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Renowned researcher joins The Organic Center staff

January 10, 2019

The Organic Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Amber Sciligo has joined its staff as Manager of Science Programs. As such, she will work closely with researchers, industry, farmers, and policymakers to identify organic research needs, facilitate project implementation and communicate scientific results across the organic sector.

The Organic Center Responds to “Organic Food Is Worse for the Climate Than Non-Organic Food”

December 17, 2018

Misunderstandings about organic agriculture abound, and can be clearly seen in a recent misleading article published in US News entitled “Organic Food Is Worse for the Climate Than Non-Organic Food”, referencing a press release about a recent study published in the journal Nature.

Farm Bill a Bipartisan Win

December 12, 2018

The Organic Center Responds to AgDaily OpEd "What are you really getting from organic apples"

October 9, 2018

The AgDaily OpEd entitled “What are you really getting from organic apples“, written by Michelle Miller, is extremely misleading and mischaracterizes pesticide use on organic and conventional farms. She conflates brand name products with generic chemicals, and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices.

Farmworkers at risk from chemicals but organic can help, shows new report

September 13, 2018

The Organic Center delves into research studies to prove organic is safer for our farmworkers

A pragmatic approach to checkoffs

September 10, 2018

Can a voluntary checkoff program work? That’s the question the Organic Trade Association faces as it moves toward a voluntary organic check-off.

OTA Responds to “The Organic Industry is Lying to You” Op Ed

August 6, 2018

I was deeply disappointed to see your newspaper publish “The Organic Industry is Lying to You” by Henry Miller (Opinion, August 6) Mr. Miller’s piece reflects his deep bias against organic, and his pattern over the years of misinforming the public through his misleading and inaccurate pieces about organic.

After USDA halts organic check-off proposal, groups look for alternatives

July 27, 2018

The USDA terminated the proposed rule for an organic check-off program in May due to a “lack of consensus within the industry in support for the proposed program.” The agency’s unexpected move shocked the program’s proponents, while opponents breathed sighs of relief. The question left on the table now is how to fund the research and promotion of organic that both sides agree are needed.

Immigrant Farmers Help Grow Organic Ag in Wisconsin and Beyond

July 25, 2018

Hmong farmers Blia and Phua Thao put their 40-plus years of experience to work in Spring Valley, where they grow organic produce entirely by hand.

Batcha: Organic farming has many benefits

July 22, 2018

Today’s American organic sector is making a positive difference for us all and has become an integral part of our lives. Indeed, organic agriculture, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, is benefiting farmers and consumers, businesses of all sizes, rural and urban communities — in Michigan and throughout the nation.