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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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July edition of The Organic Scoop now available
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Gearing up for NOSB’s upcoming meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its fall meeting Oct. 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, at the Stoweflake Conference Center where it will complete its 2017 sunset votes on whether to renew or remove from the National List the large majority of the fertilizers, pest control products, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed in organic […]

Organic PAC evening of fun and fundraising

Organic PAC and its supporters will be convening during Natural Products Expo East on Friday, September 18, at 6 p.m. for an incredible night of fun and fundraising—casino games, great food, and the best view in Baltimore at the top of the Baltimore World Trade Center. Individuals can give back to the industry that supports […]

Social media webinar on exporting to the EU

Please join OTA this Wednesday, August 26, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time for a webinar covering the significance of online platforms and the importance of country-specific social media marketing when exporting to Europe. Register Now.

OTA responds to Stericycle release on organic food recalls

On Thursday, August 20, The New York Times published “Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says” by reporter Stephanie Strom. The story focused on data collected by Stericycle, a company that manages product recalls for businesses, which pointed to an increase in the number of recalls of organic food products. Stericycle publishes an “Expert […]

OTA member supports organic check-off in The Packer

An op-ed about the proposed organic check-off written by Luis Acuña, president of OTA member Viva Tierra Organic, appeared yesterday in The Packer. The op-ed is entitled “Organic industry should step up for check-off program.” In this piece, Acuña exhorted, “Let us learn about all the details of the program so that we can move […]

OTA adds context to story on organic

A story yesterday on Capital Public Radio focused on Driscoll’s news that it is going organic for its nursery plants for organic strawberry growers. In preparation for the story, OTA worked with the reporter to add an informative voice and perspective to the story—another example of OTA as the source of accurate information on organic […]

OTA leads myth-busting social media blitz

OTA and dozens of organic brands and industry thought leaders are uniting online Sept. 1-30 for “Organic Myth-Busting Month,” a 30-day #Organic Festival on social media aimed at addressing long-held misconceptions surrounding organic. Leveraging the #OrganicFestival hashtag, the massive social media gathering will encourage individuals nationwide to help bust myths about organic and spread the […]

Perdue AgriBusiness hosts first organic field day

Perdue AgriBusiness recently hosted its first organic field day in Hurlock, MD. Perdue brought together business people from all parts of the organic industry, from farmer producers to fertilizer manufacturers and distributors. Participants had an opportunity to learn about unique production and irrigation methods that benefit organic corn and soybeans. OTA staff also shared the […]

Germany begins moves to ban GE crops

Germany’s Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christine Schmidt has told German state governments that the country intends to use the new clause that allows individual EU countries to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops. A new EU law adopted in March makes it possible for new GE crops to be approved within […]

Hawaiian birth defect spike raises questions over GE crops

An article in The Guardian Aug. 23 explores concerns that the spike in birth defects in Hawaii is linked to the cultivation of GE corn and related increase in pesticide use. Entitled “Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii’s spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops,” the article cites data from physicians on birth defects and […]