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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar
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July edition of The Organic Scoop now available
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Bill C-18

On November 24th Bill C-18, also known as the “Agricultural Growth Act”, passed the House of Commons. This omnibus bill amends nine acts relating to Agriculture and Agrifood, including the Plant Breeders’ Right Act.  COTA and other organic organization called on the government to amend the bill to better protect farmers’ right to save seed. [...]

Canada-Mexico Partnership meetings in Ottawa

This week, COTA chaired meetings of an organic subgroup at the Canada-Mexico Partnership, a ten-year old formal bilateral trade and government platform between the two countries. Delegates included regulators, government and embassy officials, as well as industry participants. Topics included making progress toward an organic equivalency, sharing information the two countries’ organic regulations and standards, [...]

Think ahead to Organic Week 2015

The Canadian organic sector came together this past September and made Organic Week 2014 a great success! Funded by 28 organic sector Sponsors this year, we saw over 200 official events across the country as well as thousands of retail stores, including, for the first time, major retailers such as Sobeys and Loblaws. Organic Week 2014 also saw hundreds of online blog [...]

SIAL Opportunity

COTA is in discussion to have the organic sector represented at SIAL Canada 2015 on April 28th to 30th, 2015 at Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. SIAL is the largest international food and food equipment tradeshow in Canada. A 12% off early-bird special is available before November 30th, 2014. For more information contact Henry Chen.

Join us for OTA’s 2015 Policy Conference

OTA’s Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days is set for April 14-16, 2015. Dubbed “Organic Week in Washington,” by industry insiders, OTA’s signature policymaking event is comprised of three distinctly different days of activity, beginning with a day for members to conduct trade association business, an informative and thought-provoking policy conference, and a final day, [...]

OTA launches new website with exciting improvements

OTA is pleased to announce the launch of its newly designed website, which went live on Friday and is located at the same address The driving objectives were to build a user-friendly and simple to navigate site. The new home page welcomes visitors with a fresh new design, backed up by a fully revised [...]

Organic industry supports research on organic rice safety

A recent study release by Consumer Reports and covered by the Dr. Oz show analyzes data on arsenic levels in rice. OTA and The Organic Center have responded by releasing a public statement, currently published on the Dr. Oz website, and providing members with an analysis of the report. The organic industry is taking a [...]

Bisphenol A use in packaging organic under scrutiny

The National Organic Program (NOP) has released a memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) asking it to provide recommendations on the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) and similar substances in the packaging of organic (and “made with…”) food. The memo was sent in response to a request from the NOSB Handling Subcommittee to [...]

Call for ideas and presenters for All Things Organic Conference

The All Things Organic Conference will take place September 17-18, 2015 in Baltimore Maryland in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. If you are interested in suggesting a speaker or an entire session for consideration, you may do so via OTA’s Website. Submissions received by Friday, January 9, 2015 will be considered for the 2015 [...]

OTA featured at Professional Women in Advocacy Conference

This past week, OTA participated on a panel at the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference entitled “Wagging the Dog: Congressional Inertia, Regulatory Exertion.” Along with other female government affairs professionals, Marni Karlin, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel, spoke about advocacy strategies that engage not only Congress, but also the Executive Branch.