Advocating for strong organic standards
PCC helped influence the creation of organic standards in Washington state in 1985, which ultimately led to the implementation of the National Organic Program in 2002. Far from being static, the national organic standards are reviewed and updated regularly by the National Organic Standards Board. Our staff monitors developments in this arena, engaging and alerting members when action is needed. In 1997, PCC members provided more than 30,000 comments to the USDA regarding its proposed national organic standards, rejecting irradiation, GMOs and sewage sludge in organics. The comments represented about 10 percent of all comments received by the USDA.
PCC also is a member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC). This alliance of organizations provides a Washington DC presence for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC helps create a united voice for organic integrity, advocating strong, enforceable, and continuously improved organic standards.
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