GREENFIELD, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2000) – Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association, has been appointed to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC).
APAC is one of the private sector advisory committees established by Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. APAC specifically is charged with giving advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative concerning overall trade policy objectives regarding agricultural trade issues.
DiMatteo’s appointment was made by Agricultural Secretary Dan Glickman and U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
DiMatteo has served as executive director of the Organic Trade Association since 1990. During 1996-1999, she served on the U.S. Delegation to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in building consensus on organic standards and practices, and for making the connection between organic agriculture and a sustainable future. She also has rallied support from diverse sectors of the industry and government for the promotion of organic foods and products.
A letter of recommendation from the OTA Board of Directors noted that DiMatteo "is acutely aware of the commercial and economic interests of the organic agriculture industry and will bring this viewpoint to APAC with intelligence and in a non-confrontational manner, just as she has participated as part of the U.S. Codex Delegation."
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents the organic industry in North America. Its mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. Its more than 1,000 members include growers, shippers, retailers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, importers, exporters, distributors, and restaurants.
January 14, 2000
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