Keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the natural food world, and learn about the news and policy changes that affect our communities.
Organic sales continue to rise — along with the number of organic farms — indicating consumer demand for high quality food and transparency. But that doesn’t mean that all good food is labeled “organic”.
As small farmers struggle to sell raw milk directly to consumers, a local food advocacy group is petitioning to the FDA to stop conducting aggressive raids against dairy farmers as long as they use the recommended product labeling.
The USDA’s annual certified organic farm count shows once again that the industry is growing. Despite the growth, there are still significant obstacles that farmers face when transitioning to organic, and some that are not interested in getting certified at all.
Happy Earth Day! Celebrated every year on April 22nd since 1970, Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, appreciate, and give back to the earth. Supporting sustainable food systems and making sustainable food choices is an important way to show Mother Nature how much you care this Earth Day.
The organic food market continues to expand as demand from consumers grows. However, while many farmers are interested in transitioning, it’s not exactly an easy feat. The USDA is hoping a new transitional organic label will help.
According to a study published in the March 2017 edition of “Emerging Infectious Diseases” — a journal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — the researchers identified an increasing number of foodborne disease outbreaks related to imported foods.
A new rule from the FDA has gone into effect that aims to protect antibiotics used for human health by limiting their use in animals raised for consumption. Antibiotic use in farm animals is a highly contentious issue, as concerns over antibiotic resistance continue to rise.
As winter arrives, farm work slows down and agricultural conferences ramp up. There are many regional conferences working to promote and teach people about sustainable agriculture across the US. There are two prominent ones in the Mid-Atlantic region that are worth highlighting: Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference organized by the Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA) and Farming for the Future put on by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
The USDA announced that farmers transitioning to or striving to maintain organic certification will have more opportunities to utilize the cost share reimbursements that are meant to alleviate the costs of certification. Organic producers can now visit more than 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursements, making the cost share programs much more accessible.
Last week the USDA proposed three rules to protect family farmers and ensure their fair treatment by processors. The rules are a step in President Obama’s executive order released in April this year, “Steps to Increase Competition and Better Inform Consumers and Workers to Support Continued Growth of the American Economy”, meant to enhance competition in order to help consumers, workers, and small businesses get a fair shake in the economy.