August 15, 2005
Dear National Organic Standards Board and National Organic Program,
OTA thanks NOSB for your excellent recommendation taking us one step closer to clarifying the definition of synthetic with regard to handling materials. On April 22, 2005 we submitted to you our draft paper clarifying some concerns we had with the Materials Committee discussion document dated February 2, 2005.
Although not all of our points were incorporated into this recommendation, we do acknowledge that the overall intent was taken into consideration.
This comment was written by OTA's 205.605b Task Force, convened by OTA's Board of Directors:
Bill Twieg - Amy's Kitchen
Bob Anderson - Sustainable Strategies (past NOSB member)
Craig Weakley - General Mills, Inc. (past NOSB member)
Dag Falck - Nature's Path Foods, Inc.
Diane Goodman - Diane Joy Goodman, Organic Industry Consultant
Jim Pierce - Organic Valley
Grace Gershuny - GAIA Services
Herb Stein - Natural Flavors, Inc.
Kim Dietz - Smucker Quality Beverage, Inc. (past NOSB member)
Marsha Kopral - Amy's Kitchen
Myron Cooper - Hain Celestial Group
Mary Mulry - HE Butt Grocery Company
Richard Theuer - Theuer Research & Consulting (past NOSB member)
Susan Smiley - BTSA - Biotecnologias Aplicadas S.L.
Please find a copy of OTA's comments attached. Thank you very much for your consideration.
Associate Policy Director
Cc: Barbara Robinson