You know how excited I am to live a healthier life in 2017! Using organic products is on the top of my priorities list! I have not only switched my meats, produce and household cleaners, but also have been educating myself on how to support the organic initiative in the US.
That’s why I searched for more information which I will be sharing about the GRO Organic Check Off.
Not sure if you know that, The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 17 announced it is looking for public comments on a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for organic.
The Organic Trade Association has led the drive for this check-off because the organic industry is at a critical point, as you may know. The organic check-off will provide research and tools to encourage more farmers to go organic and help all organic farmers be more successful. It will also educate consumers in a positive way about what that organic seal really means. For our benefit, this proactive program will further the long term success of organic agriculture. Amazing news, don’t you think?
Published in the Federal Register, the proposal estimates the organic check-off, referred to as GRO Organic (Generic Research and Promotion Order for Organic), could raise over $30 million a year to spend on research to make farmers successful, bring technical services to accelerate the adoption of organic practices, and increase consumer education and promotion of the organic brand. Can you imagine that??
To date, nearly 1,400 organic stakeholders publicly support the GRO Organic check-off, with 75 percent of those organic certificate holders being farmers and ranchers.
The check off board has been designed to give organic producers a strong voice. Farmers will hold at least half of the voting seats on the board and be directly elected by producers in their region, which makes this process so fair and unique!
Organic producers and handlers with revenue under $250,000 are exempt from any assessment, but they could voluntarily participate for full voting rights. Giving each farmer the opportunity to have their voice heard and represented.
Program categories are limited to promotion, research, education, and information with lots of common sense prohibitions. An Organic Check off program could fund consumer advertising and education, public relations, programs supporting transition of U.S. land to organic, and agronomic or market research.
If you are as excited as I am, join me to support this great initiative:
Come check it out: HERE
You can quickly and easily comment on the USDA’s Federal Register right from here using the form below:
I can’t wait to hear what you think! I hope you join me to support such an important issue! Eating organic and healthier products should be the main goal for every family, as it will make our lives better. You know, we are what we eat!
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