Project Tackling Incongruities Between Food Safety and Organic Regs

USDA awarded a $50,000 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) planning grant to the University of Rhode Island in collaboration with The Organic Center and a diverse team of researchers, organizations, and farmers. The planning grant will conduct a needs assessment using a national survey and convene a multi-stakeholder summit to pinpoint the most challenging incongruities between food safety and NOP policies. These activities will determine which producers are most impacted, which food safety requirements are most difficult to synchronize with NOP standards, and which research opportunities can best address these conflicts. In the effort, The Organic Center and University of Rhode Island will collaborate with organic farmers, certifiers, and researchers to develop a full OREI research proposal for 2023 submission.