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Jul 09, 2013, 16:22 ET
OTA 2013 Organic Leadership Award honorees, shown from left to right, are Ratana and Arran Stephens, Kyle Mathison, and Karen and Colin Archipley.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Honorees announced for OTA's 2013 Organic Leadership Awards

Baltimore Museum of Industry will act as backdrop to focus on organic achievements past, present and future Selected from a record-breaking 26...

May 14, 2013, 18:05 ET
The U.S. organic sector is consumer driven and farmer powered.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Ag Secretary Vilsack officially recognizes distinct needs of U.S. organic agriculture

 Speaking today to member-attendees of the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Policy Conference, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack...

Apr 04, 2013, 13:53 ET
Eight in ten U.S. parents report they purchase organic products.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Eight in ten U.S. parents report they purchase organic products

Trust in the USDA Organic seal reaches an all-time high among organic buyers  U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products...

Mar 19, 2013, 15:00 ET

Parents are increasingly aware of unlabeled GMOs in food

U.S. household survey finds one-third choose organic foods to avoid GMOs Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic...

Oct 22, 2012, 12:39 ET

American Academy of Pediatrics' clinical report highlights benefits of organic

Report provides guidance to pediatricians about organic foods in patient care A clinical report published online today by the American...

Sep 04, 2012, 07:56 ET

Stanford research confirms health benefits driving consumers to organic

Organic foods have lower pesticide residues, lower chance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria A review article published September in the...

Jul 12, 2012, 14:15 ET
Shown are Organic Leadership Award winners Gary Hirshberg and Zea Sonnabend.  (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Two organic leaders to receive Organic Trade Association's highest honor

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has selected Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm and Zea Sonnabend of CCOF to receive its prestigious Organic...

Jun 12, 2012, 15:18 ET

Obama Administration Report on Agricultural Economy Highlights Contribution of Organic Sector

Time for organic food and farming to take its well-deserved seat at the table in the 2012 Farm Bill debate The Obama Administration...

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...