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 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.

Green Divas' 25 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears into thinking of more positive ways of eating and revisiting the ways to eat more sustainably. Although you probably know most of it, I figured, it wouldn’t hurt to check the list again.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

If Eating Organic Were a Color - It Would Be Shades of Grey

The World is a Carousel of Colors

For a colorful world of grocery – from bright red raspberries to deep blue corn chips –  it is remarkable how the organic food industry has various shades of grey. While this blog post is no “50 Shades of Grey” novel, it is a hot topic with no perfect answers!

Some of the big “grey dilemmas” I personally struggle with include:

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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. 

Is the Organic Movement a Democracy?

It has been an interesting few months. Seems that when I ask questions that aren’t perfectly in accord with the views of others, a cascade of misinformation is scattered about the internet.

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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.

Want to Get Back to the Land? You're Not Alone

Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature.

by Nancy Matsumoto | YES! Magazine

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

A Collision Course WIth Unintended Consequences

Ouch

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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.

Are the Benefits of Organic Food Overrated or Underrated?

Pesticide Problem

Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms, including genetic damage—direct hits to our DNA or chromosomes—and epigenetic modification, changes in the way our genes are expressed. These effects have been documented in workers who are spraying the pesticides, but exposure to pesticide residues that remain on food is much smaller.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Organic is Skin Deep

by Laurie Burgess | Organic Matters Blog

“Did you know that your skin in your largest organ?!” is a fun fact that a preteen may share after coming home from their biology class. Indeed, it’s a fact that you may vaguely recall learning at some point – but we want to understand what this means for the products you use, especially in regard to organic.

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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.

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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
Bearded man in white shirt holding up vegetables from salad.
08/05/2017
With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears... read more
Square bins of various dried and organic fruits and nuts
07/25/2017
The World is a Carousel of Colors For a colorful world of grocery – from bright red raspberries to deep blue corn chips –  it is remarkable how the organic food industry has various shades of... read more
Clear glass tea cup with tea and lemon slices on wooden table.
07/16/2017
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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
Many hands raised to ask questions.
06/27/2017
It has been an interesting few months. Seems that when I ask questions that aren’t perfectly in accord with the views of others, a cascade of misinformation is scattered about the internet. I ask... read more
Seeds being planted in a row in freshly tilled soil.
06/07/2017
Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature. by Nancy Matsumoto | YES! Magazine Over the past century, generations... read more
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05/30/2017
Ouch In an early morning jaunt to Sacramento, my car was rear-ended. I serve on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (who by the way are looking for new members... read more
Harvesting machinery works through wheat field.
05/09/2017
Pesticide Problem Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms,... 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
Bearded man in white shirt holding up vegetables from salad.
08/05/2017
With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears... read more
Square bins of various dried and organic fruits and nuts
07/25/2017
The World is a Carousel of Colors For a colorful world of grocery – from bright red raspberries to deep blue corn chips –  it is remarkable how the organic food industry has various shades of... 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
Many hands raised to ask questions.
06/27/2017
It has been an interesting few months. Seems that when I ask questions that aren’t perfectly in accord with the views of others, a cascade of misinformation is scattered about the internet. I ask... read more
Seeds being planted in a row in freshly tilled soil.
06/07/2017
Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature. by Nancy Matsumoto | YES! Magazine Over the past century, generations... read more
Graphic of DNA strand against blue sky and clouds.
05/30/2017
Ouch In an early morning jaunt to Sacramento, my car was rear-ended. I serve on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (who by the way are looking for new members... read more
Harvesting machinery works through wheat field.
05/09/2017
Pesticide Problem Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms,... read more

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