Tuesday, November 18, 2008


As you may or may not have noticed, I have been posting pretty irregularly, if at all. I will resume posting in the next few days, but until then, I will be cleaning up and organizing old articles. I also have quite a few reviews to be writing (please don't hate me, lovely companies that send me stuff for free!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Spending Your Organic Dollar Wisely

"Who could have missed the cow with the dollar bills hanging out of his mouth on the cover of the business section last weekend? Cute? Yes. But the message was a serious downer. It turns out the economy is making us all second-guess every purchase we make -- including what we eat. Nielsen Company, a market research firm, reported that organic food sales rose only 4 percent in the four week period ending October 4th, compared to 20 percent a year in recent years. What's keeping shoppers from purchasing organic food? Cost. No question. And who can blame them? But let's understand why and what we can do about it. Organic food usually will cost at least 50 percent more than conventionally grown food and sometimes much more than that. There are several reasons, some of them pretty surprising.

First, organic food is more expensive to produce. Without cheap fertilizers and pesticides, farmers have to do a lot more manual labor, and people are much more expensive than petrochemicals. Additionally, organic farming operations aren't big enough to achieve economies of scale."

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Organic To Go Expands Los Angeles Location

"SEATTLE, Nov 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Organic To Go(TM) the nation's first fast-casual cafe chain to be certified as an organic retailer by the USDA, today announced that it has opened its 9th Los Angeles International Airport grab & go location. The new, fully branded Organic To Go location can be found in Terminal 1 near the Southwest Airlines gates. This location joins the eight existing Organic To Go kiosks throughout the airport. Organic To Go plans to open two additional kiosks in the International Terminal in the near future, which will bring the Company's total locations at LAX to eleven.

Organic To Go offers fresh, healthy and delicious "clean" food that is always free of harmful additives, antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones or genetic modification. Organic To Go ingredients are certified organic and locally sourced whenever possible."

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Will Prison Organic Farms Become New Trend?

"It's probably not news to anyone that family farms are on the decline, tragically so in some parts of our country. Yet, the organic farm movement is alive and well...and turns out that inew advocates are showing up in surprising places!

When I flipped to page 8 of yesterday's newspaper, this AP story grabbed my attention: Prisons now recycle, grow food. The story told how inmates of Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Washington, had harvested 8,000 pounds of organic vegetables this year. Taking full advantage of tcomposing, he natural companion to growing their food, inmates compost the wastes, helping to put live organisms back into the soil, thereby producing more nutritiously-grown foods. The minimum-security prison not only grows organic food and composts, they also raise bees."

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Team Up to Go Organic

"PORTLAND -- Want to "go organic" but just don't like spending the extra money? What would you say if the organic food came right to you -- and typically cost less than at the grocery store?

Across the metro area families are teaming up to buy organic goods direct from suppliers!

Just meet the minimum order-- in this case, supplier Azure Standard's minimum is $550 dollars-- and you can have a pallet of organic food dropped off in your neighborhood.

Jeff Stewart, who works for the company that delivers Azure Standard's goods says, "I see dozens and dozens of beautiful and healthy children and that's the main reason I'm still doing this."

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NaturalNews Review of RAWvolution

"(NaturalNews) While people have different ideas about what it means to be a "raw foodist" (rawist), most people concerned with health and nutrition would agree that it is very important to include lots of fresh, raw, unprocessed foods into one's diet. The good news is that for those who want to eat healthy foods but don't always have time to do a lot of food preparation, Matt Amsden has created a weekly gourmet, organic, vegan raw food delivery service that will deliver anywhere in the continental United States. The service is called RAWvolution™, and it is used by many beautiful and talented women like Carol Alt, Susan Sarandon, Cher, and Alicia Silverstone.

What's in The Box?

Each week, Matt prepares a selection of 12 different foods (they vary each week) for his raw food "box" which includes two soups, four entrées, four side dishes, and two desserts. The box currently costs a hundred dollars, and there is an overnight shipping charge of twenty five dollars for folks who don't live close enough to go and retrieve it. For example, on the week of June 22nd, the contents of the box included French onion soup, cucumber watercress soup, cauliflower couscous, Thai coleslaw, mock tuna salad, bok choy salad, tostada with salsa fresca, Asian vegetable nori rolls, pizza Italiano, a seed cheese wrap, pecan crumble, and chocolate coconut fudge."

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China Organic Agriculture CEO Purchases 500,000 Shares

"China Organic Agriculture, Inc. (OTCBB: CNOA), a diversified food products company capitalizing on China's consumer revolution, today announced that its new CEO, Jinsong Li, purchased 500,000 shares of CNOA stock in a private transaction from an existing shareholder of CNOA.

Mr. Li made the purchase at a price equivalent to the 10-day trading average ending November 3, 2008. The purchase represents Mr. Li's initial equity stake in the Company."

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Firm Buys $425 Million Stake in Whole Foods

"A Los Angeles-based private equity firm has bought a $425 million stake in Whole Foods Market Inc., giving the organic food grocer a cash infusion as it struggles to grow its sales during a tumultuous economic time.

Leonard Green & Partners will receive preferred stock that — if converted to common shares today — would give the firm a 17 percent stake in Whole Foods. The move was cheered by Wall Street, and Whole Foods shares shot up 19 percent in after-hours trading.

The news comes as Whole Foods reported one of its worst quarters ever, as same-store sales growth slowed in the company's fiscal fourth quarter to 0.4 percent and profit dropped 96 percent from the same time last year to $1.5 million. Only 2 and a half years ago, Whole Foods regularly posted double-digit sales increases and was the darling of Wall Street. But in the past year, its stock has sunk about 75 percent."

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Tizane Beverages to Make East Coast Debut

"Washington, D.C. (Vocus) November 6, 2008 -- In spite of the recent economic downturn, Washington, D.C.-based Tizane Beverages, the nation's first line of premium organic botanical drinks, is expanding into Massachusetts and Pennsylvania next week, and will be available throughout New England this January. The company, which has sales throughout the metropolitan area, is exhibiting at Green Festival at the Washington D.C. Convention Center Nov. 8-9 (booth 761).

"When times get tough, people appreciate the smaller pleasures even more," said Tizane co-founder Charlie Pucciariello. "Tizane's premium quality and beneficial properties keep purists coming back for more. "

The Tizane beverages will also be highlighted at the D.C. Central Kitchen's "www.capitalfoodfight.org [Capital Food Fight" fundraising event November 11 and are already on the organization's new high-quality "Capital Cart" vending cart at 8th and H Street, NW in Washington, D.C., just launched in October, 2008."

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Organic Farming on White House Grounds?

"After this epic election, it’s hard to focus on anything else besides the new president-elect. So I will write about my hopes as a farmer and a food advocate for what this historic election might bring. I am a localist; therefore, I believe we must be cautious in putting too much hope in national politics. However, presidents set a tone for the nation, for the local places all around the country and even the world. And there are important policy questions that the next president will face that will have a great affect on the future of our food system, determining in many ways whether it will be a good one or a bad one.

As Michael Pollan wrote in an Open Letter to the next president, “You, like so many other leaders through history, will find yourself confronting the fact — so easy to overlook these past few years — that the health of a nation’s food system is a critical issue of national security. Food is about to demand your attention.” This is because, as Pollan writes, unless the next president addresses the food system, “[He] will not be able to make significant progress on the health care crisis, energy independence or climate change.” Food and how we grow it is central to all of these questions because we have been running since the Nixon administration on a food system that depends on fossil fuels to produce low quality and high quantities of food. This system has produced a great deal of food, but it has also produced obesity, an increasing prevalence of type II diabetes, and an agricultural system that depends on a horribly polluting substance—oil."

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Will A Declining Economy Cause Organic Companies to Suffer?

"According to Nielsen, sales volume of organic and natural products were recently growing at 20 percent a year. But as the economy declines, it seems consumers are bypassing organics, which typically cost twice as much as the conventional stuff, New York Times reports.

For the four-week period that ended Oct. 4, Nielsen Company reported that organic product’s sales volume rose only four percent compared with the same period last year. In addition, a survey of 1,000 consumers conducted by Information Resources earlier this year showed that nearly half of respondents said they were purchasing fewer organic products because they were too expensive."

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Yummy in My Tummy Offering Organic Baby Foods

"Like many parents, Karen and Michael Stanley wanted to give their daughter the best when she was born 17 months ago.

Then they went a little crazy.

Michael, a partner in Brasserie Las Olas and manager of other restaurants including Tequila Ranch at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Karen, a political consultant, decided to feed Sophia only organic food. They started out buying packaged, but found their choices too limited. When they started cooking it themselves, countless pots of peas, squash and parsnips left them feeling overwhelmed. There had to be an easier way.

What they did was start their own business, Yummy in My Tummy, an all-organic baby food store at 13770 West State Road 84 in Davie's Shenandoah Square."

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Yes To Carrots Launches Yes To Carrots Seed Fund

"LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Nov 03, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Yes To Carrots(TM), a line of natural personal-care products, has announced the creation of the Yes To Carrots Seed Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to make a difference in people's lives by providing under-served communities with the resources to develop and sustain an organic food source and access to healthy nutrition. Together with partner organizations, the Yes To Carrots Seed Fund will donate a portion of its proceeds to help local communities purchase equipment, seeds, and related supplies; acquire the technical know-how to grow their own fruits, herbs and vegetables; and transform urban and suburban land for farming and gardening purposes.

Yes To Carrots is excited to share news about its latest Seed Fund collaboration with Chicago-based Growing Home, Inc. This unique organization provides job training for homeless and low-income individuals in Chicago through a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture. Program participants work to plant and harvest the gardens, sell the organic produce in local markets and gain valuable job experience that helps reintroduce them back into the workforce."

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Farmers Training on Organic Farming Held

"Kohima, November 3 (MExN): A day long farmers training on organic farming and its inputs was organized by the Department of Soil & Water Conservation, Nagaland funded by NCOF and held at Jotsoma Village Council Hall. Rongsenlenzung, JSCO and Myansao Lotha, ASCO, Sechu were the resource persons at the training.

Rongsenlenzung at the training mentioned the significant role of chemical fertilizers in Indian agriculture facilitating green revolution and thereby making the country self reliant in food production. He, however, lamented that continuous, concentrated and indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers disturbs the soil health leading acidification, micro nutrient depletion, soil degradation, reduction in the activity of micro flora and fauna, poor crop health and lower crop yield and quality. The soil living population of microbes and others organisms are significant contributors to its fertility on a sustained basis and must be protected and nurtured at all cost. The role of vermin compost offers immense scope to meet the organic manorial resources of farmers and also ways for income and employment."

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