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“Got Milk?” Campaign for Organic?

The Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill would set the wheels in motion for a national organic marketing program similar to the dairy farmers’ program that funded the “Got Milk?” campaign, the egg farmers’ program that funded “The Incredible, … Continue reading

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Is It Bad That the U.S. and Europe Now Recognize Each Other’s Organic Certifications?

The U.S. and Europe recently agreed to recognize each other’s organic certifications. So far, the media’s reaction to this development has been positive: it should make it easier for European farmers to offer their products in the U.S., and vice … Continue reading

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Moving Toward Local Food Distribution?

Derek Singleton at Software Advice called my attention to his thought-provoking new post on the future of U.S. food distribution. His idea seems to be that the U.S. distribution system has become very centralized and national, as opposed to localized … Continue reading

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U.S., Europe To Recognize Each Other’s Organic Certifications

Starting June 1, the U.S. will recognize the European Union’s organic certification, and vice versa. What this means for U.S. consumers, I believe, is that products certified organic under E.U. standards (most commonly, these are products grown in the EU) … Continue reading

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Stonyfield’s “CE-Yo” Steps Down But Keeps Active on Regulatory Front

Stonyfield’s co-founder and longtime so-called “CE-Yo,” Gary Hirshberg, is resigning from his post. But he’ll retain his most important position in the organic food movement. Hirshberg got Stonyfield up and running in an era where “organic” was far less common … Continue reading

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Organic Ketchup Has More Antioxidants Than Conventional

Since organic certification first appeared in the 1970s, consumers have debated the health benefits of going organic. One clear benefit is the reduction of chemical pesticide and herbicide residues, as most chemical pesticides and herbicides are prohibited in organic farming. … Continue reading

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Fraud in Organics?

Organic food reaps a premium in the marketplace, and for the farmers who grow it, it should. Converting fields from conventional, pesticide-reliant agriculture to organic agriculture takes time (a three year transition period is required).  It means learning new skills … Continue reading

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The Trouble with “Natural” Foods

I’ve raved before about the Cornucopia Institute and the fine work it does. Sure, the Cornucopia Institute is an interest group like any other.  In this case, they advocate for family-scale farming.  And while this may make the Institute sound … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Regulate Organic Fertilizer?

Organic fertilizer is proving a weak link in an otherwise strong organic certification process. I’ve written before how organic farmers must obtain certification from a government-sanctioned certifier before selling products labeled “organic.”  They have to follow the USDA’s rigid organic … Continue reading

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Want To Save on Organics? Visit Your Farmers’ Market

A new study suggests a new place to go, to save money on organic food: the farmers’ market. A graduate student at Bard College ran a study on prices of both organic and conventional produce at farmers’ markets and nearby … Continue reading

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