Allison Johnson Appointed to National Organic Standards Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. ​— Allison Johnson, Senior Attorney at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The NOSB is a Federal Advisory Board responsible for making recommendations on a wide range of issues involving organic agriculture.

“I am honored by the opportunity to build on the strong legacy of public participation and transparency in organic agriculture,” notes Johnson. “It is my top priority to ensure that organic continues to be a leading climate approach and solution to farming and ranching that protects public health. I also look forward to working with the Board and the National Organic Program to ensure that organic is within reach for all producers and consumers.”

For decades, Johnson has advocated for food systems that protect public, soil and ecosystem health, 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 means of advancing national climate and health priorities, and the importance of championing diversity, racial equity, and accessibility across the industry.

NOSB members advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program on key issues in the organic sector, based on input from the public and scientific analysis. Johnson’s public interest and consumer position on the NOSB is one of four seats being filled this year, with each appointed member serving a five-year term.

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