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GOTS Version 4.0 resources are available for download

This past week, OTA and Textile Exchange hosted a webinar on the revised Global Organic Textile Standard. Over 130 registrants from 40 countries signed on to hear from Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, as he detailed the revisions. Materials from the meeting are now available online for download: GOTS 4.0 PowerPoint Presentation Audio Recording from […]

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U.S. organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011

Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2012 Organic Industry Survey. […]

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Trend: Organic agriculture continues to gain footholds

As of the end of 2011, 17,673 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic standards, according to an updated list of certified U.S. organic operations released by the National Organic Program (NOP). That’s 478 more operators than at the end of 2010, and a […]

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Trend: Research shows attributes of organic practices.

A research team led by Georg K.S. Andersson at Lund University, Lund, Sweden, has found that organic farming improves pollination success and the proportion of fully pollinated berries in strawberries raised organically versus conventionally. In addition, this difference was already evident two to four years after conversion to organic farming. The findings are published on […]

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Trend: Concern grows over negative effects of industrial agricultural practices.

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) introduced legislation to ban the herbicide atrazine, the most prevalent herbicide found in Minnesota waters. It is used nationwide to kill broadleaf and grassy weeds, primarily in corn crops. The U.S. Geological Survey has found atrazine in approximately 75 percent of streams and 40 percent of ground water sampled near […]

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Trend: GE continues to be a hot topic for researchers and consumers.

On June 11, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative calling for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods for inclusion on California’s Nov. 6 General Election ballot. The go-ahead came after the California Right to Know campaign filed 971,126 signatures asking for the initiative on the state’s November ballot. If the […]

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U.S. cotton market continues to grow

The U.S. organic cotton market continues to grow, encouraged by consumer demand, price premiums, and regulatory shifts that will ease marketing restrictions for organic cotton products, according to the 2010 and Preliminary 2011 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report conducted by the Organic Trade Association. The survey, produced by OTA with funding by […]

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Trend: Deciding who pays for damages from GE contamination

The public policy discussion on appropriate compensation for farmers of organic and identity-preserved crops who suffer market losses due to crop contamination with GE material is the focus of USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC-21). Thus far, AC21 has held three meetings, and will hold two additional meetings prior to the […]

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Trends: Consumers want choice in the marketplace

A recent MamboTrack™ survey by Mambo Sprouts Marketing found consumers are most concerned about what goes into—and is absent from—the products they buy. Health and natural product consumers report they are buying organic foods (99 percent), non-GMO products (93 percent) antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat and poultry (85 percent) and gluten-free foods (69 percent). More than […]

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Trend: Research shows attributes of organic practices

Organic crop systems can provide similar yields to and higher economic returns than a conventional corn-soybean rotation, according to 13 years of data from a side-by-side comparison at Iowa State University’s Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm. The Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment, which began in 1998, shows that organic crops can remain competitive with conventional crops […]

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