Organic battles climate change

Organic Trade Association members face the challenge head-on with innovative initiatives

Planting trees in the Peruvian Amazon, working with dairy farms to improve soil health, transforming farmland to regenerative agriculture, installing new solar panels, designing fully recyclable or compostable food packaging, reducing food waste. Ambitious, diversified, visionary projects underway by organic companies, with one common goal – to fight against climate change.  

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U.S. Organic Worldwide

International by the numbers

Despite tariffs hitting world markets in 2018, total U.S. organic exports increased 10 percent from 2017 to reach $619 million (all figures U.S. dollars). Canada remains our largest trade partner, importing over $291 million worth of U.S. exports. Mexico finished off 2018 with a total of $108 million in imports of U.S. products, a 19 percent decrease from 2017. However, Mexico exported $317 million worth of organic products to the U.S., up 14 percent.

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Social media marketing project generates results

The Organic Trade Association received funding to conduct a GBI (Global Based Initiative) this summer to determine which types of social media campaigns are most effective for closing sales of U.S. agricultural exports in our top export markets and create a process for evaluating these campaigns in line with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) performance measures.

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Organic Trade Association partners with major global retailers

This past fall, the Organic Trade Association partnered with key retailers in Asia to promote U.S. organic products in supermarkets visited by thousands of consumers. Working with Bio c’Bon in Japan and City Super in Hong Kong, the Organic Trade Association funded in-store promotions that included cooking classes, in store demo experts, and digital media content.

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Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

Food fraud, or the act of defrauding buyers of food or ingredients for economic gain, has plagued the food industry throughout history. Although it is not known conclusively how widespread food fraud is in the United States or worldwide, it is now estimated to be a $50 billion industry for the total food market --about the same size as the entire 2017 U.S. organic market.

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U.S. Organic Worldwide: New report analyzes organic imports and exports through 2016

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.

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Opinion: A spotlight on organic is an opportunity for all of us

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? 

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International Update: 2016 Year in Review

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.

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