Organic Trade is Changing in the EU…Are You Ready?

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On May 22ndthe European Council adopted new rules for organic production and labeling of organic products. One of the changes requires that existing trade arrangements be exchanged with trade agreements for all countries doing business with the EU. The new regulation will go into effect January 1st, 2021.

If you are currently exporting to or importing from the EU, it’s important to get engaged in the process now before the rules affect your business. Continue reading

The Lost Turkish Art of Handwoven Towels

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Let’s face it, we take towels for granted. We can buy them cheaply in all manner of color and thickness, in person or online. We drape them casually after they drink up wet beads from our skin, never thinking about their origin or maker.

Towels are part of our everyday existence, mostly unremarkable in their function and form.

This wasn’t always so. Towels were once precious textilian pieces of art produced by artisanal looms and nimble hands. Today, handwoven towels are on the brink of material extinction. Continue reading

The Straw That Broke One Farm’s Certification

LD104218farmshots063_webDrew and Joan Norman have been farming One Straw Farms since 1983 when they purchased 83 fertile acres in northern Maryland. Since those early days, they adopted organic farming practices that respected the soil, water, and the opulent biodiversity gracing the rolling countryside.

They learned how to battle weeds and pests and navigate market conditions, but never dreamed the USDA would pose the biggest battle of their farming careers. Continue reading

Will This Year’s Farm Bill Serve Organic?

farm-bbEvery 4 years or so Congress passes a far-reaching piece of legislation that influences what food is grown, how it’s grown, and who gets access to healthy food. This, in turn, affects our soils, the quality of our water and the people who grow our food.

The Farm Bill addresses hunger, nutrition, and access to healthy local food.

It is also the primary funding for most Organic programs in the US. Continue reading

A Few Moments with Organic Maven Lynn Coody

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Lynn Coody photo courtesy Chris Roddy of Oregon Tilth

I will never forget my first NOSB meeting which is where I met Lynn Coody. She was a firecracker of knowledge and expertise with an even manner that was disarming and gentle. Her smile was as wide as her breadth of knowledge, and I knew right away we would be friends and that I had much to learn from her.

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