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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

| July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

A new book claims the organic label can’t be trusted, especially on food that’s imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.

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Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

| July 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

New data show that organic produce has higher levels of antioxidants. But you can get plenty of those compounds just by eating more fruits and vegetables, no matter how they’re grown.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

| April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The giant retailer says it’s adding a new line of organic food that’s at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can’t be achieved overnight.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Terroir – All Food Expresses a Sense of Place

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Terroir – All Food Expresses a Sense of Place

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn about what makes food from different regions taste unique in this new video from filmmaker Douglas Gayeton of the Lexicon of Sustainability project. Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm is featured in the video and shares her thoughts about “terroir.”

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Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

| March 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

America’s farmers aren’t growing enough organic corn and soybeans for our organic animals. Farmers in China, India and Argentina are filling the gap, but tight supplies have led to shortages.

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Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

| February 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It’s a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they’re the same thing.

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Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

| November 22, 2013

Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.

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Can A Fish Farm Be Organic? That’s Up For Debate

Can A Fish Farm Be Organic? That’s Up For Debate

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal government is struggling to figure out how to fit fish farms into the National Organic Program, which regulates organic land-based farms. Environmentalists argue that fish farms shouldn’t quality for an organic label if they don’t use organic feed.

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Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

| November 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two decades ago, the heir to the throne of England foresaw the potential and value in organic agriculture. The first product Duchy Originals launched was the Oaten Biscuit, and it’s still a top seller today.

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Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

| July 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Thousands of seasonal workers come to California’s Salinas Valley each year to pick crops, and many of them seem destined for a life in the fields. Now, a training program run by ALBA Organics is giving these workers the skills they need to be their own bosses.

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The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

| July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

The FDA’s new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.

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McConnell’s Ice Cream: Handcrafted in California

McConnell’s Ice Cream: Handcrafted in California

| July 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

A 70-year-old California ice cream company is growing its delectable product line. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has new owners as well as a master ice cream maker on staff (a rare feat) and continues to use ingredients like Guittard and Valrhona chocolate, as well as organic cage-free eggs.

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