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Organic Industry Unites to “Bust Myths” throughout September

August 24, 2015

Consumers have never before had such a wide array of organic food and products to choose from.  Sales of organic products are increasing at or near double digits annually.  But despite these successes, research reveals significant consumer confusion about organic benefits.

OTA responds to Stericycle press release on organic food recalls

August 20, 2015

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, the New York Times published “Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says” by reporter Stephanie Strom. The story focused on data collected by Stericycle, a company that manages product recalls for businesses, which pointed to an increase in the number of recalls of organic food products.

Will Organic Agriculture Feed the World?

August 14, 2015

The United Nations recently released their2015 World Population Prospects report, which estimates the vast numbers of humans that will inhabit our planet in the next 15 years.

OTA responds to inaccurate Forbes article

August 7, 2015

The July 29 article “The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture" in Forbes paints an inaccurate picture of the organic regulations.

Organic farmers face growing pains as demand outpaces supply

August 5, 2015

When Andrew and Melissa Dunham took over a 150-year-old corn, soybean and cattle farm from a relative in 2006, the 80-acre spread northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, couldn’t support a full-time farmer.

Meaty matters: How to navigate organic’s new frontier

July 29, 2015

According to the Organic Trade Association, the market for organic meat grew over 11 percent this year alone.

An Organic Check-off; Contributing to Our Greater Good

July 27, 2015

As with most anything else, I find myself weighing both sides of the debate over the organic check-off application that was recently submitted to the USDA by the Organic Trade Association. 

U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Switzerland Partnership in Organic Trade

July 9, 2015

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the United States and Switzerland formed a partnership that will recognize the two countries' organic programs as equivalent for organic products and streamline access to each other's markets.

Do organic farmers need special seeds & money to breed them?

July 2, 2015

Rearranging veggie genes is big business, and we're not even talking about biotechnology. Private companies and university researchers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year breeding better genetic varieties of food crops. But organic farmers say those programs have a big blind spot when it comes to figuring out which new varieties are truly better.

Members Named to Seven Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 129 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs).