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2012-02-15 13:18:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Union and the United States announced today that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale. The...

2011-04-05 00:00:29

Sorona® Renewably Sourced Fiber Once Again Recognized for Its Biobased Content and Performance Glenwillow, Ohio (Vocus/PRWEB) April 04, 2011 DuPontâ“ž¢ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber is one of the first 11 products approved to use the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) new product label on certified biobased products. The announcement was made by U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan at the biobased product meeting held here....

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2011-01-20 06:05:00

New U.S.-approved labels will soon be showing up on eco-friendly products, including household cleaners and skin-care items. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new voluntary seal on Wednesday.  The seal is expected to start showing up on products this spring.  "Today's consumers are increasingly interested in making educated purchasing choices for their families. This label will make those decisions easier by identifying products as biobased," said Agriculture...

2010-08-12 09:13:00

"Nutrition Security" is Focus of Tufts Friedman School Symposium BOSTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eileen T. Kennedy DSc, Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy announced the 5th Annual Friedman School Symposium, November 5-6, 2010 in Boston and streaming live online. "We have a comprehensive program that will examine the far-reaching implications of nutrition security, but what is most remarkable is the collection of leaders who will come to present at the...

2009-09-17 15:53:00

GREENFIELD, Mass., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today expressed delight at the selection of Miles McEvoy as the new Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Organic Program (NOP). "As Organic Program Manager for Washington State Department of Agriculture's Organic Food efforts, Miles has been very active as a long-time member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). OTA is pleased that he will be filling this...

2009-07-04 11:40:00

GREENFIELD, Mass., July 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and its members are organic advocates. We believe in, support, and advocate for the integrity of the organic label and strict enforcement of federal organic standards because this is fundamental to living up to the contract with consumers who choose or who are considering choosing organic products. At the June 17, annual meeting of the OTA membership, Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture...

2009-06-17 11:48:00

CHICAGO, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, today in her keynote address at the Organic Trade Association (OTA)'s All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show, announced that an equivalency agreement has been reached between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This historic equivalency agreement will allow the continued smooth flow of certified organic products between the two countries and support the...

2009-05-05 15:56:00

GREENFIELD, Mass., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today expressed delight that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering $50 million in new funding to encourage greater production of organic food in the United States. A portion of the funding has been allocated for every state and is available exclusively through a special signup under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service....

2009-02-24 10:31:00

Appointment of Kathleen Merrigan as Deputy Secretary: First Sign of 'Change' CORNUCOPIA, Wis., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama and new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are being urged to take immediate action to repair the USDA's increasingly dysfunctional National Organic Program (NOP). Suspect imports of grains, nuts, and vegetables from China and other countries, questionable organic milk, beef, and eggs from giant factory farms, and the erosion of opportunity for family...

2005-06-06 14:33:50

Chances are you have seen a "dolphin-safe" label on a tuna fish can at the supermarket. You may be seeing more labels like it, and not just on tuna fish cans. In a Nutrition Today article on ecolabels, William Lockeretz, PhD, and Kathleen Merrigan, PhD, both professors at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, note that the "organic sector has been growing at an annual rate of 20% for the past decade"¦[and] ecolabels could soon move into the...