Study Finds Organic Agriculture Offers Health Benefits

A study commissioned by the European Parliament concluded that organic farming policies have benefits for human health. The review of existing research, coordinated by Assistant Professor Axel Mie, who is affiliated with both Karolinska Institute and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, found the support for animal health and restrictive use of antibiotics in organic animal[…]

USDA Proposes Eliminating 11 Substances from Organic Production

USDA has proposed a rule eliminating 11 substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling. The removals pertain to the 2017 sunset review of substances and utilize recommendations submitted by the National Organic Standards Board. The agency will accept public comment for 60 days. read more –

USDA Approves Transitional Certification Program

The Organic Trade Association has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning to certified organic agricultural production. The National Certified Transitional Program will rely on standards developed by the OTA and provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This system will help ease the[…]