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

Organic Hemp is The “Work of The Lord” for This Farmer

 

 

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I was fortunate to meet Chad Crivelli, third-generation farmer of Crivelli Farm, who has grown a diversity of crops, including pistachios, cotton and tomatoes, melons and other vegetables.

He comes from a long heritage of central valley farming, “My grandfather was a dairyman, and my father grew cotton. Chad said, “As a family, we have grown almost anything you can think of.”

His latest endeavor is championing organic hemp. Continue reading “Organic Hemp is The “Work of The Lord” for This Farmer”

Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Can Organic Agriculture Save the Insects and Our Gardens? A New Study Suggests It Can

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I begin with a confession. This summer is the second time I have tended a garden since I was a child alongside my grandfather. For most of my adult life, I was too busy trading organic faire, building businesses—doing what I could to heal the planet through food and agriculture.

I am enjoying this garden with its prolific beans, squash, tomatoes and red Peruvian corn. It’s aswarm with bees, pollinators and insects who work to seed the bounty.

With all I’ve read about the mass extinction of insects, it makes me ponder. What would happen to my garden if they all disappeared? Continue reading “Can Organic Agriculture Save the Insects and Our Gardens? A New Study Suggests It Can”

Environment, GMO, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Dear Human, Glyphosate by Any Other Name is Now a Reality

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As a follow up to my interview with Chuck Benbrook, I was astounded to see the verdict come through on the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The jury awarded them an astonishing $2 billion in damages for their exposure to the herbicide glyphosate and their subsequent fight with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Chuck testified in the case on April 17th, and he focused on Monsanto’s “stewardship” and lack thereof for its Roundup-brand herbicides.

Chuck comment that “This verdict will surely get Bayer’s attention. Talk about chickens coming home to roost.” His May 13thblog post, Has Bayer’s Day of Roundup Reckoning Arrived?, elaborates more on the verdict.

What does all this have to do with organic products? Herbicides like glyphosate are explicitly forbidden in organic production. Continue reading “Dear Human, Glyphosate by Any Other Name is Now a Reality”

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

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

Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

A Tribute to CCOF’s Cathy Calfo: Her Guiding Light Advances Organic Agriculture

2018 Cathy Calfo 2018I have witnessed Cathy Calfo’s vivacious drive since 2011 when she became the Executive Director of CCOF.  Since that time, she has been a friend, mentor, confidant and co-conspirator in advancing all things organic.

During her eight-year tenure, she achieved many policy and advocacy successes for organic agriculture in California and the Nation.

Cathy will leave the organization in March, in the good hands of Kelly Damewood.

I recently had the privilege of speaking with Cathy about her work at CCOF, commitment to organic and vision for the future. Continue reading “A Tribute to CCOF’s Cathy Calfo: Her Guiding Light Advances Organic Agriculture”