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Organic industry seeks 'check-off' funds

May 13, 2015

Organic food producers are asking the Agriculture Department to sign off on a "check-off" program that would allow the maturing industry to spend more to educate the public and conduct research.

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) grew by more than 18% last year

May 12, 2015

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) grew by more than 18% last year, from 3085 facilities in 2013 to 3663 facilities in 2014.

Organic food industry to ask USDA for checkoff referendum

May 12, 2015

The organic farming industry says it cannot meet the demand for its products so it will ask USDA to implement an industry-wide vote on a checkoff program that hopefully would raise $30 million a year to fund programs that will help the industry grow.

USDA Clarifies Requirements for Transitioning Dairy Animals into Organic Production; Invites Comments on Proposed Rule

April 27, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to clarify the requirements for the transition of dairy animals into organic production.

Organic Trade Association unveils promising stats on industry growth

April 16, 2015

The head of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) told a sold-out conference Wednesday morning that the results of a recent annual survey show “organic has turned a corner.”

Consumers increasingly buy organic products despite high prices, supply shortages in industry

April 16, 2015

The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

U.S. Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Food

April 16, 2015

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering.

Organic food firms tackle supply constraints

April 3, 2015

Last year, organic cereal maker Nature’s Path Foods Inc. grew so frustrated with organic-grain shortfalls that it decided to get aggressive about its supply chain.

Organic cropland for cash? Yes, please!

March 31, 2015

Jim Cramer has been one of the biggest supporters behind the natural and organic food wave that has swept the country. He considers it one of the most lucrative trends of our era.

Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs

March 25, 2015

While we’re at it, let’s finally start labeling products made with genetically engineered food. Right now, the only way we can be sure to avoid them is to buy organic food. If G.M.O.s were largely beneficial to eaters, manufacturers would proudly boast of products containing them.

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