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January 01, 2014 Resolve to go organic in 2014

The Organic Center’s 10 New Year’s Resolutions to last a lifetime

Contact: Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, DC 20001

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 31, 2013)— What is a New Year’s Resolution you can make today that can last a lifetime – and beyond? Going organic – which is good for you, your family and the planet.

For 2014, The Organic Center, the trusted source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming, offers 10 everyday, research-backed organic resolutions individuals can follow:

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December 16, 2013 Senators urge Korean officials to keep organic trade open

Korean market set to close to U.S. organic exports January 1, 2014

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 17, 2013)— This past week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 12 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young expressing concern that the Korean market may close to organic exports on Jan. 1, 2014. The letter urges the Ambassador to take steps to prevent any disruption in trade by keeping the Korean market open to products certified organic to the USDA National Organic Program standard, pending the negotiation of an equivalency agreement.

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December 11, 2013 FDA starts process to cut back antibiotic overuse in livestock

http://www.organic-center.org/Organic offers clear choice, now, for those seeking foods produced without antibiotics

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 11, 2013)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today is implementing plans to help phase out the use of antibiotics, medically important to fighting disease in humans, for enhancing growth or to improve feed efficiency in food-producing animals. In final guidance, FDA outlines a voluntary, phased-in approach to remove their routine use for industrial production practices. This announcement comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released this year that pointed out, “Up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals are unnecessary.”

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December 03, 2013 The Science and Value of Organic

Eating Organic for a Family of Four for $25/Day or Less – 7 Helpful Tips + 3 Great Recipes

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

Brattleboro, VT. (Dec. 3, 2013) – Think a family on a budget can’t eat all organic all the time? Think again. With proper planning and preparation, families of four can enjoy three organic meals every day for less than $25, according to tips and recipe suggestions offered by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the leading voice for organic trade in the United States.

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November 15, 2013 Dag Falck of Nature’s Path Foods to lead COTA’s Board of Directors


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OTTAWA (November 15, 2013)—Dag Falck, Organic Program Manager for Nature’s Path Foods, has been named the new Board President of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA).


“I am looking forward to this opportunity to help lead our community at this time.” said Dag, adding: “COTA’s research shows our market has tripled to $3 billion a year, while exports continue to grow. We want to ensure our strict government-enforced organic standards continue to build consumer confidence here at home, while opening new opportunities in other markets.”

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October 28, 2013 The Organic Center announces new Science Advisory Board

Contact Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2013)—The Organic Center (The Center) today announced the names of 24 scientists who have agreed to serve on its newly formed Science Advisory Board.

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September 30, 2013 Organic activities at Expo East a rousing success for OTA and the industry

Events included equivalency signing, annual meeting, awards and more


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


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2013) – Organic activities organized by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) at Natural Products Expo East this past week brought members together to celebrate, mark milestones, discuss trends, and hear from leaders about a wide range of topics related to organic agriculture, markets and trade.

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September 27, 2013 Melody Meyer of UNFI to lead OTA’s Board of Directors

Board members announced at OTA’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore Sept. 25


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


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 27, 2013) –Melody Meyer, Vice President for Policy and Industry Relations at UNFI, has been named the new Board President of the Organic Trade Association, succeeding Matt McLean of Uncle Matt’s Organic who served as president for the past two years.

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September 26, 2013 United States and Japan today sign organic equivalence arrangement

Marks first U.S. organic arrangement in Asia, and first-ever without organic standards exceptions

BALTIMORE, MD (Sept. 26, 2013) –Officials from Japan and the United States announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the two countries in ceremonies this morning at All Things Organic here at Natural Products Expo East. Present at the announcement were Mr. Satoshi Kunii, Director, Labeling Standards Division, and Mr. Takuro Mukae, Associate Director, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Affairs, of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) for Japan, and Administrator Anne Alonzo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for the United States.

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September 17, 2013 Report calls out health threat from antibiotic overuse in livestock

Organic offers clear choice for those seeking foods produced without this use

Contact: Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, DC 20001

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2013)—Pointing out that every year more than two million people in the United States get infections resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, a new report issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls for phasing out the routine use of antibiotics in industrial livestock production that has been linked to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Organic Trade Association celebrates successful Annual Fund campaign

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

BRATTLEBORO, VT (September 17, 2013)—The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Annual Fund campaign hit record-breaking numbers once again in 2013. 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 12, 2013 Organic Trade Association’s Global Organic Trade Guide issues new organic market reports for France, Germany & the United Kingdom

Comprehensive go-to-market reports are available free online

Contact: Sue McGovern (suemcgovern7@gmail.com; 781-315-3400)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2013) – The first comprehensive go-to-market reports covering the current organic industry in France, Germany and the United Kingdom have been published online by the Organic Trade Association’s new Global Organic Trade Guide. The world’s first user-friendly website to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, the site also features an in-depth Market Data section and the only map tool to communicate global organic trade information in real time.

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September 09, 2013 The Organic Center unveils newly re-designed website

Site highlights the science behind organic for consumers and others


Contact Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 9, 2013)—The Organic Center today unveiled its newly re-designed website—www.Organic-Center.org—which aims to “Bring You the Science Behind Organic.”

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July 22, 2013 Research to address critical organic apple and pear challenges

The Organic Center seeks options to help growers

Contact: Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW Washington, DC 20001


Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2013): The Organic Center (The Center) this week announced a project to prevent a potential catastrophe now looming over organic apple and pear production in the United States. The goal: to provide the organic farming community critically needed information on how to prevent a disease from decimating apple and pear orchards while maintaining rigorous organic standards.

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July 09, 2013 Honorees announced for OTA’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards

Honorees announced for OTA’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards
Baltimore Museum of Industry will act as backdrop to focus on organic achievements past, present and future
Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)
Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2013)—Selected from a record-breaking 26 nominations, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2013 Organic Leadership Awards will be presented to a passionate couple who have dedicated their lives to organic for almost three decades, a professional farmer who has advanced practices for growing organic tree fruit, and two emerging leaders on a mission to create meaningful opportunities for military veterans in organic.

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June 18, 2013 Organic Trade Association Marks Official Launch of Online Global Organic Trade Guide with New Market Data Section and Real-Time Map Tool

The world’s first user-friendly website designed to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, celebrates new era of global organic trade, more than $100 billion by 2015.

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May 14, 2013 Ag Secretary Vilsack officially recognizes distinct needs of U.S. organic agriculture

Delivers agency guidance to remove obstacles to the growth of organic production


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2013)— Speaking today to member-attendees of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack officially recognized the unique production system covering U.S. organic agriculture, and announced guidance to remove agency obstacles to its continued growth.

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May 10, 2013 Organic Trade Association plants “seeds” for active farmer involvement

Formalizes new Farmers Advisory Council to engage farmers across America


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2013)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has formally established a Farmers Advisory Council to provide input from small- to medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers and growers to the trade association on matters geared to advancing organic agriculture.

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May 01, 2013 Nominations sought for three prestigious Organic Leadership Awards

Deadline for submissions is May 31

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

BRATTLEBORO, VT (May 1, 2013) — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently seeking nominations for its prestigious Organic Leadership Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate an organic unsung hero who has made a significant difference to organic agriculture, industry and trade.

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April 12, 2013 Canada's organic market now worth $3.7 billion - Growth driven by broad-scale support of organic foods

OTTAWA, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's organic market grew to $3.7 billion in 2012, with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion. The value of the Canadian organic food market has tripled since 2006, far outpacing the growth rate of other agri-food sectors. A diverse consumer base is driving the sector, with 58% of all Canadians buying organic products every week.

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April 04, 2013 Eight in ten U.S. parents report they purchase organic products

Trust in the USDA Organic seal reaches an all-time high among organic buyers

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

Washington, D.C., (April 4, 2013)— U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81 percent now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes. This finding is one of many contained in the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) newly released 2013 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, conducted Jan. 18-24, 2013.

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March 19, 2013 Parents are increasingly aware of unlabeled GMOs in food

U.S. household survey finds one-third choose organic foods to avoid GMOs

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2013)—Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.

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March 15, 2013 The Organic Center names new Board of Trustees

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


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2013)—The Organic Center has named 15 persons to its new Board of Trustees, and formally introduced them at its sold-out fundraiser dinner March 9 held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

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March 05, 2013 The Organic Center steps up research focus

UNFI Foundation provides grant for arsenic and rice research

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2013)—The Organic Center has signed an agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for ARS scientists to conduct targeted research on the factors affecting the presence of arsenic in organically grown rice. Making this research possible is a $50,000 grant to The Organic Center from the newly formed UNFI Foundation.

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February 28, 2013 Canada’s Organic Week welcomes new partner


(OTTAWA)—Organizers of Canada’s annual Organic Week are pleased to announce a new partner organization has joined with them to expand Canada’s largest celebration of organic farming and products.

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February 14, 2013 The Organic Center names Director of Science Programs

Newly created position will provide scientific leadership to advance organic food and farming

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


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2013)—The Organic Center today named Jessica Shade, Ph.D., to serve in its newly created position of Director of Science Programs. She begins working for The Organic Center today.

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January 31, 2013 2011 U.S. Organic Cotton Crop Cut in Half by Drought


Changes to federal crop insurance program arrive just in time for beleaguered Southern Plains farmers


Contact: Angela Jagiello (802-275-3831)


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (Jan. 31, 2013) — U.S. organic cotton production contracted in 2011, due in large part to the sweeping drought in the Southern Plains, according to the 2011 and Preliminary 2012 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report conducted by the Organic Trade Association.

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January 29, 2013 National Organic groups grow closer


OTTAWA: January 29, 2013 — Two of Canada’s longest-running organic organizations today announced that they are streamlining and centralizing their efforts to better represent Canada’s organic sector in Ottawa. The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) will build upon their history of collaboration while also sharing office space and resources in the nation’s capital.

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