Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq:WFMI), the world's leading natural and organic food retailer, today hosted the USDA's announcement of new National Organic Standards at its recently opened central Washington, D.C. location. The company, celebrating its 20th year of business, has played an integral part in the development of the standards as the first national food retailer invited to join the USDA advisory board and as a key member of the Organic Trade Association. Whole Foods Market works closely with hundreds of small and large organic farmers throughout the United States, in many cases helping to create the first market window for them.