Take Action: Tell the National Organic Standards Board “NO” to Hydroponics

Take Action: Tell the National Organic Standards Board "NO" to Hydroponics

Please tell the NOSB to recommend that hydroponics be removed from organic. To do so, you can sign the Organic Consumers Association’s e-petition by clicking HERE. Important: The deadline to act is 11:59pm tonight, so don’t delay. — One of the most controversial aspects of organic is that hydroponically-grown vegetables are being allowed under the […]

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(Hydroponic growing system – does this look “organic” to you?)

Please tell the NOSB to recommend that hydroponics be removed from organic. To do so, you can sign the Organic Consumers Association’s e-petition by clicking HERE.

Important: The deadline to act is 11:59pm tonight, so don’t delay.

One of the most controversial aspects of organic is that hydroponically-grown vegetables are being allowed under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Why is this a problem?

Organic was founded on the basis of growing plants in the soil. Period.

People buy organic because it tastes better, has superior nutrition, and is optimal for the environment. And this is all the result of the rich soil in organic farms. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic – Higher Levels of Antioxidants in Onions

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Higher Levels of Antioxidants in Onions

When people ask why they should be eating organic, there are several answers. First, organic prohibits the use of super-toxic pesticides, such as glyphosate.

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When people ask why they should be eating organic, there are several answers.

First, organic prohibits the use of super-toxic pesticides, such as glyphosate. Read more »


Report: What the Habits and Motivation of Organic Shoppers are Telling Us

Report: What the Habits and Motivation of Organic Shoppers are Telling Us

Acosta, a sales and marketing organization for the food industry, recently published an interesting research report called Back to our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper. While it is common knowledge that the macro trends of the organic industry are very favorable and conventional supermarkets are embracing organic more than ever, the report takes […]

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(Photo courtesy of Acosta)

(Photo courtesy of Acosta)

Acosta, a sales and marketing organization for the food industry, recently published an interesting research report called Back to our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper.

While it is common knowledge that the macro trends of the organic industry are very favorable and conventional supermarkets are embracing organic more than ever, the report takes a deeper look at the habits, motivation and preferences of organic shoppers. Read more »


Transitional Program will Increase U.S. Organic Acreage and is a Great Development – What You Need to Know

Transitional Program will Increase U.S. Organic Acreage and is a Great Development - What You Need to Know

One of the major challenges that organic farmers face is the transition period in switching from a conventional farm to a certified organic farm. Under current USDA rules, the soil on a farm needs to be verified by an organic certifier that it has not been sprayed with toxic pesticides for the previous 36 months. […]

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One of the major challenges that organic farmers face is the transition period in switching from a conventional farm to a certified organic farm. Under current USDA rules, the soil on a farm needs to be verified by an organic certifier that it has not been sprayed with toxic pesticides for the previous 36 months.

This presents a serious financial hurdle for farmers because they are essentially being asked to farm organically yet must sell their products in the marketplace at conventional prices for three years.

An excellent new program called the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP), developed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and in partnership with the USDA, is seeking to make this transition period less burdensome for farmers, with the goal of getting more of them to switch to organic. Read more »


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

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

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.

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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 »


Tío Gazpacho Signs Phenomenal Partnership with José Andrés, Outlook for 2017 is Very Bright

Tío Gazpacho Signs Phenomenal Partnership with José Andrés, Outlook for 2017 is Very Bright

When you’re running an organic gazpacho company and dream about the people you’d like involved in your company, there is pretty much only one name at the top of this list: José Andrés. The most widely acclaimed Spanish chef here in the U.S., José Andrés was also named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation […]

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(Photo courtesy of José Andrés)

When you’re running an organic gazpacho company and dream about the people you’d like involved in your company, there is pretty much only one name at the top of this list: José Andrés. The most widely acclaimed Spanish chef here in the U.S., José Andrés was also named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For Austin Allan, founder of Tío Gazpacho, who used to eat at José Andrés’ restaurants in Washington, D.C. all of the time, this dream became a reality right before Thanksgiving.

And it all began in April when Austin Allan was in a meeting and received a surprise email from this star chef that said the following:

I am a Spanish chef and am watching you from a distance. I would love to talk.

Needless to say, Austin bolted out of the meeting and got on the phone with him immediately. Six months of conversations and negotiations ultimately led to a partnership between Tío Gazpacho and José Andrés, where he and his restaurant company, ThinkFoodGroup, will help with distribution, sourcing, marketing, PR, social media and product development. Read more »


Another Reason to Support Organic — Organic “Hotspots” Significantly Boost Local Economies

Another Reason to Support Organic -- Organic "Hotspots" Significantly Boost Local Economies

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic) While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies. In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies.

In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been found that organic food and crop production – and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture – creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. Read more »