In response to the NOSB's request for comments on non-degradable ag-mulches, which are due to sunset in 2017, the BPI provided the following comments (click here).
Our comments call to attention that the NOP's Guidance document in January, 2015 stated that only 100% biobased biodegradable ag-mulches were allowable. (click here for document).
As no biodegradable mulches can fulfill this requirement, the decision of the NOP prevents growers from having the option to use and evaluate the significant benefits of biodegradable plastic mulches which contain some biobased content. In their place, organic growers will have no choice but to continue to use non-degradable, plastic mulches, which are derived solely from petroleum. This is, unfortunately, a lost opportunity for the organic sector to be a leader in sustainable practices.
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