Targeted regulatory, legislative, and marketing news and information for the organic business community.


Highlights from NOSB’s spring meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) held its spring public meeting last week in Washington, D.C., with Organic Trade Association staff participating and giving comments. Over the course of the three-day meeting, NOSB heard oral comments from approximately 110 members of the public on a number of issues. Including the public comment webinar held prior to […]

May 10 is comment deadline on “Natural” claims

Last November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a comment period on the use and meaning of the term “Natural” on labels of human food products. In response, the Organic Trade Association convened a task force to take a deep look at the issue. The draft comments drawn up by OTA’s Task Force […]

Apiculture, pet food, aquaculture rules “far along”

During this past week’s NOSB meeting, NOP’s Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy told attendees that organic apiculture, pet food, and aquaculture standards are far along in the approval process. The organic aquaculture measure went to the White House for final review in August 2015, and is now well past the 180-day review time period the Office […]

Organic caucus adds two new members

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR1) and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18) are now the two newest members of the Congressional Organic Caucus. Bonamici’s Oregon district includes Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill counties as well as the southwest portion of Multnomah County. There are just under 100 certified organic operations in her district, which support Oregon’s booming […]

Organic trip to Cuba starts today

Organic Trade Association Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha is among a handful of OTA member company representatives accompanying Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine for a five-day trade mission to Cuba this week. The trip, sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, aims to establish connections between Cubans who essentially use low- or no-chemical inputs […]

Learn about e-commerce in China

E-commerce in China is the fastest-growing retail mechanism in the country. More and more tech savvy customers are demanding organic products through this new sales channel. OTA worked with Kung Fu Data to compile a series of reports on organic sales through e-commerce in China. The full report and a how-to-use guide are now available. The […]

Just Label It releases video on GMO QR codes

In a video released this past week by the Just Label It (JLI) campaign, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, chair of JLI and Stonyfield Farm, illustrate the difficulty grocery shoppers—particularly moms—will encounter when trying to access information on whether a food product contains GMOs by scanning the QR code on the label. The video […]

Dannon pledges to declare GMOs on packaging

Announcing a pledge to further improve sustainable agricultural practices for its milk supply, leading yogurt maker Dannon said that to ensure full transparency for consumers, it commits to declare the presence of GMO ingredients on product labels nationwide by December 2017. In the meantime, Dannon pledged that if one state implements a GMO labeling requirement, […]

Thank you to our supporters

OTA’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $802,349 toward its $1 million goal. OTA extends a special thank you to the following organizations for pledging their support to this year’s Annual Fund: Access Organic Sales, Coombs Family Farms, Fresh Direct Produce, Frey Vineyards, Grain Place Foods Inc., Springfield Creamery, and To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. […]

OTA welcomes 11 new members April

OTA members drive our work each and every day. We are pleased to welcome the following new businesses into OTA’s membership in April: Abbott Nutrition, AgSustain, Cat & Dogma, Grund America, Handsome Brook Farm LLC, Law Office of Martin E. Levin, Nature Safe Natural & Organic Fertilizers, Pretoria Fields, PromotionPod, Thinfilm Electronics Inc., and Villa […]