Politically, the United States is in a time of uncertainty with agency leadership positions being filled, budgets being adjusted and enforcement questions rising. However, the organic industry should see this as a time of opportunity, according to Bob Anderson, senior trade advisor, Organic Trade Association (OTA), and principal, Sustainable Strategies LLC. Anderson gave his insights on the organic industry, which spans 50 years, at the education session “The Political Outlook for Organic” at Natural Products Expo West in March 2017.
In this episode, Anderson and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss:
- Anderson’s “opportunity within chaos” theory, and how the organic industry can embrace uncertainty.
- How the organic industry can talk to the Donald Trump Administration so the government understands its value.
- The “O-Factor” study, which showed areas with organic farms and processing facilities have increased household incomes and decreased poverty rates (Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 45(3), 485-521. DOI:10.1017/age.2016.5).
Update: Since the recording of this podcast, Sonny Perdue’s nomination for Agriculture Secretary was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee. His nomination now heads to full Senate for a final confirmation vote.