High Praise for U.S.-Japan Partnership

Formal letters creating the organic trade partnership between the U.S. and Japan were signed in Baltimore at the Natural Products Expo East - one of the largest trade shows for organic products in the U.S. Organic exports from the U.S. to Japan are currently estimated at 80-million dollars - with the arrangement expected to grow exports to at least 250-million dollars in 10 years. Representatives from the U.S. organic industry are praising the U.S.-Japan partnership. Organic Trade Association CEO Christine Bushway says the monumental agreement will further create jobs in an already growing U.S. organic sector, spark additional market growth and be mutually beneficial to producers in the U.S. and Japan - as well as to consumers who choose organic products. Jake Lewin of California Certified Organic Farmers says the Japanese market is seen as an important opportunity for organic companies. He says the agreement will benefit many small, medium and large organic businesses by reducing their costs, simplifying their certification and giving them access to the official mark of organic products in Japan. According to Jenny Lester Moffitt of Dixon Ridge Farms - the market is strengthened anytime countries can collaborate to eliminate or reduce trade barriers.

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