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Melody Meyer of UNFI to lead OTA’s Board of Directors

Melody Meyer of UNFI to lead OTA’s Board of Directors

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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Monsanto Protection Act Not Included in Senate Amendment to House Continuing Resolution

Monsanto Protection Act Not Included in Senate Amendment to House Continuing Resolution

Just Label It applauds U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her leadership in preventing a provision deemed the "Monsanto rider" from being included in a Senate amendment to the House Continuing Resolution. The provision would negate any meaningful judicial review of the USDA's decisions to allow planting of genetically engineered crops.

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Update on National Organic Program Operations

Update on National Organic Program Operations

Due to a lapse in appropriations for the National Organic Program (NOP) as of October 1, we have initiated the process of orderly shutdown of nonessential operations.

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Alert: New Fraudulent Organic Certificate

Alert: New Fraudulent Organic Certificate

The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate.

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United States and Japan Streamline Organic Trade across the Pacific

United States and Japan Streamline Organic Trade across the Pacific

The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.

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New Survey Shows Food Hubs Poised for Further Growth

New Survey Shows Food Hubs Poised for Further Growth

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International released the results of their 2013 National Food Hub Survey.

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A Salute to Organic Agriculture in Oregon

A Salute to Organic Agriculture in Oregon

Organically Grown in Oregon week highlights an important and expanding ag sector. Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 15-21 to be Organically Grown in Oregon Week, an indicator that organic agriculture is something to celebrate.

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Report by CDC: Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Report by CDC: Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public. One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals. This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into humans through physical exposure and even dietary exposure.

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The Organic Center unveils newly re-designed website

The Organic Center unveils newly re-designed website

“The Organic Center has made great strides this year in stepping up efforts to communicate the latest science showing the benefits of organic food and farming. This re-designed website will help consumers, policymakers, the media and scientists access and better understand findings that shed light on the health and environmental benefits of organic practices,” said Christine Bushway, Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association.

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GE Labeling Would Not Impact Supermarket Prices, New Study Says

GE Labeling Would Not Impact Supermarket Prices, New Study Says

Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study by the national Just Label It campaign.

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(ORE)ganic News August Edition

(ORE)ganic News August Edition

Public Affairs is proud to release its third issue of (ORE)ganic News, a newsletter highlighting sustainable, conservation practices for organic production. This month’s issue features a success story from an organic producer in Central Oregon, as well as information on improving water quality and quantity. Also attached is Oregon’s Organic EQIP flyer. Please include this as an insert with printed copies of the newsletter.

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The Future of Our Food System Depends on Healthy Soils — and Policies That Support Soil Stewardship

The Future of Our Food System Depends on Healthy Soils — and Policies That Support Soil Stewardship

Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds, and prevent erosion and runoff; microorganisms help filter contaminates and form the glue that helps keep soil intact; and cover crops—second crops planted to protect and improve soil health during the off-season—deliver natural fertilizer to the soil, prevent erosion, increase biodiversity, and improve water filtration as their roots create pores in the soil. Together, all of this works to create healthier crops.

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September Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

September Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the September 2013 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter.

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Proposed Crops/Handling Substances + Research Opportunity

Proposed Crops/Handling Substances + Research Opportunity

The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule to allow three substances in organic crop production and handling. Additionally, researchers may want to consider submitting a proposal for the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Interagency Program.

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Five GMO Myths Busted

Watch this short video from the Corbett Report addressing five common myths about GMOs including feeding the world, pesticide use reduction, health effects of GMOs, the similarity of conventional plant breeding, and GMO labeling.

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Huge Victories Achieved Against GMOs, Big Pharma, Animal Cruelty

Huge Victories Achieved Against GMOs, Big Pharma, Animal Cruelty

More and more, our collective activism is reshaping the world economy to punish criminal corporations and demand transparency on topics like GMOs, drug patents, animal cruelty and more. And we are winning on every front! This past week saw a flurry of news where big corporations like Merck and Monsanto were handed groundbreaking defeats thanks to consumer activism.

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Final Extension for FDA'S Proposed Food Safety Rules

Final Extension for FDA'S Proposed Food Safety Rules

On Aug, 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has extended the comment period for two proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) The new deadline for comments on the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption proposed rules is Nov. 15.

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Policy Update: Review of Materials + Spring 2014 NOSB Meeting

Policy Update: Review of Materials + Spring 2014 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce an updated policy memo regarding the evaluation of materials used in organic crop, livestock, and handling operations. Additionally, save the date for the spring 2014 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Northern California’s Salinas Valley is often dubbed America’s salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.

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Tips and tools for waterwise gardening

Tips and tools for waterwise gardening

Written for Oregon Tilth by Marian Hammond. Here at Oregon Tilth, we frequently hear from gardeners who are looking for new and better ways to save water while keeping their gardens green and healthy during the dry summer months.

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