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‘Dirty Dairy’ Gets Its Due: Two Organizations Shine a Light on the Downsides of Industrial Dairy 18.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The industrial meat industry has been hogging the food-related news cycle lately. The COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants. The slaughterhouse shut-downs. The “depopulating” of farm animals. Meat shortages and rising meat prices. And then there’s the corresponding good news: Consumers buying more organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised meat products from local farmers and CSAs—even online sales of these products are surging. So far, the industrial factory farm dairy industry hasn’t seen nearly as much news coverage during the pandemic. But under the mainstream media radar, two organizations recently shone a spotlight on dairy producers. The Institute for Ag and Trade Policy (IATP) issued a report on the role of industrial dairy in global warming. The report, “Milking the Planet: How Big Dairy Is Heating Up the Planet and Hollowing Rural Communities,” calls for “redirecting public funds away from industrial agriculture, regulating the public health, environmental and social impacts of this extractive model ...
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AgriSecure’s 'Boots on the Ground' Experience Helps Farmers Transition to Organic 16.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Transitioning to organic farming can be a major challenge for farmers. The three-year transition period presents a big hurdle that requires adopting a completely new farming system without chemical inputs, purchasing new equipment for organic farming, and finding markets for transitional and certified organic crops.

The Future of Agriculture in Egypt 12.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This version is subsequent to the previous version “The future of Agriculture”, which was written by the Carbon Footprint Center in 2016 (version 1, 2016). Due to our vision to face many challenges in regards to climate change, food insecurity, water scarcity, and desertification we decided to rewrite and update the original study after the new economic development in Egypt.

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How Ocean Spray cranberries became America’s '100 percent sustainable' crop 4.6.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
How Ocean Spray cranberries became America’s '100 percent sustainable' crop Jesse Klein Thu, 06/04/2020 - 01:45 Cranberries are more than just an American Thanksgiving Day tradition; they also are a tradition of the American land. The crop is one of only three native cultivated fruits in North America. Because the plant is actually meant to grow in the natural environment, many growing and harvesting practices already help the surrounding land and could be considered sustainable, under normal conditions. The berry grows best in boggy, water-soaked soil that can’t be used for many other crops. And every one acre of cranberry bog requires 5.5 acres of wild marsh needed around it — a built-in wetlands preservation strategy.  "It's a symbiotic relationship," said Chris Ferzli, director of global corporate affairs and communications for Ocean Spray, the well-known agricultural co-operative, which generates annual revenue of about $2 billion. "The water in natural land supports the cranberry bog and in return, ...
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Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic 4.6.2020 Mother Jones
If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal raised on feed that’s grown without pesticides or chemical […]
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Biodynamic Agriculture Is Farming in the Service of Life 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Dr. Mercola recently had the pleasure of coproducing a short film called "Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life," in partnership with 12 organizations practicing or supporting biodynamic agriculture. Beginning with the tenets of organic farming such as no use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizers, biodynamics takes farming one step further.

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COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

“I’m trying to connect our network with the people who would like to have that food in their home,” she said on Michael Dimock’s podcast, Flipping the Table, on March 26. “We can sort of skip the restaurant for now. … We could help people do the cooking in their own kitchen.”

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Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

We need to value nature’s biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature is the best teacher.

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Why Nature’s Path went ‘regenerative organic’ 21.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Why Nature’s Path went ‘regenerative organic’ Heather Clancy Thu, 05/21/2020 - 00:46 The term "regenerative agriculture" has become two of the biggest buzzwords in nature-based climate solutions. But how many farms and food companies can say they follow both regenerative and organic practices? Canadian cereal and snack company Nature’s Path — the largest organic breakfast and snack company in North America — hopes to get more agricultural organizations focused on the nuances of those adjectives.  In March, its 5,000-acre Legend Organic Farm in Saskatchewan became the largest yet to be certified as part of the Regenerative Organic Certified program, organized by the Regenerative Organic Alliance . It’s one of just 30 farms operating with that label. The company created a limited edition oatmeal to draw attention to the certification, which it started selling on Earth Day. Because Legend follows organic farming principles, it already practiced many processes often mentioned as regenerative. The main change ...
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RELEASE: WRI and Cargill Partner on Tools and Best Practices to Advance Sustainable Agriculture 30.4.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: WRI and Cargill Partner on Tools and Best Practices to Advance Sustainable Agriculture Partnership will focus on water management and land use, and also support work to reduce food loss and greenhouse gas emissions MINNEAPOLIS/WASHINGTON (April 30, 2020)—Even during this unprecedented time, the importance of accelerating and scaling sustainable business and farming practices is top of mind for food and agriculture companies around the globe. To help businesses achieve the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Why old is new again in farming, and why it has the potential to feed and save the planet 23.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The COVID-19 pandemic response shows our potential to pull together.
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What happens to corporate sustainability amid the COVID-19 crisis? Some reflections 21.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Leaders from Amazon, Danone, Salesforce, Mars, General Mills and others share how plans have changed and where they’re holding firm.
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Why protecting soil carbon is a win-win for farmers and the planet 2.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The benefits of protecting and restoring soil carbon go well beyond any one farm or any one year. But not enough people are taking these steps.
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Why Aramark's new sustainability strategy focuses on 'well-being' over sustainability 23.3.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Here's a hint: it's because one follows the other.
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How ambitious is the 'carbon positive' pledge by Horizon Organic? 6.3.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The plan could shrink the dairy company's footprint by at least 30 percent by five years from now.
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25 badass women shaking up the climate movement in 2020 6.3.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
In honor of International Women's Day, we recognize courageous executives, investor advocates and policy visionaries who are role models for any gender.
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Cargill's Jill Kolling on partnering with farmers to build more sustainable food systems 4.3.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Jill Kolling, vice president of global sustainability at Cargill, says that it's important for the farmers and ranchers it works with to be able to withstand the impacts of climate change. "Resiliency is important for our business as a whole," Kolling says. "Nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way is now our purpose at Cargill."
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Can forensics tech solve the mystery of supply chain traceability? 27.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
A pilot coordinated by Fashion for Good and supported by C&A, Kering, PVH and Zalando provides clues for the future of sustainable fashion.
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Soil carbon is a valuable resource but not all soil carbon is created equal 25.2.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
There's particulate organic matter, which is the stuff you generally can see. Mineral-associated organic matter, on the other hand, consists mostly of microscopic coatings on soil particles. They work differently.
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The complexities of composting 24.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
This article is adapted from GreenBiz's weekly newsletter, Circular Weekly, running Fridays. Subscribe here.These days, recycling gets all the attention. Yet while the world scoffs at global recycling rates and panics at plastic pollution, I often wonder when a similar wave of public outrage will arrive for recycling’s biological counterpart: the humble world of compost. 
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