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OPN Connect Newsletter 35 - October 26, 2017

In Their Words: A Conversation with Fair Trade USA

In Their Words: A Conversation with Fair Trade USA


OPN recently spoke with Nathalie Marin-Gest, Interim Director of Produce and Floral, at Fair Trade USA, to learn more about their global impact and how it intersects with organic.

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 Why I Trust USDA Organic Above All Others

Why I Trust USDA Organic Above All Others


By Tracy Favre, Quality Assurance International (QAI) 

View the original article on Sustainable Food News here. 

In the last few weeks, headlines have declared “the organic label is meaningless” and organic imports are “bogus.” While these criticisms are focused on imported products, which make up just four percent of the U.S. organic market, I fear many consumers will read these headlines and question the value and integrity of all certified organic products…maybe even the USDA Organic seal itself.

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Will FDA Alter the GMO Argument for Organic?

Will FDA Alter the GMO Argument for Organic?


By Melody Meyer, UNFI

Why do consumers buy certified organic food? They cite the avoidance of persistent insecticides, herbicides and hormones, and to protect the health of their families and the environment. Another significant guarantee the organic label provides consumers is the lack of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs in organic production. A new initiative by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA aims to change public perception on GMO’s. How could the organic label be affected?

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2017 Sees Year Round Organic Mango Availability

2017 Sees Year Round Organic Mango Availability


Excellent Supplies and Quality Expected From Ecuador & Peru

Mexican and Californian organic mango crops have enjoyed a long, robust 2017 season, with forecasts for the upcoming Ecuador and Peruvian seasons projecting  continued copious supplies. Additionally, extended Mexican and Californian organic crops are filling the supply gaps typical this time of year, which means the market, will enjoy a rare, year-round supply of organic mangoes. 

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News Your Need to Know

Weekly Top 5: Organic News Your Need to Know


  1. DanoneWave has New CEO
  2. OPN CEO Seeley Talks Organics at PMA
  3. Organic Farmers Reject Hydroponics with 16 Protest Rallies
  4. Challenges Large Operations Face in Organic Vegetable Production
  5. King Fresh Acquires Carillo Organic Farms
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