Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


Whole Foods pumps $1.3 billion into Amazon’s Q3 Revenue

Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday its new Whole Foods Market, Inc. subsidiary contributed $1.3 billion in third-quarter revenue for the e-commerce giant.

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Seattle-based Amazon, which had acquired the world's largest organic and natural grocery chain on Aug. 28 for $13.7 billion, posted third-quarter net income of $256 million on sales of $43.7 billion, up 34 percent.

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U.S. organic certifiers ‘significantly deficient’ on biodiversity standards, new report says

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Biodiversity is a tenet of organic production. Yet, 15 years after the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) began requiring certification of organic production, most U.S. certifiers "are significantly deficient when it comes to addressing the intent and letter of the standards related to biodiversity."

That's according to a new report from Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) on how Organic System Plans (OSPs) are addressing biodiversity.

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Whole Foods hiring 6,000 ‘passionate, food-focused’ people, organic, natural grocery chain holds one-day hiring event

Whole Foods Market, Inc., the world's largest organic and natural grocery chain, said Friday it is looking to add 6,000 employees during its National Hiring Day on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Austin, Texas-based subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. said prospective candidates can apply for jobs on-site at all U.S. stores and receive on-the-spot job offers for full- and part-time positions.

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Regenerative organic certification fills gaps in organic rules around soil health

A new Regenerative Organic Certification program is being developed that aims to build on existing organic rules and set a “high bar” standard for agricultural practices that regenerate the soil and sequester climate-changing carbon, provide economic fairness to farm workers, and improve animal welfare.

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CCOF boosts fees for acreage, locations

CCOF Certification Services LLC said Monday it has raised certification prices for organic operations adding acreage or locations. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, representing more than 4,400 certified organic members in 44 states and three countries, said fees have increased "to reflect the staffing that these additions require, and will ensure CCOF is able to meet your service needs."

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"While organic is not a requirement of our standards, we encourage organic farming because Fair Trade and organic go hand-in-hand."

Nathalie Marin-Gest, Fair Trade USA

Cauliflower In Short Supply for Thanksgiving

Cauliflower In Short Supply for Thanksgiving


Shoppers will be looking for it, but retailers will be hard pressed to stock their wet racks with organic cauliflower this Thanksgiving.

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Ganaz, a New App Aims to Solve Agricultural Labor Woes

Ganaz, a New App Aims to Solve Agricultural Labor Woes


A recent study conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation confirms there is an acute shortage of qualified and willing agricultural workers to plant and harvest crops, with half of responding farmers experiencing employee shortages during the past year.  To help alleviate the shortage, a new app aims to connect growers and workers through cutting edge technology.

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Sun Belle Finding Success with its Organic Berries

Sun Belle Finding Success with its Organic Berries


Thirty years ago, entrepreneur Janice Honigberg founded Sun Belle Inc., in Washington, D.C., as a niche distributor of top quality, foreign-grown berries.  Over the years, the firm has evolved and significantly expanded but has stayed true to that early vision.

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Sun Basket COO Don Barnett to keynote at OGS; Event Nearly Sold-Out

Sun Basket COO Don Barnett to keynote at OGS; Event Nearly Sold-Out


(MONTEREY, CA October 31, 2017) - Sun Basket COO Don Barnett has been confirmed as the final keynote presenter at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA.    Sun Basket is a leading nationwide delivery service that provides recipes and pre-portioned organic ingredients for home-cooked meals. Barnett has over 25 years of fresh produce experience and was previously the co-founder/partner and CFO of NewStar Fresh Foods, Organicgirl Produce, and Pessagno Winery.

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