Could changes in U.S. politics affect the organic industry?

Watch as a panel of organic industry experts gathered at Natural Products Expo West 2017 discusses the shifting political landscape and potential impacts on the organic industry.

May 2, 2017

3 Min Read
Could changes in U.S. politics affect the organic industry?

"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. 

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