UPDATE = We managed to reach 10,000 signatures & sent them all to the NOSB for their Spring 2016 meeting!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SIGNED
PLEASE CONTINUE SHARING AS THIS PETITION IS ONGOING
In line with our interest in healthy materiality (and our corresponding horror at how we humans mismanage materials & ressources constantly), we started a petition in the Fall of 2015, to ask the National Organic Standards Boards (NOSB, a group within the US Department of Agriculture the USDA) to BAN PLASTICS & METALS FROM THE PACKAGING OF ORGANIC PRODUCE.
This petition is ONGOING - we'll try leading it until change happens within the organic industry. We deliver it twice a year, right before each meeting of the NOSB.
THIS IS NOW ROUND 2!
It's particularly strategic because the topic of Packaging substances used in organic food handling IS on the agenda of the upcoming spring meeting, which will be held April 25-27, 2016, in Washington DC. Let's aim for 10,000 signatures! We're calling on all our followers to become motors of this change, by doing a sequence of simple things, BEFORE APRIL 14th, 2016:
1) SIGN if you haven't already
2) SHARE if you have already signed, on all social media possible. I cannot emphasize how important it is to share - this is where the momentum happens. If possible, share repetitively at a few days interval, to bring more visibility at different times for different people; also, remember to ask other people to sign AND share! If you are not on social media, consider copying this text in an email to friends who might be interested in signing.
3) COMMENT on the public platform of the NOSB (click on the 'Comment Now!' button at top right) before April 14th (5 days left)
4) GO TO THE MEETING if you are in the area & SPEAK YOUR MIND IN PERSON (you can reserve a slot for oral comments here before April 14th (5 days left)
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS SUPPORT!!!
Together, let's get rid of the materials polluting our lives.
Studio Habeas Corpus
- Washington, DC, Spring Meeting Details
- Written comment
- Oral comment
Note: from conversations with the NOSB's main office, it appears that since the NOSB board members are all volunteers, they might not have time to research topics
>>> therefore, consumers / commenters, besides stating their wishes, are welcome to provide background info & evidence (for example by pointing to scientific material & studies) and even propose action plans themselves.
I personally will propose a BEST PRACTICE OBLIGATION for starters: that all organic producers / handlers (including dairy) should adopt the least polluting practice currently on the market. [for example: all organic eggs switch to the paper pulp boxes, and plastic egg boxes stop being used]. This should be the easiest to visualize and implement, since there is no research / innovation involved, and the proof that it works is already on the market. Feel free to copy this and suggest this Best Practice Obligation if you feel so enclined.