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Why Sun+Earth and Brother David’s are So Vital for Organic Stakeholders and Our Planet

Why Sun+Earth and Brother David’s are So Vital for Organic Stakeholders and Our Planet

(THIS POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON ORGANIC INSIDER. TO BECOME A SUBSCRIBER, CLICK HERE.) — David Bronner, the Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, saw this coming years ago. With California having legalized cannabis in 2016, he knew that this plant was headed down the path of other agricultural crops — mass industrialization, genetic engineering, […]

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(Moon Made Farms, a Sun+Earth certified farm in California.)

(THIS POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON ORGANIC INSIDER. TO BECOME A SUBSCRIBER, CLICK HERE.)

David Bronner, the Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, saw this coming years ago.

With California having legalized cannabis in 2016, he knew that this plant was headed down the path of other agricultural crops — mass industrialization, genetic engineering, enormous energy consumption through fossil fuels, and the displacement of small-scale family farmers.

Where cannabis differs from other agricultural commodities, however, is that there can be no such thing as “organic cannabis” until the federal government stops classifying it as an illegal drug. Read more »


Nature’s Path Becomes the First Organic Brand to Join Loop, a Shipping Platform Which Eliminates Packaging Waste

Nature's Path Becomes the First Organic Brand to Join Loop, a Shipping Platform Which Eliminates Packaging Was

One of the unfortunate and uncomfortable realities of buying organic food is having to deal with its excessive packaging waste. After all, a primary reason that we choose organic is because of its environmental benefits. This is not a problem easily solved, but one company eager for a solution is Nature’s Path, the leading North […]

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One of the unfortunate and uncomfortable realities of buying organic food is having to deal with its excessive packaging waste.

After all, a primary reason that we choose organic is because of its environmental benefits.

This is not a problem easily solved, but one company eager for a solution is Nature’s Path, the leading North American organic cereal brand. This organic pioneer has just become a founding partner in Loop, a new global shipping platform aimed at eliminating waste by disrupting the world’s reliance on single-use packaging. Read more »


These Two GMO Experiments are Beyond Frightening

These Two GMO Experiments are Beyond Frightening

With the ag-biotech industry having made incredible progress brainwashing consumers and politicians into thinking that GMO foods are perfectly safe, the fact remains that no independent, long-term safety studies of these foods have ever been conducted on humans. And because the general public has been falsely convinced into believing that GMOs are safe and government […]

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With the ag-biotech industry having made incredible progress brainwashing consumers and politicians into thinking that GMO foods are perfectly safe, the fact remains that no independent, long-term safety studies of these foods have ever been conducted on humans.

And because the general public has been falsely convinced into believing that GMOs are safe and government oversight has been minimal, scientists are pushing genetic engineering into other areas that could spell potential disaster for our planet and our survival. Read more »


Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289M Over Cancer-Causing Chemical — What Organic Consumers Can Do Now

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289M Over Cancer-Causing Chemical -- What Organic Consumers Can Do Now

Last Friday, a California court ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup chemical caused groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to get cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and ordered the company to pay $289M in damages. This was a watershed moment for the industry, as organic advocates had been sounding the alarm for years about the toxic effects of this herbicide, whose main […]

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Last Friday, a California court ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup chemical caused groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to get cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and ordered the company to pay $289M in damages.

This was a watershed moment for the industry, as organic advocates had been sounding the alarm for years about the toxic effects of this herbicide, whose main ingredient in glyphosate. Read more »


Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Association, Nature’s Path Quits the Organization as a Protest to Save Organic

Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Associati

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic. * The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, […]

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The Stephens family, owners of Nature’s Path (l. to r., Ratana Stephens, Arjan Stephens, Jyoti Stephens, Arran Stephens)

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic.

* The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, the most divisive issue in organic.

* BASF and Cargill have been granted membership in the OTA, even though their GMO and chemical products “are actively harming” organic farmers.

* The OTA defends its governance, transparency and organic agenda.

For some people, having BASF — one of the world’s most powerful chemical and GMO companies — as a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is not a problem.

For Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder of the fiercely independent, family-owned Nature’s Path, this was something that he could no longer tolerate.

A combination of frustration with the OTA over the years, the organization’s willingness to accept hydroponics in organic, and allowing non-organic members, such as BASF, Cargill, Campbell’s and General Mills, to have influence over the direction of the OTA were all reasons Nature’s Path cited as reasons why it recently left the trade group.

“Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness of our concern that the important role organic plays to support the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised,” says Arran Stephens. Read more »


MONDAY DEADLINE – Tell the EPA ‘No’ to the Super-Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate (Monsanto’s RoundUp)

MONDAY DEADLINE - Tell the EPA 'No' to the Super-Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate (Monsanto's RoundUp)

How can a super-toxic weedkiller — which is known to the State of California to cause cancer — be allowed to be sprayed on our nation’s food supply? It is an absolute outrage that our government is permitting this to happen, especially when the latest President’s Cancer Panel report said that 41% of Americans will […]

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How can a super-toxic weedkiller — which is known to the State of California to cause cancer — be allowed to be sprayed on our nation’s food supply?

It is an absolute outrage that our government is permitting this to happen, especially when the latest President’s Cancer Panel report said that 41% of Americans will get cancer and 21% of Americans will die from cancer.

Now is the time to tell our government ‘No’ to glyphosate, as it is considering to reapprove this toxic chemical for another 15 years.

We have until midnight on April 30th to let the EPA know that we want this chemical banned forever, and it is essential that everyone’s voice be heard. Read more »


For Earth Day 2018, Why We Should Ditch ‘Sustainable’ and Embrace ‘Regenerative’

For Earth Day 2018, Why We Should Ditch ‘Sustainable’ and Embrace ‘Regenerative’

As we celebrate Earth Day and examine how our activities are harming the planet, we rarely, if ever, analyze how our language might be impacting our ability to improve the world. Case in point is the word “sustainable” – a term widely used, and misunderstood, in environmental circles.

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As we celebrate Earth Day and examine how our activities are harming the planet, we rarely, if ever, analyze how our language might be impacting our ability to improve the world.

Case in point is the word “sustainable” – a term widely used, and misunderstood, in environmental circles. Read more »