Tell the National Organic Standards Board to Keep Hazardous Synthetics Out of Organic!

My letter:

The following message should not be necessary. I should be able to trust those entrusted with the power to decide, that they would never authorize anything to go into organically labeled food and regardless of the container or shipping method that is not as pure as it can reasonably be: clean water, air, soil and with nothing synthetic (obviously).

I cannot for the life of me understand why it should be necessary that people such as myself have to inform the Board of this and why I should have to explain that corporations, such as Monsanto and Dow and thousands of others, are for selfish reasons, literally ruining the environment and the gene pool, in fact, of countless species including our own.

Nevertheless, I support the following message that I hope thousands of unselfish souls will be sending your way in the hope that you will be move by working consciences concerning these hugely important matters.

So far over the last 30 or so years, I have been greatly saddened by the utter stupidity, shortsightedness, and sheer greed of those who have lobbied the government to allow the pollution of the organic label, etc.

It is, however, possible for all of you to stand together and against those who seek to destroy the environment for their utterly self-centered enrichment at the direct and negative expense of the rest of humanity and the entire planet.

Sure, you'd probably have the revolving door to those corporations slammed in your faces, but you'd have other doors opened that are now actually closed to you and will remain so, so long as you continue supporting the evil (yes, evil) out for the quick buck and the rest be damned.

The joint message is as follows:

Please keep hazardous synthetics out of organic!

You must reject synthetics that do not meet the core principles and values of organic because they are:

(i) hazardous to the environment or people,
(ii) incompatible with organic principles and systems, or
(iii) not essential and therefore not needed to produce organic food.

By this standard, the following new proposed synthetic substances must be kept out of organics:

(i) In crop production - oxidized lignite from coal, sulfuric acid in poultry manure as a fertilizer, and PGML as a broad spectrum miticide;
(ii) In livestock production - synthetic amino acids available from natural sources; and
(iii) In handling - synthetic ingredients in infant formula.

All ingredients, including so-called "inert" ingredients, must be fully evaluated.

Please improve public involvement and transparency in the decision making process!

I support the public communications recommendation. In addition, we need full public disclosure by NOSB members of conflicts of interest.

Thank you for considering my comments.
Tom Usher

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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