1. NEPC & OPN Announce Retailer Roundtable Participants
The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) announce the retailer participants for the roundtable session. Brian Fleming (Stop & Shop Supermarket), Kevin Barry (Big Y Foods) and Mark Jewell (Hannaford Bros. Supermarket) will speak at the retailer roundtable on May 1st at the New England Organic Produce Conference being held at Gillette Stadium.
2. USDA Seeks Five Nominees for the National Organic Standards Board
The USDA seeks nominations for qualified individuals for five open seas on the NOSB. The 15-member advisory board considers and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and other issues involving the production, handling and processing of USDA certified organic products.
3. Organic Farms Are Under Attack from Agribusiness, Weakened Standards
Organic farmers are taking action against agribuiness' moves to undermine the organic food labeling system.
4. OTA Annual Conference Offers "Hemp Opportunity" Ed Sessions
The Organic Trade Association’s “Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations" 2019 annual conference on May 22 will sort through the marketing and regulatory details of this new market, and take a deep dive look at the opportunity for the organic sector to take an early leadership position in this fast-growing sector.
5. Organic Food Industry Booms-May Be Bad for Consumers
As organic food shifts from Utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul. Record organic sales in the United States totaled nearly $50 billion in 2017 according to the Organic Trade Association.