The USDA National Organic Program announced today that Prof. Asa Bradman, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health and Associate Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) as the Scientist member for a five year term beginning in January 2017. The NOSB is a 15 member Federal Advisory Board that considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products. The Board has statutory authority to judge which materials are on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances that may or may not be used in organic crop and livestock production.
Bradman is one of the first members in the scientist position with environmental health training. "I am honored to serve on the Board and thank Secretary Vilsack and the National Organic Program for their confidence in me. One of my first jobs was picking citrus fruits for export and since then I have worked on many public health issues related to food production. Agriculture is a crucial industry in California and the organic sector is growing by double digits across the nation. I look forward to helping support the National Organic Program."