Organic Industry News & Blog

The OCF Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal

October 25, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured   |   Comments Off»



The Wall Street Journal wrote a story about chef's having their own organic gardens to supply their restaurants with great food.  Our own Shannon Murphy was interviewed by the journal regarding organic certificaiton.  Very little was said about the certification ...

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Upcoming Meeting

September 05, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be meeting again October 15-18, 2012. All public comments requests must be received by the NOSB by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. The National Organic Standards Board reviews materials allowed for ...

USDA Organic Resource Guide 2012

September 04, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



The USDA NOP has put out an Organic Resource Guide to help potential and current organic operations.  The USDA NOP has also put together a toolkit that helps farmers and businesses answer the question, "is organic an option for me?"   ...

Proposition 37 Genetically Modified labeling Requirement

August 30, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured   |   Comments Off»



  Unknown to most Americans, many US food companies, which manage to keep their GMO ingredients under wraps, are joining forces to beat back Proposition 37, a bill which will require simple labels on food identifying genetically engineered products and ...

NOP Temporary Varience Drought Relief: Organic Ruminant Farmers

August 15, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



Due to severe droubt conditions, the National Organic Program is providing a temporary varience to Ruminant Farmers in the affected areas.  AS stated in the NOP  Organic Insider Newsletter, "The drought of 2012 is the most serious to impact U.S. ...

USDA NOP Announces More Fake Organic Certificates

August 07, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



The USDA National Organic Program has just listed five more fraudulent organic certificates.  As the organic industry continues to grow, more false organic certificates are being found.  Do your part and notify the USDA of any suspect organic certificates. List of ...

Stop Genetically Modified Food Production in the US

August 07, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



GMO produced seeds, crops, and processed foods are not allowed in organic food production under the National Organic Program regulations.  If an organic crop is contaminated by GMO’s, the crop is not removed from the organic food chain as long as ...

Pink Slime in your Hamburgers?

March 19, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured   |   Comments Off»



ABC just did a story on USDA approving Pink Slime as a filler in beef products.  This can now be used in the school food system.  The pink slime is the stuff close to the hide of the animal where ...

Canada and United States move toward full equivalency

February 06, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



Canada and the United States are working towards full equivalency of their organic standards. Canada recognizes the U.S. organic pasture regulations as equivalent to the Canadian standard for organic ruminant stocking rates. There is no longer a variance for ruminant ...

Proposed Rule Would Reduce Limits of Synthetic Methionine in Organic Poultry Production

February 06, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Organic Industry News   |   Comments Off»



Review the proposed rule regarding Methionine and organic livestock production at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5096902 If you raise organic poultry, you should read the proposed rule change.  The comment period for changing the  National Organic Program rules ends April 6, ...