American Academy of Pediatrics’ clinical report highlights benefits of organic
Report provides guidance to pediatricians about organic foods in patient care
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2012) — A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children. Calling the report a major milestone for the organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) hails it as a confirmation of the significance of the benefits that organic provides.
Updates on Organic Trade Agreements
- Canada is making progress in the negotiation of trade agreements with Japan and Costa Rica. Japanese representatives visited two Canadian Conformity Verification Bodies in late summer to understand how the Canadian Organic Regime is managed. Costa Rica is currently assessing whether the Canadian Organic Standards are equivalent to its own national standard.
The recorded webinar is now posted here: http://www.hartman-group.com/webinar/organic-natural-2012. On this page you can also download a copy of the presentation slides.
If you want to learn more about the Organic and Natural 2012 full report, you can download the executive summary and order form using this link: http://www.hartman-group.com/publications/reports/organic-and-natural-2012
The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides interpretive guidance to the Canada Organic Office on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.
How should the minimum buffer zone be measured in an orchard? Can green char be used in organic agriculture? Can livestock feed harvested from the buffer zones around organic cropland be fed to livestock in transition to organic?
Source: The New York Times, by Natlie Kitroeff
It was harvest time, and several farm hands were hunched over a bed of sweet potatoes under the midday sun, elbow deep in soil for $10 an hour. But they were not typical laborers.
Mr. Krauss-Malett said he became interested in farming after working in a restaurant and seeing how much food was wasted. Mr. Bobman had the same realization working in the produce section at a grocery store before college.
They had been in the fields here at Hearty Roots Community Farm in the Hudson Valley since 7 a.m. They all said they could not imagine doing any other job.
Source:The Huffington Post Canada, by Arti Patel
If you're feeling a little more green than usual this week — it's not just you.
From Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, Canada celebrates their third annual National Organic Week, bringing attention to organic food and farming from coast to coast. Organized by Canadian Organic Growers and the Canada Organic Trade Association (COT), the week also raises awareness of Canada's changing organic agricultural sector and its impact on the environment.