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We ask Organic Trade Association members to take action on the following organic policy issues. Organic Trade Association members should lean on our regulatory staff for assistance in submitting comments, providing feedback to OTA for inclusion in our final comments, and with any issue-specific questions or concerns. 

Comments on GMO Proposed Rule ready for review

On June 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule that would revise the regulatory framework that oversees the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically engineered organisms. The rule would reduce the regulatory burden for developers of organisms that are unlikely to pose plant pest risks. The Organic Trade Association has developed draft comment in response to the proposed rule with a focus on protecting organic agriculture and trade, and raising issues related to challenges of testing for emerging technologies and the impacts of GMO contamination on international trade. Members may direct feedback on these comments to Johanna Mirenda in advance of the August 5 comment deadline.

Ask your Representative to join the House Organic Caucus

The 116th Congress features 98 new Members! This is a huge opportunity to grow the House Organic Caucus. Organic is poised to continue expanding and new Members are vital to supporting the Organic market. Ask your Congresspeople to join the House Organic Caucus today!


Tell Congress to Feed Children ORGANIC Milk and Food in Schools!

Help increase organic options in federal programs that feed women and children. Non-organic milk tested positive for illegal antibiotics, high levels of growth hormones and controversial pesticide contaminants in a recent study by Emory University and The Organic Center. Organic milk tested clean.

Tell your Congressman to fund programs to feed children healthy organic milk.

It's simple. Organic milk and other organic foods and beverages should be an option for children during mealtimes at school. Organic milk has more of the healthy vitamins and minerals found in milk and none of the bad stuff. Help kids build strong bones and healthy muscles without the antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides.



Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs  
(503) 798-3294

Megan DeBates
Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions 
(202) 403-8643