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?”

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Focus, Gratitude, and Creativity in Viral Times

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It started raining in California a few days ago. The sound of it made me realized I had completely stopped worrying about the drought. This revelation was beset with another—that I fret too much about things beyond my control. Be it the manmade follies we employ, or the way nature throws us curve balls.  Continue reading “Focus, Gratitude, and Creativity in Viral Times”

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”

Culinary Delights, What is Organic

What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me

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I never personally knew Frieda Caplan, the woman who is credited with bringing many once-exotic fruits and vegetables to the United States. I knew only of her gifts—kiwifruits, habaneros, jicama and Asian pears. I was just a toddler when she opened Frieda’s Specialty Produce, the first woman-owned wholesale produce business. The ground she covered made it easier for me to open my company in 1996.

Hearing of Frieda’s passing at 96, I was profoundly touched by the outpouring of admiration and sorrow. I reached out to a few of my early colleagues who knew her. I was moved to tears by their stories.

Thus, began a series of revelations about the importance of mentoring and being mentored. Continue reading “What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me”

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

Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor

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In December, I traveled to Dubai as part of a Trade Mission with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). At the onset, I was nervous about what I had read online. A conservative Muslim culture that I knew nothing about. Well, none of it was what I expected!

I found a vibrant International culture of Westerners, South Asians, and of course, Emiratis all coexisting with tolerance and acceptance. A place of great wealth with an eye towards the future and a market that is hungry for Organic products. Continue reading “Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor”