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Joe Holtz July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
New Co-op Market Finds Success in Boulder July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT Tidal Creek Triples Its Size
Lucinda Berdon July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
Brian Schaeperkoetter July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
People's Food Co-op Grows a Green Store July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT People's Food Co-op Grows a Green Store
Uli Koester July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
Kai Siedenburg July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
It's Time To Act July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

It's Farm Bill time again. Congress will soon decide policies that will shape the nation's food and agriculture system over the next five to ten years--for better or for worse. This is a make-or-break time for those who care about organic and sustainable agriculture.

Organic Rule Still Needs Comments July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

At last, the USDA Final Organic Rule -- or is it?

On December 20, 2000 USDA published CFR Part 205: the "Final Rule with request for comments." The Rule has been long-debated and much-awaited as what would become the consistent national standard for organic food, feed, and fiber. But will it serve the organic consumers and industry? Is it the Rule that past Ag Secretary Dan Glickman hoped the "public will embrace?"

Countdown To USDA Organic July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

In October of 2002 consumers will begin to see the USDA Organic logo on products in stores and farm stands. This label, over ten years in the making, has been created to offer consumers some assurance that the product meets a consistent USDA standard.

How Will Organic Rules Affect Retailers? July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

After years of long and frustrating delays, the USDA Organic Rule will be implemented during 2002. Although this will be a "phase-in" period for coming into compliance, it will bring with it many changes for retailers and new questions from consumers. In order to avoid surprises and to provide the best possible information, grocers and cooperatives should get ready as soon as possible to meet new demands. They are a critical component of the organic system. Retailers are most often the final handlers of our food supply before it ends up on our tables.

Lisa Ford July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
Co-ops Take Action on GMOs July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT Co-ops Take Action on GMOs
Sustainable Agriculture: Farm Bill Fractures July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT Sustainable Agriculture: Farm Bill Fractures
Rodney North July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT Rodney North provides information for the public and media at Equal Exchange
Minnesota Fair Trade Wild Rice July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis launched its new Fair Trade program in May 2003, making it one of the first domestic fair trade buying programs in the country. In an era when family and independent farms are suffering, The Wedge created this program in order to get more money flowing toward small, local growers. These farmers grow top-quality products, but they can't compete with the agribusiness flood coming out of California, Texas, and Florida.

Farmer Co-ops vs. Plantations July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

In keeping with consumer cooperatives' long tradition of supporting sustainable agriculture, family farms, and greater economic justice, U.S. co-op stores have played a central role in the growth and success of the nation's Fair Trade movement. For that reason we believe it is important to update the co-op community on the current state of Fair Trade.

Symbolic Gardens, New Faces July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

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The state of the (organic) nation is not good—especially for dairy farmers. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the entire economy is hurting.

The premium price received for organic commodities has, historically, been a lifesaver for the more than 10,000 family farms now in organics. And co-op members can rightfully take great pride in contributing to what has been accomplished.

Gregory O'Brien July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT
Fred Stapenhorst July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT