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Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds

May 24, 2017

Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey.

The research — released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association, the nation’s leading organic industry group — offers a glimpse into how the market is developing and where there is the greatest demand for organic products.

OTA issues a response to "Monkey Cage' analysis in the Washington Post

May 23, 2017

In response to the “Monkey Cage” analysis by Jason Kuo published on May 22 in the Washington Post, the Organic Trade Association reiterates its original response (below) to the May 13 story "The labels said 'organic,' but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren't" and adds the following:

OTA issues a response to Washington Post story on imports

May 15, 2017

In response to the May 13 Washington Post article entitled “The labels said ‘organic,’ but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t,”, the Organic Trade Association calls on the U.S.

OTA issues a response to Washington Post story on dairy

May 3, 2017

In response to a story in the Washington Post on May 1 by reporter Peter Whoriskey titled “Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic,” the Organic Trade Association issu

Organic pioneer named Ag Woman of the Year

May 2, 2017

Tonya Antle has been named the Ag Woman of the Year by Monterey County's Ag Against Hunger.

More than 300 certified organic beef, pork, dairy and poultry producers sent letter to Ag Secretary on Organic Livestock and Poultry Production rule

May 1, 2017

On April 28, more than 300 certified organic beef, pork, dairy and poultry producers sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the Secretary to allow the Organic Livestock and Poultry Production rule to become effective on May 19. Read the full letter. 

Meat of the Matter: Organic Marketing? Check.

April 12, 2017

The organic industry is thriving in 2017. As of end-of-year data, the U.S. industry in 2016 saw its largest dollar gain ever, an increase of $4.2 billion that brought the overall industry total to $43.3 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

One Final Push For Organic – April 19th is Your Deadline to Act

April 10, 2017

My humble beginnings in the organic industry began in 1976 in a small co-op in Iowa. The people were eclectic, and I was drawn to the culture as much as I was the idea of providing healthy organic foods to my community. We were a nascent movement, getting back to the land and nature.

One farmer's perspective: Organic is a brand, not a commodity

April 4, 2017

Commodity check-off programs have been around for decades. Many producers forced to contribute to those check-offs have rebelled because they are taxed without receiving any benefits.

I’ve been among the most vocal critics of those check-offs through the years.  

Merrigan to organic industry: Be proud of being big

March 16, 2017

The organic food industry should not shy away from the label "Big Food" because the industry's growing market clout will help it fight any political challenges in the Trump administration, former Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said recently at an Organic Farming Research Foundation fundraiser in Anaheim, Calif.

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