Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Sustainable Business Practices are Imperative for our Future 

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You can’t ignore the dire warnings of the IPCC’s 6th climate assessment report. The proof presents itself as we witness centuries-old forests burn, German villages flood, and arctic glaciers melt. We know that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. However, short-lived pollutants—like methane—can be far more potent—hundreds to thousands of times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. 

Cows beset with flatulence, spewing oil and gas wells, and waste fermenting in our landfills produce methane.  

Waste from homes and businesses and the methane generated in landfills as waste decomposes is the third-largest source of CH4 emissions in the United States.

Reducing our waste is something we can do right now, and it’s evolved from the notion of vestibules that separate paper, plastic, and glass. It requires commitment and planning.  

At home, it seems simple, but the approach in our workplace, be it corporate or small business, can make even bigger impacts but can be daunting.

How does one begin the journey as a business owner or an engaged earth champion at work? 

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Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Who Am I to Tell You About Organic Farming?

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When I tell people I make my career in organic agriculture, they assume I am a farmer. They ask me what I grow with a curious tilt of the head. Since I am in my sixth decade, they cannot imagine me tilling, hoeing, or harvesting anything but sweet peas.The truth is I know next to nothing about farming except that it takes a multitude of diverse skills, a strong constitution, and an affinity for working alone with the soil. At heart, you must be a gambler, tending the earth with no financial guarantees. The crop is either good or bad, and the market strikes just right or not.   

I have spent many a dusty hour bumping along fields and orchards with organic farmers across the rural globe. So, I do possess a few insights.

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Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Five ways to Generate Hope in The Age of Climate Chaos

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The Climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wasn’t a huge surprise. Stable weather patterns we’ve enjoyed for generations have now grown turbulent. Drought and heat, floods and fire are bound to become more frequent.

The report sites: “Since the pre-industrial period, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as much as the global average temperature.” Our changing climate will increase in the frequency and intensity of these extreme events.

Is there any hope to be had?

 Yes! Rather than moping around glum or feeling doomed, I’ve decided there are things I can do to lower my footprint.   

Here are 5 simple things I’ve embraced to generate hope and cut my environmental impact. 

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Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Our Food Is Entwined with Climate Change and Health

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It’s with a certain foreboding that I witness the stream of climate events ravage the planet. My German friend whose river community has washed away. The Turkish hamlet where I once bought olives now torched to Aegean shores. The farmers who lost their cherries in the Oregon heatwave.

And the COVID-19 virus isn’t done with us yet, as the Delta variant comes marching through.

Our health and vitality depend on the food we eat. As fires, floods, and heat decimate the land and the food we grow upon it, I take pause to reflect.

How can we maintain vibrant health amid climate chaos?

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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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