The real risk to organic is lack of production
Organic Trade Association Wants Transitional Designation
The Organic Trade Association intends to ask USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to establish a transitional organic designation for farmers converting their land to organic production. This would allow these farmers to utilize the services of the NRCS. South Dakota organic grower Charlie Johnson says it’s a reasonable request because it takes time to convert to organic production.
USDA to finalize rule expanding organic checkoff exemption
Additional organic farmers and handlers will be exempt from paying into commodity checkoff programs under a rule being finalized by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
OTA hopes to “turn the corner” on organic supply shortages in 2016
The Organic Trade Association in 2016 will push forward several initiatives to help industry “turn the corner” on the supply shortages currently holding it back from meeting surging demand for organic products, the group’s CEO Laura Batcha says.
The Outsize Importance of the Tiny Organic Seed
“Parsley could be the new kale. You laugh, but I might make this happen,” says the owner of Wild Garden Seed, who’s spent much of the past 30-odd years living off the grid in Philomath, Oregon, where he breeds new lettuces, quinoas, and other edible plants.
Organic apples claim larger market share, experts say
Why Organic Cotton is the Better Option for You and the Planet
When it comes to natural clothing, despite whatever excitement there is about bamboo, soy and hemp fibers, cotton is still the leading material. But, within the world of cotton, there are a couple of rather important distinctions to be made. The first of these issues is how the cotton — a widespread, inedible cash crop — is grown.
OTA statement on FDA guidance on GMO labeling
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published its final guidance for companies who want to voluntarily label whether foods have or have not been produced or processed with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Feds release new produce safety, 3rd-party audit rules
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released three new rules to establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and verify that imported food meets U.S. safety standards in an effort to prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.
FDA sets food safety rules for produce farms
Fruit and vegetable growers will have as long as six years to comply with a landmark FDA rule that, for the first time, sets food safety standards for produce farms. The Produce Safety Rule was issued at the same time as a rule that requires importers to verify that imported food meets U.S.