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Make 'Organic' Mean Something

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

When an animal food product in your grocery store is proudly labeled "USDA Organic," you would think that means the animal had exposure to fresh air, sunshine, and significantly more space to move than on standard non-organic farms. But in reality, the "organic" label provides no clear requirements for either space or outdoor access for most animals.

USDA Organics Head Won't Say Organic Is Healthier

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.05.2015 | Taste

Organic food is one of America's great growth industries: sales are skyrocketing, increasing by double-digit percentage terms year after year as consu...

How Well Do You Know The Nutrition Basics?

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

For such a universal activity, eating can be pretty confusing. Grocery stores are crowded with nutritional jargon -- think: organic, vegan, enriched, ...

Organics: Privilege or Responsibility?

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.09.2014 | Home
Bill Couzens

My commitment to organics is to make sure I do my part to leave my children with a better, healthier planet. It's not just about today and this moment -- rather, it's about doing things with expanded thought and an interest in seeing a healthier future.

Vermont Leads GMO Labeling

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Couzens

I honor Vermont's lawmakers and their bravery in raising the bar on human health and the environment. I look forward to when other states will accomplish the same.

USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department's legal mandate in at least two distinct ways.

Want to Avoid GMOs? Look for This Label

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute What do Cheerios and apples have in common? They are the latest and v...

Farm to Fork Across America: Fraudulent or Credible: Organic Labeling and More...

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Confused about the different labels claiming organic at your grocer? So are we! Already in Corvallis at the Linus Pauling Institute, the opportunity presented itself to explore this thorny topic.

Eco Etiquette: What's The Environmental Cost Of Cut Flowers?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Are cut flowers really ba...

First Lady's Food Vision 'At Best Fragmented, At Worst A Failure'

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Mrs. Obama's vision for healthy food is at best fragmented and at worst a failure. She does not address the root causes of our broken food system, where a few powerful players make all of the decisions about what we eat.

USDA Organic Standards: Dairy and Livestock Will Get Tighter Rules

Treehugger | Sara Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As organic food has grown in popularity so too have the size of organic dairies and farms in this country. And in the last ten years questions have be...

Is Organic in an End-Game?

Samuel Fromartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Samuel Fromartz

Writing in 2005, I concluded Organic, Inc. by saying I didn't think organic food would be more than a niche in the overall food market and that the factions within it might well blow it apart. Sadly, in the midst of a deep recession, both assertions seem to be playing out.