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Lakeside Organic Gardens donates $2 million toward education programs

reprinted from:   Produce News, first published January 11, 2016 Dick Peixoto’s dream of having an educational facility to showcase organic farming is closer to becoming a reality. He and the Peixoto family have contributed $2 million dollars to the development of an organic and sustainable agriculture learning center. This center will be a resource for […] Read Post »

CCOF Publishes Review of the California State Organic Program

Submitted by Kelly Damewood on Mon, 11/30/2015 Since the implementation of the national organic standards in 2002, CCOF members have expressed concerns that the California State Organic Program (SOP) duplicates the fee and reporting requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). In response to these concerns, CCOF wrote a comprehensive report in 2015 titled […] Read Post »

FDA seeks input on ‘natural’ food labels

This piece originally appeared on    The FDA is soliciting comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling in direct response to consumers and federal courts that have requested that it explore use of the term. Specifically, the FDA is seeking information and public comment on questions such as: Whether it is […] Read Post »

Top restaurant menu trends for 2016 continue to run heavy to fresh and local foods.

reprinted from The National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” culinary forecast, gleaned from a survey of 1,600 American Culinary Federation chefs, shows that local sourcing remains a top trend, according to a news release from the Washington, D.C.-based association. Local sourcing is the food trend that has grown the most over the last decade, 44% of […] Read Post »