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Organic slow to penetrate foodservice

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Organic fruits and vegetables typically have failed to make a significant inroad to the foodservice segment, but there are a few exceptions, and some suppliers are optimistic about future foodservice business.


Organic demand on the rise

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Spurred by a trend toward healthful eating, among millennials and others, demand for organically grown fruits and vegetables seems to be spreading throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Trump’s executive order will aggressively cut more forest trees

January 14, 2019 – By Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post – With a partial government shutdown looming, President Trump quietly issued an executive order that expands logging on public land on the grounds that it will curb deadly wildfires.


The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries

January 14, 2019 – By Beth Kowitt and Dan Winters, Fortune – There's a price war raging in the grocery aisle—but the people who actually grow and gather our food may be the battle's true losers. Meet the produce pickers of Texas's Rio Grande Valley, whose penny-per-bunch harvest helps stock your pantry for less.


More Consumers Prefer to Shop Sustainably

January 13, 2019 – Specialty Food News – Seventy-three percent of global consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment, according to Nielsen. As consumers become more aware of what is in the products they use and consume, they're also interested in buying – and sometimes paying more – for products that simultaneously help the environment.


Maine Roadtrip to the Future and Proactivist House Tour

January 10, 2019 – By Charles Hudson and Andy Burt, Down to Earth Storytelling Project – Andy, Charlie and volunteers from the Sierra Club Maine Chapter presented a copy of Maine Roadtrip to the Future and a complementary informative tabloid produced by the Maine Chapter to legislators and the governor on January 9.


To Prevent Fires, One California Town Says ‘Goat Fund Me’

January 10, 2019 – By Matt Simon, Wired – Nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains is the quaint Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Surrounded by unkempt brush, the old, highly flammable city is in danger: With California’s wildfires raging with unprecedented ferocity in recent years, one spark could doom Nevada City to the same fate that neighboring Paradise met in November.


Organic farming is on the rise in the U.S.

January 10, 2019 – By Kristen Bialik and Kristi Walker, Pew Research Center – There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This represents a 56% increase from 2011, the earliest comparable year. And while California remains king when it comes to the number of organic farms, several other states saw dramatic growth in organic farming over this time, particularly in the South.


Court Rules Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional in Major Victory for Free Speech and Animal Protection

January 9, 2019 – Animal Legal Defense Fund – Today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa struck down the Iowa Ag-Gag law, holding that the ban on undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses violates the First Amendment. In 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund led a coalition of animal, environmental, and community advocacy groups in challenging the law’s constitutionality. Federal courts similarly struck down Ag-Gag laws in Idaho and Utah as unconstitutional.


Arborists are bringing the “dinosaur of trees” back to life

January 9, 2019 – By Ephrat Livni, Quartz – Imagine scientists reviving giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. Well, that’s what arborists are doing today, only they’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees – felled for timber more than a century ago – to create redwood “super groves” that can help fight climate change.