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This obscure organic-burger chain should make Shake Shack, Five Guys, and Smashburger nervous

October 6, 2015

A growing name in the better-burger sector is coming for Five Guys, Smashburger, and Shake Shack. Elevation Burger, started in Arlington, Virginia, in 2005, has now spread to 10 states nationwide and Washington, DC.

Organic Produce Summit to explore $11 billion organic fruit and vegetable industry

October 6, 2015

Program plans are being finalized for the inaugural Organic Produce Summit to be held July 13-14, 2016 in Monterey, CA. The two-day summit is dedicated to the flourishing organic fresh fruit and vegetable industry, and includes an engaging and informative program connecting organic producers and handlers.

OTA applauds EPA steps to safeguard health of farmworkers

October 1, 2015

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center applaud the steps that the EPA has taken to safeguard the health of farmworkers, who are essential for putting food on our tables. The U.S.

Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year: USDA

September 18, 2015

Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year, a 72 percent increase from 2008, the U.S. Agriculture Department said in a report on Thursday that highlighted the consumer trend toward such products.

Organic farm sales surge 72 percent from 2008, USDA reports

September 17, 2015

The 2014 Organic Survey, released today by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), shows that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.

USDA announces more price options, elections for organic producers

September 9, 2015

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced Wednesday that it would offer expanded price options and elections on organic crops in 2016, helping organic producers purchase higher crop insurance policies.

New Report Shows that Organic Growing Methodology is Bee Friendly

September 3, 2015

An important and timely report released in June by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators — predominantly bees — which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.

Organic Trade Group Rallies Members & Supporters For “Myth-Busting” Social Media #OrganicFestival

August 26, 2015

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), an industry group representing more than 8,500 companies involved in organic agriculture, is gearing up for a month-long social media #OrganicFestival — in which it hopes to dispel common consumer misconceptions about what organic means.

Organic Industry Unites to “Bust Myths” throughout September

August 24, 2015

Consumers have never before had such a wide array of organic food and products to choose from.  Sales of organic products are increasing at or near double digits annually.  But despite these successes, research reveals significant consumer confusion about organic benefits.

OTA responds to Stericycle press release on organic food recalls

August 20, 2015

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, the New York Times published “Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says” by reporter Stephanie Strom. The story focused on data collected by Stericycle, a company that manages product recalls for businesses, which pointed to an increase in the number of recalls of organic food products.

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