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GMO Update — USDA approves additional GMO crops

By |December 16th, 2013|

On November 6, just one day after Washington State’s I-522 GMO labeling bill was narrowly defeated, USDA moved to deregulate two new GMO soybean varieties and a GMO apple genetically engineered to resist browning. Additionally, reports indicate that FDA may soon approve GMO salmon – the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption.

In approving Monsanto’s […]

USDA Certified Organic Operations Up 240% Since 2002

By |May 10th, 2013|

 The number of certified organic operations increased 240% since the National Organic Program (NOP) began tracking data in 2002. Today, USDA counts 17,750 certified organic farms and processing facilities in the US, up from about 7,400 in 2002. USDA also estimates that there are now close to 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 100 countries worldwide.

According […]

Agrisystems International Marks Succession of Ownership

By |May 10th, 2013|

May 2013

Agrisystems International founder Tom Harding finalized the sale of the international organic consultancy to his longtime colleague Alesia Bock of ASI Consulting LLC in DeForest, WI. The transition to serve clients has been seamless, and Alesia brings 24 years of experience in the food industry, including regulatory, certification and quality roles covering USDA, FDA […]

USDA NOP Introduces Sound & Sensible Program; Less Paperwork, More Organic Production

By |May 10th, 2013|

In an effort to reduce paperwork and other burdensome aspects of organic certification, the National Organic Program (NOP) in April introduced Sound and Sensible, a new program designed to make it easier on producers while maintaining high standards, ensuring compliance, and protecting organic integrity. The Sound and Sensible initiative involves identifying and removing barriers to certification, […]

Whole Foods Market Announces Mandatory Labeling of GMO Foods

By |May 10th, 2013|

Not waiting for the government to take the lead in the labeling of genetically engineered or GMO foods, Whole Foods Market announced in March that it will require GMO transparency for any products sold in its stores by 2018, making it the first national grocery chain to set a deadline to label foods that contain […]

Green Fire the Film: A Land Ethic for Our Time

By |October 18th, 2012|

“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to the land,” said Aldo Leopold, a pioneering conservationist. Leopold has influenced environmentalists since he published A Sand County Almanac in 1947 – a book that presaged industry’s impact on the land. A documentary of Leopold’s […]

U.S. Organic Sales Top $31 Billion; New White House Report Highlights Economic Value of Organic Market

By |August 10th, 2012|

The White House on June 11 released a report highlighting the significant contribution of organic food and farming to the nation’s diverse agricultural economy. With organic farms now in all 50 states and 17,600 certified organic farms, ranches and businesses across the U.S., the report, Strengthening Rural Economies: Lessons from a Growing Farm Economy,prepared by the […]

Organic PAC Event Raises Funds for Senator Jon Tester Re-election

By |August 10th, 2012|

The Organic Trade Association celebrated the launch of its new Organic PAC, a Political Action Committee dedicated to advancing organic agriculture and trade, by hosting a fundraiser in Washington, DC, for the re-election of Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the first organic farmer elected to Congress. The event, held in conjunction with OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill […]

NOSB Rule Changes on Use of Pectin Extended through October 21, 2012

By |August 9th, 2012|

After holding its public meeting in late May in Albuquerque, NM, the National Organic Standards Program (NOSB) published Final Recommendations on June 6 renewing more than 200 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances that were scheduled to expire this year.

The rule also makes changes to the following substances. Unless otherwise noted, all renewals and changes are […]