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OPN Connect Newsletter 2 - March 8, 2017

What is GRO? Part II

What is GRO? Part II


Last week we introduced some of the basic components of the GRO Organic program and its potential impact on the organic produce community. This week, in Part II, we dig further into the proposal, assessment and funding. 

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A Political Sea of Change for the Good Food Movement


Melody is a weekly contributor to OPN Connect.  You can follow her blog at www.organicmattersblog.com

A Political Sea of Change for the Good Food Movement
by Melody Meyer, vice president of policy and industry relations, United Natural Foods (UNFI)

It’s been just a few weeks since our political world took a turn into uncharted seas. We had been progressing along swimmingly, making progress on the likes of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, local organic food hubs and vibrant conservation programs. We had the luxury of squabbling over the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) wrangling over every nuance of organic production. We took the National Organic Program for granted as an institutional “holy mackerel” that would carry us someday into regulatory utopia.

All of that came to an abrupt halt last November when the new political tide rolled in. These uncharted waters are like nothing we have navigated before and the good food movement should take heed and consider rowing with a united stroke if we are to remain afloat. 

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In Their Words: Jeff shares his organic insights and thoughts on the Amazon and New Seasons partnership

In Their Words: Jeff shares his organic insights and thoughts on the Amazon and New Seasons partnership


OPN Connect spoke with Jeff Fairchild, produce director for New Seasons Market just days after Amazon Inc. announced its Prime Now customers in Seattle can shop for organic and local fresh produce from New Seasons and receive free delivery within two hours.   Jeff shared some of his thoughts on Amazon and all things organic produce.

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OPS 2017: The must-attend event. Register now!

OPS 2017: The must-attend event. Register now!


Registration for attendees, as well as hotel reservations, is now open. The 2017 Organic Produce Summit will take place July 12 and 13, in Monterey, CA, at the Monterey Conference Center. 

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The Organic Coup Founders to Keynote Organic Produce Summit in July

The Organic Coup Founders to Keynote Organic Produce Summit in July


Organic Coup Co-founders Erica Welton and Dennis Hoover will be keynote speakers at the 2017 Organic Produce Summit (OPS), scheduled for July 12 and 13, in Monterey, CA.  Attendees will get a firsthand opportunity to learn from the founders of The Organic Coup as they share their passion for organic food, and how their concept is revolutionizing fast food.

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Who Wants Better Health?


Who wants better health? 
By Ashley Koff, RD

We all do! And the great news is that today we know how to get it and keep it: better nutrition. But what is (and is not) better nutrition can be confusing. “Well, thank goodness for organic produce!” says me, Ashley Koff RD, a dietitian for nearly two decades teaching people how to make better not perfect choices more often so they get and keep better health. Organic produce is better nutrition simplified.

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Organic Week in Brief: Five Need-to-Knows

Organic Week in Brief: Five Need-to-Knows


Mexican Local Markets Create Participatory Organic Certification System

Because selling to the domestic market in Mexico can’t make up for the cost of certification, 85 percent of organically grown products are exported.  About 98 percent of organic growers in Mexico farm less than 32 hectares of land (79 acres).  Most organic farmers are indigenous.

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