USDA Announces Organic Check-Off Program — and I am For It

(Promotional video funded by the Beef Checkoff Board. We need something similar for organic.)

A few days ago, the USDA officially announced a proposed Organic Check-Off program, something that we have been hearing about for several years already.

Other industries have used a check-off program in the past, such as milk, beef, and pork, primarily to conduct national advertising campaigns and to fund research activities. Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 of these programs within the agricultural industry. Read more »


My Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2017

As I do at the beginning of each January, I give my top 5 organic food trends for the new year, predicting what I think will be popular with consumers and in the marketplace.

These organic food trends are centered around the themes of food as medicine, convenience and authenticity, and some are poised for a very significant year.

Here are my Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2017.

SMALLER SIZES

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Have you ever gone into the store and said “I’d really like some of those nuts but don’t feel like spending $9 on that bag? I just want a handful of them right now.”

If so, you are certainly not alone. And organic food and juice companies have definitely been listening. Read more »


If You Want to Be Better in 2017, Don’t Start the Year Without These Two Things

As 2016 comes to a close, many of us are strategizing, planning and visualizing how we would like 2017 to unfold. More specifically, we are giving serious thought about what we want to accomplish, how we want to be better and what kind of impact we want to have on the world.

With this in mind, I have been blown away by two things over the past few weeks that I’d like to share with you. And in my view, these are two absolute must-listen and must-read pieces of information.

LEWIS HOWES’ INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ASSARAF

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My friend Lewis Howes has one of the most popular podcasts on the planet – The School of Greatness – and he has interviewed some incredibly accomplished and successful people, ranging from Tony Robbins to Scooter Braun to NFL great Ray Lewis.

Yet out of the 400+ podcasts he has done, it was his very recent one with John Assaraf that impacted me the most.

Not only was it one of the best podcasts that Lewis has done, but it was one of the most impactful podcasts that I have ever listened to. How good was it?

I cannot remember ever listening to a podcast multiple times and taking notes throughout the entire interview. Furthermore, I plan on replaying it at least once a month just for the reminders. Read more »


HUGE NEWS: Scientific Study Says that GMOs are Not “Substantially Equivalent” to Non-GMOs

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The U.S. government approved GMOs under the premise that they were “substantially equivalent” to Non-GMOs, which means that they are compositionally the same as Non-GMOs, in terms of safety and nutritional profile.

More than anything, however, this substantial equivalence term was a way for Big Seed companies to get their products to market quickly without any long-term safety studies or scientific scrutiny. This was corporate influence and manipulation over the regulatory process at its finest. Read more »


Analyzing the Pew Research Food Report: Millennials Don’t Trust GMOs, We Have Lots of Education To Do

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The Pew Research Center recently released its findings from a new report called The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science, which largely focused on Americans’ perceptions of organic and genetically-modified foods (GMOs).

It surveyed 1,500 nationally representative adults (whatever that means), and I found the data to be both encouraging and worrisome. Read more »


My Healthy Gift Guide – To Feel Better, Look Better and Perform Better

Here are some of my best healthy gift ideas. Enjoy!

 

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION FROM SAKARA LIFE

My friends at Sakara Life, the amazing plant-based organic meal delivery service, have put together The Ultimate Collection from their Clean Boutique.

Not only are you getting a wide array of Saraka Life’s most delicious products, but they are packed with “functional ingredients,” which go beyond nutritional science to also encompass the best of traditional medicine, folk remedies and spiritual healing.

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