Ground-Breaking Animal Welfare Organic Rules Moving Forward
As we’ve reported in the past, buying certified organic meat doesn’t guarantee the animals were treated humanely. And while there’s no cure-all for an industry that often prioritizes economy over animal welfare, things may be looking up for all animals raised on organic farms in the U.S.
USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.
Letter to the editor by Laura Batcha
Organic Industry Counters Recent Allegations, Details Hopes for USDA Meeting
Cornucopia Institute “clearly has an opinion” about how to interpret the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and current federal regulations governing organic food production, Nate Lewis, farm policy director for OTAtells Food Chemical News, “and it’s certainly within anyone’s right to report a complaint or investigate if they believe the regulations have been violated, but the merits o
Millennials are Driving Organic Food to New Heights
The survey of 1,800 households across the nation found that more than half of parents who are buying organic food regularly are between the ages of 18 and 34, as compared to a little more than a third of Gen-Xers and 14 percent of Baby Boomers.
Organic produce sales soar double digits in second quarter
Organic fruit and vegetable sales saw large increases, both in dollars and volume, in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.
How Trade Agreements are helping U.S. Markets Meet the Growing Demand for Organics
Millennials pushing organic to new heights
More than half of organic shoppers are millennials with children, according to a new survey from the Organic Trade Association. Parents ages 18 to 34 years old represent the largest group of organic consumers in the United States. Among American mothers and fathers, 52% of those buying organic are millennials, which compares with 35% of Generation X parents and 14% of Baby Boomer parents.
How "Certified Transitional" Foods Will Change the Way You Buy Organic Produce
If you haven't heard about "transitional" food or seen a "certified transitional" label at the market yet, you likely will soon. Interest in transitional crops—ones where farmers are in the process of converting their fields from conventional agriculture to organic—has been picking up steam, says Nate Lewis, farm policy director of the Organic Trade Association.