OPN Connect Newsletter 248 · December 16, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Unlike the US, Europe is Setting Ambitious Targets for Producing More Organic Food

Organic production generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farming, largely because it doesn’t use synthetic nitrogen fertilizer. But the US isn’t currently setting the bar high for growing its organic sector. Across the Atlantic, Europe has a much more focused, aggressive strategy.   Read More

2. Chelan Beauty Offers Sustainable Fruit Packaging

Cal Organic May 2024

Consumer interest is at an all-time high for eco-conscious retail brands offering sustainable gifts this holiday season, according to a new sustainability study by Accenture. Per the report, 66 percent of consumers plan to make more sustainable or ethical purchases over the next six months, and 74 percent believe ethical corporate practices and values are an important reason to choose a brand.  Read More

3. UK Farmers Will Get Paid Not to Use Pesticides

Organic farmers in the UK are to be rewarded for the first time under a revolutionary payment scheme to protect the environment. Farms that shun harmful pesticides and herbicides will get subsidy cash from the government in the biggest shake-up in agriculture for 50 years.   Read More


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4. Laser-Armed Robot Terminates Weeds Without Herbicide

The global herbicide market was $33.65 billion in 2021, according to, but Carbon Robotics, an autonomous robotics company, aims to put a dent in that with an autonomous laser-armed weed-elimination robot.    Read More

5. Musician Jack Johnson Bringing Back “Farm to Stage” Program on 2022 Summer Tour

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Multi-platinum recording artist Jack Johnson announced today headline North American tour dates for 2022. Greening and the environment remains at the forefront of Johnson’s touring, with extensive sustainability programs at every show. Also returning will be Johnson's “Farm to Stage” program, where venues are encouraged to source local organic food to support farmers in their region.  Read More

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