Organic board seeks environmental conservationist

06/22/2012 01:58:00 PM
Coral Beach

Nominations are open for a seat on the National Organic Standards Board, with applications due by July 30.

The board advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s staff at the National Organic Program regarding policies and regulations. The NOSB has 15 members: four organic producers, two organic handlers, a retailer, two environmentalists, three public/consumer representatives, a scientist and a certifying agent.

The vacancy is for one of the environmentalist positions. The five-year term begins Jan. 24. Board members are not paid.

“The nominee should understand organic principles and have practical experience in the organic community or academia specific to environmental protection and resource conservation,” according to the call for nominations, which also states that people can nominate themselves.

Complete details, nomination forms and instructions are available online at: http://tinyurl.com/NOSB-nominations. Information is also available from staff at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service at 202-720-0081 or 202-260-8636.



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Harry    
CA  |  June, 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM

Hmmm...Judging by demographic generalizations (as politicians always do), it doesn't sound like any Republicans are on the Board. Plenty of diversity, just not diversity of thought.

Mischa Popoff    
Osoyoos BC Canada  |  June, 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The other thing missing is domestic organic farmers. Sure, there's always a handful of actual, full-time farmers on such boards, but the organic industry is supposed to be all about supporting local farmers. And yet, they're in the minority on the very boards that determine their future.

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