Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

It’s Never Too Late to Start an Organic Food Business

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When I started working in the organic business, it was a small niche market. Thanks to living in Santa Cruz, California, an original organic hot spot, not many knew the farmers like I did.

Last year was unprecedented with far-reaching consequences for humans and our health, the environment, and the economy. Those concerns continue today—our lives remade by the global pandemic and unprecedented climate behavior.

Organic food sales and home delivery businesses are thriving as a result.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s Industry Survey, organic food sales surpassed $56 billion in 2020. It grew 12.8% percent—the highest rates recorded in organic in well over a decade.

The global online food delivery market is expected to grow from $115.07 billion in 2020 to $126.91 billion in 2021.

Since both organic food and delivery services are booming right now – it may just be a good time to activate your inner entrepreneur and start an organic food delivery service.  

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Culinary Delights, What is Organic

Poultry in Motion? Five Reasons Keeping Chickens Are a Good Idea

I once kept over 100 chickens. I was young and hen-tranced with the fancy breeds: Polish, Cochins, Plymouth Rocks, and Silkies. The poor little chicks would arrive in the mail, surviving transport only from their yolk sack. Once they had become full-feathered, I would show them at fairs and come away with a ribbon. They were pets; they gave me food and much more…

If you are always looking for ways to make a good contribution to the world, you might never have thought that keeping pet chickens would be a way to do it.

Chickens are dinosaurs, dating back to prehistoric times, and managed to survive the great meteor extinction, long enough for us to domesticate them. We keep the chickens safe, we feed them a balanced diet, and some of us even take them to the fair!

Why is keeping chickens so great? Here are five reasons to keep chickens if you want to foster a sustainable future for you and the planet.

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Culinary Delights, Environment, What is Organic

Indian Food Can Spice Up a Climate-Friendly Plate

I have never been to India, but the Indian food has long captivated my curious palate. The allure began when I moved to California from Iowa. Sitting on the floor eating chickpea masala and fried pakoras stupefied my Midwestern senses.

My infatuation became an obsession after visiting Dubai for an organic trade mission in 2020. Indian people make up a large portion of the population in Dubai. They come to work and bring with them a constellation of India’s culinary traditions. I couldn’t stop making different curries for months!

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Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, well-being, What is Organic

True Confessions of a Sometimes Vegan

Great armored bugs once lived in a basement hewn from Iowa bedrock. Amongst fermenting sauerkraut and tangled webs, my father took on the heroic battle of exterminating their presence. I cried every time, begging him to stop.

I was born with an innate belief that all beings have a right to live – they all serve a function in the web of biodiversity. It was a philosophical no-brainer for me to adopt a vegan diet.

My confession then; as the years went by, I slid in and out and became a sometimes-vegan.

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Culinary Delights, Travel, well-being, What is Organic

If You Are Ready to Travel Pack Patience and Intention

Its a brave new world out there!
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A family tentatively emerges through a tall door into the world – the light beckons.

That’s the May 24th New Yorker magazine cover, which pretty much sums up where we are after months of isolation.

I’ve become oddly accustomed to this interlude of life, the interruption of my body in motion.

Seduced by foreign lands, exotic foods, and cultures, I traveled with rambunctious determination. When the pandemic took me home, holding me firmly in place, I then realized the very privileged life I led. The world shifted, I gained perspective.

Now we’re all figuring out how to behave as “the normal” unfolds.

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