OPN Connect Newsletter 177 · July 30, 2020

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. CEO of Rodale Institute on COVID-19 Recovery

The world is slowly reopening—but the COVID-19 crisis isn’t over, and everyone still has concerns. While in many areas, the number of cases is decreasing, our health will remain in danger until we make a major change and paradigm shift. That change is closer than you might think. It’s in your kitchen, your backyard garden, and at the farmers market you visit every weekend.    Read More

Campos Borquez October 2

2. Cal Giant Wins with Zero Waste Certification

California Giant Berry Farms is proud to announce that its corporate headquarters has been awarded Gold under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification program. The Gold certification recognizes California Giant’s achievement of diverting 91.24% of their office waste away from landfills and other waste outlets over the past twelve months.    Read More


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3. Earl’s Organic Produce Announces Expansion

Earl’s Organic Produce is excited to announce an expansion into the remaining 34,000 square feet of the 2101 Jerrold Avenue building, beginning August 2020.  This move is in service of Earl’s mission to promote organic agriculture and sustainable food trade while cultivating enduring partnerships with growers and customers.     Read More

4. Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides

Chelan Fresh October

Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce. However, the full findings, to be published next week in the British Journal of Nutrition, stop short of claiming that eating organic produce will lead to better health.    Read More

5. New Rule Will Significantly Change the NOP

The Policy Team and Certification staff are gearing up for the release of proposed changes to the National Organic Program (NOP). While the official rule, called the Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule, is not out yet, the NOP has released a pre-published draft and other resources on their website. OTA has also compiled a 10 page summary.     Read More

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