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Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival

August 16, 2016

I did a little experiment the other day. I stood outside a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., with two cartons of large brown eggs. One carton had the words "Non-GMO Project Verified" on it, with a little orange butterfly. It also said cage-free.

US Organic Farming Hotspots – An Opportunity for Rural Communities?

August 16, 2016

Can Organic Agriculture Contribute to Increasing Income for the Larger Community?

Do clusters of organic farming activity lead to higher income for farmers as well as others in their community? A recent study suggests that producing organic foods is correlated with lower poverty and increased household incomes in rural communities.

American farmers are struggling to feed the country's appetite for organic food

July 20, 2016

Consumer appetite for organic foods reached $13.4bn in the US last year – so why is only 1% of the country’s cropland dedicated to organic farming?

Organic sales reach milestones

July 15, 2016

As sales of organic products soared in 2015 to $43.3 billion, up $11 billion in one year, produce kept its leading role with more than 30% of those dollars, Organic Trade Association CEO Laura Batcha said at the Organic Produce Summit.

Organic farming isn't about living in the past. It's about creating a healthy future

July 5, 2016

To the editor: Organic’s so-called “19th century farming methods” are innovative and science-based, and have a clear eye on the healthy and sustainable future of our planet. 

OTA taking the long view on GMO labeling and organic

June 27, 2016

In the craziness that is the nation’s capital this summer, navigating legislative action to promote and protect organic has never been tougher, but that is the mission of your Organic Trade Association.

Can New USDA Organic Standards for Animals Close the Welfare Gap?

June 22, 2016

Growing consumer interest in animal welfare could mean new organic standards.

General Mills Partners with Organic Valley to Help Conventional Dairy Farms Transition to Certified Organic

June 10, 2016

Program will drive more acres in the U.S. into the organic certification process and builds on the company's commitment to double organic acreage

Organic ag ‘hotspots’ boost local economies

June 8, 2016

Organic production and processing “hotspots” provide an added boost to local economies, a new analysis concludes.

“U.S. Organic Hotspots and Their Benefit to Local Economies,” an analysis of three previous independent studies by Penn State Agriculture Economist Edward Jaenicke, found organic agriculture has a bigger impact on local economies than previously suspected.

USDA Interview with Monique Marez, OTA's Associate Director of International Trade

June 7, 2016

Monique Marez, Associate Director, International Trade, discusses managing foreign access programs and working on technical assistance for specialty crop producers.