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OPN Connect Newsletter 6 - April 7, 2017

Bioponics: Is the End Near for Organic Labeling?

Bioponics: Is the End Near for Organic Labeling?


By Mindy Hermann

Although bioponically-grown fruits and vegetables currently may be considered organic if they adhere to the organic regulations defined by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), they soon could lose their organic certification. Discussion at the upcoming USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) spring meeting is on track to conclude that aeroponic, aquaponic, and hydroponic crops do not meet organic definitions and therefore cannot carry organic certification.  

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Bioponics 101

Bioponics 101


By Mindy Hermann

The term bioponics defines growing methods for fruits and vegetables that do not require a traditional soil medium.

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In Their Words:  Cathy Calfo, Executive Director and CEO, CCOF, and Organic Champion

In Their Words: Cathy Calfo, Executive Director and CEO, CCOF, and Organic Champion


We talked with Cathy Calfo, CCOF Executive Director and CEO, to discuss the future of CCOF, bioponics, her passion for organic agriculture, the Organic Grower Summit and more.

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Fair Trade and The True Cost of Food

Fair Trade and The True Cost of Food


One of the fundamental flaws in our current food system is the low value we place on food.  Outside of the (growing) circle of food advocates, a clear majority of people still think cheap food is appealing.  

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know


1. Publix Looks to Expand GreenWise Concept
2. Papa John’s Goes Organic Toppings
3. Hungry Harvest Reclaims Ugly Produce for Delivery Service in Eastern States  
4. More People Are Turning to Organic Food in Qatar
5. New April 8 Deadline Extension for USDA Certified Organic Survey

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