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What Wine and Organic Food Have in Common

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What stood out in this Fast Company magazine article (http://tiny.cc/) were the survey statistics:

-- 70% of those surveyed said they buy some organic food but only 20% thought they knew what organic means.

-- 59% expressed concern about GMOs but only 32% could define GMO.

Now, granted, the sample size was small. BFG, the agency that conducted the study, interviewed 300 shoppers, most of them younger than 35.

But does anyone really doubt the survey? Maybe not the precise numbers, but the direction, seems right. Other studies have sounded a similar note: Everyone eats but few know much about food (http://tiny.cc/).

That's hardly a shocking notion. There's a lot to know about a lot of things in this bewildering world; no one can master more than the smallest part of it all. If we're honest with ourselves, most of us would admit that we've bought a product or voted for a candidate or judged an acquaintance based on sketchy information -- even no information.

Which raises a question: When we lack the necessary information, what substitutes for facts? Opinions, for one thing. People may not know what organic food is but they "know" it's good for them. They may not know what a GMO is but they "know" GMOs are bad.

Which raises another question, one that preoccupies marketers, politicians, public-relations people and psychologists: Where do our opinions come from? What makes us embrace one view and reject another?

Whole books have been written on this, but a simple way to think about it is to imagine yourself in a wine store. Even if you're an oenophile, chances are you won't know much about many of the bottles. How do you decide what to buy?

One way is to trust the wine merchant. He spends his whole day dealing in wine; if he recommends a particular Cabernet, he must know something about it. He's an authority.

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January 6th, 2015 at 12:51 am

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ORGANIC FOOD AND JUICE! – 30th December 2014 Vlog – Video

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ORGANIC FOOD AND JUICE! - 30th December 2014 Vlog
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How to start a YouTube channel + Organic food stash – Video

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How to start a YouTube channel + Organic food stash
We are Louis and Beth, two earthlings with a passion for living ethical and healthy lives. This is our first YouTube video and we aim to be posting many more. We will cover a wide range of...

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January 4th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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Live to 110 Podcast #89 The Benefits of Organic Food-based Vitamins with Robert Craven – Video

Posted: January 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm


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Live to 110 Podcast #89 The Benefits of Organic Food-based Vitamins with Robert Craven
Read the full transcript: http://www.liveto110.com/89-benefits-organic-food-based-vitamins-innate-response-ceo-robert-craven/ Robert Craven, CEO of FoodState nutrients. His company produces...

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January 3rd, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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Organicology conference returns to Portland

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Organic food advocates and business leaders gather for three days of workshops in Portland next month at the Organicology 2015 conference. Its the fourth biennial conference for organic farmers, activists, policy experts, educations, retailers and sustainability-oriented organizations.

Highlights include an organic farm and tasting tour the day before the Feb. 5 to 7 conference; an organic trade show; and keynote addresses from Matthew Dillon of Clif Bar and Seed Matters; LaDonna Redmond of the Campaign for Food Justice Now; and Arran and Arjan Stephens of Natures Path Organic. Workshops will focus on climate change; marketing organic foods, genetically modified organisms and other topics.

The conference is sponsored by Oregon Tilth, Organic Seed Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association and Organically Grown Co.

It takes place at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Registration is requested by Jan. 16.

For conference details: http://www.organicology.org.

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January 3rd, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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Demand and prices for organic grain remains strong in Ontario

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January 2, 2015 - Organic grain traders, buyers and processors are paying top dollar for corn, soybeans and many other grains and expect this trend to continue.

Depending on test weight and the shipping period, we expect to pay $12 to $14.50 per bushel for organic corn in 2015, says Rita Felder, Owner and CEO of Field Farms Marketing near Petrolia, Ontario.

Tom Manley, President of Homestead Organics near Cornwall, Ontario and Dan Bewersdorff, Organic Grain Program Director of Herbrucks of Saranac, Michigan will be offering similar prices. (Although Herbrucks is based in western Michigan they source from Ontario as well as Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.)

Even with organic yields being lower than conventional, Tom estimates that for 100 acres of organic corn, farmers could increase their profit by $700 to $1360 per acre versus conventional.

And its not just corn. I need a lot more of everything, says Tom. Growing niche products such as hops, millet or hemp isnt necessary. There are very strong markets for soybeans, corn, wheat, barley and oats, he adds. All three buyers expect organic soybean prices to be in the range of $29 to $34 per bushel.

In my 17 years in organic, the prices have never been so high. Theyre 2 to 3 times that of conventional, says Tom. Its very lucrative, he adds.

Demand for organic grains is being driven by consumer demand for organic food in a wide variety of categories. As the largest organic egg producer in the United States with over 1 million chickens, Herbrucks sees this trend first hand. The demand for organic eggs is growing so then the demand for organic grain grows too, says Dan. What we can offer growers is a good, solid, established market, he adds.

With strong demand and prices two to three times that of conventional, why arent farmers lining up to convert?

Its a big step and requires people to change how they have been farming for the last two generations, say Dan.

Rita notes that, many conventional farmers have also taken on jobs off the farm. Their plates are already quite full without adding the learning curve of converting to organic.

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January 3rd, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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Organic food in Florence, Italy no.1 – Video

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Organic food in Florence, Italy no.1
Organic/bio food review in Florence, Italy. NO. 1.

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January 2nd, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Discover Martin County, FL – Palm City- Shadowood Organic Food Garden – Video

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Discover Martin County, FL - Palm City- Shadowood Organic Food Garden
Palm City is just west of the ocean and Stuart, surrounded by lots of waterways yet near the Turnpike and I-95. Popular with families, Palm City offers sever...

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Pro-organic groups want proper systems to protect consumers

Posted: January 1, 2015 at 5:50 am


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Hyderabad, Jan 1:

With reports of pesticide residues found in organic food hitting the headlines last month, the pro-organic groups have asked farmers to move towards non-pesticide management and organic farming in the real sense.

Pro-organic groups want genuine growers of organic food to become whistleblowers against the unscrupulous players, while maintaining transparency. They also want consumers to know more about their food (both conventional and organic), including the source, and how the food is grown.

As the findings that emanated from Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) showed a third of organic food sold in the national capital contained pesticide residues, the pro-organic groups termed the report a frivolous diversionary ploy to keep peoples attention away from real food safety concerns of citizens.

Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) and Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) have said that agri-chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides were unsustainable inputs in agriculture.

It is ironical and unreasonable that conventional foods produced using hazardous substances like synthetic pesticides totally escape the onus of disclosure, while significantly safer organic produce is being portrayed as being more unsafe, they said in the joint statement.

There is an urgent need to ensure proper systems, checks and measures are in place to protect organic consumers from malpractices in the market that unethically cash in on their concern for safe food.

The groups wanted the government to provide easy and affordable access to labs for testing toxic chemical residues. Currently, accessing labs for such testing of marketed foods is both costly and cumbersome for consumers or organic farmers. This will have a positive effect on transparency relating to both, allowing greater informed choice to consumers, the statement said.

The groups asked the government to procure organic food for public distribution system and other schemes.

(This article was published on January 1, 2015)

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January 1st, 2015 at 5:50 am

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Flavorful: New restaurant set to bring organic pizza to downtown Hamilton

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A new style of restaurant is opening in Hamilton on the corner of Second and Main streets called Flavorful Local Pizza. The Flavorful company is thinking big and dreaming big.

Augusto Gus Daza Obregon is a chef and the chairman of development for Flavorful, and he has a huge vision with lots of partners.

Its going to be awesome, said Obregon. I believe Montana will change the world.

Obregon is originally from South America. He moved to Florida, then he came to Montana and graduated from Columbia Falls High School. Twelve years ago, he graduated from the Institute of Culinary Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Ive been cooking for a long time; Im the lucky guy that gets to go to all the Stock Farm houses and cook for those awesome people, said Obregon.

Ive really studied the importance of organic food and the importance of nutrition, and Im also a restaurant consultant, so Ive helped a lot of restaurants around the valley and around Missoula. I go in when they are failing and I help them succeed. Ive seen what works the most efficient way in all the restaurants and then I put it all together.

I started coming up with a more innovative way to create the food a faster way. So I can compete with McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut and do it organically.

We plan to keep it 100 percent sustainable and local were helping the farmers with technology and advice to be able to produce food for us that is organically certified.

The floor plan for Flavorful Local Pizza is familiar. The customer will enter the restaurant, go to the counter and convey their desires to Flavorful chefs selecting from different types of dough (including a 100 percent gluten-free option that they are creating), a variety of healthy and flavorful sauces, pizza toppings organic locally grown meat and fresh vegetables and finally the creation is baked in a special oven with radiant heat at 1,000 degrees. The customer then selects what theyd like to drink; Flavorful is working out a contract with Jones Soda, an organic soda company.

By the time you get your soda, your pizza will be ready, said Obregon.

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