Progress Or Backslide?

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Two weeks ago the Advisory Board (the NOSB) to the USDA-NOP passed a “recommendation” that the Dept. of Agriculture should regulate organic claims on cosmetics. Currently, the FDA regulates cosmetics labels, not the USDA-NOP. Then a bunch of “natural” food … Read More

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It is unwise to take the recent Personal Care Recommendation by the NOSB (Nat’l Organic Standards Board, an advisory board to the NOP) out of the context of the whole meeting and even out of the context of the NOSB’s … Read More

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Even Government Committees Need to Do Their Homework Secret Codes: (okay – so they are just acronyms . . .) NOP = National Organic Program USDA = Untied States Department of AGRICULTURE (Farms!!) NOSB = the National Organic Standards Board … Read More

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Alcohol and the American Home – Real Work When I first started to sell organic ingredients into the cosmetic world, I received a pint of certified organic alcohol as a sample – I think of it as my own personal … Read More

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Deal With It One of the reasons that the organic food program works is because of certification. I’m not convinced that consumers understand or care about a certification seal but I am convinced that the certification process provides the  growers … Read More

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EDUCATED TRANSPARENCY The cosmetic industry seems obsessed by this notion of harmonized standards yet seems unaware that it took the organic food movement over 40 years to get most of the standards on a level field. Even today there is … Read More

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THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS Let’s talk about how cosmetic products get certified under the NOP. Maybe it will help people see how this food model interacts (or does not) with cosmetics. Start with the qualifications – the NOP allowed everyone who … Read More

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MAKE A COMMITMENT!  Natural Beauty Summit May 2009 Report  Okay – so I am not really “just back from” the Natural Beauty Summit (NBS) but, after a couple weeks of the normal mess involved with moving, I am getting around … Read More

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