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“Big Organic”: Threat or Opportunity?

February 10, 2016

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I’m proud of the growth in the organic sector. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the United States have increased from $3.6 billion in  1997 to over $39 billion in 2014. This double-digit rate of growth holds true for Canada, too, which is now the fourth-largest organic market in the world. This […]

What Story Does “License to Farm” Tell?

January 29, 2016

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Social license needs to be earned, not demanded or expected...Our diverse agricultural community has the capacity, the opportunity, and the responsibility to meet a diversity of consumer demands.

End the Food Wars: Let’s Fight for Understanding Instead

February 10, 2015

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What would our conversations about food and agriculture look like if we strove for mutual understanding rather than a conversion to our way of thinking? What if the loser of an argument was the one who had failed to gain any understanding or appreciation for the viewpoints of their opponent?

Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

August 19, 2014

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Here’s an older post that never made it onto this blog. Originally published by The Genetic Literacy Project on March 25, 2014, this piece addresses common assumptions about organic agriculture’s ability to “feed the world” (including cost and yield) and calls for a recognition that there is no “one right answer” to this issue – in […]

Organic Farming and Modern Technology: Friend or Foe?

June 27, 2014

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Note: This post originally appeared on the Genetic Literacy Project website here. I just listened to a recent interview with Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations for the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie is the daughter of the scientist who is often referred to as the ‘father of the […]

Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing

June 6, 2014

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Note: This piece originally appeared on the “Genetic Literacy Project” site here. It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical […]

Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?

April 10, 2014

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According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to take its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price […]