As I write this, Dorian, whose winds are the strongest ever recorded so far north in the Atlantic Ocean, is laying waste to the Bahamas. It threatens to wreak havoc along the Eastern States.
The Amazon rainforest continues to burn, threatening the very survival of many species – including ourselves.
July was the hottest month on record for the planet, edging out the previous record-holder in July 2016. The record warmth shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.
Next week I travel to Expo East in Baltimore – and yes, I must ride a carbon belching chariot – but my focus will be on ways to reverse this climate emergency through food and agriculture.
If you care about the survival of life as we know it – and – you’ll be attending Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore – it would behoove you to attend and participate in several key events. Continue reading
We’ve all felt it; the dog days are expanding their territory, lasting longer and showing their teeth more often.
According to NOAA, eight of the ten warmest years on record have occurred within the past decade. 2016 was the warmest year in the history of instrumental observation, and 2017 was the warmest year without an El Niño influence.
If the current greenhouse gas emissions rates persist, it will result in the continuation of the global temperature increase.
The Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C will require transformational challenges – especially in land use and farming. It is unattainable with our current practices,
On August 8th,the UN Climate released its special report on Climate Change and Land Use. It held dire warnings; unless we change the way we eat and farm, we are all in for a bit of trouble. 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
Do you believe our climate is changing? You may not be feeling the record warmth in the Arctic which has even the most pessimistic scientists rethinking their climate views. But you probably took note of the storms, fires, floods, and heat that caused at least $306 billion in destruction last year in the US.
Climate change is upon us now. Food and agriculture are some of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. As we gather this week in Anaheim, many companies have taken a pledge to leverage the power of the industry to reverse climate change together.
They aim to bring climate awareness to the center stage of this year’s Expo. Continue reading
Last July I had the great pleasure of visiting Germany and Austria as an organic ambassador with the Foreign Ag Service. As I interloped between embassies and ministries, I was able to savor the hearty cuisine and imbibe the most precious wines and beers. What I came to discover during my culinary indulgences was that almost all of the organic faire was Biodynamic. I soon learned that this wasn’t just another organic certification but an entire philosophy, one that beholds the farm as a healthy, living, breathing organism. The very nugget of Biodynamic is that the farm can be a self-contained and self-sustaining entity, responsible for creating and maintaining its own individual health and vitality. Continue reading