Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

It’s no lie! There will be no NOSB meeting this fall

Lets make peaceAs a result of Congress’ failure to promptly pass a Continuing Resolution, the National Organic Program was forced to furlough all staff and shut down its website and all email communications during the much-publicized government shutdown. Additionally The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting, scheduled for October 22-24 was canceled leaving a robust agenda and many current issues adrift in ambiguity. Leading me to ask, where do we take the situation from here? Continue reading “It’s no lie! There will be no NOSB meeting this fall”

What is Organic

Get on the phone and make a difference!

I'm supporting YES on I-522If you believe that Washington State I-522 is important and a must win, it’s time to put your mouth where your heart is. Washington State “Yes on 522” needs your help in the next few weeks! Organizers are looking for volunteers to make phone calls and combat the misinformation campaign fueled by corporate dollars from agribusinesses. The labeling ballots come out on the 18th and the stakes are high. We need this win for the awareness of our cause across the country.

Even if you don’t live in Washington State, you can help. The Yes on 522 has set up training that makes it simple to get started. There are four easy steps that make calling from home easy: Continue reading “Get on the phone and make a difference!”

Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Go out on a limb for organic apples

Organic appleUnlike other fruit we all have our favorite apple varieties and seek them out judiciously in the produce aisle. Some of us like the tart and slightly racy bite of a green Granny Smith. The more traditional among us seek the sweet comfort of the Golden Delicious or Gala. The adventurous among us have descended on the sophisticated Braeburn and Fuji varieties. The sensual Honeycrisp and Pink Lady varieties have captivated many new converts.  Surprisingly we tend to be pretty monogamous when it comes to choosing our apples and usually stick to our favorite varieties. The issue with this fierce dedication to varieties is many of them are from stocks that have huge susceptibility to disease, such as Fire Blight, which makes them increasingly difficult to grow with organic methods. Continue reading “Go out on a limb for organic apples”

Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Local Food in Peril?

Local Food and FarmsIn late September, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite farms in rural Maryland. This family farm, in organic production since 1983, was teaming with life, fertility and biodiversity. Rows of lush broccoli, colorful chard and hearty blood red beets flourished despite the autumn chill.

As we walked near hooped raspberry bushes and succulent Roma tomatoes vines, we discussed modern life on the farm. The local farm to restaurant trend is flourishing in upscale Baltimore restaurants that literally purchase tons of in-season produce from the farm to grace their menus. Several nearby farmers markets sell the bounty from these rolling fields each week. The community supported agriculture (CSA) program allows hundreds of families to receive weekly cartons of gorgeous homegrown vegetables with a community connection. In this idyllic setting what could possibly go wrong?  Continue reading “Local Food in Peril?”

What is Organic

Another Saturday at Union Square Market in NYC – March Against Monsanto

One of our associates recorded this at Union Square farmers market. He asked 3 questions about Monsanto and how to create a GMO free world?

In his words:

“I hope you enjoy and do take notice that what we do every day at Albert’s and UNFI does serve a high purpose. We bring health to people which in turns can create a healthier planet.”

You can join in on October 12th, 2013 at Bryant Park in NYC, and worldwide, as we unite to March against Monsanto and demand the labeling of GMO’s. Marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. Find your event location  here. Be part of the change!