OTA provides the critical trade association roles of watch dogging, advocacy, and expert analysis to advance organic food and farming.
OTA creates new markets for organic products through international promotions, exporter education, business to business connections, and trade negotiations.
OTA tracks market size, growth rates, profitability, distribution channels and evolving consumer perceptions about the $35 billion organic sector.
OTA is facilitating the conversation about a program to fund organic research and promotion. Why? Because we can’t leave consumers guessing!
Organicology 2015, featuring the latest research and education and networking for organic stakeholders, will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 5-7, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, OR. Organicology, held every two years, is organized by the Organically Grown Company, Oregon Tilth, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and Organic Seed Alliance.
Among the panelists in the Friday morning workshop on “How to Market Organic” will be Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Director/CEO.
Batcha and Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s Regulatory Director for Organic Standards and Food Safety, will also take part in a Friday afternoon workshop on “Why Policy Matters.”
On Saturday, Nate Lewis (OTA’s Senior Crops & Livestock Specialist) and Perry Clutts (OTA Board member and OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council co-chair) will speak at a listening session on OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council.
This will be followed by a listening session on the proposed Organic Check-off Program with speakers Marty Mesh of Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Melody Meyer of UNFI and OTA Board Secretary, and OTA’s Nate Lewis.
The Organic Center’s Annual VIP Dinner is the organic sector’s premier executive-level event at Natural Products Expo West. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event in Anaheim.
At the celebratory dinner, thought-provoking keynote speakers will discuss the intersections of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients.
The Canada Organic Trade Association promotes the organic sector, educates the public and protects organic product integrity. COTA raises public awareness of the diverse Canadian organic industry through initiatives like national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer campaign. Member participation ensures that COTA will continue to be a strong voice for organic—to governments, consumers and the media.
The Organic Center is a trusted, go-to source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. As a non-profit research and education organization, The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in the current knowledge base about the many benefits of organic food and farming.