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Usage of Organic Products

Research shows 82% of American households buy organic products, and that the U.S. organic food market size will grow at a CAGR of 10% from 2020 to 2025. These statistics are a testament to the increasing popularity of organic food, and that more people are turning to organic as a healthier and more sustainable option. When it comes to organic packaging, retailers must maintain the highest standards and keep their products safe for customers. Oregon State University researchers have been awarded $2 million from the USDA to develop improved ways of preventing stored potatoes from sprouting, particularly in the organic sector.

This research is pivotal given the rapid rise of the organic market in U.S. agriculture, according to a news release. “The organic potato industry cannot depend on traditional chemical anti-sprouting treatments since synthetic chemicals are banned in certified organic,” Valtcho Jeliazkov of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences said in the release. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of a medically important antibiotic – streptomycin – for widespread use in citrus groves, because the agency failed to adequately analyze impacts on pollinators and ensure that the drug actually prevents the diseases claimed on its labels. The decision will protect workers, public health, and the environment by halting new uses of streptomycin on citrus farms (at least for now) – and it provides a window of opportunity to expand resources that help farmers transition to healthier options. Scientists will study the best ways to shift to organic wheat farming through a new $1 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Organic Transitions Program. Organic agriculture is becoming more common, often yielding products that can fetch a premium price, but it presents its own different set of challenges. For farmers interested in switching from conventional to organic wheat growing, there is little research-based information available on how to best make that transition, especially in the Pacific Northwest’s dryland wheat growing region. Naturepedic, the leading GOTS-certified organic, MADE SAFE® certified non-toxic mattress and bedding brand, is helping to make a difference in the lives of local Chicago and Cleveland families this holiday season by donating $50,000 worth of kids and adult mattresses and bedding to Humble Design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families emerging from homelessness by providing furnishing and design services.

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