The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule to allow three substances in organic crop production and handling.
Based on recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board, the NOP is proposing allowing three substances in organic crops and handling:
1. Biodegradable biobased mulch film
- Farmers wouldn't need to remove the biodegradable mulch at the end of the growing season, reducing waste and farm worker labor costs.
- Mulch couldn't contain genetically modified ingredients and would need to meet other requirements.
3. Nonorganic Citrus hystrix leaves and fruit*
*Allows handlers to use the non-organic form of the ingredient only if organic form isn't commercially available in the appropriate form, quality or quantity to replace its use.
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Deadline: October 21, 2013