Julia Sabin of Smucker Natural
Foods, Inc., has been re-elected by the
Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s)
Board of Directors to continue as its
Hélène Bou-vier of Organic Ranchers, Inc., vice
president, Canada; Todd Linsky, Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms, secretary;
and Chuck Marcy, Healthy Food Holdings, LLC, treasurer.
In the recent OTA Board of Direc-ors election, OTA trade member companies elected the following: Nicole
Dawes of Late July Organic Snacks,
Kelly Shea of White Wave Foods, Craig
Weakley of Small Planet Foods, Inc.,
and Tom Cowell of Growers International Organic Sales, Inc. Cowell fills a
Canadian seat on the board.
Other members on the board include Tony Bedard of Frontier Natural
Products Co-op, Sarah Bird of Annie’s,
Inc., Jack Erisman of Goldmine Farms,
Theresa Marquez of Organic Val-ley/CROPP Cooperative, Marty Mesh
of Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc./Quality Certification Services, and Melody Meyer of Albert’s
Going off the board with the completion of their terms are Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain Company, Dag
Falck of Nature’s Path Foods, Inc., and
Phil Margolis of Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods Distributor, Ltd.
The results of the election were
shared with members at OTA’s Annual
Meeting held at the All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show and
OTA Member Days, Lakeside Center,
McCormick Place, in Chicago, IL.
Organic Report from the ERS
USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a new report entitled “Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry.” The report notes that the fast-paced growth of the sector
has led to input and product shortages. In addition, new issues, such as premium-priced product sales in a tight economy and competition from new environmental labels, are emerging.
Notably, in the report, ERS highlights how organic agriculture provides ecosystem services
and cites studies showing various ecosystem benefits, including reduced pesticide residues in
water and food, reduced nutrient pollution, improved soil organic matter, lower energy use,
carbon sequestration, and enhanced biodiversity. The report is available for download from
the internet at: www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib55/#2009-6-3.
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