The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is meant to protect and promote organic food and farming, but they’ve been facing a slew of criticism in recent years for siding with conventional agribusiness. Now, one organic food production pioneer has grown so frustrated with the industry lobby group that he has resigned in protest.
The Founder and Co-CEO of Nature’s Path, Arran Stephens, announced in a letter that he was pulling his firm out of the OTA. He wrote: “Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness of our concerns that the important role organic plays in support of the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised.”
The family-owned company headquartered in British Columbia produces organic breakfast and snack food in more than 50 countries around the world.
Stephens expressed concerns about the role the OTA played in negotiating a compromise on GMO labeling in Congress that saw federal laws preempting states from passing laws that mandate labeling food created by genetic engineering…. more