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Nov 17, 2016 10:59:02 AM

USDA Appoints Members to the National Organic Standards Board

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) announces Secretary Vilsack's appointment of five new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Ms. Sue Baird - Bunceton, MO; Dr. Asa Bradman - Berkeley, CA; Mr. Steve Ela - Hotchkiss, CO; Dr. David Mortensen - State College, PA and Ms. Joelle Mosso - Fresno, CA.

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What’s organic? A debate over dirt may boil down to turf

Seattle Times

A high-profile topic at this week's NOSB meeting is a discussion over whether produce relying on irrigation to deliver nutrients to plants — through what is known as hydroponic and aquaponic systems — can be certified organic. Read more >>

As demand increases, experts dispel myths about organic food

Minot Daily News

Growing demand for organic food can introduce misunderstandings about what organic production consists of. Certification experts and farmers weigh in on organic production methods. Read more >>

How One Borderland Farm Is Planting the Seeds of Food Justice


One New Mexico farm - inspired by the opportunity to address hunger and poverty challenges along the border - uses principles of regenerative agriculture and community development to address the disproportionate poverty rate through mobile markets. Read more >>

Should carrageenan be used in organic food? An advisory board decides today


The use of carrageenan - harvested and processed seaweed - as a food additive in organic agriculture, is a widely debated topic and is up for decision by the USDA National Organic Standards Board at this week's meetingRead more >>