OPN Connect Newsletter 35 - October 26, 2017
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.Read More
By Tracy Favre, Quality Assurance International (QAI)
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.
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?Read More
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.Read More