Include Organic Products in WIC Benefits:
Comments of the Organic Trade Association on
Docket ID number 0584-AD77
November 6, 2006
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) thanks USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the opportunity to comment.
OTA is a membership-based business association focusing on the organic business community in North America and representing over 1500 members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
OTA applauds the expansion of the WIC program as outlined in the Proposed Rule and encourages FNS to find a way to give WIC participants the ability to choose organic products, including organic milk as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. In this way, program benefit recipients could also choose to participate in the benefits of the organic production and handling system, in which products are produced without toxic, persistent pesticides; irradiation; and genetic engineering.