Show: Sustainable Today

Episode: 0903 New Organics


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Total Episode Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:58:09

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Episode Description:

The growing (no pun) popularity of organically farmed food is the topic of this program. A synopsis of the contents appears below.

NEWS: New York Times article about “Climate Counts” a chart which rates products on the basis of climate performance; City in Sweden strives to eliminate fossil fuels from the city; Declining bird population due to habitat loss and pollution; EPA is required to test chemical for endocrine disruptors finally tests 73 pesticides; EPA is now enforcing the release of formaldehyde regulations.

INTERVIEW Chris Schreiner, Quality Control Director for Oregon Tilth. Chris explains what Oregon Tilth is and what they do beyond certifying organic foods and producers and their products. Discussed is the growth of giant agri-businesses and why this produces environmental problems. Stresses the expansion of organic and local food production. Discusses Genetically Modified Organisms and the dangers they pose including the terminator gene.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Organic Seed Supply Industry. ST visits the Wild Garden Seed Company and explores the role of the Organic Seed Alliance. The goal is to preserve organic resources for use by farmers to develop the open source market for organic seed.

INTERVIEW continues with Chris Schreiner. Discussed is what is meant by and required to bear the label “Organic.” Also why organic food is currently more expensive than conventionally grown and likely will become less so over time. Some issues include yields and other conventional versus organic choices.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ST visits the Birds and Bees community farm which is a non-profit public land trust farm where customers sign up and pay a monthly fee to receive fresh, locally and organically grown produce straight from the farm.

CALL TO ACTION
HOME
Join a CSA
Buy local and Buy organic
Ask your grocer where the produce comes from
Grow your own

WORK
Source organic for work supplied food.
Get work food service to support local, sustainable and organic products.
Create a significant demand and market opportunities to encourage ongoing growth in the organic sector.

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Date Episode Uploaded: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 13:35

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