Ecology


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What do you say when someone asks you what Organic means? Or what have you heard? I’ll bet you’ve said or heard phrases like “no synthetic pesticides,” “increased animal welfare,” “no GMOs.” While these responses aren’t wrong, they don’t adequately describe the “spirit” of what organic means. For decades, people from different backgrounds (farmers, eaters, scientists, politicians…) and from different parts of the world, have tried to define what it means to call a farm or a food “organic.” That’s how we ended up with Organic Standards in the first place. It’s a tough process, made even harder in our […]

Do you know the Principles of Organic Farming?


Principles of Organic
At the recent ACORN conference, Shannon spoke on a plenary panel called ‘Striking a Balance – Philosophy, Principles and Outcomes of Organic vs. Market Development and Profitability’. Other panelists were Allison Grant, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, and Dr. Av Singh. This is what Shannon said:   “I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot over the course of the season and especially since this plenary topic was devised and I was asked to speak to it. I’ve delved more deeply into what these 4 Organic Principles mean to me – for my life, my farm, the life of other humans in […]

Principles of Organic vs. the Market