The Organic Consulting Firm http://www.theocf.com evaluation.development.training.verification Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:26:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 The OCF Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal http://www.theocf.com/2012/10/the-ocf-mentioned-in-the-wall-street-journal/ Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:26:23 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=504 The Wall Street Journal wrote a story about chef’s having their own organic gardens to supply their restaurants with great food.  Our own Shannon Murphy was interviewed by the journal regarding organic certificaiton.  Very little was said about the certification process, so anyone who is interested in finding out more about becoming certified organic and the use of an organic consultant, please contact us at info@theocf.com or 951-676-4395.

Here is the link to review the Wall Street Journal article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443294904578048412121179622.html?KEYWORDS=Shannon+murphy

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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Upcoming Meeting http://www.theocf.com/2012/09/national-organic-standards-board-nosb-upcoming-meeting/ Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=499 The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be meeting again October 15-18, 2012. All public comments requests must be received by the NOSB by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

The National Organic Standards Board reviews materials allowed for use in organic and made with organic production. In order to have an item added to the National List of Allowed Materials, it must be petitioned through the NOSB for review and approval.

For information on the tentative agenda please visit the USDA National Organic Program website at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5100163

NOSB Committee Proposals: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5100164

Do you have something you wish to have added to the National List of Allowed Materials? Contact The Organic Consulting Firm, and let their consultants help in the organic petition writing process.

 

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USDA Organic Resource Guide 2012 http://www.theocf.com/2012/09/usda-organic-resource-guide-2012/ Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:22:01 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=495 The USDA NOP has put out an Organic Resource Guide to help potential and current organic operations.  The USDA NOP has also put together a toolkit that helps farmers and businesses answer the question, “is organic an option for me?”   The National Organic Program has put together several helpful resources in the last few years.

The organic resource guide can be found at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5100093

The toolkit can be found at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/organicinfo

The USDA is working towards having at least 20,000 certified organic operations in the US by 2015.

Let The Organic Consulting Firm’s consultants help you navigate the organic certification process.

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Proposition 37 Genetically Modified labeling Requirement http://www.theocf.com/2012/08/proposition-37-genetically-modified-labeling-requirement/ Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:48:40 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=489  

Unknown to most Americans, many US food companies, which manage to keep their GMO ingredients under wraps, are joining forces to beat back Proposition 37, a bill which will require simple labels on food identifying genetically engineered products and ingredients. The ballot initiative from Right to Know will be presented to voters in California’s November election. This is one to vote for.  This will help the ORGANIC industry as well as allow all who buy food to be informed.

 

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NOP Temporary Varience Drought Relief: Organic Ruminant Farmers http://www.theocf.com/2012/08/nop-temporary-varience-drought-relief-organic-ruminant-farmers/ Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:09:06 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=484 Due to severe droubt conditions, the National Organic Program is providing a temporary varience to Ruminant Farmers in the affected areas.  AS stated in the NOP  Organic Insider Newsletter, “The drought of 2012 is the most serious to impact U.S. agriculture since 1988. As of August 15, 2012, Secretary Vilsack has designated 1,670 U.S. counties as natural disaster areas due to severe drought.”

Organic ruminant livestock–such as cattle, sheep, and goats–must consume at least 30 percent of their dry matter intake (on average) from certified organic pasture. The rest of their diet must also be certified organic, including hay, grain, and other agricultural products.

Temporary Varience Letter: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5099944

Affected Counties: http://www.usda.gov/documents/all-secretarial-designations-2012.pdf

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USDA NOP Announces More Fake Organic Certificates http://www.theocf.com/2012/08/usda-nop-announces-more-fake-organic-certificates/ Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:14:44 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=477 The USDA National Organic Program has just listed five more fraudulent organic certificates.  As the organic industry continues to grow, more false organic certificates are being found.  Do your part and notify the USDA of any suspect organic certificates.

List of fraudulent certificates: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/NOPFraudulentCertificates

If you wish to contact the National Organic Program Compliance and Enforcement: NOPCompliance@ams.usda.gov

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Stop Genetically Modified Food Production in the US http://www.theocf.com/2012/08/stop-genetically-modified-food-production-in-the-us/ Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:10:40 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=473 GMO produced seeds, crops, and processed foods are not allowed in organic food production under the National Organic Program regulations.  If an organic crop is contaminated by GMO’s, the crop is not removed from the organic food chain as long as the farmer can prove the seed used to grow the crop was of non-organic origin. Cross contamination in organic crops is happening and will continue to happen as the list of Genetically Modifed crops grows.

Genetically Modified Foods are becoming a big part of the food industry in the United States.  One woman has started an anti-GMO campaign due to illness in her children.  We support her campaign as it will protect the organic food industry.  See the full article at  http://www.naturalnews.com/036427_GMO_boycott_activists.html

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Pink Slime in your Hamburgers? http://www.theocf.com/2012/03/pink-slime-in-your-hamburgers/ Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:13:19 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=452 ABC just did a story on USDA approving Pink Slime as a filler in beef products.  This can now be used in the school food system.  The pink slime is the stuff close to the hide of the animal where the most possability of contamination is, so they  use things like ammonia to “Make it safe”.   The pink slime used to be use for oil manufactueres and dog food, not for human consumption.

The article states the only way to verify your hamburger does not have PINK SLIME is to buy organic.

Read the article and be informed: http://tinyurl.com/6sxlbhv

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Canada and United States move toward full equivalency http://www.theocf.com/2012/02/canada-and-united-states-move-toward-full-equivalency/ Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:39:45 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=404 Canada and the United States are working towards full equivalency of their organic standards. Canada recognizes the U.S. organic pasture regulations as equivalent to the Canadian standard for organic ruminant stocking rates. There is no longer a variance for ruminant animals or ruminant products traded under the U.S./Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement. Both the US National Organic Program and the Canadian Organic Regime have put in great efforts to synchronize standards and move toward full equivalence with one another. This will create a better import and export availability for organic producers and processors.  This is a great achievement between two countries.  This will make organic certification easier for the organic certification company and the certified organic operation seeking to sell in either country.

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Proposed Rule Would Reduce Limits of Synthetic Methionine in Organic Poultry Production http://www.theocf.com/2012/02/proposed-rule-would-reduce-limits-of-synthetic-methionine-in-organic-poultry-production/ Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:37:11 +0000 http://www.theocf.com/?p=398 Review the proposed rule regarding Methionine and organic livestock production at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5096902

If you raise organic poultry, you should read the proposed rule change.  The comment period for changing the  National Organic Program rules ends April 6, 2012.

Contact The Organic Consulting Firm to help you prepare your comments to the proposed rule change.

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