Organic Produce Association Holds Winter Meeting in D.C.December 9, 2022
The Organic Produce Association (OPA) held its Winter Meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Members of OPA representing field and controlled environment organic produce met with leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss protecting the integrity of the organic seal and ensuring science-based policy making that allows the organic industry to continue innovating.
“As Congress begins work on the next Farm Bill, it’s essential that the organic produce industry engage policymakers in Washington, D.C.” said OPA Chairman Theojary Crisantes, Chief Operations Officer for Wholesum. “Organic sales and consumption are at an all-time high, topping $9 billion in 2021. To meet the ever-growing demand for organic produce, we must advance policies that support organic producers, ensuring that fresh, affordable organic produce is available to all consumers.”
OPA members highlighted the association’s support of the need for science-based standards that facilitate innovation in organic production, ensuring growers have the ability to transition to organic growing.
The Organic Produce Association (OPA) consists of members in the organic produce industry who focus on science-based policymaking and the ability to be innovative while respecting the tradition of organics and the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal.