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

Brise Tencer: Research, Education and Policy is essential for Organic Agriculture

Brise Tencer is the Executive Director at the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). She has over 19 years of leadership experience working on organic food policy, farming, and research issues.

I recently caught up with Brise to learn more about the state of organic research, the impact OFRF has made through education and why policy is so important, now more than ever. Continue reading

Trump’s Budget? A Travesty for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

The Trump administration’s FY19 budget was released l Monday and would reduce USDA’s budget by 25% making draconian cuts in the sustainable food and agriculture world. Since all of us eat and depend on agriculture and the people who farm, it is everyone’s responsibility to understand the impact a budget like this would have. If these cuts come to pass, rural communities, farmers, ranchers and those in need of nutrition assistance will suffer greatly.            Continue reading