OPN Connect Newsletter 288 · September 29, 2022

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Three Judge Panel Upholds Hydroponic Organics

The Coalition for Sustainable Organics (CSO) is pleased that a three judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco affirmed the legality of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have the authority to recognize and certify growers using hydroponic organic production methods in a ruling issued today.   Read More

2. Sales of Organic Produce Grow Year by Year in China

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As people pay more and more attention to health in China, the consumption of organic vegetables, organic meat, and organic baby food is increasing year by year. The report Organic Product Certification and the Development of Organic Industry in China 2022, released by the State Administration for Market Regulation, shows that the sales of organic products in 2021 reached 95.1 billion yuan, an increase of 18.3% over 2020.  Read More

3. Organizers of Øya, the World’s Greenest Music Festival, Explain How It’s Done

While the title of the “world’s greenest music festival” may be impossible to determine with total accuracy, Norway’s long running Øya is as close as it gets. The festival—which has featured Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Robyn, Lana Del Rey, the Cure, and hundreds of Norwegian acts since its inception in 1999—has been named an “Outstanding” honoree by the international nonprofit A Greener Festival 9 out of the last 10 years and is certified as an “Environmental Lighthouse” by the Norwegian foundation of the same name. In 2010, it even received an honorary award from Norway’s minister of agriculture for its work in promoting organic food.     Read More


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4. Awe Sum Organics Makes Key Hires to Support the Launch of Organic Avocados

Jared Bray, recently hired as a sales professional is looking to lead the company into the organic avocado space. As a veteran in the produce industry, Bray brings with him expertise in the organic avocado market. Bray brings strong customer service skills with promotional planning, foodservice, and forecasting experience. Jared comes to Awe Sum as an “avo expert,” knowledgeable of the avocado supply chain from seed to store.  Read More

5. Consumers Love Organics, But Fewer and Fewer US Farmers Are Converting

According to the USDA, the number of conventional farms newly transitioning to organic production dropped by about 70% from 2008 to 2019. Organic comprises about 6% of overall food sales, but only 1% of the country’s farmland is in organic production, with foreign producers making up the gap. In the US, “There are so many barriers to farmers making that leap to organic,” said Megan DeBates, vice president of government affairs for the Organic Trade Association.  Read More

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