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October 22, 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics’ clinical report highlights benefits of organic


Report provides guidance to pediatricians about organic foods in patient care


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2012) — A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children. Calling the report a major milestone for the organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) hails it as a confirmation of the significance of the benefits that organic provides.

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October 11, 2012 Organic Trade Association celebrates successful Annual Fund campaign

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


BRATTLEBORO, VT (Oct. 11, 2012)—The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2012 Annual Fund campaign grew by nearly 25 percent this year over the previous year to reach a new record. Funds raised will go towards OTA’s government relations, consumer education, and media outreach work in the United States and Canada.

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September 05, 2012 The Organic Center moves to D.C. and combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association

Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic


Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept.5, 2012)—Effective Sept. 1, The Organic Center is combining efforts with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and relocating its headquarters from Boulder, CO, to Washington, D.C. The Organic Center will remain an independent non-profit 501(c) (3), but now will be under the administrative auspices of OTA.

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September 04, 2012 Stanford research confirms health benefits driving consumers to organic

Organic foods have lower pesticide residues, lower chance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 4, 2012)—A review article published September in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirms that consuming organic foods reduces consumers’ exposure to pesticide residues and to bacteria resistant to antibiotics, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) notes. These are among the top reasons consumers cite for choosing to buy organic products.

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August 08, 2012 Organic Trade Association supports consumers’ right to know


Urges consumers to vote “Yes” on California Proposition 37

Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 8, 2012)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today voiced its strong support for California voters’ right to know whether the foods they purchase are genetically engineered, and urged them to vote “Yes” on Proposition 37 in the November General Election in California.

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July 12, 2012 Two organic leaders to receive Organic Trade Association’s highest honor


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


BRATTLEBORO, VT (July 12, 2012): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has selected Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm and Zea Sonnabend of CCOF to receive its prestigious Organic Leadership Awards for 2012. The awards, presented annually since 1997 during OTA’s Awards Gala, recognize outstanding individuals who have shown leadership and vision in furthering the goals of the organic movement.

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Organic Trade Association hires seasoned D.C. policy strategist



New Associate Director for Legislative & Legal Affairs will strengthen OTA presence on Capitol Hill


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2012)— Marni Karlin, who has served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights since 2009, this week joined the staff of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Washington as its Associate Director for Legislative and Legal Affairs, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO Christine Bushway announced.

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June 12, 2012 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


Contact: Laura Batcha (lbatcha@ota.com; 202-403-8512)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2012)— The Obama Administration yesterday released a report on rural communities and businesses, highlighting the tremendous value of the organic sector as part of our nation’s diverse agricultural economy. The report, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Rural Council, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, points to numerous examples of how organic agriculture and trade are expanding opportunities for agricultural production— a timely recognition during this vital Farm Bill season.

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May 22, 2012 OTA congratulates CCOF and Oregon Tilth on planned merger


May 22, 2012 - The Organic Trade Association (OTA) congratulates its strategic partner CCOF Inc. and its long-standing member Oregon Tilth on the announcement of their planned merger, expected by Oct. 31, 2012. OTA looks forward to collaborating with the new joint organization, CCOF Tilth, to strengthen the visibility and voice of certified organic producers, handlers, and processers.

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May 10, 2012 New Organic Standards Released for Canadian Farmed Seafood

OTTAWA, ON – May 10, 2012 - With the release of the Canadian Organic Aquaculture
Standard on May 10, Canadian consumers will now have the opportunity to choose
certified organic farmed seafood including finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants.

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April 25, 2012 Organic foods industry creates more than a half million jobs

Thousands more jobs created than in conventional food


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2012) – Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference. The report, “2010 Impacts of the U.S. Organic Foods Industry on the U.S. Economy,” which shows the organic food industry generated more than five hundred thousand American jobs in 2010, builds on data released by OTA earlier in the week revealing the overall U.S. organic market in 2011 surpassed $31 billion for the first time.

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April 23, 2012 Consumer-driven U.S. organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011


Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2012)—Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2012 Organic Industry Survey. These and other organic-related statistics (see the accompanying info-graphic) are being discussed this week in conjunction with the trade association’s 2012 Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days here in Washington.

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April 12, 2012 Organic industry to honor Congressman Farr with Public Servant Award

Presentation takes place during OTA’s Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2012)—Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), a member of Congress since 1993 and a major supporter of the organic sector for more than three decades, will be awarded the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Public Servant Award during OTA’s Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days here in D.C. later this month.

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March 27, 2012 Record-breaking One Million Americans Tell FDA: We Have a Right to Know What’s in Our Food



New National Survey Shows Majority of Americans United on Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food


Contact: Sue McGovern (sue@mcgov.com; Direct: 781-648-7157, Cell: 781-315-3400)


Just Label It

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2012) – The Just Label It (JLI) Campaign announced today that a record-breaking one million Americans of all political persuasions have called on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. The campaign also announced a new national survey revealing that Americans across the political spectrum stand united in support of labeling food that has been genetically engineered. This is a striking contrast to the partisan divisions plaguing our political system.

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February 16, 2012 Arsenic’s presence reflects a wider problem for all food production

Herbicide and pesticide applications in conventional ag leave toxic legacy


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 16, 2012)-- A recently published study by researchers at Dartmouth College has called into question the presence of arsenic in some organic products. While the study itself focused on infant formula, health bars and high energy foods, the resulting interpretation of the findings failed to address the arsenic issue as a serious concern for all food production, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) points out.

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February 13, 2012 Historic signing finalizes organic equivalence arrangement between EU and U.S.

The world’s two largest markets for organic food expand organic market access


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


NUREMBERG, Germany, and WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb.15, 2012) – At a press event today at BioFach Germany, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloş for the European Union’s (EU) Agriculture and Rural Development and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the world’s two largest markets for organic food. Under the arrangement, the EU and United States will work together to promote strong organic programs, protect organic standards, enhance cooperation, and facilitate trade in organic products.

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January 30, 2012 Organic Trade Association and NSF International Announce “HACCP for the Organic Professional” Training

Contact: Angela Jagiello (ajagiello@ota.com; 802-275-3831)


Professional training to educate food safety, operations and certification professionals
about HACCP principles and how they apply to organic operations


(ANN ARBOR, Mich. and BRATTLEBORO, Vt.) – January 30, 2012 – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and NSF International’s Training and Education Division have announced their offering of a two-day intensive program entitled, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) for the Organic Professional. The workshop is an essential resource for companies committed to maintaining both certified organic and food safety standards.

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January 26, 2012 U.S. organic cotton acreage continues to grow, survey shows

2011 harvest drastically lowered due to drought in Texas


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


BRATTLEBORO, VT (Jan. 26, 2012)— The U.S. organic cotton market continues to grow, encouraged by consumer demand, price premiums, and regulatory shifts that will ease marketing restrictions for organic cotton products, according to the 2010 and Preliminary 2011 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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January 18, 2012 Consumer-backed effort to label genetically engineered food releases video by FOOD, INC. filmmaker Robert Kenner

Contact: Geri Prado
303-809-0449; geri@justlabelit.org



Boston, MA (Jan. 18, 2012)—With more than a half-million consumers already on board, a campaign petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label genetically engineered (GE) food today launched the video “Labels Matter” to garner even more consumer awareness and participation. Encouraging consumers to fight to know what is in their food, the video is the result of collaboration between the Just Label It campaign and filmmaker Robert Kenner.

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January 12, 2012 OTA Board honors Julia Sabin for leadership of the trade association


Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)


BERKELEY, CA (Jan. 12, 2012)—Julia Sabin of Smucker Natural Foods, who served as President of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Board of Directors for the past three years, was honored by her colleagues at the Board’s quarterly meeting and annual retreat held this week here in Berkeley, CA.

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