Is the USDA Label Strong Enough for All Organic Growers?

In response to my blog earlier in the week I sat down with the Coalition for Sustainable Organics (CSO) . They’re a group of growers committed to maintaining the USDA’s current high standards for certifying organic produce. They advocate for the continued allowance of containerized growing methods under the National Organic Program while enabling growers to select the most appropriate production system for their specific site and commodity needs.

They believe that everyone deserves organic produce, and growers must continue to find ways within the organic framework to expand supply.

Lee Frankel is the Executive Director of CSO. He recently elaborated on the current state of hydroponic and container growing in the US organic standards and the movements to create additional add-on labels in the organic marketplace. Continue reading

Why I serve on California’s State Organic Program Advisory Committee

Before there were USDA organic regulations, the forward-looking state of California passed its own organic regulations in 1990. Today, California is the only state in the U.S. with its own State Organic Program (SOP) that provides enforcement and regulatory activities within the State; much like the National Organic Program (NOP) does for the rest of the country..

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) established the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) to advise the Secretary of CDFA on enforcement and other organic activities in California. Continue reading

Got Milk from 100% Organic Grass-Fed Cows? It’s Healthier for You!

 

Next time you pour that frosty glass of milk for your loved one, consider just what you are actually serving forth. When it comes to milk, not all glasses are created equal. According to a new study, researchers found that cows that are fed essentially a 100% organic grass and legume-based diet produce milk with significantly more omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) fatty acids. Continue reading

CCOF’s Organic Champion Award Speech: A Short History of My Long Career

It was a good day last December when I was asked to join CCOF in Sacramento February 22nd to 23rd, 2018 to explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity.

I was to be honored at the CCOF Foundation Feast as this year’s Organic Champion Award recipient.

Last night I accepted the award surrounded by my friends and family in the organic community. I provide you, dear reader, with an excerpt of my thank you speech to let you know how grateful I am to have had such a long organic career.    Continue reading

MOSES Staff Awaits You

No, this isn’t a holy relic. The staff at the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) awaits your attendance at the 29th annual MOSES conference. The deadline to register online is today February 8th, so if you don’t want to get left in the wilderness, sign up to attend today! Continue reading