US, Japan agreement on organic to make trade easier

USDA announced a partnership with the Japanese government that will recognize each country's organic program as identical, allowing access to each other's markets. US organic exports to Japan are currently estimated at $80 million, with growth due to the arrangement expected to reach at least $250 million in 10 years, according to USDA. Formal letters creating the partnership were exchanged at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD.