“The substance of the report and subsequent in-depth response of the NOP demonstrates how the evolving organic standard and implementation is meant to operate. It shows how maintaining and improving the integrity of the organic label is an ongoing, transparent process and that organic is still the most rigorous food label out there,” said Steve Etka, also from NOC.
One of NOC’s ongoing critiques of the NOP has been its lack of compliance with commonly accepted Accreditation procedures which provide both consistency and ongoing oversight. This report details a pathway to this oversight through external review by a separate, internationally recognized agency, and the maintenance of a Quality System that meets International Standards Organization (ISO) requirements.
In sum, the development of such a rigorous organic label requires continual refinement and oversight that has been weak in the past. “Again, consumers and farmers can be assured that the organic label is the highest value food and agriculture label and will continue to live up to its standards,” said Michael Sligh, from the Rural Advancement Foundation, International-USA (a NOC member).
About the National Organic Coalition (www.NationalOrganicCoalition.org )
The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC seeks to work cooperatively with, and add value to, existing organic and sustainable agriculture organizations, networks and coalitions to ensure a united voice for organic integrity.