WASHINGTON — Allison Johnson, senior counsel at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The NOSB is a federal advisory board responsible for making recommendations on a wide range of issues concerning organic agriculture.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the strong legacy of public participation and transparency in organic agriculture,” notes Johnson. “My top priority is to ensure that organic continues to be a leading climate approach and a solution for agriculture and livestock that protects public health. I also look forward to working with the Council and the National Organic Program to ensure that organic is within reach of all growers and consumers.
For decades, Johnson has advocated for food systems that protect the health of the public, soils and ecosystems, as well as agricultural practices that end harmful uses of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics. Johnson’s current work focuses on organic agriculture as a way to advance national climate and health priorities, and the importance of championing diversity, racial equity and accessibility overall. Of the industry.
NOSB members advise the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program on key organic sector issues, based on public input and scientific analysis. Johnson’s public interest and consumer position at the NOSB is one of four seats to be filled this year, with each appointed member serving a five-year term.
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