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Category: FOOD & AG


Boulder County commissioners hearing about Boulder County Open Space tax: 8/17/2023

The upcoming Boulder County commissioners hearing about Boulder County Open Space tax extensions is scheduled for Thursday this week:  >>>  August 17 (Thursday)  at 9am  (Resolutions 2023-068 & 2023-069; items # 1 and #2 on agenda).    Details on this proposed…

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A Slap in the Face for Amazon?

Retail hasn’t changed much over the last 100 years. Even without AI drones and the Internet, the Great Atlantic and Pacific grocery chain offered one-hour home delivery of fresh groceries and pantry staples – on credit — from dozens of…

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Coalition For Sustainable Profits declares war on National Organic Program at US Senate

Via: Keep the Soil in Organic Theo Crisantes says it is time to limit the power of the NOSB.    Another blow against Real Organic came last week with the Senate testimony of the misnamed Coalition For Sustainable Organics, which…

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How to let a DC lobbyist ruin the organic brand in one short afternoon.

Created on 2017-07-16 19:37 Published on 2017-07-16 19:49 Recent testimony to a congressional committee showed the danger of letting political lobbyists represent your brand within a specialized industry community. In this case, they got it wrong, on the record, and…

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Guidance for Organic Operations and Certifiers: Apeel Produce Coatings

 Date: July 21, 2023  To: NOP Organic Operations and Certifiers Subject: Produce coatings comprised of mono and diacylglycerides and citric acid marketed by Apeel Sciences – additional considerations for certification.  Background:   Apeel Sciences is marketing produce coatings containing glycerides…

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Coming Full Circle

Chapter 1 Vanishing Rural Communities In residential subdivisions across the Midwest, there is often one house that doesn’t fit in. It sits at the top of the hill, with dying cottonwoods along the north side and remnants of a barbed…

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Cornucopia Eggs Ratings Startle Greenwashed Brands

See how the best brands make it to the top of Cornucopia’s updated Organic Egg Scorecard, then use our tool to buy the highest-rated organic egg brand you can afford. (Read our detailed breakdown of the Organic Egg Scorecard criteria.

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Analysis of and Recommendations for Improving Proposed Boulder County Composting Code Land Use Amendments

Submitted to Boulder County Departmental Staff of CP&P (and Planning Commission), OSCAR, BCPOS, Public Works, Boulder Public Heath, and Boulder County Commissioners Submitted 16 June 2023 Introduction – Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on proposed land use…

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Fiasco: the Fight for GMO Transparency

What did the DARK Act do?

Forbade states from enforcing their own GMO labeling laws.
Defined “genetic engineering” very narrowly, excluded many foods.
Allows labeling through QR codes

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As Federal Pesticide Oversight Decays, Grassroots Parent Groups Flourish.

All the minute amounts of individual toxic chemicals may not kill you right away, but the toxic assault of all the chemicals, adjuvants, and synthetic materials are taking a serious toll on public health.

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Do labels on meat hide more than they disclose?

America’s proud meat producers should finally be able to explain and promote all of their practices that ultimately provide safe, affordable and abundant meat products for American families.

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A Hypocritical Hydroponic Hypocracy

“Hydroponics has fooled consumers for so long,” they stated, “it would be unfair to call our bluff now.”

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Farmers to America: We Can’t Breathe. Generations of farmers have fought the system. Why won’t they act now?

I once asked Mary Berry, the daughter of Wendell Berry, why our current generations of farmers did not rise up like their forebears and call out the same system for exploiting their work, for capturing all the value of their production, for killing the American Dream?

She shook her head sadly. “Alan, there’s no one left.”

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Emergency Measures to Protect the US Meat Supply During and AFTER the COVID-19 Pandemic

Longstanding policies that favor concentrated control by global conglomerates have undermined American livestock producers and curtailed local economic opportunity. The effects of this “meat monopoly” have been exposed by coronavirus.

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Don’t like immigrants? Support immigration.

If you don’t like immigration, you should think about supporting our immigrant populations. Created on 2019-07-25 02:54 Published on 2019-07-25 03:19 If you don’t like immigration, you should think about supporting our immigrant populations. Why? Because immigration most often happens…

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Dirty language sullies soil debate at National Organic Standards Board

Created on 2016-11-18 15:48 Published on 2016-11-18 15:58 The solution seemed simple enough. Some urban farmers started growing food in nutrient-fortified water instead of dirt, and some other folks shrugged agreeably and let it be called organic agriculture. Now, a…

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Dear tech bros: Stop telling me I shouldn’t engage with my customers.

There seems to be a surfeit of tech plays trying to eliminate interaction between retail shoppers and staff. Why? I guess because technology can make this happen, and there’s is money to be made if they can sell it. Created…

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Dear Organic Community: We need to be better and act broader if we want to stay relevant and valued.

Created on 2021-10-15 23:24 Published on 2021-10-16 00:18 My comments to the National Organic Standards Board this week: Our company now operates over 160 health food stores across 20 states west of the Mississippi. We only sell organic produce, and…

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While the USDA fiddles, The Real Organic Promise rebuilds the future.

Created on 2018-04-27 15:35 Published on 2018-04-27 15:55 “It’s easy to compromise when your community is informed, experienced and honest.” — Alan Lewis * ************************* * “Let me describe how the Real Organic Project came about. These are many of…

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CODEX is choosing your future. Are you engaged in the debate?

Created on 2018-11-20 19:43 Published on 2018-11-20 21:13 CODEX is a a global rule making body comprised of un-elected delegates and corporate lobbyists who have assumed authority over all food regulation and food standards on the planet. CODEX operates behind…

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Risks and Realities of Synthetic Biology in Food Protein Production

Created on 2022-08-17 14:30 Recently the oldest player in the #naturalfoods trade circulated a survey seeking comment and opinion on synthetic biology. Unfortunately, the survey was salted with an extremely favorable definition of #syntheticbiology on which respondents were told to…

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45 Ways Direct Citizen Action Will Keep the Food System Working

From Food Insecurity in America: An Emergency We Prepared For, An Experience to Learn From. Created on 2020-03-20 17:02 Published on 2020-03-20 17:49 Our country’s farmers, community leaders, school districts, colleges, state and local government agencies, religious institutions, private enterprise,…

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Celebrating the Regenerative Vegan: True to Self, True to Animals, True to Planet

We celebrate the Regenerative Vegan for making the effort to understand planetary ecology and animal welfare in all its complexity Created on 2021-08-04 22:19 Published on 2021-08-04 22:48 If you’re not one, you know one: the principled eater who refuses…

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Grassland Ecology 101 for Vegans and Synthetic Meat Marketers

The Big Lie depends on you dismissing the natural laws of grassland ecology and focusing solely on bad industrial livestock practices. Created on 2019-03-22 17:32 Published on 2019-03-22 19:19 First, congratulations on your commitment to making the world a better…

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