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”

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

Still Wondering if that Organic Turkey is Worth It? – A New Study Suggests It’s the Safest Choice

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It’s the weekend before the great holiday feast. Turkey is on the menu, and I haven’t even ordered mine – let along worked out if it will be baked, smoked, or set upon the barbeque for hours.

Organic, free-range and antibiotic-free are always my first choice because I want to support farmers who steward the land and care properly for the fowl.

If you haven’t already purchased your Thanksgiving gobbler, a new study gives you another good reason to buy an organic bird.

Organic and antibiotic-free poultry is half as likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant Salmonella. The stuff that makes us sick! Continue reading “Still Wondering if that Organic Turkey is Worth It? – A New Study Suggests It’s the Safest Choice”

Culinary Delights, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Lynn Coody on Making Her Dreams Come True Growing the Organic Community

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On September 11thfriends and peers gathered at the Organic Trade Association’s awards dinner to celebrate Lynn Coody’s lifelong dream. On that evening, the OTA honored her with the Growing the Organic Community Award. Continue reading “Lynn Coody on Making Her Dreams Come True Growing the Organic Community”

Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Travel, What is Organic

Why the Organic Produce Summit Is My “Go-To” Show

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I was honored to again participate in this year’s Organic Produce Summit in Monterey. Even though I no longer engage directly in trading organic produce, something draws me to this event like no other. What’s in it for me then? Why must I go? Continue reading “Why the Organic Produce Summit Is My “Go-To” Show”

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Are New Genetically Modified Techniques the Future of Food and Farming?

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I first met Jim Thomas, Co-Director of the ETC Group, at a Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Funders conference.  Jim had been tracking emerging technologies and their intersection with food and agriculture for some time. When I first heard him speak, in his lilting almost playful cadence, about something called “synthetic biology,” my ears perked up.

He was talking about a new form of genetic engineering that can alter genetics on a worldwide scale – one with little or no government oversight.  Continue reading “Are New Genetically Modified Techniques the Future of Food and Farming?”