In the Summer 2017 Organic Report, we featured an article entitled “Organic fraud prompts action on import verification” describing the various avenues the Organic Trade Association was pursing to address organic fraud after the discovery of fraudulent soybean imports from Turkey. In addition to the trade association’s 2018 Farm Bill priorities that include a call for increased trade oversight, we reported on the Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force that had convened.
The U.S. is the largest organic market in the world representing more than half of all consumer sales for organic products globally. Consumers now enjoy all types of organic products from apples to ziti, but this abundance and variety are not possible without trade. The global organic industry continues to grow, with over $81.6 billion USD in 2015. According to FiBL, over 179 countries around the world have organic activities with over 2.4 million organic producers worldwide. As the global industry matures, the importance of trade and tracking increases.
I read with interest the May Washington Post article about shipments of corn and soybeans from Turkey that arrived in the United States labeled organic, but that clearly were not. The article raised important issues about organic supply chains and certification documents, but it raised a more fundamental issue as well: when there is an opportunity for added value in a supply chain, how can we make sure farmers, and not unscrupulous middlemen, reap these rewards?
BioFach | MAP & TASC | 14 companies participated at BioFach 2016, the world’s largest trade show for organic products, resulting in $9,457,000 in projected sales. OTA spoke on several panels at the BioFach Congress.
Expo West | MAP | OTA organized more than 200+ meetings with buyers from around the world for nearly 30 U.S. organic companies. Projected sales total $9,035,247.
WE TAKE U.S. ORGANIC GLOBAL Around the world, the desire for traceable, sustainably produced food is growing. Global demand for U.S. organic has never been stronger. Online and in-person, the Organic Trade Association helps connect U.S. businesses with buyers worldwide hungry for bringing the USDA Organic Seal to their markets. Whether you are a large brand or distributor with export programs in place or a small manufacturer just breaking in to global markets, U.S. Organic Worldwide is your go-to resource to help grow your international presence and business.
Potential bilateral equivalency arrangement with Mexico
The United States and Mexico are currently in formal negotiations for a potential bilateral organic equivalency arrangement.
We take U.S. Organic Global
OTA’s Export Promotion Program, now dubbed U.S. Organic Worldwide, was awarded record-high USDA funding totaling $1,389,393 for calendar year 2016. The award is split between two grant programs: $889,393 for the Market Access Program (MAP), and $500,000 for Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC).
Global sales of organic food reached $80 billion in 2014, with the U.S. the largest organic market, according to findings in The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2016 unveiled during BioFach in February by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM—Organics International.
OTA was proud to take part in the World’s Fair in Milan, Italy, during October. The theme of this year’s international exposition was “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life,” exploring the huge task of finding a balance between meeting the nutritional needs of the global population and respecting the planet.