I was lucky enough to visit Whiskey Hill Farms and Blume Distillation this summer. I was blown away by the scope of this 14-acre certified organic farm. Not only are they the largest producer of domestic turmeric, but they provide answers to the food waste dilemma by producing high-grade commercial alcohol. I soon learned that everything that comes from the distillery goes right back into the farm! Continue reading →
I’ve been to a lot of farms in my day but have never witnessed one so profoundly bent on creating a closed-loop symbiotic system as Whiskey Hill Farms. This 14-acre CCOF certified organic farm cultivates tropical plants, heirloom vegetables and biorefined high-grade commercial alcohol! Continue reading →
A recent opinion article published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) raised the provocative notion that the organic industry may be lying to us all. Henry Millers’ article, “The Organic Industry Is Lying to You,” claims that organic is “…manipulating consumer ignorance, confusion and even fear to sell a product.” Yet, he couldn’t be farther from the truth. Continue reading →
I was grateful to attend the Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association INFRA conference last week in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. The legacy of food is reflected in the architecture that lines the mighty Mississippi. Signs of Gold Medal and Pillsbury’s Best are signals from a different era as they tower above dilapidated mills and stone river crossings.
A perfect place for the natural food retailers to reflect on the old and activate the new. Continue reading →
I found myself on a plane this week to mingle and speak at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFFRA) conference in Minnesota. As the great desert gave way to the patchwork of midwestern fields, I was awed by the amount of food being produced beneath me.
The vast quantity of land and resources we have concentrated in this central breadbasket provides an abundance of inexpensive food.
In some ways, our food has never been so cheap, and in other ways, it has never been so expensive. Continue reading →