Organic Trade Association
Since 1980, Katherine DiMatteo (Dih-MAH-Tee-oh) has been working to bring about a more environmentally and economically sustainable world by advocating for changes in government policies and by encouraging informed personal choices. From 1985 to 1989, she was development director of the Peace Development Fund in Amherst, Massachusetts. She then served as the executive director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association from 1989 to 1990. Since 1990, she has been the executive director of the Organic Trade Association (formerly OFPANA, the Organic Foods Production Association of North America). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Northeast Coops (1985-1995), including terms as president and treasurer.
DiMatteo is internationally recognized for her efforts to build consensus on organic standards and practices, and for making the connection between organic agriculture and a sustainable future. She has tirelessly rallied support among diverse sectors of the industry and government for the promotion of organic foods and products.
In 1998, DiMatteo received the Heart In Business Award, a peer-evaluated natural products industry honor. In 1999, she was named one of Self Magazine's "Food Influentials." In 2000, she was appointed by then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and U. S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC). She was reappointed to APAC in September 2001 by current Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman and U. S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. APAC is charged with advising senior government officials on policies that affect agricultural trade issues. The September 2000 issue of Organic & Natural News saluted DiMatteo as an Organic Industry Luminary for devoting her time, energy, and resources to help build the industry and preserve its values. She also received the National Nutritional Foods Association's distinguished Rachel Carson Environmental Achievement Award at NNFA's June 2001 annual meeting and exposition. This award honors individuals outside the health food industry who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment and to environmentally beneficial causes. In June 2002, she received a Natural Business Leadership Award at the Sixth Annual Natural Business Market Trends Conference in Broomfield, CO.
September 11, 2005
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