Give Gratitude for the Growers

Organic FarmerThanksgiving week is often one filled with the intense pursuit of good food and a lot of it. If you are a retailer or distributor getting that food to the customer is a frantic and feverish once-a-year choreography. Stacking, packing and wrapping those cartons of yams, mountains of green beans and gaggles of turkeys are a major endeavor!  For those brave souls constructing the many coursed feast, it requires hours of planning, shopping, chopping and mopping up all the gravy at the end.  No rest for the multitudes of hungry and thankful souls. Continue reading

There’s a new spud in town!

spudBack in the days when I was buying and selling organic produce, retailers were always looking for something new. New items often meant pretty packaging or fancy slicing because really, how many new produce items are there under the sun?  Well apparently now we have a new one under the soil. In early November the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a new genetically modified potato that can be planted throughout the United States. Continue reading

WHAT’S THE DIRT ON ORGANIC SOIL? YOU CAN DIG IT!

TOC ScienceTwo prominent researchers are working to answer that very question! Researchers at Northeastern University are collaborating with The Organic Center to examine the benefits that organic agriculture has on soil health.  Research Scientist Elham Ghabbour, in collaboration with Professor Geoffrey Davies of the National Soil Project (NSP) is striving to determine the amount of sequestered carbon in organic farm topsoil and compare them with conventional soil samples. They need YOUR HELP to “get the dirt” on soil samples for this important research project! Continue reading

Why are some labels changing in the organic aisle? What’s in a name?

Quality-BadgesIf you pay attention and look closely, some tried and true “organic” brands may slowly be changing their look and label. In fact, they may even be changing their beloved brand name! It is not your imagination! The word organic may be disappearing from the front label of some popular items causing confusion and leading one to ask “what’s in a name?”  Continue reading

Urgent GMO Labeling Update: Did we win in Oregon?

large_rally_sign_ORTKThe ballot measure to label GMO’s in Oregon went to a vote on Tuesday, November 4th. Shortly thereafter it was called a loss after over $21 million dollars was spent by the opposition. Not so fast! Even today they are still counting ballots and, at latest count, the GMO labeling referendum 92 trails by less than 6,400 votes out of 1.47 million! This is less than half of one percent! The big news is that there are still thousands of outstanding ballots yet to be counted, and supporters of the measure expect that margin to narrow even more. Continue reading