The Bioponic Debate - Are There Bigger Fish to Fry?

I can smell it; spring is just around the corner. While some areas of the country are still under winter’s frigid grip, elongated English cucumbers are flourishing in shade houses near the Mexican border. Tantalizing heirloom tomatoes, curvaceous eggplant, and thick zucchini are growing in various mediums of soil and soil-less technologies. They fill our winter plate.

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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.

Vermont City First Off the Grid - Every Day is Earth Day

I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy progress, I expect to see San Francisco or Austin or Boulder or Santa Cruz or one of those spots in the headlines.

Burlington, Vermont wasn’t on my radar—not because of any suspicion they would be behind the times in any way, I just didn’t realize how much AHEAD of the times they were.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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Young lettuce plants growing in hydroponic system rows
03/06/2018
I can smell it; spring is just around the corner. While some areas of the country are still under winter’s frigid grip, elongated English cucumbers are flourishing in shade houses near the Mexican... read more
Highway sign welcomes visitors to Vermont
04/21/2015
I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy... read more
Young lettuce plants growing in hydroponic system rows
03/06/2018
I can smell it; spring is just around the corner. While some areas of the country are still under winter’s frigid grip, elongated English cucumbers are flourishing in shade houses near the Mexican... read more
Highway sign welcomes visitors to Vermont
04/21/2015
I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy... read more