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

Political Outlook Organic
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.

"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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