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

Taking part in FTC-USDA roundtable on organic claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will co-host a roundtable this Thursday to help better understand how consumers perceive organic claims for non-food products, and to determine if the FTC needs to issue further guidance to makers of non-food products that use the organic claim. The Organic Trade Association has […]

Review OTA’s draft NOSB comments

The written comment period for the NOSB Fall 2016 meeting meeting will end next week on Wednesday, October 26. The majority of OTA’s draft comments will be available for review tomorrow (October 19). Look for OTA’s NOSB Report at that time. Please submit any last-minute thoughts by the end of today to Gwendolyn Wyard or Nathaniel Lewis. OTA’s summary documents and all […]

Tracking key issues that affect organic

To help its members keep up-to-date and engaged on advocacy issues, the Organic Trade Association maintains a “Take Action” web page outlining policy issues affecting organic that are currently open for public comment. Currently, comments are open on several issues before USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (GMO claims made on meat, poultry and egg production, […]

Read organic features in OTA’s latest magazine

We know that organic agriculture benefits our health and our environment. Now there is significant research showing that organic can also benefit our livelihoods and help secure our financial future. Unprecedented research on Organic Hotspots documents some impressive news—that organic agriculture can transform and lift our rural areas and communities by providing real and long-lasting economic benefits […]

Be part of USA pavilion at BioFach

OTA will once again host a pavilion at BioFach 2017, which will take place February 15-18 in Nuremberg, Germany. The co-pay for being part of the pavilion will be $500, including one round-trip flight, one hotel room, a tabletop space, and signage. In order to qualify you must promote certified organic product of 51% or […]

Save the date: The Organic Center Annual Benefit Dinner

Meet old friends and make new ones, be inspired and entertained, and enjoy a fantastic organic meal—all in support of The Organic Center. The Organic Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Dinner will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West. You can count […]

The Center represents science internationally

The Organic Center represented the United States research community at a technical exchange summit held last week in Switzerland, organized by the Organic Trade Association. The summit, entitled “U.S. Organic Now: Updates from the American System in Policy, Science, Technology, & Trade,” took place October 12 in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to The Center’s talk, there […]

Meeting with FiBL about organic research

This past week, The Organic Center met with FiBL, one of the world’s leading organic farming information and research centers, to share current research project findings, themes for research needs, and explore collaborations. FiBL—located in Frick, Switzerland, with branches in Germany and Austria—conducts research projects that help organic farmers improve their productivity while minimizing environmental […]

Supermarket poultry transmits antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases and summarized on The Organic Center’s website has found evidence that antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can be transmitted to consumers via grocery store poultry meat. While livestock workers and veterinarians who work regularly with living farm animals are known to be at […]

Pioneer Nora Pouillon to retire

Nora Pouillon, pioneer in the U.S. organic food movement who opened the first certified organic restaurant in the country, has announced her plans to retire from her namesake restaurant, Restaurant Nora, which opened in 1979 in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Pouillon will continue to promote her key belief in a healthy organic lifestyle, and […]