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CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

March 18, 2019 – By Jeffrey Hamilton, Food Processing – On Oct. 27, 2018, the New York Times ran an article with the headline Why is CBD Everywhere?, noting that products infused with cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants commonly referred to as “CBD,” had gone from being obscure to omnipresent almost overnight.


Into the wild blue yonder

March 18, 2019 – By Astrid Lium, The Boston Globe – A new wine is popping up around Boston and it contains an unexpected ingredient: blueberries.


Foraging at Forest Schools, Where Nature is the Classroom

March 18, 2019 – By Stephanie Parker, Civil Eats – The Wild Roots Forest School kicks off the school year with the same ritual every fall. First, the children and teachers crack open foraged, dried acorns and then grind and sift them into a fine flour. Then, all the families come together to bake a giant communal loaf of bread in the shape of a dragon.


Organic Farms Are Under Attack From Agribusiness, Weakened Standards

March 17, 2019 – By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout – The certified organic label has helped save many generational farms and enabled people like me, who do not come from agricultural backgrounds, to become successful farmers. Organic farming has brought environmental benefits — healthier soils, freedom from toxic pesticides and herbicides — to 6.5 million acres in the U.S.


Organic Valley's longtime CEO steps down

March 15, 2019 – By Rob Schultz, Wisconsin State Journal – George Siemon, who helped Organic Valley become one of the crown jewels of the organic foods industry, has stepped down as the company’s longtime chief executive officer.


Ridge Tilling Offers Help to Veggie Growers

March 15, 2019 – By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant, Lancaster Farming – Many vegetable farmers spend lots of time ridding their fields of weeds. Ridge tilling may offer them some help.


“Flawed Science” Delays Roll Out of Food and Drug Administration’s “Water Rule”

March 15, 2019 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Produce farms regulated under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (“Produce Safety Rule”) now have two additional years to comply with the rule’s agricultural water requirements.