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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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Follow @OrganicTrade for NOSB coverage

OTA is providing live coverage of the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB’s) fall meeting today through Thursday on Twitter. Follow OTA (@OrganicTrade) to receive real-time updates, including public comment and Board discussions and decisions. OTA staff in attendance include OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha, Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA’s Regulatory Director, Organic Standards & Food Safety), and [...]

OTA publishes NOSB Meeting Resource Booklet

In preparation for NOSB’s meeting in Louisville, KY, taking place this week, OTA developed a comprehensive resource booklet. Among the many features is a section called “Know Your National List” which helps explain how materials allowed in organic processed foods compare to those allowed in all other foods, an historical review of how the National [...]

FDA to hold FSMA proposed rulemaking public meeting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting Nov. 13 in College Park, MD , to discuss proposed changes to the following four rules originally proposed in 2013 to implement FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety rule, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Feed, and Foreign Supplier [...]

Research presented at IFOAM

The Organic Center was invited to speak on several topics, including farming system effects on nitrogen pollution and organic methods for controlling citrus greening, at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Organic World Congress in October. In addition to the Congress, several pre-conferences addressed organic issues, including a session by the Technology Innovation Platform [...]

Research recommendations at NAREEE Advisory Board meeting

The Organic Center attended the recent National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board meeting to discuss recommendations on priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics.  The Organic Center stressed the importance of developing research priorities applicable to both conventional and organic farmers, as U.S. farmers face many [...]

Continuing the fight against citrus greening disease

The Organic Center continued its ongoing involvement in the fight against citrus greening by providing comments on the USDA Plant Health Inspection Service’s environmental assessment on the proposed release of Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis for the biological control of the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), the insect responsible for the spread of citrus greening disease. The Center supports [...]

Taste of Germany event features organic products

Yesterday, the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York City hosted a German Specialty and Organic Products delegation sponsored in part by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture. The delegation of eight producers from Germany is in the United States to promote their products and learn how to enter the U.S. market. In an educational program [...]

U.S.-EU agreement creates more export opportunities in Germany

Snack foods, tree nuts, wines and processed fruits and vegetables are among the most promising categories for organic companies looking to export to Germany, according to a recent report released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. According to the report, Germany is the most lucrative market in the European Union, boasting 82 million consumers and offering [...]

2014 Good Food Org Guide

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with an advisory group of food system experts, have released the first annual Good Food Org Guide. This guide highlights nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) in the United States working in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and [...]

EWG launches Food Scores: Rate Your Plate

On Monday, the Environmental Working Group launched Food Scores: Rate Your Plate (, a database and mobile app for grocery shoppers that rates 80,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients from 1,500 brands, factoring in nutrition, degree of processing, and ingredient concerns such as food additives and contaminants. The findings are the result of three years of [...]