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Neonicotinoids found in many fruits and vegetables

According to a study conducted by scientists from Harvard University and published in the journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, neonicotinoid residues are often found in many of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Results from the study suggest that exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides in produce sold for human consumption may be more common […]

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OTA clarifies pesticide use on organic farms

In Hannah Wallace’s recent article in Civil Eats on the value of certification, OTA Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis provides a picture of the complicated framework regulating pesticides used by certified organic operations. Organic farmers must implement a preventive pest management plan and can only use natural substances and a limited number of […]

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GMO labeling initiative officially on Colorado ballot

The Colorado Secretary of State office has confirmed that the Right to Know Colorado campaign submitted nearly 40,000 more valid signatures that those needed to place Proposition 105—requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled—on the November 4 ballot. Voters will be asked whether foods modified or treated with GMOs should be labeled Produced with Genetic […]

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‘Virtual’ public meeting on GE cotton, soybeans

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is holding a virtual public meeting on Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT to receive comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as part of its review to determine whether to deregulate genetically engineered (GE) cotton resistant to the herbicides […]

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Mississippi River inundated by nitrogen runoff

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience found that the Mississippi River is inundated by the amount of nitrogen runoff from farms, resulting in large-scale marine life die-offs, or dead zones, in the Gulf of Mexico. Last year this dead zone clocked in at 5,840 square miles, larger than the state of Connecticut. In healthy […]

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Organic Recycling Council Board meeting

The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which represents the commercial and on-farm composting industry in Washington State, last week held a Board of Directors meeting.  In attendance was Board member Nathanial Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crops & Livestock Specialist. Lewis has agreed to speak on acceptable uses of composted materials in certified organic crop production at WORC’s annual […]

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OTA reps to speak at annual buying food show

OTA’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha and Todd Linsky of OTA member company Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms will speak at the Crosset Company Educational Buying Food Show and Educational Seminar tomorrow at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH. Batcha and Linsky will discuss growth trends in organic and fresh fruits and vegetables in an educational […]

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Register now for residue sampling webinar

You can now register for OTA’s residue sampling webinar. Join OTA’s Nathaniel Lewis on August 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon PST (1– 3 p.m. EST) to learn about residue sampling under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is free for OTA members.  Lewis will also conduct a second webinar session on residue sampling […]

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Proposed food label changes

Major changes are coming to labels for all packaged foods sold in Canada. Health Canada’s Food Directorate is proposing changes based on feedback from Canadian parents and consumers during the 2013 consultation on how best to provide nutrition information. Among the many proposed changes are: different vitamins and minerals required in the Nutrition Facts panel; new guidelines […]

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Major study shows nutritional benefits for organic

A major new study from the United Kingdom published in the July 15 issue of the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition found conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts […]

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