Garry Stephenson, Oregon State University
The development of the USDA National Organic Standard in place of differing state/regional standards was widely predicted to accelerate trends of increasing consolidation in this sector. The first draft of the standard was released in 1997. What changes in ownership and control have since occurred?
Phil Howard, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University has mapped the consolidation taking place in the Organic Industry.
- Agricultural Marketing Service—National Organic Program [Online]. United States Department of Agriculture. Available at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/ (verified 9 Mar 2010).
- Phil Howard - organic industry [Online]. Phil Howard, Michigan State University. Available at: https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/organicindustry.html (verified 9 Mar 2010).