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USDA to finalize rule expanding organic checkoff exemption

January 4, 2016

Additional organic farmers and handlers will be exempt from paying into commodity checkoff programs under a rule being finalized by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

OTA hopes to “turn the corner” on organic supply shortages in 2016

December 18, 2015

The Organic Trade Association in 2016 will push forward several initiatives to help industry “turn the corner” on the supply shortages currently holding it back from meeting surging demand for organic products, the group’s CEO Laura Batcha says. 

The Outsize Importance of the Tiny Organic Seed

December 17, 2015

“Parsley could be the new kale. You laugh, but I might make this happen,” says the owner of Wild Garden Seed, who’s spent much of the past 30-odd years living off the grid in Philomath, Oregon, where he breeds new lettuces, quinoas, and other edible plants.

Organic apples claim larger market share, experts say

December 9, 2015
Washington apple marketers are bullish on organic apples given consumers' hunger for healthy foods. Marketers foresee continued increase in sales.

Why Organic Cotton is the Better Option for You and the Planet

December 7, 2015

When it comes to natural clothing, despite whatever excitement there is about bamboo, soy and hemp fibers, cotton is still the leading material. But, within the world of cotton, there are a couple of rather important distinctions to be made. The first of these issues is how the cotton — a widespread, inedible cash crop — is grown. 

OTA statement on FDA guidance on GMO labeling

November 20, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published its final guidance for companies who want to voluntarily label whether foods have or have not been produced or processed with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  

Feds release new produce safety, 3rd-party audit rules

November 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released three new rules to establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and verify that imported food meets U.S. safety standards in an effort to prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. 

FDA sets food safety rules for produce farms

November 16, 2015

Fruit and vegetable growers will have as long as six years to comply with a landmark FDA rule that, for the first time, sets food safety standards for produce farms. The Produce Safety Rule was issued at the same time as a rule that requires importers to verify that imported food meets U.S.

Great organic hope? Young idealistic farmers help keep land in production

November 9, 2015

Hauling feed, herding pigs, long hours. Farming is hard. And 25-year-old Leanna Mulvihill loves it. Young farmers like Mulvihill are bright green shoots in a field full of old growth. Farmers, on average, are getting older, and millennials eager to get their fingernails dirty on sustainable farms are welcome.

If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?

November 9, 2015

Laura Batcha, CEO/ Executive Director of OTA, along with Tom Vilsack, Dan Glickman, Bob Stallman, Ricardo Salvador, Tom Colicchio, Michael Jacobson, and Hugh Grant, respond to the question: "Leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from the ground up?"