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
Let’s face it, we take towels for granted. We can buy them cheaply in all manner of color and thickness, in person or online. We drape them casually after they drink up wet beads from our skin, never thinking about their origin or maker.
Towels are part of our everyday existence, mostly unremarkable in their function and form.
This wasn’t always so. Towels were once precious textilian pieces of art produced by artisanal looms and nimble hands. Today, handwoven towels are on the brink of material extinction. Continue reading
Every 4 years or so Congress passes a far-reaching piece of legislation that influences what food is grown, how it’s grown, and who gets access to healthy food. This, in turn, affects our soils, the quality of our water and the people who grow our food.
The Farm Bill addresses hunger, nutrition, and access to healthy local food.
It is also the primary funding for most Organic programs in the US. Continue reading