USDA approves chemical strikes on US Farmland

Pesticide SprayWhile attending Expo East in September the ominous email flew across my screen: USDA  granted final approval of a new form of genetically engineered corn and soy, paving the way for a new technology to do battle in our fields. These patented seeds are part of a new technology named Enlist Duo Weed Control. The corn and soy have been genetically altered to withstand heavy applications of two different toxic chemicals. One is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, and the second, 2,4-D, a compound of Agent Orange. Both compounds have a nefarious history and are quite toxic to human and plant health. Continue reading

Participate in the Organic Process – The National Organic Standards Board needs you!

200px-National_Organic_ProgramI believe that organic is THE gold standard of food, textiles and farming. There is no food system in the United States that provides as many benefits to the planet and the people. It is also the most transparent, vigorously discussed and rigorously evaluated food system we have! Continue reading

Four Reasons I Choose a Plant-Based Diet

Organic Farmers Market 3First of all I am not a vegan; I do not wish to be defined by a word. I choose to eat a vegan or plant-based diet on most occasions, and I am having a rollicking time discovering new culinary delights. I still stock a good cave-aged gruyere for my friends, my shoes remain leather bound and my animals dine on organic chicken dinners. Why then would I make such a drastic switch after years of juicy pot roasts and succulent duck flambés? There are four good reasons that I discovered, after reading, watching a few videos and taking a check on my inner feelings. I discovered that how I ate had a profound effect on myself, the planet, its people and its creatures. Four good reasons to make a switch! Continue reading

What to Do at Expo East? Eat Party Learn! part 2

Eat Party Learn Expo EastThis is the second installment leading up to Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland that I will be highlighting the many ways your experience at Expo East can be enhanced by the myriad of events and happenings. If you are coming to the show to buy or sell, there is something additional and essential for you to partake in! Continue reading

What to Do at Expo East? Eat Party Learn!

Eat Party Learn Expo EastTwice each year the organic and natural brands come together to show off their newest tastes, smells, textiles and health supplements. Be it the latest organic corn chip or exotic elixirs, ointments and unguents, you can try it all here at the show!  When I first attended Expo West back in the 1980’s, it was a simpler show with much less buzz. Now we have two humungous shows, East and West, to highlight new products, celebrate our successes, and network and learn.

During the next few days leading up to Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland, I will be highlighting the many ways your experience at Expo East can be enhanced by the myriad of events and happenings. If you are coming to the show to buy or sell, there is something additional and essential for you to partake in! Continue reading