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OTA tracks market size, growth rates, and consumer perceptions on the $39B U.S. organic sector.
The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program.
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OTA CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will join U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a group of U.S. organic food producers and advocates on a trip to Cuba May 2-7. The group, including OTA Members from Honest Tea, Global Organics, and other companies, will spend five days on the island, meeting with Cuba’s agriculture minister, touring farms and restaurants, and talking about opportunities for both imports and exports between Cuba and North America. The trip is being sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which favors normalizing relations with Cuba. Part of the mission is to establish connections between Cubans who have been successfully producing essentially organic food for the last 25 years and companies involved in the American organic movement. To learn more, see the Portland Press Herald's article announcing the trip.
The Organic Center’s first-ever Organic Confluences Summit is co-located with OTA’s Organic Week D.C. The summit takes place Monday, May 23rd at the Hall of the States, Washington D.C., and aims to bring together organic stakeholders to turn evidence-based research on the environmental benefits of organic agriculture into policy practice. To learn more visit The Organic Center's website.
During the inaugural Organic Produce Summit July 13-14 at the Monterrey Hyatt Resort and Spa, OTA’s Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha will kick off a series of Ted Talk-Style keynote presentations with a State of the Organic Produce Industry presentation. Other presenters include former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, and OTA members Chad Hagan, Vice President of SunOpta, and Greg Holzman, founder and CEO of Purity Organics. This event will showcase the booming $11 billion organic fresh produce marketplace with a series of educational sessions, featured speakers, networking opportunities and exhibits from leading organic fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The educational component of the show will begin with a series of break-out sessions hosted by the Organic Trade Association and followed by featured addresses from innovative and inspirational presenters. To connect with OTA at the event, contact Laura.
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.