Quinoa: A Super Food That Gives Super Hope

Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty through quinoa production? Quinoa gives hope to people who believe world hunger can be solved through organic, smallholder family farms. Quinoa is the trailblazer of all ancient grains, and it’s also the contributor to a food trend that could lead to instability.

Tags: 

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.

Uncovering the Fair Trade Mystique

Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable growing practices for producers in developing countries.  Have you ever wondered just what is behind that label and what it means to purchase Fair Trade Products? There is a world of benefits for the producers behind the label.

Tags: 

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.

Synthetic Biology: The Next Generation of Genetic Engineering

Last week I went to the beach to take in the immense biodiversity of the marine sanctuary that is the Monterey Bay. While looking for frolicking dolphins, I noticed a number of young people with their eyes glued to their phones. It led me to reflect on how our personal time has been altered by computers and science. I recently learned that the same holds true for genetic engineering. New breakthroughs with computers and DNA strands are occurring rapidly and raising the very nature of genetic engineering to a new level.

Tags: 

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 Importance of Certified Cotton

Did you know that every conventional cotton product we use has an effect on what we eat and that the by-products of conventional cotton production used in our clothing, personal care, bedding, furniture etc. goes back into our food supply? Here are a few facts you need to know about cotton: 

Tags: 

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.

Embracing the WHY? Why Organic?

Most days we are actively engaged in running our businesses, maintaining what we do with the greatest of care and efficiency. We utilize metrics, milestones and deliverables as incentives to create profitable businesses. We employ specialized individuals who are experts in their field that help drive our businesses with new technologies and technical prowess.  As business people we know what to do and how to do it, but do we understand and fully communicate the WHY?

Tags: 

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.

5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Back Yard

These herbs aren't just for cooking—here's how you can use them to treat ailments from asthma to anxiety.

by Miles Schneiderman / YES! Magazine

At its core, most of medicine is still herbology, according to Dr. Jenn Dazey, naturopathic physician at Bastyr University's Department of Botanical Medicine. And growing your own medicinal garden is easier than it might seem. In fact, you might already have one. Many common culinary herbs have a long history as traditional medicines.

Tags: 

About The Author

YES Magazine's picture

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.

Can Anybody Tell Me ... What Does Organic Really Mean?

The core of organic farming is the idea of developing a sustainable system of agriculture. Organic farming is a way of producing food that doesn’t deplete the earth’s resources or pollute the environment. Instead Organic farming uses birds, insects, and cover crops to eliminate pests and crop rotation to combat weeds.

Tags: 

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.

Fair Trade an Instrument of Hope and Prosperity

When I first began purchasing bananas for the Albert’s Organics in 2001 Fair Trade was a new concept in banana sales and only represented a small fraction of the bananas business. Since bananas are one of our number one sales items I thought it was important to have a closer relationship with our producers. I soon realized that purchasing a Fair Trade banana was one way to become directly involved, benefit those growers, and offer unique and valuable product in the banana marketplace.

Tags: 

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.

Chipotle is G-M-Over It!

Chipotle has made the announcement that they are removing GMOs (genetically modified ingredients) from their food, making the Mexican restaurant the first national fast food chain to do so. The ingredients replaced are corn, used in corn and flour tortillas, and soy, used in cooking oil and flour tortillas. 93% of corn grown last year in the US was genetically modified, including 76% that is herbicide resistant and produces pesticides. 94% of soy grown in the US last year was created to resist the pesticide glyphosate – also known as RoundUp, Rodeo, and Pondmaster.

Tags: 

About The Author

What to Plant in Your Garden - and When

The weather may still be icy in certain parts of the country, but don't let the mountains of snow outside your house get you down. Just imagine yourself in the warm sunlight; your hands deep into the earth, planting your fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Tags: 

About The Author

Subscribe to RSS - organic
ORGANIC seal with question marks
10/20/2015
If you pay attention and look closely, some tried and true “organic” brands may slowly be changing their look and label. In fact, they may even be changing their beloved brand name! It is not your... read more
market basket filled with fresh vegetables
10/10/2015
First of all I am not a vegan; I do not wish to be defined by a word. I choose to eat a vegan or plant-based diet on most occasions, and I am having a rollicking time discovering new culinary... read more
close up green wheat
09/19/2015
Down on the farm there is simultaneously an explosion of weeds and a retraction of seeds, a waxing and a waning, the yin and yang of Big Ag. These concurrent phenomena are (not coincidentally) caused... read more
wooden bin of organic green beans
09/08/2015
Humans have practiced agriculture for thousands of years. The food that we produced over the millennia allowed for the expansion of culture and societies, the flourishing of arts and science.... read more
oranges growing on tree against clear blue sky
08/20/2015
A few mornings ago, as I sipped my freshly squeezed glass of organic orange juice, I contemplated the menu for a gathering of friends I was hosting. My mind went first to dessert, which is often the... read more
bins of healthy vegetables and produce
08/18/2015
Non-GMO Walk down the food aisles and you will notice a new label multiplying on the shelves. Non-GMO labels are one of the fastest growing label phenomena in the grocery aisle today. Recent polls... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more
Fair Trade logo over banana trees
07/21/2015
Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable... read more
double helix DNA strand over genetic code
07/14/2015
Last week I went to the beach to take in the immense biodiversity of the marine sanctuary that is the Monterey Bay. While looking for frolicking dolphins, I noticed a number of young people with... read more

Pages

ORGANIC seal with question marks
10/20/2015
If you pay attention and look closely, some tried and true “organic” brands may slowly be changing their look and label. In fact, they may even be changing their beloved brand name! It is not your... read more
market basket filled with fresh vegetables
10/10/2015
First of all I am not a vegan; I do not wish to be defined by a word. I choose to eat a vegan or plant-based diet on most occasions, and I am having a rollicking time discovering new culinary... read more
close up green wheat
09/19/2015
Down on the farm there is simultaneously an explosion of weeds and a retraction of seeds, a waxing and a waning, the yin and yang of Big Ag. These concurrent phenomena are (not coincidentally) caused... read more
wooden bin of organic green beans
09/08/2015
Humans have practiced agriculture for thousands of years. The food that we produced over the millennia allowed for the expansion of culture and societies, the flourishing of arts and science.... read more
oranges growing on tree against clear blue sky
08/20/2015
A few mornings ago, as I sipped my freshly squeezed glass of organic orange juice, I contemplated the menu for a gathering of friends I was hosting. My mind went first to dessert, which is often the... read more
bins of healthy vegetables and produce
08/18/2015
Non-GMO Walk down the food aisles and you will notice a new label multiplying on the shelves. Non-GMO labels are one of the fastest growing label phenomena in the grocery aisle today. Recent polls... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more
Fair Trade logo over banana trees
07/21/2015
Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable... read more
double helix DNA strand over genetic code
07/14/2015
Last week I went to the beach to take in the immense biodiversity of the marine sanctuary that is the Monterey Bay. While looking for frolicking dolphins, I noticed a number of young people with... read more

Pages