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Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America.

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Economic Benefits

The market for organic products has grown steadily and projections indicate that the trend will continue. The Nutrition Business Journal estimates that sales of organic fruits and vegetables alone could reach $8.5 billion by 2010, a sales increase of over 300% from 2000. In 2005, demand for organic dairy products outgrew supplies. Sales of non-food organic products, including personal care products, nutritional supplements, fiber products, household cleaners, and pet foods, grew 32.5% in 2005. OTA has found that organic sales are increasingly penetrating mainstream retail establishments. Because organic food sales represented only 3% of total food sales, opportunities for expanding the organic market abound. Links in this section illustrate more about these positive economic trends and forecasts.

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The Constellation of Organic Values: an Article by Former NOSB Chair Jim Riddleota
This article covers 23 factors that make organic production a must--covering its impact on food quality and safety, rural communities, farm...
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2005 Organic Consumer Trends Report from the Natural Marketing Instituteota
This costly but professionally conducted report, published in 2005, provides a comprehensive compilation of marketing information across the entire...
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Dairy: Demand for Organic Dairy Products in USA Exceeds Supply--New Farmers Neededota
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Organic in the U.S.: A View from Spaceota
The Organic Farming Research Foundation created a map of the US showing the geographic distribution of certified organic farmers, based on the USDA...
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The Evolving Market for Organic Fibersota
This article describes the growth in demand for organic fiber.
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Industry Statistics and Projected Growth for Organic
The organic industry continues to grow worldwide. This web page from the Organic Trade Association collects statistics regarding this burgeoning...
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OTA's 2006 Manufacturer's Survey Overview
This survey overview features a thumbnail sketch of economic trends in the US organic industry as a whole and, more specifically, the organic food...
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E.U. and U.S. Organic Markets Face Strong Demand Under Different Policies
A report from the USDA's Economic Research Service, published February 2006. Organic markets in the European Union member states and the U.S. are...
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Certified-Organic Dairies on Increase as Consumer Demand Escalates for Product
This article analyzes the impact of the growth in demand for organic milk on businesses and farmers.
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Charts Showing Organic Growth, from the Economic Research Service
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Connecticut Co-op Expands Organic Sales Statewide
Despite the soggy chill of central Connecticut in March, a steady stream of afternoon shoppers sidestepped mounds of snow to enter a farm stand...
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Demand Spikes for Organic Beef
This February 2006 article from Dayton, Ohio discusses the growth in demand for organic beef.
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Flowers: Organic Flower Market Starting to Bloom
Organic flower sales are expected to grow 13 percent annually through 2008, according to the Organic Trade Association. Many in the industry hope...
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Hospitals Finally Move Toward Organic Food
News story from August, 2006: More than 2,000 hospitals in the U.S. now have access to natural and organic foods, thanks to a deal between...
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Organic and Natural Beauty is Everywhere
It began with the emergence of organic produce and has spread into the use of organic ingredients in all types of foods. Supermarket shelves are...
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Organic and Wellness News: The International Newspaper for the Organic Trade
The first international and independently owned trade journal for the organic and natural sectors with worldwide distribution. Editorial coverage...
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Organic Eprints: Organic Agriculture Research Materials
Organic Eprints is an international open access archive for papers related to research in organic agriculture. The archive contains full-text...
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Organic--The Land of Opportunity: Steps to Building a Regional Organic
This report from Sustain, covers the many benefits of local, organic agriculture: promoting economic development, preserving open space, producing...
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Price Premiums Hold on as U.S. Organic Produce Market Expands
Price premiums for organic products have contributed to growth in certified organic farmland and, ultimately, market expansion. Fresh produce has...
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The Case for Organic Cotton
This Co-op America article details the environmental benefits of organic cotton, and describes the growing market for organic cotton clothing.
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The U.S. Organic Industry: Important Trends and Emerging Issues for the USDA (2006)
This research paper, from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension's Agribusiness Marketing Report, looks at the growth of organic food...
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What's the Beef With Organics? A Primer for Retailers
There's no doubt that both organic and natural beef products, as well as the smaller segment of grass-fed beef, have a bright future. Beef sales...
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