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OPN Connect Newsletter 216
Hydroponics in Organic Ag, OPS Registration, Organic Mangos, Market Update, and More…
All mangos, including organic mangos, have been in relatively short supply since late February, but that dynamic is changing as Mexico’s organic mango volume is on the rise. While projections remain for tight supplies through much of May, by the end of the month and throughout the summer, organic mango promotions should be readily available.
Sylvia Wu is a senior attorney and managing attorney of the California and Hawaii offices of the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Wu represented CFS and several other plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit challenging the USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic operations to be eligible for organic certification. The US District Court for Northern California, which heard the case, ruled against the plaintiffs and sided with the USDA. Wu joined OPN to talk about the lawsuit, the issue of hydroponics in organic ag, and more.
Lee Frankel is executive director of the Coalition for Sustainable Organics (CSO), an organization with 37 grower members that advocates for the use of hydroponic and container production systems in organic agriculture. Frankel joined OPN for a conversation about why he and the CSO believe hydroponics should continue to be eligible for organic certification, the US District Court for Northern California’s recent ruling on this issue, and more.
Retailer registration for Organic Produce Summit 2021 is now open. Qualified individuals from retail and direct-to-consumer buying organizations are eligible for complimentary registration and accommodations for the live and in-person September 15-16 event to be held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel in Monterey, CA.
1. Braga Introduces Three New Josie’s Organic Salad Kits
2. New Study: Ag Pesticides Can Cause Widespread Harm to Soil Health
3. Progressive Produce to Begin Shipping CA Potatoes and US-Grown Asparagus
4. Bipartisan Legislation Shapes the Road Forward for Organic
5. Stemilt Earns Certification in Bee Friendly Farming