Beyond the Dirty Dozen - Tips to Shop Organic Throughout the Store

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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.

Cooking Up an Organic Future - Is a Check-Off the Right Recipe?

Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. [In April] Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of certified operations in the US are now 21,000 with 31,000 around the world. While this $40+ billion industry is indeed exploding on the shelves in US supermarkets, only 1% of agriculture, in the US is dedicated to growing organic.

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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.

Is GMO Testing of Organic Products Necessary?

Many of us purchase organic food and textiles to avoid unwanted toxins that may be present from the industrial chemical complex that pervades modern agriculture.

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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.

Sicilian Soliloquies - Traditions of Organic

It is said that agriculture first emerged in Eastern Anatolia, now modern Turkey, some 12,000 years ago. Our ancient ancestors settled, planted, and harvested in one place giving rise to civilizations. No longer wandering to forage and hunt, they began to cultivate and thus could rely on a steady source of food. This Fertile Crescent may have hosted the beginnings of agriculture, but the art of eating, I believe, must have certainly been birthed in Italy.

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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.

Sowing Change One Seed at a Time

Have you ever noticed that the more seeds you sow the richer your life is?

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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.

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 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.

5 Things I Learned While Volunteering at my Local Organic Farm

On a hot, humid, blue-sky Thursday afternoon, we made our way to Sherborn, a small town outside Boston, MA. We were looking forward to volunteering at Silverwood Organic Farm, an historic local farmland. My partner in this adventure was my 10-year-old “little sister” who I mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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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.

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 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 World of Fermentation | Why Miso Matters

Fermentation isn’t something new. Long before fermented “live” foods became all the rage in upscale aisles, our ancestors were hard at work perfecting the process to preserve food. Long winters and short growing seasons made them the masters of invention in using fermentation to extend the availability of the food supply. Across cultures people utilized the process to create and enjoy cheese, wine, and beer. One of the most ancient and healthiest of the fermented foods is miso, みそ or 味噌, which originated in Japan, as early as 14,000 BC in the Neolithic era.

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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.

Know Which Produce You Should Always Buy Organic

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04/30/2016
It is said that agriculture first emerged in Eastern Anatolia, now modern Turkey, some 12,000 years ago. Our ancient ancestors settled, planted, and harvested in one place giving rise to... read more
bundle of bright red organic strawberries
04/19/2016
Have you ever noticed that the more seeds you sow the richer your life is? This is true absolutely when you cultivate the soil and plant a vegetable or flower garden. The taste and beauty and... read more

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road map overlay on Swiss chard leaf veins
09/03/2016
On the Organic Trail I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions... read more
Burst open pods of cotton plants.
08/18/2016
Cotton Standards Since embarking on this capricious journey called blogging, I have learned quite a lot about agriculture and our food supply. Of all the things I’ve learned, the fact that cotton... read more
hands holding plant sapling in the rain
08/09/2016
[This last spring] I trundled off to yet another National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in DC. This is a place where a dedicated assortment of organic disciples (and hooligans... read more
rows of bananas in grocery store
07/23/2016
The agricultural revolution began some 10,000 years ago when one of our ancestors planted a seed, watched it grow, and ate its fruit. It was time to stop wandering and plant more seeds. This ancestor... read more
adult hand giving apple to child's hand at market
07/02/2016
by Laurie Burgess | Organic Matters Shopping organic is a journey. At first, you might start by learning about the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists, a... read more
bunches of organic carrots on table
06/18/2016
Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. [In April] Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of... read more
close up of wheat stalk
05/23/2016
Many of us purchase organic food and textiles to avoid unwanted toxins that may be present from the industrial chemical complex that pervades modern agriculture. Others, who are wary of GMO... read more
rustic back alley in Italy with row of wine barrels
04/30/2016
It is said that agriculture first emerged in Eastern Anatolia, now modern Turkey, some 12,000 years ago. Our ancient ancestors settled, planted, and harvested in one place giving rise to... read more
bundle of bright red organic strawberries
04/19/2016
Have you ever noticed that the more seeds you sow the richer your life is? This is true absolutely when you cultivate the soil and plant a vegetable or flower garden. The taste and beauty and... read more

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