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Non-organic milk tests positive for illegal antibiotics, high levels of growth hormones and controversial pesticide contaminants. Organic milk tests clean.
What's in your milk?
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And if you buy organic, you'll never have to.
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OTA's Board is comprised of 15 diverse individuals, from multiple points along the supply chain, who bring an unparalleled commitment and vision to guide the future direction of OTA.
Meet Our Board of Directors
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OTA’s consumer survey takes an in-depth look at the buying patterns of American households, who buys organic products, what products are being bought, the reasons behind those decisions, and the purchase patterns of the organic consumer.
Latest Organic Consumer Data
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The Organic Trade Association has taken action to defend the organic seal and organic standards by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards.
OTA sues USDA over animal welfare standards
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The Organic Center and Northeastern University have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change!
Organic can help mitigate climate change!
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OTA’s members work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.
MAKE AN IMPACT
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OTA has spearheaded and underwritten significant studies on organic trade in its effort to build a sound set of data for organic stakeholders and policymakers when they make their business decisions and design policy. The latest report is now available for download.
Just Released U.S. Organic Trade Data Report: 2011 to 2016
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"U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies" is conclusive research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production–and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture–creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.
Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies
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The Organic Trade Association's mission is to promote and protect ORGANIC with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA's vision is to grow ORGANIC to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being.

Our priorities: healthy markets, successful farmers, expanded production.

We bring the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

We track market size, growth, and consumer perceptions on the nearly $50B U.S. organic sector.

We want more research, more technical assistance, and more education on organic.

Current Issues

Be an early adopter and pre-enroll to help eliminate organic fraud.

Learn more about how organic priorities fared in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Organic Trade Association deeply disappointed in USDA final GMO labeling rule. 

Judge blocks USDA attempt to dismiss lawsuit and recognizes harm to organic industry.

  • July 10, 2019 to July 11, 2019
    Organic Produce Summit

    Organic Produce Summit

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California taking place July 10-11, 2019. Come visit us at tabletop TT4! 

    Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association CEO/Executive Director, will be speaking in the educational breakout session titled "Organic Sales and Consumer Purchasing Analysis", taking place from 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, July 11th. Laura will be joined on the panel by Steve Lutz, Produce Marketing Association's Regional Vice President, and the session will be moderated by Kevin Coupe, Founder of MorningNewsBeat.com.

    The Organic Trade Association will also host its first-ever Buyers Mission at the Organic Produce Summit during the morning of July 10th. Buyers in attendance will be from major retailers and importers invited from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Mexico, and others! Buyer profiles to come soon. As this is a limited time frame for meetings, supplier registration is limited and interested companies are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot! Registration will be closed after Friday June 21st. Register now!

    In order to participate in the Buyers Mission, all of the products you promote must be USDA certified organic, produced in the USA, and made of 51% or more of U.S. based ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  This is the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for Organic Trade Association activities.  All supplier participants must complete Organic Trade Association’s onsite evaluation and a 6 month follow-up evaluation. For more information, contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

    Summit Information: 

    July 10-11, 2019 

    Monterey Conference Center

    Monterey, California 

    The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, Cal...
  • September 11, 2019 to September 14, 2019
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 28,000 industry professionals and 1,900 exhibits to the Baltimore Convention Center, September 11-14, 2019. 

    The Organic Trade Association will exhibit at the show, organize the All Things Organic Conference education sessions, and host an international Buyers Mission as well as organic stakeholder meetings in conjunction with Expo East. 

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Convening will take place Tuesday, September 10th, and The Organic Center's Organic Confluences Summit will take place Wednesday, September 11th 

    Be sure to save the date for the Organic Trade Association's Annual Membership Meeting and Leadership Awards Celebration too, taking place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 

    Check back soon for updates on all of these events taking place at Expo East 2019. More info available on the Organic at Expo East page of our website. Contact Adrienne Messe if you'd like to connect with us in Baltimore in September! 

    Snapshot of Organic at Expo East: 

    Baltimore, MD

    Tuesday, September 10
    Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Convening 

    Wednesday, September 11 
    Organic Trade Association Board of Directors Meeting 
    The Organic Center's Organic Confluences Conference
    Organic Trade Association's Annual Membership Meeting
    Organic Trade Association's Leadership Awards Celebration

    Thursday, September 12
    Organic Trade Assocaition's All Things Organic Conference
    Natural Products Expo East Tradeshow

    Friday, September 13
    Organic Trade Assocaition's All Things Organic Conference
    Natural Products Expo East Tradeshow

    Saturday, September 14
    Natural Products Expo East Tradeshow 

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organ...

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.

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