Friday, October 24, 2008

Access to Pasture

The National Organic Program (NOP) issued a proposed rule regarding access to pasture for ruminants today, with a 60-day comment period that ends December 23rd. The way things currently stand, meat sold as organic has to have access to pasture, but through a loophole they don't actually have to be raised on a open pasture.

We are in full support of the draft rule as it ensures organically produced livestock have appropriate access to pasture. We appreciate the detail that NOP has put into this to avoid confusion and varied interpretation, and encourage USDA to move forward with final rule and enforcement.

To see the proposed Rule click here (will download as a PDF). If you'd like to comment on the proposed rule click here!

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