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OPN Connect Newsletter 23 - August 3, 2017

In Their Words: Chad Miller

In Their Words: Chad Miller


Chad Miller, Vice President, Produce Procurement, Sprouts Farmers Markets, shared the philosophy behind Sprouts, his own career and thoughts about organics during the OPS Retail Roundtable.

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The Alchemy of Soil Amendments in Organic Farming

The Alchemy of Soil Amendments in Organic Farming


Leonardo Da Vinci once prophetically stated that “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Twelve hundred years later we are still uncovering the best inputs to nourish the soil that grows our food.  Organic growers lead the way in discovering the perfect balance of nutrients, microbial activity and soil structure to create healthy living soils that enhance our planet.

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30 Questions for You on the GMO Labeling Standard

30 Questions for You on the GMO Labeling Standard


By Melody Meyer

I remember with no measure of fondness the industry warfare that transpired after the GMO disclosure standard was enacted last July. It was a deal that no one on either wanted. The USDA recently posted 30 questions on their website that will be used to draft their proposed rule. No matter how much you dislike this rule, it’s time to lay down your sword and provide real input to make it as robust as possible.

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Sweet Better Summer Nutrition

Sweet Better Summer Nutrition


Ashley Koff, RD

Who needs sugar when you have organic peaches around? While peaches have impressive health benefits – vitamin C, phenols, iron, fiber, antioxidants – their real magic is mouth-watering delicious taste that can replace added sugar all summer long. 

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers
  2. Organic, Natural Food Industry Raised $150,000 for Project Drawdown
  3. Mastronardi Produce Ltd. Signs with AppHarvest LLC
  4. Farm Bill Listening Sessions Next Week in California
  5. New Jersey Deadline Set for Reimbursing Organic Certification Costs

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