The Brattleboro, Vt.-based Organic Trade Association plans to hold its annual educational conference All Things Organic at the National Products Expo East show Sept. 17-20 in Baltimore.
The organic program, to be held Sept. 18-19, will offer a state-of-the-industry outlook as well as providing innovative ways to entice more growers to go organic, according to a news release.
Kicking it off is a keynote panel discussion of the industry’s current and future status. Panelists include OTA’s executive director Laura Batcha; organic grower and OTA Organic Farmer of the Year Doug Crabtree; Anne Alonzo, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service; and Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group.
The conference also will examine non-genetically modified organism labeling and address whether third-party certification is needed or whether it just confuses consumers.
In addition, the program will offer attendees analysis of recent regulatory changes that affect organics and feature a panel discussion of developments in the organic fiber sector.
“Organic is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives, from organic’s huge role in the farm-to-table movement valuing the freshest and safest ingredients in our diet, to more consumers wanting their fabrics, household and beauty products to be made from environmentally friendly organic ingredients,” Batcha said in the release. “Our conference helps sort through and clarify the key issues and developments that the organic community needs to be aware of.”