The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production and handling inputs (commonly referred to as the National List of allowed and prohibited substances) will be reviewed by NOSB based on their “Sunset” review timelines, and may not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are incompatible with organic production. Your feedback is critical, and will significantly help shape OTA’s comments to NOSB.
The Organic Farmers Toolbox
Organic ranchers have restricted access to 22 synthetic livestock health treatments, while over 550 synthetic active ingredients are approved in conventional animal drug products.
The restricted toolbox can only be opened when mechanical, cultural, and biological controls are insufficient to control pests, weeds and disease. This is foundational to organic farming.
All ingredients used in organic products must originate from organic farms. There are a few exceptions to these rules, and these exceptions make up what is called “The National List.”
Learning from others and compiling a list that works
A no-growth trend in synthetics
Since 2008, an even greater shift away from synthetics has occurred, with just five synthetics added to the list, and a total of 44 during that same time period removed, denied from the list, or further restricted.