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Organic farmers move toward check-off

January 22, 2015

Iowa Farmer Today: The air is cold and crisp today on Roger Lansink’s Sac County farm. Everything seems crystal clear. But, in the world of organic agriculture, one thing is still a little murky. The industry is discussing whether to establish an organic checkoff, and if it does, just how that checkoff might work.

Seeds: The Heart of Organic Innovation with OTA Member Matthew Dillon of Seeds Matter / Clif Bar Foundation

January 21, 2015

Civil Eats: Matthew Dillon learned a tough lesson about seeds early in his career. Dillon was the executive director of the Abundant Life Seed Foundation at the time. 

Are Organic Mattresses Healthier and Safer? Q&A with OTA member Barry Cik of Naturepedic

January 21, 2015

Houston Chronicle: Q&A with OTA member Barry Cik of Naturepedic on the health and safety of organic mattresses. An organic mattress eliminates questionable materials and chemicals that are commonly used in mattresses, and instead uses only GOTS approved...

What Farming Fish 'Organically' Could Mean

January 20, 2015

NPR: OTA's Nate Lewis weighs in: When it comes to organic certification, there are strict guidelines for food producers to follow. Think about an organic steak. The cow it came from has to be raised on organic feed. The feed mix can’t be produced with pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetic engineering.

Organic Trade Association: all over the world and back

January 16, 2015

The Produce News: At two Organic Trade Association-sponsored seminars in Japan in late 2014, more than 100 of that country’s top grocery retail food importers and distributors learned that athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic.

USDA considers check-off exemption for organic growers

January 12, 2015

The Packer: The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a proposed rule to exempt more organic growers and handlers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs. The check-off programs are traditionally funded by producers of a specific commodity, with funds used for commodity promotion and research.


Improvonia Joins the Organic Trade Association to Improve Access to Organic Products

January 8, 2015

PRNews: Public awareness of the benefits of organic food is growing exponentially, but that alone won't be enough for traditionally niche products to flourish in the restaurant industry. A new app aims to help.

Ten New Year’s resolutions from The Organic Center!

December 24, 2014

2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming: for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the environment.

OTA defends farm to table Organic label in the Wall Street Journal

December 22, 2014

OTA's Letter to the Editor "The ‘Organic’ Label Means What It Says" was published in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 21. Regarding Caelainn Barr’s “Boom in Organic Farming Outpaces Regulator” (Marketplace, Dec. 10), the U.S.

Comment now on organic exemption from conventional commodity check-off

December 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs on December 16.