"There's an opportunity to thrive on chaos."
—Robert B. Anderson, Organic Trade Association
Part 1: 'We are in limbo'
- George Washington University's Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D., discusses potential domestic program budget cuts.
- Former U.S. Ambassador Eric Bost talks trade and immigration and the impact on U.S. agriculture.
- The Organic Trade Association's (OTA) Robert B. Anderson proposes that organic needs to position itself politically in terms of economic growth.
Part 2: Maintaining integrity
- Clarkson Grain's Lynn Clarkson relays the importance of keeping integrity as organic scales.
- OTA's Laura Batcha raises questions about the impact of congressional decisions on the USDA.
Part 3: The organic economy
- Panelists discuss how to "champion" organic as an economic force.
- The role of organic in the global economy and risks perceived in global trade.
Part 4: Future obstacles
- Panelists discuss National Organic Program (NOP) reform.
- How the organic community and policy is supporting sustainable agriculture as a whole.
- Obstacles around GMOs and misconceptions about the word "natural."
This session—The Political Outlook for Organic—was recorded at Natural Products Expo West 2017.