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Organic industry forms anti-fraud task force to help bolster system

July 10, 2017

The recent detection of fraudulent ‘organic’ grains from Turkey in the U.S. has prompted the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to form a task force to develop a best-practices guide for the private sector and crack down on such incidents.

Organic food sales jump 8.4 percent in 2016

July 5, 2017

Fruits and vegetables continue to lead the way in organic food sales, but proteins and condiments made big gains in 2016.

Rep. Chellie Pingree: We Must Act to Protect Integrity of the Certified Organic Label

June 22, 2017

The Congresswoman and organic farmer from Maine urges the Trump Administration to strengthen oversight and add resources to the organic certification process.

Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War

June 19, 2017

Shares of Walmart, Target, Kroger and Costco, the largest grocery retailers, all tumbled on Friday. And no wonder. Grocery stores have spent the last several years fighting against online and overseas entrants.

A spotlight on organics is an opportunity for all of us

June 19, 2017

I read with interest last month’s Washington Post article about shipments of corn and soybeans from Turkey that arrived in the United States labeled organic, but that clearly were not.

OTA weighs in on modernizing NAFTA

June 13, 2017

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) weighed in with a comment to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to support modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. In its written comment, submitted on June 12, 2017, OTA pointed out the importance of NAFTA to U.S.

USDA pulls organic importer certification from Turkish company Beyaz Agro after fraud questions

June 2, 2017

Because Beyaz Agro has not appealed the April 28, 2017 Notice of Noncompliance and Proposed Revocation, Beyaz Agro’s organic certification is revoked.

Organic Industry Leaders Want More Regulations and Research

June 1, 2017

 The organic food industry is booming and leaders in our community are continuing the conversation. Representative Peter DeFazio hosted a discussion Thursday at local organic business, So Delicious. 

Jayson Werth gave a great speech about organic farming (and coyote pelts)

May 25, 2017

“This is really not my forte,” Jayson Werth told the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Policy Conference Wednesday afternoon in downtown D.C. “I’d actually feel more comfortable facing Mariano Rivera in the World Series than standing up here right now. And I haven’t got any hits off that guy, ever.”

Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds

May 24, 2017

Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey.

The research — released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association, the nation’s leading organic industry group — offers a glimpse into how the market is developing and where there is the greatest demand for organic products.

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