1. Costa Rican Producers Met with Organic Authorities of the U.S.
An official delegation of the National Organic Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-NOP) met with representatives of the National Chamber of Organic Producers and Exporters (Canapro) to learn about the experiences of national producers in this market.
2. Smooth Ride for Stemilt’s Artisan Organics™ Peaches & Nectarines
Peach and nectarine harvest is well underway for Stemilt Growers and its Artisan Organics™ program. The organic grower of peaches and nectarines is into its third week of harvest and entering peak shipping weeks with excellent fruit quality.
3. USDA Testimony Sparks Debate Over Allowing Gene Editing for Food Labeled as Organic
The National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to develop standards involving the production, handling, and processing of ingredients that may be used in products bearing the label “USDA organic.”
4. Project Diverts Food Waste to Feed Those in Need
Seven years ago, two sustainable horticulture students took a field trip to an organic farm in the U.K. and were shocked to see cauliflowers left in the field due to their irregular shape or size. In reaction, they founded Food in Community, which aims to tackle food waste, food poverty, and social isolation in Totnes, England, by connecting producers with food banks and other distributors.
5. Can Organic Agriculture Save the Insects and Our Gardens?
I begin with a confession. This summer is the second time I have tended a garden since I was a child alongside my grandfather. For most of my adult life, I was too busy trading organic faire, building businesses—doing what I could to heal the planet through food and agriculture.