(Updated September 2009)
NASDA supports recommendations that enhance National Organic Standards (NOS) and the National Organic Program, (NOP) and efforts to increase growth of the organic industry. These efforts include increases in organic research and in the collection of organic production and market data. For purposes of trade, NASDA supports the establishment of bi-lateral agreements on the equivalency of organic standards provided those standards are truly equivalent.
National Organic Standards
National Organic Standards (NOS) are necessary to protect organic growers, consumers, and markets and to ensure a consistent and practical National Organic Program (NOP). A successful program, however, cannot be accomplished without adequate dependable funding and a transparent regulatory process. NASDA supports the following policies.
Organic Markets and Marketing
As with other types of agriculture, the U.S. organic farmers and businesses compete with international peers, many of whose governments encourage organic production by providing payments linked to environmental benefits they perceive from organic agriculture. NASDA supports efforts to increase the economic growth of the organic industry through the following:
Organic Research and Education
NASDA supports increases in organic research and education.
+These recommendations were included in the report resulting from a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Work Group for Organic Agriculture held on the March 8, 2008.
Organic Data Collection and Statistics
To provide reliable information about the industry that informs decision-making by farmers, agricultural advisors, marketers, and consumers, NASDA supports the following: