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12 Jul, 2012, 14:15 ET 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...


12 Jun, 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...


25 Apr, 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...


23 Apr, 2012, 10:31 ET 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...


12 Apr, 2012, 10:04 ET 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...


15 Feb, 2012, 08:15 ET 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...


30 Jan, 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...


26 Jan, 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...


02 Nov, 2011, 11:20 ET 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...


31 Oct, 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...


05 Oct, 2011, 11:52 ET 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...


02 Aug, 2011, 16:39 ET 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...


14 Jun, 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...


22 Apr, 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...


21 Apr, 2011, 14:18 ET 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...


06 Apr, 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...


29 Mar, 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...


27 Jan, 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...


16 Dec, 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....


18 Nov, 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...