Headwinds and Hope : Organic Week in DC

Capitol Hill

This not so much a factual account of my week in DC but rather a philosophical musing of the state of organic today.

I knew full well the political atmosphere in DC when I arrived—it is muddled with shear turbulence. So too the organic industry is experiencing a bumpy trajectory even as it streams ahead with over 6% growth.

Organic has been under a barrage of political threats and media scandals that just don’t seem to stop. Continue reading

Organic is Skin Deep

As follow-shutterstock_444588811up from my last blog post, Beyond the Dirty Dozen…Tips to Shop Organic Throughout the Store, we are continuing the story to talk about a department that you may not always consider buying organic.

“Did you know that your skin in your largest organ?!” is a fun fact that a preteen may share after coming home from their biology class. Indeed, it’s a fact that you may vaguely recall learning at some point – but we want to understand what this means for the products you use, especially in regard to organic. Continue reading

Simply Centered – A Nexus of Possibilities

The worldI was recently introduced to a new website that is intriguing in its approach to bringing knowledge and action together in one place as a resource for healthy living. This interconnection of information and experience with food, fitness, and lifestyle delivers an important roadmap to health, beauty and quite frankly happiness. The website is SimplyCentered.com and is a worthy and trusted resource for navigating a life of well-being this year.

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Let’s Celebrate October as National Farm to School Month!

Farm To SchoolAs the Executive Director of the UNFI Foundation, I see allot of requests for support of farm to school initiatives. What better way to fight obesity and chronic health issues than by educating our youth on healthy and nutritious eating.

I am constantly amazed at the number of young people who don’t know what broccoli looks like when it is growing- “what are those giant green leaves?”  That beet-root actually comes from beneath the soil and not out of a can! Honoring October as the National Farm to School Month is an admirable way to highlight this deficiency of food knowledge and its relationship to nutrition. Continue reading