Honoring Those Who Serve it Forth - Our Agricultural Workers

A Sustainable System?

I live and work in California, the farming capital of the world; hub of agriculture, intersecting food, chefs, and farmers. It is the state that produces the most food in the country, home to the world’s smallest and largest organic farms, and boasts the greatest diversity in farming systems and farm workers. Yet the lack of food and agricultural literacy is tremendous, and the bond between the farm worker and the eater is ill understood.

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Impact Business Profile: Cat Spring Tea Sisters

WHY THE CAT SPRING TEA SISTERS VALUE HERITAGE, MENTORSHIP, AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Starvation Alley Shakes the Cosmos With Organic Turbulence

The hot, balmy month of June requires three things: SPF 50, a friend with a pool, and refreshing cocktails to offer to your friend in exchange for everyday pool access. Or, for Floridians, every day of the year requires these things. So you can imagine that when I heard about Starvation Alley Farms, a B Corp, and their cold pressed, purely delicious organic cranberry juice--the first of its kind to hit the market-- I knew my cocktail options had dramatically improved. I also knew I might suddenly have more friends with pools.

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Julie Fahnestock's picture

Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Can the National Organic Program Regulate Perfection?

Best Intentions

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

A Tale of 10 Acres - UNFI's Agrarian Journey of Soil Health

Land Ho!

They say a journey begins with just one single step. UNFI has taken a ten-acre step in Sturtevant , Wisconsin to further a vision for increasing access to fresh local organic food. Our CEO, Steven Spinner, has long held an agrarian dream of preserving farmland near our distribution facilities. This dream grew into a vision in which UNFI would engage the communities where we have facilities not only through employment, but also with access to well-priced organic food. 

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Farm-to-Table Communities Create Sustainable Suburban "Agri-Hoods"

by Robin Plaskoff-Horton | Urban Gardens

Where you live is the foundation of your lifestyle.

Urban areas lend themselves to a lifestyle of social interaction, cultural events, career climbing, and because of limited space, world-building that includes what’s outside of the home more than what’s inside.

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Robin Plaskoff Horton is the publisher and creative director of the Webby-nominated and award-winning blog, Urban Gardens–a mix of urban style, design, and nature. Urban Gardens is a lifestyle story told from the ground up: from seed to harvest to kitchen while serving it all up in style, with cutting edge design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. As a “coolspotter,” Robin explores the world's captivating travel destinations to experience what the global, multi-cultural, and creative universe is serving up in their own unique and sustainable style.

Urban Gardens is considered an "influencer" within the home and garden sector. Mashable named Urban Gardens "one of the top 10 must-follow home and garden Twitter accounts" and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine named Urban Gardens one of the top ten gardening blogs for 2015.

A seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator, Robin has facilitated storytelling workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, Women at Woodstock, and The Entrepreneurial Womens Network, and was a featured speaker at the Garden Writers Association and the Garden Bloggers Conference. Robin is a contributor to Fix.com, Houzz, and has been a featured curator for Pickie and Luvocracy. 

Will Organic Agriculture Ultimately Feed the World?

When the United Nations released their 2015 World Population Prospects report, it estimated the vast numbers of humans that will inhabit our planet in the next 15 years. By mid-century, the estimated world population will be 9.7 billion souls; this is up one third from today’s 7.3 billion hungry inhabitants. Where this growth will take place and how we prepare for this expansion is as critical an issue as our changing climate.

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

The Benefits of Organic - Don't Just Believe Me

I have been in the organic food business since time out of mind. I remember the days before organic labels and standards, the Wild West of organic. I now serve on the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors and work for the largest distributor of organic products, UNFI. Of course it stands to reason that I am going to advise you to always choose organic. When I blog, I often end urging you to select organic, support organic farmers, and help transition more acreage to organic because it’s better. But what does the science reveal around the subject?

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

All We Are Saying...Give Bees a Chance

I spent several years in my early twenties traveling on the West Coast sowing a few wild oats. The songs that accompanied my travels were often made up of powerful messages shedding light on social events that had run amok. The Vietnam War was raging, civil rights struggles were blazing and the songs drew us all together to highlight a common cause. If John Lennon was still writing songs today, I think he might be saying…. Let’s, give bees a chance….

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About The Author

Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

The Organic Home Run | I'm Still At Bat

My humble beginnings in the organic industry began in 1976 in a small Coop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The people were eclectic and I was drawn to the culture as much as I was the idea of providing healthy, unadulterated whole foods to my community. I was swept up in a movement of sorts, getting back to the land and to nature. Growing, selling, and eating organic foods were a palpable crusade of Birkenstock bedecked, new-age folks who wanted to leave the world a better place through food and agriculture. I joined the game with full force and never looked back.

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About The Author

Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

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Man hunched over picking crops in an arid field.
10/20/2017
A Sustainable System? I live and work in California, the farming capital of the world; hub of agriculture, intersecting food, chefs, and farmers. It is the state that produces the most food in the... read more
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Cranberries scattered on white surface
06/28/2017
The hot, balmy month of June requires three things: SPF 50, a friend with a pool, and refreshing cocktails to offer to your friend in exchange for everyday pool access. Or, for Floridians, every day... read more
Cow eating in bright green pasture.
11/22/2016
Best Intentions I’ve been in the organic industry for several decades now, and there is an increasing trend to move the organic standards towards complete and utter purity. Some in the organic... read more
Old yellow tractor in lush green field.
10/25/2016
Land Ho! They say a journey begins with just one single step. UNFI has taken a ten-acre step in Sturtevant , Wisconsin to further a vision for increasing access to fresh local organic food. Our... read more
Sign at California's Cannery Urban Farm.
09/07/2016
by Robin Plaskoff-Horton | Urban Gardens Where you live is the foundation of your lifestyle. Urban areas lend themselves to a lifestyle of social interaction, cultural events, career... read more
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03/19/2016
When the United Nations released their 2015 World Population Prospects report, it estimated the vast numbers of humans that will inhabit our planet in the next 15 years. By mid-century... read more
organic vegetables in basket
03/01/2016
I have been in the organic food business since time out of mind. I remember the days before organic labels and standards, the Wild West of organic. I now serve on the Organic Trade Association Board... read more
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01/07/2016
I spent several years in my early twenties traveling on the West Coast sowing a few wild oats. The songs that accompanied my travels were often made up of powerful messages shedding light on social... read more

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Man hunched over picking crops in an arid field.
10/20/2017
A Sustainable System? I live and work in California, the farming capital of the world; hub of agriculture, intersecting food, chefs, and farmers. It is the state that produces the most food in the... read more
Clear glass tea cup with tea and lemon slices on wooden table.
07/16/2017
WHY THE CAT SPRING TEA SISTERS VALUE HERITAGE, MENTORSHIP, AND ACCOUNTABILITY I don’t think most mission-driven innovators grow up thinking, “Someday, I’d like to be a social entrepreneur.” Rather... read more
Cranberries scattered on white surface
06/28/2017
The hot, balmy month of June requires three things: SPF 50, a friend with a pool, and refreshing cocktails to offer to your friend in exchange for everyday pool access. Or, for Floridians, every day... read more
Cow eating in bright green pasture.
11/22/2016
Best Intentions I’ve been in the organic industry for several decades now, and there is an increasing trend to move the organic standards towards complete and utter purity. Some in the organic... read more
Old yellow tractor in lush green field.
10/25/2016
Land Ho! They say a journey begins with just one single step. UNFI has taken a ten-acre step in Sturtevant , Wisconsin to further a vision for increasing access to fresh local organic food. Our... read more
Sign at California's Cannery Urban Farm.
09/07/2016
by Robin Plaskoff-Horton | Urban Gardens Where you live is the foundation of your lifestyle. Urban areas lend themselves to a lifestyle of social interaction, cultural events, career... read more
silverware knives and forks on wooden table
03/19/2016
When the United Nations released their 2015 World Population Prospects report, it estimated the vast numbers of humans that will inhabit our planet in the next 15 years. By mid-century... read more
organic vegetables in basket
03/01/2016
I have been in the organic food business since time out of mind. I remember the days before organic labels and standards, the Wild West of organic. I now serve on the Organic Trade Association Board... read more
closeup bumblebee on while flower
01/07/2016
I spent several years in my early twenties traveling on the West Coast sowing a few wild oats. The songs that accompanied my travels were often made up of powerful messages shedding light on social... read more

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