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?”

Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Five Things I’m Doing to Keep me Sane While Nestling in Place

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I was traveling and on holiday when the pesky virus unfolded into a full-blown pandemic. I went from mild consternation to great foreboding – mainly for fear that I might not make it back into the country.

I boarded one of the last planes out of Costa Rica, just before the frontiers closed.

Today, I nestle at home with a full larder and a fidgety mind. How can I stay relevant and at peace in the time of pestilence and social distancing? I found five things that are keeping me on track and focused on what’s important. Continue reading “Five Things I’m Doing to Keep me Sane While Nestling in Place”

Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

CCOF Delivers a Roadmap to The Future

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Most will agree that California is facing an extreme climate crisis. In fact, the entire world is experiencing rising temperatures, devastating storms, frequent heat waves, winds, and wildfires.

Years of California drought have created dwindling water supplies and the disruption of normal ecosystems. As of this writing, most locations in California haven’t received any measurable rainfall since December 26th – January and February should be the rainiest months of the season. Continue reading “CCOF Delivers a Roadmap to The Future”