Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Alcohol and Organic Farming – Methane, Frogs and People on Mars

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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 “Alcohol and Organic Farming – Methane, Frogs and People on Mars”

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

Alcohol and Organic Farming? Food Waste and Energy

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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 “Alcohol and Organic Farming? Food Waste and Energy”

Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Organic Trade is Changing in the EU…Are You Ready?

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On May 22ndthe European Council adopted new rules for organic production and labeling of organic products. One of the changes requires that existing trade arrangements be exchanged with trade agreements for all countries doing business with the EU. The new regulation will go into effect January 1st, 2021.

If you are currently exporting to or importing from the EU, it’s important to get engaged in the process now before the rules affect your business. Continue reading “Organic Trade is Changing in the EU…Are You Ready?”

Environment, What is Organic

Let’s make every day Food Day

Food Day -MAP-2013It says a lot about our eating habits that we need to set aside a day to remind us all to eat real. Less than two hundred years ago, most of our ancestors grew and harvested everything they ate. Before the days of refrigeration and processed food, eating real was about surviving. Many of our culinary favorites are derived from ways of cooking, preserving or fermenting food straight from the source. There is a movement afoot to remind us of those days and bring us back to the origins of what we eat and where food comes from. Continue reading “Let’s make every day Food Day”

What is Organic

Dip into the Science at Expo East

The Organic CenterWhile canoeing in Montana this summer, I was fortunate enough to paddle next to an esteemed scientist. Her passion for encouraging our youth to participate in areas of science and research was contagious.

I understand how breakthroughs in emerging science can give meaning and understanding to the rapidly changing world we live in. The same can be said for the science of understanding the benefits of organic agriculture and organic food. It behooves all of us to pay attention to the science as we navigate our way into the future. Continue reading “Dip into the Science at Expo East”