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National Organic Action Plan Summit
This article was first printed in the May/June 2009 issue of the Organic Broadcaster, published by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.
As successful organic farmers know, planning is an important part of the process of farming. Following this lead, over 80 people from all corners of the United States came together in February of this year to develop a National Organic Action Plan (NOAP) for our country. Non-governmental organizations, farmers, government agencies, processors, certifiers and others interested in creating governmental policies that enhance and expand organic agriculture discussed a wide variety of topics at this NOAP summit over the two day period immediately preceding the 2009 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.
An over-riding sentiment of the participants was the recognition that organic agriculture should be seen in the broad context, for its potential to lessen global climate change, to grow nutritionally dense foods at the same time as improving soil and water quality for future generations, and provide wide ranging benefits for all sectors of society as well as much needed rural development. Spending the time to do this long-range planning was a worthwhile and stimulating activity, giving the organic community a good starting point for political and social action in the coming years.
Harriet Behar is the MOSES Outreach Specialist. She was an organic inspector and inspector trainer for many years and has an organic bedding plant and vegetable operation with her husband in Southwest WI.Return to TOP