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OPN Connect Newsletter 36 · November 2, 2017

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.

Sambrailo

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

Nature Safe

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.

Ocean Mist

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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

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