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Organics Update

Touch the Soil News #657 Sales of organic products are increasing by almost 10 percent a year, compared to growth of around 3 percent for non-organics. Preliminary estimates for 2017 are that spending on organics may reach close to $48 billion – a huge jump from 10 years ago when organic spending was around $19 billion. Organic purchases have reached the broader public with a recent Nielson poll showing that over 50 percent of households buy organic produce. However, most organic purchases are concentrated to a much smaller number of households. The poll reveals that only 2 percent of households spend more than 50 percent of their produce dollars on…

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Arguing For Organics

Touch the Soil News #609 The Organic Trade Association – which represents the organic industry – has decided to bust up some of the myths about organic foods. Their claims about organic (USDA) certified include:   Organic is and always has been non-GMO. Rigorous U.S. standards apply to both domestic and imported organic foods. Products bearing the USDA Organic label are grown with no toxic pesticides and fertilizers, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and no sewage sludge or irradiation. Organic reduces health risks as they minimize exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides. Eating organic fruits and vegetables could increase antioxidant intake by 20-40…

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Catching Up On the World of Organics

Touch the Soil News #464 The nation’s largest organic wheat flour producer – Cascade Organic Flour, LLC – is doubling its organic wheat acreage to 5,000 acres. Located in Royal, Washington the firm is a family owned farm. The enterprise not only grows the wheat, but they also mill their own flour. The additional acreage will allow the company to produce 30 million pounds of whole wheat organic flour a year. http://www.cascadeorganicflour.com/ Photo: Picture logo of Cascade Organic Flour (photo courtesy of Cascade Organic Flour). Door to Door Organics, from Lafayette, Colorado offers direct delivery of natural and organic groceries to your location. The company has relationships with local farmers…

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Organics Up, While Overall Food Spending is Colossal

Touch the Soil News #397 Just in, the Organic Trade Association reported that sales of organic foods in 2015 were up a whopping 11 percent over 2014. Organic food sales of $43.3 billion in 2015 represents about five (5) percent of the food sold in the U.S. Since 2006, when organic sales were approximately $17 billion, the sales in 2015 represent a 250 percent increase over the past 10 years. The Organic Trade Associations reports that supply channels for organics continue to be constrained, particularly in grains and dairy products. Over the past few years, a number of major retailers have gotten involved in producing organic food themselves, often by…

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Zero Packaging Supermarket

Touch the Soil News #332 When it comes to food, you would not think of Copenhagen, Denmark as a place of globally-impacting innovation. However, Denmark is one of the first nations to experiment with zero-packaging supermarkets following on an example in Germany. It is estimated that almost 350 lbs. of packaging waste is generated on a per-person basis in the European Union. That equates to almost 1,400 lbs. per year for a family of four. For a nation like the U.S. whose food landscape is anchored in fast food – one wonders just how much that waste is. The LØS Market is Denmark’s first zero packaging supermarket set to open…

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The World’s Largest Organic Food Vision Moves to Reality

Touch the Soil News #316 The Times of India has just released an interesting news piece about food and farming. Sikkim, one of the smallest states in India (population 620,000) is a new test case for a much larger movement in India to go organic. This small state is banning the use of chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides and is embracing an agricultural platform of all organic. A much larger state in India – Kerala (population 34,000,000) is looking to become fully organic by year end 2016. Not to be outdone, the largest state in India – Rajasthan (population 75,000,000) has just banned the growing of Genetically Modified Crops and taken…

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