSU
Thank you to Rep. George Nethercutt; re: efforts to secure funding for the Organic and Biologically Intensive and Organic Agriculture (BiOAg) program at WSU.

February 25, 2003 — National Organic Standards, repeal of Section 771
PCC's letter to USDA supporting repeal of Section 771, in support of maintaining the integrity of the National Organic Standards.

February 28, 2002 — WSU's Organic Cropping Research and Education for the Northwest program
To Rep. Brian Baird, Re: WSU's Organic Cropping Research and Education for the Northwest program.

June 5, 2000 — National Organic Standards, OTA recommendations
To USDA, Keith Jones, NOP, Re: National Organic Standards, Docket # TMD-00-02-PR.

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