COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts

Organic food companies, representing both coasts and Canada, are targeting generous donations to those in need

With grocery stores running out of essentials, widespread layoffs, and unprecedented demand on food banks and charitable organizations, organic food manufacturers are rising to help out. Cascade Organic Flour has donated 42 tons of organic whole wheat flour in 2020 to 2nd Harvest, a food bank serving eastern and central Washington. The donation marks the […]

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Artisan Grain Collaborative launches program to benefit bakeries, farmers and local communities

In a creative response to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on bread suppliers and producers, the Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) has launched Neighbor Loaves. The initiative fosters regenerative agriculture practices so farmers, millers, maltsters, bakers, chefs, brewers, distillers, and other affiliates can create healthier communities, local economies, and ecosystems. The Neighbor Loaves program inspires consumers to […]

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Organic groups ask Congress, USDA to protect organic food and agriculture during COVID-19 pandemic

The National Organic Coalition (NOC), Organic Farmers Association (OFA), recently called on Congress to include provisions in the next coronavirus relief package to help organic farmers, farmworkers, retailers, certifiers, and other businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) sent a letter to USDA secretary Sonny Perdue urging that his agency support […]

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We have plenty of food, so why are grocery store shelves so empty?

Food supply chain deficiencies are being dramatically exposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Dairy farmers are dumping milk down drains, egg prices are on a roller coaster, meat plants are shutting down due to worker illness—and folks are finding food shortages at groceries, exacerbated by consumer hoarding. The market for food service distributors—restaurants, schools, hotels, etc.—has […]

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Organic farmers fill national food system holes revealed by COVID-19

The organic sector is getting creative to remedy America’s unwieldy food system, while trying to stay afloat amid the demise of restaurants. Dave Bishop of Illinois’s Prairie Erth Farm is grateful for local sources: he sells his vegetables to CSAs, delivers grain to an organic mill, and fills his grocery accounts in nearby Chicago. “All […]

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