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Apr 25, 2012, 10:46 ET

Organic foods industry creates more than a half million jobs

Thousands more jobs created than in conventional food  Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food...

Apr 23, 2012, 10:31 ET
Organic's role in the diverse U.S. agricultural landscape.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

U.S. consumer-driven organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011

U.S. consumer-driven organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011 Organic Trade Association's 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth...

Apr 12, 2012, 10:04 ET
Congressman Sam Farr, speaking at the Organic Trade Association's 2011 Policy Conference.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic Industry To Honor Congressman Farr with Public Servant Award

Presentation takes place during OTA's Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days  Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), a member of Congress since...

Feb 15, 2012, 08:15 ET
Taking part at the historic organic equivalence signing were (from left) European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui of the U.S. Trade Representative's Office.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Historic Signing Finalizes Organic Equivalence Arrangement Between EU and U.S.

The world's two largest markets for organic food expand organic market access At a press event today at BioFach Germany, European...

Jan 30, 2012, 10:30 ET

Organic Trade Association and NSF International Announce "HACCP for the Organic Professional" Training

Professional training to educate food safety, operations and certification professionals about HACCP principles and how they apply to organic...

Jan 26, 2012, 13:47 ET

U.S. Organic Cotton Acreage Continues to Grow, Survey Shows

2011 harvest drastically lowered due to drought in Texas  The U.S. organic cotton market continues to grow, encouraged by consumer...

Nov 02, 2011, 11:20 ET
Findings from OTA's consumer study.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Seventy-eight Percent of U.S. Families Say They Purchase Organic Foods

  Consumers vote with their dollars despite economic difficulty Seventy eight percent – more U.S. families than ever before...

Oct 31, 2011, 13:24 ET

Consumers win the Right to Know About Their Food

State of Ohio dropping regulation in face of organic community pressure  The State of Ohio today agreed that it will no longer pursue...

Oct 05, 2011, 11:52 ET
Organic Trade Association Launches Organic Trade Resource Guide Website.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic Trade Association Launches Organic Trade Resource Guide Website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has unveiled a new Organic Trade Resource Guide website to help facilitate international trade in organic...

Aug 02, 2011, 16:39 ET
Mark Lipson.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Two Long-Time Organic Leaders Selected to Receive Organic Trade Association's Highest Honor

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Michael Funk of United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and Mark Lipson...

Jul 05, 2011, 17:50 ET

Canadian organic sector celebrates trade deal with Europe

OTTAWA, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Canada and the Europea2011-07-05n Union have reached an historic agreement to recognize each other's organic...

Jun 14, 2011, 12:27 ET

USDA Pesticide Data Show Startling Differences in Produce Residue Levels

OTA: To keep pesticides out of food, water, and off farms, choose organic products Consumers wishing to avoid pesticide residues in food, water...

Apr 22, 2011, 14:05 ET

Studies Identify Link Between Prenatal Exposure to Common Pesticides and Delayed Cognitive Development in Children

Organic agriculture prohibits the use of these toxic and persistent chemicals The following is being released by the Organic Trade...

Apr 21, 2011, 14:18 ET
Cover of the "2011 Organic Industry Survey".  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

U.S. Organic Industry Valued at Nearly $29 Billion in 2010

The organic industry grew at a rate of nearly eight percent in 2010, bucking the current trend whereby "flat is the new growth" for many other...

Apr 06, 2011, 16:21 ET

"Organic is Part of the Strategy to Rebuild Rural America," Ag Secretary Vilsack Tells Participants at OTA's Sold-Out Policy Conference

Organic farming is an important part of the U.S. agricultural landscape, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today told participants at the...

Mar 29, 2011, 09:41 ET

Organic Foods Offer Alternative to Foods Containing Food Dyes, Pesticides Linked to Raising Children's Risk of ADHD

FDA advisory committee meets this week to weigh scientific evidence around food dyes The Organic Trade Association (OTA) encourages consumers who...

Jan 27, 2011, 17:54 ET

OTA Deeply Disappointed with Failure to Protect Farmer and Consumer Choice

Unaddressed questions remain for the future of non-genetically engineered food and agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today...

Dec 16, 2010, 17:01 ET

USDA Releases Its EIS on Genetically Altered Alfalfa

OTA outlines its position on protecting organic crops from GE contamination and calls for protecting consumer choice in the marketplace The U.S....

Nov 18, 2010, 23:07 ET

Pesticides are a Real Health Threat: Organic Products Offer a Healthier Choice

In response to John Stossel's show "Is 'Natural' Better?" that aired tonight on Fox Business News, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) alerts...

Sep 30, 2010, 18:00 ET
USDA Organic Seal.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic Dairy Products Produced Free From Synthetic Growth Hormones - Consumers Win Right To Know

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidates key portions of Ohio Dept. of Agriculture rule and protects consumers' and producers' rights to...