If you’re looking for the latest data, resources and information on the U.S. organic industry, you’ve come to the right place! The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the premier source of information about organic. Whether you're looking for the size of the organic market, organic industry trends or insights into the organic consumer, we are here to help.
Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. It includes a system of production, processing, distribution and sales that assures consumers that the products maintain the organic integrity that begins on the farm. And, because federal production and processing standards are in place, these standards provide verification and traceability from the farm to the consumer.
Organic Standards, Certification and Verification
Certified organic foods are produced according to federal standards set by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). These regulations describe the specific standards required to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal. Under the federal organic standards, agricultural products labeled “100% organic, "organic," and “made with organic (specified ingredient(s))” must be certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent and comply with the U.S. organic laws and regulations. Dig into the details at OTA.com.
U.S. Organic Worldwide
The Organic Trade Association brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world. We create new opportunities for organic products through international promotions, organic exporter education, business to business connections, and trade negotiations. Our organic export initiatives are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program (MAP). Since 1999, FAS has awarded millions of dollars to Organic Trade Association to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. organic products. This support has enabled U.S. producers to showcase their certified organic products around the world including Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Japan. MAP funds also support the development and maintenance of Find.Organic, a resource for foreign buyers looking for USDA certified organic products.
Organic Industry Market Analysis and Reports
Each year, the Organic Trade Association publishes two flagship research products—the Organic Industry Survey and the U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, to inform the business, media, government and other communities about the organic trade. Based on the state of the organic industry, the Organic Trade Association periodically releases market reports on key areas like Organic Purchasing, Organic Hot Spots, U.S. Organic Grain Report and more.