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OPN Connect Newsletter 107
Wish Farms, Regenerative Ag, Brian Leahy, OPS Ed Session, and more...
With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the Bottom Line” will feature leaders from various aspects of the supply chain discussing the causes and solutions in reducing food waste.
Wish Farms, a third-generation family-owned and operated produce company, dates back to 1922, when Harris Wishnatzki and Daniel Nathel, a couple of New York City pushcart peddlers, established Wishnatzki & Nathel, a wholesale business of fruits and vegetables.
Brian Leahy served as director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for seven years. During his tenure, he worked on public protection measures to ensure those who apply pesticides are properly licensed. Leahy has enjoyed a varied career as an attorney, an organic rice farmer and the Executive Director of CCOF. OPN Connect sat down with Brian to review his tenure and his work related to pesticide regulations.
At a packed Climate Day event organized by The Climate Collaborative at Natural Products Expo West, the specter of a word and label war raised its head, this time between ‘organic’ and ‘regenerative’.
1. NEPC & OPN Announce Retailer Roundtable Participants
2. USDA Seeks Five Nominees for the National Organic Standards Board
3. Organic Farms Are Under Attack from Agribusiness, Weakened Standards
4. OTA Annual Conference Offers "Hemp Opportunity" Ed Sessions
5. Organic Food Industry Booms-May Be Bad for Consumers