Why I serve on California’s State Organic Program Advisory Committee

Before there were USDA organic regulations, the forward-looking state of California passed its own organic regulations in 1990. Today, California is the only state in the U.S. with its own State Organic Program (SOP) that provides enforcement and regulatory activities within the State; much like the National Organic Program (NOP) does for the rest of the country..

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) established the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) to advise the Secretary of CDFA on enforcement and other organic activities in California. Continue reading

Will Climate Take the Center Stage at Expo West this Year?

Do you believe our climate is changing? You may not be feeling the record warmth in the Arctic which has even the most pessimistic scientists rethinking their climate views. But you probably took note of the storms, fires, floods, and heat that caused at least $306 billion in destruction last year in the US.

Climate change is upon us now. Food and agriculture are some of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. As we gather this week in Anaheim, many companies have taken a pledge to leverage the power of the industry to reverse climate change together.

They aim to bring climate awareness to the center stage of this year’s Expo. Continue reading

Is a Sri Lankan Adventure in Your Volunteer Future?

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a tropical place so far away you cannot imagine it? Perhaps it is a country of endless beaches, swaying elephants and ancient temples, tempting you with aromatic curries served in edible rice bowls or banana leaf wrapped lamprais wafting with vegetables, rice and meatballs.

Now visualize yourself there volunteering and providing technical and vocational education and training to increase the employability of young people throughout that country. This very opportunity awaits you in the beautiful island country of Sri Lanka. Continue reading