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OTA pushes for strengthened organic seed sourcing as a next step in creating seed purity standard

May 4, 2016

USDA should strengthen organic seed sourcing practices as part of a multifaceted approach to prevent unintentional contamination of organic crops with genetically modified organisms, the Organic Trade Association argues in comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board.

From cropland to chicken coops, organic manufacturers get their hands dirty to anticipate looming shortage

April 28, 2016

Companies from Chipotle to Costco are creatively coming up with ways to keep their organic supplies steady, but mid-sized, natural category veterans are concerned about the big fish jumping into a small and shrinking pond.

FDA to Extend Comment Period on Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Public Comments on Assessing the Risk of Human Illness Associated with Raw Manure as Fertilizer

April 21, 2016

In response to multiple requests from stakeholders, the FDA is extending the comment period for public input to assist FDA in its plan to develop a risk assessment evaluating the risk of human illness associated with the consumption of produce grown in fields on which raw manure (or other untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin) is used as fertilizer.

Why Organic Restaurant Certification Matters

April 19, 2016

To raise accountability, more restaurants are taking the extra step of getting their entire business—not just certain menu items—certified as organic.

CJ’s Premium Spices named national competition finalist

April 19, 2016

CJ’s Premium Spices, LLC is a finalist in the American Small Business Championship and will compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

GOTS gets tough on false organic fibre claims

April 11, 2016

The Global Organic Textile Standard - or GOTS - is stepping up its efforts to clamp down on what it says are "rampant" mislabelling and false 'organic' claims in the apparel sector. 

Organic sector continues double-digit growth

April 5, 2016

The number of organic farms is increasing, even after more than a decade of sustained growth in the sector, according to newly released USDA data.

U.S. companies make case for keeping Cuba organic

April 4, 2016

Cuban farms could one day help to feed Americans’ burgeoning appetite for organic food.

 

USDA Reports Record Growth In U.S. Organic Producers

April 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. According to new data, there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world.

Costco gets creative to meet shoppers' huge appetite for organics

April 4, 2016

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand.

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