1. 120 Organizations Creating a New Decade for Food
To start off the year, we’ve compiled a list of 120 organizations to keep an eye on in 2020 that are working towards a more sustainable food system. Have a happy, safe, and delicious New Year!
2. Regenerative Organic Certified Products: A New Label for 2020
The Certification— Regenerative Organic (ROC)— will be applied to foods made of organic agricultural ingredients, sourced from farms that embrace pasture-based animal welfare, provide fair labour and economic stability for farmers and communities, and prioritise soil health, biodiversity, land management and carbon sequestration.
3. USDA Approves First State & Tribal Hemp Production Plans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.
4. Whole Foods Predicts Biggest Food Trends for 2020
Fifty experts gather every year to predict the biggest food trends for the upcoming year. Store team members, global buyers, and culinary experts base these trends off of years of experience studying consumer preferences. Trends for 2019 included eco-conscious packaging and plant-based meats, so what does 2020 look like?
5. National Organic Program Must Protect Biodiversity
An unintended consequence of the National Organic Standards, the rules that govern certified organic agricultural production, actually provides an incentive for the conversion of critical ecosystems to organic cropland, fueling deforestation and biodiversity loss.