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2016 Certified Organic Survey released

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Precise and current information on organic farm sales and acreage is vital for all organic stakeholders. The Organic Trade Association welcomes USDA’s commitment to providing important information on organic agriculture through its farmer-based organic production […]

Feedback sought on NOSB proposals

Proposals and discussion documents for the fall 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting are now available for review and public comment. The fall meeting will be October 31-November 2 at the Omni Jackson Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. You can also view the Tentative Meeting Agenda. The Organic Trade Association will begin preparing draft comments […]

2019 Sunset Review surveys still open

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. At its fall meeting, NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continue to be allowed in organic. Although […]

NOP actions underway on audit regarding trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the National Organic Program (NOP) have released a summary report on and audit of USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s controls over the approval and oversight of NOP’s international trade arrangements and agreements. Specifically, OIG reviewed the process used in determining whether exporting countries’ […]

Civil Eats publishes article about animal welfare suit

As announced in last week’s News Flash, the Organic Trade Association has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the agency’s delay in implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) regulation, more commonly known as the organic animal welfare regulation. An article by Lynne Curry giving background and perspective […]

The Center co-authors study on future of organic

The Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs Dr. Jessica Shade is a co-author on a study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Organic Agriculture entitled “Organic Agriculture 3.0 is innovation with research.” The paper is a collaboration between organic researchers from around the world, and examines organic agriculture in a historical context, while providing insights […]

Cool science for a cool planet research debuts

Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! Results from this project show that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term […]

Organic certification consumer resource

The Organic Center has released a whiteboard video that examines the process of organic certification, communicating to consumers that the integrity of organic flows through the certification process from farm to shelf. The “explainer” video highlights the fact that the benefits of organic don’t stop at the farm gate–they continue through crop harvesting, processing, and all […]

BioFach pavilion seeking sign-ups

BioFach 2018 will be February 14-17 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Organic Trade Association will once again host a pavilion at the show  The activity copay is $600, which covers one round- trip flight, one single occupancy hotel room, one meter tabletop space, and signage per company for the activity. To qualify, companies must promote certified organic […]

Honest Kids now in McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonalds has announced that it will start carrying Honest Kids in its Happy Meals starting in November. “This is a big deal for the organic movement,” Seth Goldman who co-founded Honest Tea about two decades ago, noted, adding that this will be a step to help cut calories as Honest Kids beverages offer only 35 […]