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Diverse group of organic farmers zoom into D.C. to talk organic

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Organic Trade Association fly-in to brief new administration, lawmakers on critical issues From their home offices, kitchens, fields or tractor cabs, a diverse group of...

B Certification – What it Means for Your Business and the Planet

If you’re keen to give your customers even more confidence that they’re making a great choice by picking your product, getting certification makes a...

The Organic Trade Association released the following statement today in response to the USDA...

“The Organic Trade Association supports USDA’s decision to end its Organic Recognition Agreement with India and transition to a more active oversight approach. It...

NATRUE unveils updated standards for 2021

NATRUE has announced that its Label Criteria has been updated, with changes to come into effect on 1 January 2021. The latest update maintains its...

Eco-Labels Gaining Traction in Food Industry

The launch of the new Vegan and Plant-Based certification schemes highlights the growing importance of eco-labels in the food industry. The last few months...

UK standards could be ‘undermined’ by misuse of antibiotics in imported meat and dairy,...

Amid growing concerns around the global rise in antibiotic resistance, and as the UK explores potential trade agreements with non-EU countries for post-Brexit imports...

Regenagri announces members of new governance group

The recently established global regenerative agriculture initiative regenagri has announced the members of its new governance team — a group of pioneering organizations who...

Let’s act now to prevent a Brexit catastrophe for the organic industry

Roger Kerr, CEO of OF&G, explains why we must act now to prevent a post-Brexit catastrophe for the UK’s organic industry. The organic sector faces...

MPs reject bid to protect post-Brexit food standards

Last night’s vote in the House of Commons saw MPs reject an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which was designed to ensure that post-Brexit...

COSMOS reports 92% growth in certified products in 2018

Natural and organic cosmetics standards body COSMOS says that the number of its certified products has almost doubled, with a 92% increase during 2018. COSMOS...

US GMO labelling law: A troubling tale of smiley faces, glaring omissions and bio-washing

The Organic Trade Association says it is “deeply disappointed” in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final GMO labelling law, which was announced at the end of December.

OTA sets out 10 priority actions to safeguard organic integrity and preserve trust

US trade body the Organic Trade Association has has set out ten priority actions to safeguard organic integrity and preserve public trust.

UK organic sector warns of Brexit 'worst case scenario'

Britain’s biggest organic certifier says it is preparing contingencies for a Brexit “worst-case scenario” in which the UK organic could be shut out of its biggest export market.

Organic Cities Europe Network formally launched in Paris

Earlier this month eight cities, along with a number of influential agro-ecological organizations, formally signed an agreement in Paris to launch a major new food and initiative, the Organic Cities Europe

COSMOS revises Standard to reflect new palm oil requirements

The COSMOS international natural and organic beauty standard is being revised to reflect new requirements on the use of palm oil and palm kernel oil.