OTA provides advocacy and analysis to advance organic food and farming.
OTA brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.
OTA tracks market size, growth rates, and consumer perceptions on the $39B U.S. organic sector.
The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program.
Comment deadline is June 13. OTA has formed a task force to address this issue. GET INVOLVED >>
OTA submitted final comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of the term "Natural" on labels of human food products.
Check out summaries of key topics, proposal decisions and Board discussions.
Food 2.0: Investing in the Next Wave of Natural & Organic will take place June 7-9, 2016 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Food manufacturers, companies & entrepreneurs, food service providers, distributors, food hubs, the investment community, consultants, lawyers and others will meet to assess the natural & organic food landscape and prospects.
OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard will give a presentation on navigating the certification process, and will also sit on a panel discussing GMOs. To connect with OTA at the event, contact Gwendolyn.
During the inaugural Organic Produce Summit July 13-14 at the Monterrey Hyatt Resort and Spa, OTA’s Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha will kick off a series of Ted Talk-Style keynote presentations with a State of the Organic Produce Industry presentation. Other presenters include former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, and OTA members Chad Hagan, Vice President of SunOpta, and Greg Holzman, founder and CEO of Purity Organics. This event will showcase the booming $11 billion organic fresh produce marketplace with a series of educational sessions, featured speakers, networking opportunities and exhibits from leading organic fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The educational component of the show will begin with a series of break-out sessions hosted by the Organic Trade Association and followed by featured addresses from innovative and inspirational presenters. To connect with OTA at the event, contact Laura.
OTA will sponsor an organic boot camp for journalists during the National Press Foundation's 4-day training on The Future of Food and Agriculture. On July 25, 2016, OTA will lead a tour of an organic farm, followed by a presentation on organic. Over four days, journalists will dive into a range of topics, taking them from the fields to the dinner table to a peek into the future of agriculture.
The all-expenses-paid fellowship covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel costs and most meals. NPF offers this professional development opportunity for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on one of today’s most critical issues. Application deadline is May 24, 2016.
The Canada Organic Trade Association promotes the organic sector, educates the public and protects organic product integrity. COTA raises public awareness of the diverse Canadian organic industry through initiatives like national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer campaign. Member participation ensures that COTA will continue to be a strong voice for organic—to governments, consumers and the media.
The Organic Center is a trusted, go-to source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. As a non-profit research and education organization, The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in the current knowledge base about the many benefits of organic food and farming.