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Aug 24, 2015, 12:35 ET
September will be Organic Myth Busting Month.

Organic industry unites to "bust myths" throughout September

 In a major drive to educate and inform consumers of the benefits and the facts about organic, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and dozens...

Jul 09, 2015, 12:30 ET

New U.S.-Swiss organic arrangement marks a critical step forward with Europe

A new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Switzerland—whose residents consume more organic food than any other...

Jul 08, 2015, 12:01 ET
Three organic change-makers will be honored with Organic Leadership Awards

Three change-makers selected to receive 2015 Organic Leadership Awards

 A long-time organic champion who played a key role in creating today's organic sector, an organic entrepreneur who's brought organic to...

Jun 10, 2015, 14:11 ET

OTA urges White House to put Organic in pollinator policy

 The Organic Trade Association has called on the White House to officially recognize organic farming practices as beneficial to the health of...

May 12, 2015, 11:01 ET
Organic sector petitions USDA for an organic check-off

Organic sector petitions USDA for organic check-off

In a groundbreaking move for the nation's organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core...

Apr 23, 2015, 11:11 ET

OTA welcomes organic pioneer Tilth Producers to Farmers Advisory Council

For forty years, Tilth Producers of Washington has been educating and advocating for organic farmers. Committed to policies from its beginning in...

Apr 15, 2015, 09:05 ET
Report reveals robust global market for organic food

Benchmark study yields key insights into global organic food trade

 A landmark study on the trade flow of organic food products across the borders of the United States reveals that a robust global appetite for...

Apr 15, 2015, 09:02 ET

U.S. consumers across the country devour record amount of organic in 2014

Throughout America, folks can't get enough of organic. From the Atlantic Seaboard to the Pacific Coast, from Detroit to Houston, households of all...

Mar 05, 2015, 15:00 ET

Increased knowledge of organic translates into increased buying

Knowledge is power. The power to make informed decisions. According to a new survey by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) of families across the...

Feb 12, 2015, 15:57 ET
U.S. Consul General in Munich Bill Mueller and German Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt enjoy American-made organic soup from Amy's Kitchen at the OTA booth at BioFach.

Organic Trade Association showcases U.S. organic at international trade show

 German Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt wandered over to the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) spacious display area at this...

Feb 09, 2015, 14:44 ET

U.S organic cotton acreage seen highest in almost 20 years

 Despite grappling with tight seed supplies, persistent weeds and a shortage of seasonal labor, U.S. organic cotton growers are...

Jan 08, 2015, 11:41 ET
Anna Jones-Crabtree, Montana Organic Association member who introduced the motion to join FAC, stands neck-high in a field of organic grain in Montana

Montana Organic Association joins OTA's Farmers Advisory Council

 In a move to elevate the voice of the western organic grain farmer and better connect the organic sector with key organic grain growers and...

Dec 29, 2014, 00:01 ET
Ten New Year's Resolutions from The Organic Center

Make 2015 an Organic Year

2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming: for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the...

Dec 16, 2014, 13:11 ET

Organic Trade Association claims hard-won victory in check-off exemption for organic

 The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement today of a proposed rule to exempt...

Dec 03, 2014, 16:00 ET
Japan's top grocery retailers, food importers distributors and policy officials learn about U.S. organic products in a seminar held recently in Japan.

Organic Trade Association gears up far-reaching strategy for 2015 to boost exports

If Taka Yamaguchi has his way, athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic—an ambitious plan that more...

Nov 06, 2014, 16:09 ET
Since 2008, only five synthetics have been added, compared with 45 removed, denied, or further restricted.

Industry innovation spurs Organic Trade Association move to tighten organic standards

 Acting on extensive feedback and input from its members, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday filed two petitions with the National...

Oct 21, 2014, 14:17 ET
Ninth generation farmer John Franklin and a new calf

Organic Trade Association reaching out to more organic farmers

The Franklin family has been farming in southern Vermont for nine generations. A family operation with one son helping full-time and two others...

Oct 02, 2014, 17:47 ET
The Organic Center board at Harvard University for their annual board retreat (PRNewsFoto/The Organic Center)

Early findings of Harvard, Northeastern research show organic's benefits

Members of The Organic Center's Board of Trustees gathered at Harvard University this week for their annual retreat and for scientific briefings on...

Sep 26, 2014, 15:43 ET
The "organic is non-GMO plus so much more" graphic received the most traction of all campaign graphics on Facebook. The image has been shared nearly 1,500 times reaching more than 120,000 users. (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic social media festival reaches more than 15 million consumers

 A mom shared a picture of her toddler watering their organic vegetable garden, a college student asked about the stringency of organic...

Sep 24, 2014, 17:05 ET

The Organic Center tops crowdfunding goal in its fight against citrus disease

Thanks to donations ranging from $5 to as large as $5,000, The Organic Center has raised $20,417 through its first-ever crowdfunding drive –...