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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.

USDA Announces Proposed Expansion of the Organic Assessment Exemption

December 15, 2014

USDA: The US Departm

New report shows organic can compete - especially in droughts

December 12, 2014

CNBC: When it comes to groceries, "organic" and "sustainable" usually mean "expensive." But the supposed productivity gaps between organic and conventional farming may be a lot smaller than thought—and organic farming may be especially competitive during droughts like the one currently crushing California's massive agricultural sector.

OTA responds to misleading aerial photos of organic operations

December 11, 2014

OTA: On December 11, The Washington Post published an article entitled “Think your milk and eggs are ‘organic’?

Drop in corn, soybean prices could lure growers to organic

December 10, 2014

THE DES MOINES REGISTER: Organic crops could become more attractive to farmers as low corn and soybean prices prompts them to look for ways to boost their bottom line.

Yield gap between organic and conventional farming lower than previously thought

December 10, 2014

ORGANIC CENTER: A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that th

Tell Congress that you demand the right to know what’s in your food

December 8, 2014

OTA ACTION ALERT: On December 10, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on GMO labeling, and in particular, on H.R. 4432, a bill (dubbed the “DARK Act”) that would preempt states from enacting GMO labeling laws.

The Downside of Eating Too Locally

December 1, 2014

NYTimes Opinion: To appreciate the depth of our national political divide, look no further than our Thanksgiving tables.

Jumping on the organic wagon

December 1, 2014

THE LAND: Fred Appleton, co-owner of a 182,000-hectare farm in central Queensland that is 400 kilometres wide, is a new breed of beef farmer switching from traditional methods to organic.