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Federal legislation proposed to crack down on fake organics

October 9, 2017

A bill introduced in Congress would toughen inspections of imported organic produce to ensure the food items are genuine. Reps.

Organic field crop production gains momentum

September 29, 2017

It comes as no surprise that the organic sector continues to grow at a faster pace than other agricultural production systems. And while vegetables, fruits and livestock account for the lion’s share of organic production, organic field crops have gained in acreage and value, according to a new USDA report.

The USDA Is Being Sued for Delaying New Organic Standards

September 29, 2017

When you think of "free-range" chicken, what exactly comes to mind? That question, amazingly enough, is now central to a lawsuit filed against the United States government.

Head of USDA’s National Organic Program steps down

September 12, 2017

Miles McEvoy, deputy administrator for the National Organic Program at the USDA, said he was stepping down Sept. 30 after eight years in the position, and moving back to his home state of Washington while he considers new opportunities.

New Study Shows Organic Farming Traps Carbon in Soil to Combat Climate Change

September 11, 2017

Organic farms were found to have 26 percent more long-term carbon storage potential than conventional farms.

As organic gains prominence, shoppers increasingly seek lower cost and higher value

August 21, 2017

Rising sales and household penetration of organic is a double-edged sword for the industry in the US as more Americans have started looking for lower prices, bulk packaging and easier access through direct to consumer channels, according to purchasing data collected by Ekowarehouse.

Opinion: Know the facts about organic agriculture … then form your perceptions

August 16, 2017

Organic food has fewer pesticide residues on it, and a wide body of research proves this fact. This makes sense, because federal organic standards prohibit organic farmers from using synthetic, toxic chemicals, and allow the use of non-toxic materials only as a last resort. This results in healthier consumers, farmers, and sustainable practices to support our environment.

Organic industry forms anti-fraud task force to help bolster system

July 10, 2017

The recent detection of fraudulent ‘organic’ grains from Turkey in the U.S. has prompted the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to form a task force to develop a best-practices guide for the private sector and crack down on such incidents.

Organic food sales jump 8.4 percent in 2016

July 5, 2017

Fruits and vegetables continue to lead the way in organic food sales, but proteins and condiments made big gains in 2016.

Rep. Chellie Pingree: We Must Act to Protect Integrity of the Certified Organic Label

June 22, 2017

The Congresswoman and organic farmer from Maine urges the Trump Administration to strengthen oversight and add resources to the organic certification process.

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