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December 14, 2007 U.S. Senate approves Farm Bill with provisions for Organic Agriculture

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 14, 2007) – In a 79 to 14 vote, the U.S. Senate today approved its version of the Farm Bill that included funding and direction for key organic priorities, according to Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

"The Senate Farm Bill includes important steps to help strengthen the safety net for organic producers and manufacturers," Wilcox said. "These measures include funding for organic research, data collection, and transition to organic production, as well as eliminating the crop insurance premium for organic producers." Currently, organic producers must pay a 5% surcharge for crop insurance; yet, in times of loss, the producers receive not the usually higher organic crop price, but the lower conventional price.

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December 03, 2007 Organic Trade Association applauds federal investments in organic sector

For more information, contact:
Matthew Holmes, managing director
Organic Trade Association in Canada
613.482.1717; mholmes@ota.com

(Truro, NS, Canada, December 3, 2007) - The Organic Trade Association today applauded significant investments in the organic sector by the federal government. This investment of nearly $1.3 million includes seed funding for the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), a national stakeholder representative body for the sector, and for the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), a world-renown research facility for the study of organic agriculture.

"We're very pleased," said Matthew Holmes, managing director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Canada, "this is something we've been working towards for many years. The demand for organic products is growing so fast: it's wonderful to see the federal government responding by investing in this important market sector. The money announced today will establish a strong national representative body for the sector, while also helping us to have more information on the market drivers behind the growth we've been enjoying."

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October 29, 2007 The Organic Trade Association hails preliminary research findings

News Release
For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

GREENFIELD, Massachusetts (Oct. 29, 2007)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today hailed preliminary findings from a four-year European Union (EU) study that indicate some organic foods are more nutritional than their non-organic counterparts.

"This study may be the breakthrough that helps prove what many in the organic sector believe to be true about food grown using organic practices," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's Executive Director, on learning of the findings announced by Professor Carlo Leifert of the Tesco Centre for Organic Agriculture based at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

Preliminary results from this study, which is part of the EU-funded Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) Project, show organic fruit and vegetables have up to 40 percent more antioxidants than non-organically grown produce, while organic milk contains up to 60 to 80 percent more antioxidants than conventionally produced milk in the summer, and 50 to 60 percent higher levels in the winter. Organic milk also was found to contain higher levels of vitamin E.

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October 25, 2007 Senate's Farm Bill draft includes organic provisions

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)

Action in Senate Expected Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 24, 2007)-The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved its version of the Farm Bill that included funding and direction for key organic priorities, according to Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

"The Senate Agriculture Committee took important steps today to help strengthen the safety net for organic producers and manufacturers," Wilcox said. "These measures include funding for organic research, data collection, and transition to organic production. In addition, the committee took steps to eliminate the crop insurance premium for organic producers." Currently, organic producers must pay a 5% surcharge for crop insurance; yet, in times of loss, the producers receive not the usually higher organic crop price, but the lower conventional price.

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October 10, 2007 Organic Coffee Market Grows Dramatically in 2006

Growth resulting from awareness, availability and high quality

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sandra Marquardt, 301-592-0077 smarquardt@onthemarkpr.com

Greenfield, MA (October 10, 2007) - Sales of organic coffee are growing faster than one can say, "Espresso, please!" U.S. retail sales of organic coffee in 2006 increased 24 percent to 110.36 million dollars, according to the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) 2007 Organic Manufacturer Survey.

There are some estimates that indicate actual sales could be even higher.

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September 20, 2007 OTA's 2006 Go Organic! for Earth DayTM wins PRO Award

http://www.ota.comNews Release For information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 20, 2007)-The Go Organic! for Earth DayTM campaign, an award-winning project of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), MusicMatters of Minneapolis, MN, and Earth Day Network, this week captured another award, with its 2006 campaign receiving the second place PRO Award in the category of Best Retail/Co-Marketing Campaign at award ceremonies Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, in Chicago.

"This marks Go Organic! for Earth DayTM as one of the best of the best retailing and co-marketing campaigns in the United States," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's Executive Director.

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September 13, 2007 Organic Trade Association advances organic textiles, personal care products in Canada

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Holmes
506-260-7537; mholmes@ota.com

(Ottawa, September 5)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has begun discussions with industry and government about organic standards for textile and personal care products. OTA has called on Health Canada and Industry Canada to recognize the growing consumer demand for non-food organic products and the need to protect and promote these important, growing sectors.

In August, OTA also presented concerns about the marketability of non-food organic products to the Committee on Organic Agriculture. The committee is made up of representatives from organic farmers, industry, and consumers, and is responsible for establishing Canada's organic production and processing standards under the Canadian General Standards Board.

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September 11, 2007 Grant helps Farm Aid to support U.S. organic cotton farmers

For immediate release
OTA Contact: Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20; bhaumann@ota.com)
Farm Aid Contact: Wendy Matusovich (617-354-2922; wendy@farmaid.org)

RANDALL's ISLAND, New York (Sept. 9, 2007): The Organic Trade Association (OTA), through the generosity of the Martin Fabert Foundation of Seattle, WA, is supporting Farm Aid as it transitions its promotional t-shirts from conventional to organic cotton for the third year in a row.

For the past three years, the Martin Fabert Foundation has provided funds to the Organic Fiber Transition Project implemented by OTA to encourage non-profit organizations to purchase organic cotton t-shirts in lieu of conventionally grown cotton t-shirts for fundraising and promotional programs. The grant is designed to help non-profits cover the differences in cost between organic and conventional cotton t-shirts without taking a financial risk.

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August 29, 2007 Organic Trade Association urges U.S. and Canada to begin equivalency talks

News Release
For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 29, 2007)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin negotiations with Canadian officials to establish trade equivalency agreements concerning the sales of organic products between the two countries.

"Bilateral trade is important to both the United States and Canadian organic products market," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's Executive Director. OTA met with USDA officials on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and delivered a letter urging action on negotiations.

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August 22, 2007 Organic Leather, Wool and Cotton Seminars the Highlight at MAGIC

What: Sourcing and designing apparel made from organically produced leather, wool, and cotton will be the talk of the town at the August 27-30, 2007 MAGIC (www.magiconline.com) and Sourcing@MAGIC (www.sourcingatmagic.com) apparel shows in Las Vegas. The Organic Exchange (OE) and Organic Trade Association (OTA) will co-host two seminars on the topic, providing attendees with information on market trends, the wide selection of organic textiles and sustainable trims, and certification and labeling of organic apparel products. Several OE and OTA member companies will have booths at the event.

The two organizations will also co-host a booth at the Sourcing@MAGIC area to provide background information and facilitate networking. Gold level sponsors are: Econscious, Greensource, Mavideniz, Nature USA, and Quick Feat International. Silver level sponsors are: Earth Creations, Green Tee Clothing Company, ShariBe, Precot Meridian Limited, Thai Textile Industry, and Ugly Fish.

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July 27, 2007 HOUSE APPROVES FARM BILL WITH MORE THAN $300 MILLION

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)

HOUSE APPROVES FARM BILL WITH MORE THAN $300 MILLION
FOR ORGANIC OVER LIFE OF FARM BILL

July 27, 2007 (WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives today approved more than $300 million for organic agriculture as part of the 2007 Farm Bill, according to Caren Wilcox, the executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

"In addition to the funding, the House of Representatives also directed the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to provide equitable crop insurance to organic producers," Wilcox said. "Currently, organic producers pay a 5% surcharge, and if losses occur, they are paid at the conventional, not the organic, price."

"The funding for research, data collection, technical assistance for farmers, and conversion and certification assistance, plus the insurance measures are significant for the organic industry and will help organic producers continue to meet the growing demand by consumers for organic products," Wilcox said.

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July 24, 2007 Organic Coffees are Perfect for Holiday Gifts and Entertaining


For Immediate Release:
Contact: Sandra Marquardt, 301-592-0077
smarquardt@onthemarkpr.com

July 24, 2007
Delicious organic coffee recipes, gift sets available
Greenfield, MA - Delicious seasonal organic coffee blends and gift sets are perfect for holiday gifts and seasonal entertainment events, according to participants in the Organic Coffee Collaboration, a project of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). And they are easy to purchase: organic coffee products, including decaffeinated, caffeinated, flavored and instant coffees, are widely available at retail outlets nationwide and direct from roasters via the Internet.

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July 20, 2007 Agriculture Committee Endorses Aid for Organic Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2007) - The Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) today thanked the members of the House Agriculture Committee for including key provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill that will help the organic industry continue to meet growing consumer demand for organic products.

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July 11, 2007 Canadian Wheat Board policy will benefit organic growers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Matthew Holmes
506-260-7537; mholmes@ota.com


Sackville, NB, Canada (July 10, 2007)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Canada was pleased to learn that the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has announced major changes to its policies on organic wheat sales that will result in lower marketing costs for organic growers. On July 4th, a letter was circulated to western organic grain growers; the changes go into effect on August 1.


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June 20, 2007 Subcommittee endorses crop insurance fairness

For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

Subcommittee endorses crop insurance fairness
OTA Executive Director calls it a very positive step for organic producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2007) – Organic farmers are one step closer to fairly priced crop insurance thanks to action Tuesday by an Agriculture subcommittee, according to the executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Currently, organic farmers are charged a 5% premium over the cost a conventional farmer pays. And, when organic farmers must collect on their insurance policies, they are compensated at the price of the conventional crop, not the higher organic price.

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June 13, 2007 2007 All Things Organic(tm) Took Chicago by Storm

Contact: Lisa BellFor Immediate Release Crescendo Communications lisa@crescendocom.com
303-527-0203

Seventh-year show featured more unique and innovative organic products than ever before; 2008 will bring new partners together in Chicago

GREENFIELD, Mass. (June 13, 2007) - Organic companies from big to small and organic products from mass market entries to specialized niches were all the buzz with attendees at the 2007 All Things Organic(tm) Conference and Trade Show held at Chicago's McCormick Place May 5-8. The talk on the All Things Organic(tm) show floor surrounded the increasing popularity of all organic products, as well as the continued entry of new privately owned companies and their innovative organic offerings.

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June 12, 2007 OTA: Sec. of Ag needs to issue rule

News Release
Contact: Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

Organic Trade Association urges Secretary of Agriculture:
Rule needed to address question of non-organic agricultural ingredients

GREENFIELD, Mass. (June 12, 2007)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today urged the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to issue a rule allowing organic manufacturers to continue to use certain minor non-organic agricultural ingredients as approved by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and published May 15 in a proposed rule.

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June 08, 2007 Organic Farm Bill Provisions are good steps, says Organic Trade Association

GREENFIELD, Mass. (June 7, 2007) As debate over the 2007 Farm Bill moves forward, the Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) today thanked members of the House subcommittee with responsibility for organic production and processing for their commitment to organic agriculture. "The Horticulture and Organic Subcommittee approved additional key steps today that will help strengthen the infrastructure for organic agriculture," said Caren Wilcox, the executive director of OTA, the trade association representing all aspects of the organic business community.

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May 25, 2007 Organic Trade Association sees initial action on Farm Bill as promising

GREENFIELD, Mass. (May 25, 2007)--The Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) today said she was very pleased with initial Congressional action on the 2007 Farm Bill. Subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee began meeting this week to consider proposals for the Farm Bill.

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May 24, 2007 Leading Organic Coffee Companies Host Media Breakfast in New York City on U.N. World Environment Day

Media Advisory for Tuesday, June 5, 8:30 -10 a.m.

Organic coffees are ideal for general consumption or for holiday gifts and entertaining

What: To celebrate United Nation's-declared World Environment Day (www.unep.org/wed/) and raise awareness of the quality and environmental benefits of organic coffee production, journalists are invited to an organic coffee sampling featuring seven leading brands of delicious and environmentally sustainable organic coffees. These tasty products are ideal for general consumption or for holiday gifts and entertaining, and are widely available in stores nationwide and on the Internet. Space is limited so an RSVP is requested.

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May 14, 2007 OTA Executive Director Testifies Before Key Subcommittee Reviewing Crop Insurance

Contact: Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

Wilcox Proposes Crop Insurance Remedies For Organic Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2007) - Organic farmers are penalized by the current system of crop insurance in our country, the executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) today told a key Congressional subcommittee and urged the members of Congress to fix the broken system and create fairness for organic farmers.

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May 07, 2007 Looking forward to All Things OrganicTM 2008: Chicago will again host largest display of organic and specialty products

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7, 2007) — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is looking forward to its 2008 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show, which will be held in late April 2008, along with the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.’s (NASFT®) Fancy Food Show® and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s (NASDA) U.S. Food Export Showcase.

The three shows will co-locate at McCormick Place in Chicago April 27-29, 2008. Participants are being told to “expect the unexpected!,” reflecting the wide diversity of products that will be offered.

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Organic Trade Association announces 2007-2008 officers

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7, 2007)—Beginning her second year as president of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures presided at OTA’s annual meeting Saturday, May 5, in Chicago in conjunction with the 2007 All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place.

Other officers for 2007-2008 include Julia Sabin of Smucker Quality Beverages, vice president representing the United States; Dag Falck of Nature’s Path, vice president representing Canada; Luis Acuña of CF Fresh, secretary; and Chuck Marcy of Healthy Food Holdings, LLC, treasurer.

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The Organic Trade Association launches HowToGoOrganic.com

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today publicly launched HowToGoOrganic.com, a web site for producers and processors transitioning to organic. The web site is designed as a clearinghouse of North American resources for farmers and businesses interested in becoming organic or in creating new organic enterprises.

In North America, consumer demand for organic products exceeds the rate of organic production. The new web site will help encourage further domestic production by assembling in a single online resource the full range of available information for farmers and producers transitioning to organic.

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Organic leaders honored at Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7) -The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will recognize three organic industry leaders Monday evening, May 7, during OTA's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the 2007 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show here in Chicago.

Howard-Yana Shapiro, global director of plant science at Mars, Inc., and vice president of agriculture/research and development at Seeds of Change, will receive OTA's 2007 Organic Leadership Award. Shapiro created his original business to supply organic seed for farmers and to teach them how to farm organically. He continues to train people across the world to enter organic agriculture and has projects in Brazil, Ghana, Vietnam and Indonesia.

In addition, Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin, founders of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, will receive OTA's Organic Farming Leadership Award. Jacobs and Belin have concentrated their efforts to establish viable, innovative and dynamic organic production by collaborating with small-scale growers in both California and the Baja California area of Mexico.

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May 06, 2007 U.S. organic sales show substantial growth

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 6, 2007)—Preliminary findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2007 Manufacturer Survey released today at OTA’s All Things Organicä Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place show U.S. organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, representing approximately 3 percent of all retail sales of food and beverages.

Organic foods’ share of total food sales is up from 1.9 percent in 2003 and approximately 2.5 percent in 2005. According to survey results, sales of organic foods grew by 22.1 percent in 2006 to reach $16.9 billion. Sales in 2005 were $13.831 billion.

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April 24, 2007 OTA BOARD MEMBER TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Grain Executive Tells Congress Organic Requires Infrastructure for Continued Growth

For more information, contact:
Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2007)-Organic agriculture needs government resources to build infrastructure to continue to increase its market share and meet the growing consumer demand for organic products, Lynn Clarkson, President of Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., testified today before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Clarkson serves on the board of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), which represents the organic business community in North America. He testified today on behalf of OTA.

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April 18, 2007 OTA's Executive Director Caren Wilcox testifies before Congressional Hearing on Organic Agriculture

For more information, contact:
Laura Trivers (301-229-6481)
Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2007)-Caren Wilcox, Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), today asked a Congressional panel for a "parity of government resources to build infrastructure" to allow organic to continue to increase its market share and meet the growing consumer demand for organic products.

Wilcox testified, "U.S. organic food sales were about $14.6 billion in 2005 and occupied about 2.5 percent of the retail marketplace. The fastest growing organic product categories include meat, dairy and condiments. Fruits and vegetables represent the largest dollar value category in the organic sector. Pet food was growing as a category even before the recalls, and is growing even faster now."

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April 12, 2007 The Organic Trade Association to honor organic leaders in May

For more information, contact:
Barbara Haumann (413) 774-7511, Ext. 20)


The Organic Trade Association to honor organic leaders in May
Larry Jacobs, Sandra Belin and Howard-Yana Shapiro recognized for outstanding contributions to the organic community

GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 12, 2007)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will recognize three organic industry leaders May 7 during OTA's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the 2007 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show in Chicago, IL. Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo and Howard-Yana Shapiro of Mars Incorporated/Seeds of Change will receive OTA's Organic Leadership Awards for their remarkable contributions to the organic industry.

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April 04, 2007 OTA 2007 fund campaign raises over $500,000

News Release For more information, contact:
For Immediate Release Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 4, 2007) –The Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s 2007 Annual Fund campaign has raised $528,000 for its public policy, media relations and advocacy work for the year. The theme for this year’s fund campaign was “Today. Tomorrow. Together. Organic,” reflecting OTA’s vision to bring organic to the next level of growth and sustainability by industry members working together on issues and goals.

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March 29, 2007 Organic Trade Association names Managing Director

Ottawa, ON (March 27, 2007)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has selected Matthew Holmes as managing director for OTA in Canada. Holmes will begin this new position in April.

“After a coast-to-coast search, OTA was pleased to find such an enthusiastic candidate with knowledge of organic issues and the leadership skills necessary for OTA in Canada at this time,” said Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association. “Hiring Matthew brings to fruition the vision OTA’s Board and members had for additional attention for OTA’s Canadian members.”

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March 01, 2007 Grant enables Earth Day Network to offer organic t-shirts

Contacts:
Barbara Haumann, Organic Trade Association, 413-774-7511, Ext. 20, bhaumann@ota.com
Laurie Howell, Earth Day Network, 202-518-0044, Howell@earthday.net)

GREENFIELD, Massachusetts (March 1, 2007): The Organic Trade Association (OTA), through the generosity of the Martin Fabert Foundation of Seattle, WA, is supporting the Earth Day Network as it transitions its promotional t-shirts from conventional to organic cotton.

For the past two years, the Martin Fabert Foundation has provided funds to the Organic Fiber Transition Project implemented by OTA to encourage non-profit organizations to purchase organic cotton t-shirts in lieu of conventionally grown cotton t-shirts for fundraising and promotional programs. The grant is designed to help non-profits cover the differences in cost between organic and conventional cotton t-shirts without taking a financial risk. The organic cotton and shirts must be grown and sewn in North America.

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February 21, 2007 Organic Coffee Tasting in NYC June 5 - World Environment Day

Contact: Sandra Marquardt, 301-592-0077
smarquardt@onthemarkpr.com

Greenfield, MA - New organic coffee brands as well as new blends from long-established brands will more than satisfy coffee drinkers looking for a refreshing cup of cold coffee during the upcoming hot summer months, according to the Organic Coffee Collaboration - a project of the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

To help coffee aficionados enjoy cold organic coffee, Collaboration participants are providing seven delicious cold organic coffee beverage recipes. These include a Neapolitan, a malted, and a Toddy method recipe. The drinks can be made with organic decaffeinated, caffeinated, flavored and instant coffees widely available at retail outlets nationwide and direct from roasters via the Internet.

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February 16, 2007

Global organic production is growing rapidly, as is consumer demand

GREENFIELD, Massachusetts (Feb. 16, 2007) --The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is pleased to see the growth of organic agriculture globally, as reflected in a report released today at BioFach 2007 in Germany by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Foundation for Ecology and Farming (SÖL).

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February 15, 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore to Present Opening Keynote Address at
2007 All Things Organic(tm) Conference & Trade Show in Chicago

GREENFIELD, Mass. (Feb. 15, 2007) - The Organic Trade Association and Diversified Business Communications are pleased to welcome the 45th Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, as the 2007 opening keynote speaker for the All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show. An esteemed author, activist and political figure, former Vice President Gore will draw on his 25 years of public service to offer insights on environmental and technology issues that are reshaping everyday life and business.

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January 31, 2007 Farm Bill proposals a good first step, but organic farmers need more

For Immediate Release; Contact Barbara Haumann, 413-774-7511, ext. 20

Greenfield, Mass. (January 31, 2007)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today called the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 Farm Bill proposals for organic agriculture a good step in the right direction but cautioned that organic farmers need more resources to meet the needs of domestic and worldwide markets.

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January 26, 2007 Tips for Identifying Fertilizer Products for Organic Gardening

GREENFIELD, Mass. (January 26, 2007)-Choosing fertilizers and soil amendments for your organic garden can be easier, once you understand that product labels for organic foods are different from labels of products intended for organic gardening.

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January 23, 2007 Two Dynamic Industries Come Together in 2008

Chicago To Host Largest Display of Specialty Foods and Organic Products

New York, NY (January 22, 2007) — The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT®) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) officially announce a new co-location in 2008 in Chicago. The Fancy Food Show® and All Things OrganicTM will co-locate from April 27 -29, 2008, at McCormick Place, and will create the largest display of specialty foods and organic products in the United States

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January 18, 2007 Organic Trade Association Praises Creation of U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture

News Release; For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Haumann; 413-774-7511, Ext. 20

GREENFIELD, Mass. (Jan. 18, 2007)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) praised a significant step taken toward the creation of a new Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture as part of the U.S. House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee in the 110th Congress. Democrats have designated Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) to chair the new subcommittee.

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January 04, 2007 Canada’s New Organic Regulations Expected to Boost Consumer Confidence

Canada Becomes First Country in the World to Track Organic Imports

For Immediate Release Contact: Stephanie Wells
Phone: 613-787-2003 E-mail: otacanada@ota.com

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (Jan. 3, 2007): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is pleased by the Canadian government’s December 22 publication of the federal regulation for organic food and livestock feeds. “Consumers will now be assured that when they purchase food that is labeled ‘Canada Organic’ it means that it was produced in compliance with a strict set of national standards for certification,” said Stephanie Wells, OTA’s Canada Liaison. “The regulation will help ease the way for organic trade between provinces and with other countries.” (See the regulation at
http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partII/2006/20061221-x6/html/extra-e.html.)

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