To impartially research, action and promote a comprehensive global safety standard to best protect the health of humans and the planet together.

The Organics Council® is grounded in science and led by an international, multidisciplinary panel of scientists united by a commitment to improving the protection of both humans and the planet together.

When the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were created to be the most competent regulatory authorities worldwide monitoring and controlling the safety assessment of chemicals allowed on the market, 30,000 and 62,000 substances were approved by default in Europe and the USA respectively, without any prior scientific assessment. Working backwards ever since in order to make day-to-day exposure less harmful for our health and environment, the system in place has treated each substance as safe until proven otherwise.[1],[2] In 2012, it was reported that in the European Union, 97% of agricultural food samples tested contained pesticide residues as a result of widespread soil contamination.[3] Carcinogenic glyphosate pesticide residues can now be commonly detected in our food.[4]

The Halifax project[5] has proved that classification of exposure based on the classified carcinogenic substances cannot deliver the long-term health and environmental safety everyone looks for. It underlined the importance of latent pollution from substances (even those tested as safe when exposed to them separately), contributing to health risks when taken in combination and/or at a longer exposure than what is classed as carcinogenic. Those environmental exposures of multiple non-hazardous substances are considered to be potentially contributing to the development of neurological disorders, cancers and a range of other critical illnesses.

Today, it is clear that to improve human health, protect the planet and reverse the damage we made to date, the world needs to turn to fully organic practice, otherwise known as circular economy, where everything is made and used safely and sustainably – from sourcing the renewable materials to employing the safest manufacturing practice to using and recycling with zero landfill.

The Organics Council® is about circular economy in action. Let’s make it happen together.

1. European Commission (2001), White Paper on the Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/chemicals/reach/background/white_paper.htm?uri=CELEX:52001DC0088 
2. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). https://www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory/about-tsca-chemical-substance-inventory 
3. European Food Safety Authority (2014), Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/141211b 
5. For more information, please visit http://www.gettingtoknowcancer.org/taskforce_environment.php