Organic farming bill passes by unanimous vote in Colorado House
DENVER – A bill designed to increase the number of inspectors in the state’s Organic Certification Program has passed by Colorado House by a 61-0 vote.
The measure is sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins and Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton.
“Farming and eating organic foods is a lifestyle that’s here to stay. In fact, it’s an industry that continues to grow,” Fischer said in a press release. “Colorado must take steps now to ensure enough certified inspectors are on hand to meet the increasing demand of organic food production.”
The bill authorizes the commissioner of agriculture to contract with independent inspectors to conduct inspections of organic product handlers and producers under the State Organic Certification Program.
It also increases the Organic Certification Advisory Board from nine to 12 members to include representation from four categories of organic certification including crop production, livestock production, processing/handling, and wild crop handling.
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