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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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Associated Press article on organic non-food products

An article by Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press appears under the headline “The Meaning of ‘Organic’ Hazy for Nonfood” in many news outlets today. OTA staff worked with this reporter to explain the status concerning standards for various organic non-food items. The article also features OTA members Whole Foods Market and Dr. Bronner’s [...]

Peer review report of NOP now available

Earlier this year, USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) contracted with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to conduct a peer review assessing NOP’s accreditation program to see how well it aligns with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011 describing standards for accreditation programs. ANSI reviewed all phases of NOP accreditation from initial application through final decision, [...]

OTA sets up first USA Organic Pavilion at SIAL in Paris

OTA is currently heading up the first-ever USA Organic Pavilion at SIAL taking place Oct. 19-23 in Paris, France. OTA and six members are representing the U.S. organic industry at the show, which is the world’s largest food innovation marketplace. Show planners are counting 6,300 exhibitors, 85 percent of which are international exhibitors representing 105 countries. [...]

Suppliers sought for Expo West Buyers’ Mission

OTA is seeking suppliers who would like to meet face-to-face with pre-qualified buyers from around the world in a Reverse Buyers’ Mission at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim in March. Meetings will take place Thursday, March 5 (the show set-up day), and on the mornings of March 6 and March 7. The list of [...]

EPA to register Enlist Duo made with 2-4D, glyphosate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered the Dow AgroSciences herbicide Enlist Duo for use in six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) but with first-time-ever restrictions designed to help manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is aimed at controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to [...]

Walk for an Organic Planet completed

On October 16, Mark “Coach” Smallwood, Executive Director at the Rodale Institute, completed his 162-mile walk to Washington, D.C., aimed at bringing public awareness of the benefits of organic agriculture to help reverse climate change. Once in D.C., he hand delivered a research report entitled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to [...]

Pollinator health linked to human health

A recent study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biology has found that maintaining healthy pollinator populations may play an important role in staving off malnutrition in developing countries. Researchers collected data on plant nutrients, crop dependence on pollinators, and crop types and yields across the globe. They found that while pollinators are necessary [...]

OMRI CEO elected to IFOAM World Board

During the IFOAM General Assembly in Istanbul Oct. 16-17, the new IFOAM World Board was elected for the next three years. Board members are Roberto Ugas (Peru), Gabriela Soto (Costa Rica), Eva Torremocha (Spain), Manjo Smith (Namibia) Frank Eyhorn (Switzerland), Matthew John (India), Andre Leu (Australia), Peggy Miars of the Organic Materials Review Institute (United [...]

Whole Foods launches national brand campaign

Whole Foods is reaching out to U.S. consumers with its first national brand campaign featuring ads set to appear on TV, online, outdoors and in its stores. The campaign introduces a “Values matter” theme. In addition, Whole Foods has set up a new website to accompany the effort, and includes a “What do you value?” [...]

Save up to 50% with UPS®

OTA members can save on shipping with UPS with discounts of up to 35%, plus 50% off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll! See for specific services and discounts Save on a broad portfolio of shipping services, including air, international, ground and freight services. To enroll and start saving, visit [...]