We are pleased to share with you our latest publication, Biodiversity Conservation: An Organic Farmer’s and Certifier’s Guide.
The Guide clarifies the National Organic Program’s (NOP) new Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance (released January 2016). The Guide will also increase organic farmers’ and certifiers’ understanding of the myriad of benefits provided by biodiversity conservation.
Outcomes ranging from enhanced pollination and improved pest control, to cleaner water sources can help an organic operation perform optimally. WFA’s new Guide gives farmers and certifiers practical and effective information to not only be in compliance but also to take advantage of the ecosystem benefits related to biodiversity.
Organic certifiers from across the country will use this Guide to help their farmers. Sean Feder, Director of Inspection Operations with California Certified Organic Farmers stated that WFA’s Guide “will contribute to improved understanding and implementation among producers and certifiers.”
Organic operations that use the USDA National Organic Program label are obligated to conserve biodiversity and maintain or improve the natural resources, including soil, water, wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife. The Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance was published to ensure uniform compliance of these regulations that have been in place since the NOP’s inception.
Please help us get this important resource into the hands of organic farmers and certifiers across the country. Forward this email to anyone working with organic operations.
Without the generous support from the following organizations, this Guide would not be possible: Clif Bar Family Foundation, Columbia Foundation, Frontier Natural Products Endowment Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Gaia Fund, Horne Family Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, True North Foundation, UNFI Foundation and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. It was also funded by AweSum Organics, Café Mam, Coke Farm, Driscoll’s, Earl’s Organic Produce, Ecological Farming Association, Full Belly Farm, Gopher’s Limited, Heath and Lejune, Liberty Prairie Foundation, MOM’s Organic Market, Organically Grown Company, Phil Foster Ranches, Veritable Vegetable, and Vital Farms.