The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Crops Subcommittee published a proposal on September 16th that would ban non-soil and container-based systems from organic certification. This proposal includes aquaponics and hydroponics among other growing systems.
The proposal will be decided in the first days of November. There is still time to affect the vote by submitting comments to the voting committee by October 11th, 2017 11:59 ET. The NOSB has also scheduled a webinar to hear opinions concerning the ban as well as a meeting to be held in Jacksonville, Florida.
From now until October 11, 2017 11:59
Submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comment at the webinar or face-to-face meeting
October 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)
The Board will receive public comments via a webinar
October 26 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. ET
Second webinar will be scheduled for overflow from October 24 webinar.
October 31-November 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. ET
In-person meeting Jacksonville, FL
Access the following links to submit comments, sign-up for webinar or to learn more.
Submit Written Comments
Tips for Submitting Effective Comments
Meetings: National Organic Standards Board - Fall 2017 Jacksonville, FL
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National Organic Standards Board Crops Subcommittee Proposal Hydroponics and Container-Growing Recommendations August 29, 2017
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