The National Organic Program Wants You

USDA OrganicIt’s that time of year again – the sap is flowing – flowers are budding, and cover crops are getting turned into rich organic loam. It’s spring – the time when the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) convenes for its biannual public meeting.

These meetings are important to everyone involved in the organic industry, and there are several ways to get involved. Continue reading

Jim Riddle Weighs in on The Future of the GRO Organic Check-Off-Like Program

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After the demise of the USDA mandatory research and promotion check-off attempt, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Organic Voices (OV) decided to take matters into their own hands. Continue reading

New Organic Consumer Messaging Campaign is Nothing You Should Ever Have to Read

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The demise of a mandatory organic research and promotion check-off program at the hands of the USDA came with great disappointment.

It also kindled a fiery commitment to the idea that something must be done.

Leading companies and individuals weren’t ready to give up the idea that collectively the organic industry could raise funds for research, education and promotion. Continue reading

Consider the Schnitzel – A Guide to a New World Order?

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Google Peace Schnitzel

It comes right up on the first page.

Not on the second where it is said that dead bodies are buried.

I was forever young and hopeful when I wrote it.

Passionate about food and peace,

and of course, schnitzels.

So, I penned a piece for HuffPost called Peace Schnitzel. It’s there if you search.

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California State Congresswoman Introduces First Organic-to-School Pilot Program

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California has always been at the forefront of change in the food movement. It’s the state that first passed organic regulations in 1990 and birthed the first certifier, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

The first Farm-to-School projects also sprang forth in the Golden State in 1997, at Santa Monica-Malibu United School District and The Edible Schoolyard  in Berkeley.

At long last, both Farm-to-School and Organic-to-School may come together. On February 21st, Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry introduced AB 958 which would create the first-ever Organic-to-School pilot program in California. Continue reading