Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Breaking the Mold: Do You Know What Happens to “Ugly” Produce? It’s Getting Prettier

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Did you know that about one-quarter of all the food produced in the world is wasted? That means that one-quarter of the water, land, and inputs are essentially thrown away as well.

Around half of these losses could be prevented with a more efficient food supply chain—and one billion extra people could be fed if food crop losses were halved.

Our penchant for perfect produce has contributed to the massive food waste in our food supply. If you’ve ever been to a produce packing facility, you’d be amazed at the amount of fruit and vegetables that are tossed away.

These “ugly” fruits and vegetables are considered rejects; they are discarded for their perfectly shaped counterparts.

Finally, this ridiculous waste on vanity is being brought to our attention. Throwing away nutritious fresh food is having an impact on our global food security.

As global populations increase, we must begin to reimagine all the ways we can utilize more of the food we grow. Continue reading “Breaking the Mold: Do You Know What Happens to “Ugly” Produce? It’s Getting Prettier”

Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Where’s the Meat? It’s Hidden in Political Quagmire

 

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If there is one thing this pandemic has shown us is the fragility of our food system. Most of the food we buy in the grocery store has been grown, harvested, processed, and packaged by corporate businesses.     Continue reading “Where’s the Meat? It’s Hidden in Political Quagmire”

Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

What Will Be Our New Normal?

 

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Have you seen pictures of Los Angeles since the coronavirus forced us all to stay at home? The air sparkles, mountains rise clearly in the distance.

Even the residents of Northern India are getting their first sight of the Himalayas in over a generation.

The factories are closed, the highways empty, the skies all but free from planes. This virus has made us stop, but has it made us think?

What is normal, and should we try to return to the old ways of doing business? Continue reading “What Will Be Our New Normal?”

Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

The Organic Center’s Confluences: Embrace Organic Agriculture To Fight Our Climate Crisis

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I’ve written quite a lot about the Climate Crisis because it should be top of mind for all of us.

NOAAjust confirmed that this summer matched 2016 as the hottest on record. Ice coverage in the Arctic shrunk to the second smallest ever recorded.

The Organic Center’s Confluences Conference, last week at Expo East, drove home the fact that organic agriculture is a solution we must embrace. Continue reading “The Organic Center’s Confluences: Embrace Organic Agriculture To Fight Our Climate Crisis”

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Expo East Next Week

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As I write this, Dorian, whose winds are the strongest ever recorded so far north in the Atlantic Ocean, is laying waste to the Bahamas. It threatens to wreak havoc along the Eastern States.

The Amazon rainforest continues to burn, threatening the very survival of many species – including ourselves.

July was the hottest month on record for the planet, edging out the previous record-holder in July 2016. The record warmth shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.

Next week I travel to Expo East in Baltimore – and yes, I must ride a carbon belching chariot – but my focus will be on ways to reverse this climate emergency through food and agriculture.

If you care about the survival of life as we know it – and – you’ll be attending Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore – it would behoove you to attend and participate in several key events. Continue reading “Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Expo East Next Week”