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Cornucopia Institute Requests that the USDA National Organic Program be Investigated for Corruption Charges over its Approval of Synthetic DHA and ARA Supplements

Cornucopia Institute Requests that the USDA National Organic Program be Investigated for Corruption Charges ov

Let me say right up front that I support the USDA’s national organic certification program. Why? Because it is the only nationally-recognized and accepted system we have in place for organic standards. I firmly believe that the more people we have participating and engaged in the system, the stronger it will become. Conversely, the more […]

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Let me say right up front that I support the USDA’s national organic certification program. Why?

Because it is the only nationally-recognized and accepted system we have in place for organic standards.

I firmly believe that the more people we have participating and engaged in the system, the stronger it will become. Conversely, the more people who opt out of the system, the weaker it will become.

That being said, it is by no means perfect. And just as is in every other area of our society, big companies in the organic sector use lobbyists in Washington D.C. to enact policies that will benefit them financially.

Even though organic has social ideals that many other industries do not, we can’t forget that organic is big, big business – $27 billion a year.

As I wrote about recently, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) agreed to allow illegal, synthetically-derived additives – commonly marketed as DHA and ARA — into certified organic products. Read more »


IMPORTANT: Brand New Video for the “Just Label It” Campaign and Recap of Yesterday’s Conference Call

IMPORTANT: Brand New Video for the "Just Label It" Campaign and Recap of Yesterday's Conference Call

Yesterday, I was on the media conference call for Just Label It, the nationwide campaign to get genetically-modified foods (GMOs) labeled. On the call we saw a preview of the fantastic new Just Label It video (WATCH BELOW) and we also heard from: * Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield, who recently resigned as CEO to […]

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Yesterday, I was on the media conference call for Just Label It, the nationwide campaign to get genetically-modified foods (GMOs) labeled.

On the call we saw a preview of the fantastic new Just Label It video (WATCH BELOW) and we also heard from:

* Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield, who recently resigned as CEO to dedicate more time to this very important cause.

* Robyn O’Brien, leading food safety advocate and author of the acclaimed book The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply — and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself.

* Robert Kenner, writer, director and producer of the documentary Food, Inc. and the Just Label It video below.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS DISCUSSED

– The general benchmark for labeling, of any sorts, is materiality. Is something about the food materially different that would warrant a label? Read more »


Stonyfield CEO and Organic Food Icon Gary Hirshberg to Step Down. Walt Freese, Former CEO of Ben & Jerry’s, Takes Over.

Stonyfield CEO and Organic Food Icon Gary Hirshberg to Step Down. Walt Freese, Former CEO of Ben & Jerry's, Ta

After 28 years at the helm of one of the marquee names in the organic food world, Gary Hirshberg has announced that he will be stepping down as President and CEO of Stonyfield. Beginning January 23rd, Walt Freese, the former CEO of Ben & Jerry’s and former President of Celestial Seasonings, will be taking over […]

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After 28 years at the helm of one of the marquee names in the organic food world, Gary Hirshberg has announced that he will be stepping down as President and CEO of Stonyfield.

Beginning January 23rd, Walt Freese, the former CEO of Ben & Jerry’s and former President of Celestial Seasonings, will be taking over this position and leading the company.

While he will no longer be running the day-to-day operations of Stonyfield, Gary Hirshberg will remain as Chairman and will stay highly involved in the company’s growth and mission for years to come.

He’ll continue speaking on Stonyfield’s behalf around the world and maintain oversight of Stonyfield”s European organic sister companies, its new Stonyfield Cafés and the Profits-for-the-Planet program, among other roles. Read more »


Organic vs. Local? Transparent, Says Alberto Gonzalez of GustOrganics

Organic vs. Local? Transparent, Says Alberto Gonzalez of GustOrganics

One topic that frequently gets discussed is whether it is preferable to buy organic or to buy local. To many people, especially those in Brooklyn, there can be nothing better than local. In a recent blog post, I address this very issue in detail and discuss why I choose organic. My friend Alberto Gonzalez, owner […]

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One topic that frequently gets discussed is whether it is preferable to buy organic or to buy local.

To many people, especially those in Brooklyn, there can be nothing better than local. In a recent blog post, I address this very issue in detail and discuss why I choose organic.

My friend Alberto Gonzalez, owner of NYC’s only certified organic restaurant GustOrganics, wrote an excellent piece in The Huffington Post yesterday about this subject but distilled it down even further.

What he wants is transparency.

Unfortunately, the word “natural” has become a completely abused marketing term, stands for almost nothing, and is the reason why Naked Juice, Wesson Oil and Frito-Lay are facing class action lawsuits.

Therefore, “organic” has become the term which identifies the “cleanest” foods that we can eat. Read more »


Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk. Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies […]

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk.

Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies are sourcing their DHA and ARA from Martek Bioscienes Corporation.)

This is all fine and good except for the fact that Martek’s DHA and ARA are synthetic and something antithetic to everything that certified organic stands for.

At the recent USDA/National Organic Standards Board meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the issue of DHA and ARA was discussed and voted on. Needless to say, the decision was a big loss for organic consumers. Read more »


Another Great Article from Gastronomica, I Love This Magazine

Another Great Article from Gastronomica, I Love This Magazine

Several months ago, I profiled the phenomenal food magazine Gastronomica and interviewed its Editor-in-Chief, Darra Goldstein, a professor at Williams College. If you have never heard of Gastronomica but find the history and culture of food to be as fascinating as I do, it is something that you definitely want to check out. Gastronomica comes […]

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Several months ago, I profiled the phenomenal food magazine Gastronomica and interviewed its Editor-in-Chief, Darra Goldstein, a professor at Williams College.

If you have never heard of Gastronomica but find the history and culture of food to be as fascinating as I do, it is something that you definitely want to check out.

Gastronomica comes out four times per year and while the cost per magazine is more than your average food glossy at the newsstand, the articles are absolutely first-rate.

For example, in the previous issue, Gastronomica covered a topic that many people have assumptions about but don’t really have a good answer for: Are organic food consumers/advocates Republicans or Democrats? Read more »


Study: Organic Ketchup Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants than Conventional Ketchup

Study: Organic Ketchup Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants than Conventional Ketchup

Last year, I wrote about a groundbreaking study from Washington State University that said that organic strawberries have higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid than conventional strawberries. This research was the subject of much conversation in the organic industry because now we could point to objective, independent research that validated the superiority of […]

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Last year, I wrote about a groundbreaking study from Washington State University that said that organic strawberries have higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid than conventional strawberries.

This research was the subject of much conversation in the organic industry because now we could point to objective, independent research that validated the superiority of organic.

Well, for those who still don’t believe that organic is a better option, maybe a recently released report from Spain will make them think differently.

In a study performed at the University of Barcelona Science and Technology Centres and reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ketchup made from organic tomatoes proved to have higher levels of polyphenols than ketchup made from conventional tomatoes. (Polyphenols are biomolecules with antioxidant properties and protective effects in the human body.) Read more »