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Sep 272013

The US-Japan agreement on organic foods opens up new markets for American and Japanese food products, already a $36 billion dollar combined two-way transfer. Producers see the agreement as a win-win, the Associated Press reports.

Japan and the United States signed an organic equivalence arrangement at the Natural Products Expo East. This is the first U.S. organic arrangement in Asia, and it reopens the Japanese consumer market for U.S. organic producers of all sizes and is expected to create jobs and opportunity for the U.S. organic food and farming sector.

Under terms of the agreement, certified organic products will move freely between the two countries beginning Jan. 1, 2014.