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And if you buy organic, you'll never have to.
The organic sector's integrated value chain not only delivers organic products from seed to shelf, but helps to capture consumer demand for the benefit of the farmers, the economy, and the public.
Download the latest organic industry infographic
OTA's Board is comprised of 15 diverse individuals, from multiple points along the supply chain, who bring an unparalleled commitment and vision to guide the future direction of OTA.
Meet Our Board of Directors
OTA’s consumer survey takes an in-depth look at the buying patterns of American households, who buys organic products, what products are being bought, the reasons behind those decisions, and the purchase patterns of the organic consumer.
Latest Organic Consumer Data
The Organic Trade Association has taken action to defend the organic seal and organic standards by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards.
OTA sues USDA over animal welfare standards
The Organic Center and Northeastern University have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change!
Organic can help mitigate climate change!
OTA’s members work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.
OTA has spearheaded and underwritten significant studies on organic trade in its effort to build a sound set of data for organic stakeholders and policymakers when they make their business decisions and design policy. The latest report is now available for download.
Just Released U.S. Organic Trade Data Report: 2011 to 2016
"U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies" is conclusive research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production–and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture–creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.
Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies
The Organic Trade Association's mission is to promote and protect ORGANIC with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA's vision is to grow ORGANIC to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being.

OTA priorities: healthy markets, successful farmers, expanded production.

OTA brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

OTA tracks market size, growth, and consumer perceptions on the nearly $50B U.S. organic sector.

OTA wants more research, more technical assistance, and more education on organic.

Current Issues

Learn more about Organic Trade Association Priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill

Organic Trade Association blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule.

Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address supply chain vulnerability.

Read Organic Trade Association's final comments to USDA on the establishment of national mandatory GMO labeling standard

  • October 21, 2018 to October 25, 2018
    SIAL Paris

    SIAL Paris

    Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not only the European Union but also from the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show through its U.S. Organic Worldwide program funded through USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP). Come visit us at booth #4L008! For more information contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

    Trade Show Information: 

    October 21-25, 2018

    Paris, France




    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buye...
  • October 24, 2018 to October 26, 2018
    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. All meetings are free and open to the public. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    From Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30am to Friday, October 26 at 6:00pm, the NOSB will meet to discuss: substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020, and guidance on organic policies. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

    Meeting Information:

    October 24-26, 2018 

    InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront

    St. Paul, MN

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations...

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.