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Farmers Market Solution

The real trick to knowing what you're buying at a farmer's market is, of course, to know the farmers themselves. Most legitimate growers are more than happy to allow you to visit and even tour their farms to see how they operate. Building this one-on-one connection takes time, but it's well worth the effort as it builds a trust relationship between you and the producer of your food. That's always a good thing.








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**However, still examine each vendor to make sure what is claimed is true.  Read Articles Below.




"Going to a local farmer's market is one wise path, but they still may have bought GM seeds or used pesticides, or both. Most likely, your friendly local farmers have respect and maintain the integrity of their crop, for the sake of their families, their neighbors, and their community."




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Beware of the Fake Farmer's Market at the Grocery Store




There's a new epidemic in America: fake farmer's markets. With the success of local farmer's markets come corporate copycats hoping to cash in on the new trend. Two major U.S. supermarket chains have been holding misleading in-store marketing using "farmer's markets" as their advertisement tag line.

The new trend in false marketing seems to have begun earlier this year, with a Kirkland, Washington woman spotting a fake farmer's market at a local big-box grocery store. She became suspicious when the so-called "farmer's market" in the grocery's parking lot featured mangoes, which definitely don't grow in Washington State.1

That incident prompted Martha Tyler, an organizer for a nearby (and legitimate) Redmond farmer's market, to do something. So local farmers market associations and their customers organized a protest and forced the store to change the "Farmer's Market" in their parking lot to an "Outdoor Market" instead.

That didn't stop other grocery chains from copycatting, however. Another popular chain in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and other areas put their "farmer's markets" indoors near the produce section. The signs, however, are said to be "justified" since the produce came from local sources in-season.2

The trouble isn't with grocery chains faking farmer's markets, says the Wall Street Journal, but it is with the dilution of the term itself. Once people begin associating it with grocery stores rather than with true farmer-direct markets, the public will begin to stop seeing the direct-from-the-source connection that farmer's markets imply.

Of course, this implication at even non-store, outdoor farmer's markets isn't always correct either.

An investigative report by an NBC News affiliate in Los Angeles, California found that some sellers at LA-area farmer's markets were anything but farmers. Some vendors were pretending to be growers while actually just selling produce purchased at a wholesaler. Others lied about their products being pesticide free.3

The real trick to knowing what you're buying at a farmer's market is, of course, to know the farmers themselves. Most legitimate growers are more than happy to allow you to visit and even tour their farms to see how they operate. Building this one-on-one connection takes time, but it's well worth the effort as it builds a trust relationship between you and the producer of your food. That's always a good thing.

Whatever you do, be leery of big grocery chains attempting to cash in on the farmer's market trend with false advertising and pretend "local" displays. They might fool the bottled water-toting soccer moms, but they shouldn't fool you.


1 - Safeway Tries to Pull a Fake "Farmers Market" by KUOW Seattle, PR Watch

2 - Copycat Farmers' Markets Reap a Crop of Complaints by Nick Wingfield and Ben Worthen, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 24, 2010

3 - Top 5 Ways to Find Honest Vendors at Farmers Markets by Joel Grover and Matt Goldberg, NBC LA (note that the original investigative report has been removed from their website, it was here)





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Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), the grassroots alternative to certified organic

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: Certified Naturally Grown, CNG, organic



With so much uncertainty surrounding the integrity and future of the certified organic label, grassroots alternatives that offer fresh new ways of identifying healthy, chemical-free foods are gradually gaining ground. One new program, known as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), is proving to be particularly beneficial for small-scale family farmers that are often unable to pay exorbitant fees to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for organic certification, but that still want to let their customers know about their exceptional growing methods.

Superior to certified organic in many ways, CNG is a farmer-driven certification program that adheres to many of the same standards as certified organic -- synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are never used by CNG-certified farmers. But CNG goes a few steps further by not certifying processed foods, for instance, and by requiring that CNG-certified livestock have primary access to open space and pasture.

Beyond this, CNG caters particularly to small-scale farmers that have a much harder time complying with the laborious paperwork and bureaucratic requirements of the certified organic program, which were designed primarily for medium and large-scale farms. Intended to complement the certified organic program, CNG allows vendors who sell clean food products at farmers markets and roadside farm stands, for instance, to communicate with their customers that they adhere to organic growing standards without actually being certified organic.

"Certified Naturally Grown is a grassroots alternative to certified organic for direct-market farmers and beekeepers who use natural methods and want a way to communicate with their customers about their growing practices," explains CNG Executive Director Alice Varon about the merits of the program. "One of the things I like a lot about Certified Naturally Grown is that it's an organization of the farmers who participate, and while we have a small staff that keeps the trains running, it only works because the farmers are so committed to what it stands for."


CNG farmers keep each other accountable to meeting standards, which fosters community


Varon refers, of course, to CNG's unique Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), which enables certified CNG farmers to "peer review" the farms of other certified CNG farmers, and hold each other accountable. Since everyone involved in the program already holds high regard for natural growing methods that respect the earth and promote vibrant health, it only makes sense to utilize the program in this way to foster community and build a wide network of rapport among like-minded folks.

"Our members farm without any synthetic inputs, just like organic farmers," adds Varon. "But we're different in that we rely on peer inspections, and we feel this strengthens the farming community because it creates rich opportunities for farmers to learn from each other and share techniques and build a greater support network among the local farming community."

"That's really what inspires us -- farmers getting together, sharing their information and knowledge with each other and supporting each other. So it's really more than an inspection process, it's about building community."

To learn more about CNG, or to find a CNG-certified grower near you, visit:

Or, if you are a small-scale farmer interested in gaining CNG certification and building community with like-minded farmers in your area, visit: http://www.naturallygrown.org/programs







Health Basics: When is organic still GMO?

Monday, November 12, 2012 by: S. D. Wells
Tags: organic, food, GMO




Even though some food is labeled organic, the seeds may still have come from a GMO source; like if a small to mid-size farmer buys seeds or plants, such as tomatoes, from a Home Depot or Lowe's, and then plants them in organic soil and does not use pesticide, they are still GMO, but they don't get labeled as such. Who knows this? How do you avoid it? Did you know bees will fly 50 miles, cross-pollinating from one farm to another by carrying mutated genes from corporate GMO farms to organic farms. There are lawsuits coming from both sides, and the war that is being waged by the people who don't want to eat pesticide-laden, GENETICALLY MUTATED CROP has just begun. (http://holisticprimarycare.net)

What does "organic" really mean?

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Also, very important is that the animals that are consumed or produce eggs and milk do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Going to a local farmer's market is one wise path, but they still may have bought GM seeds or used pesticides, or both. Most likely, your friendly local farmers have respect and maintain the integrity of their crop, for the sake of their families, their neighbors, and their community.(http://www.organic.org/home/faq)

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

"Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too."

The USDA has three "categories of organic:"

1. 100 percent Organic: Made with 100 percent organic ingredients

2. Organic: Made with at least 95 percent organic ingredients

3. "Made With Organic Ingredients:" Made with a minimum of 70 percent organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30 percent including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Products with fewer than 70 percent organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.

Do not trust the USDA!

The USDA is not to be trusted, though. Although their stamp of organic goes a long way, there's no guarantee, and since we've seen the FDA endorse horrific disease-causing foods, additives, chemicals, GMO, and more, you have to be your own investigator.

This is right from the USDA site; they support GMO! "Welcome to the USDA's Agricultural Biotechnology Website: The USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace." (In other words, feed the whole world cancer). (http://www.usda.gov)

Have you seen the French scientists' long-term study of GMO effects on rats? The rats get tumors the size of baseballs and die an early death. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

One Nebraska organic farmer, David Vetter, has been testing his corn for GMO contamination. Situated right in the middle of corn country, all around him are farmers growing genetically modified corn and that poses a major problem. Corn is an open-pollinating crop. Wind and insects can carry pollen from a few yards to several miles. Last year, Vetter's organic corn tested positive for genetic contamination. "We've been letting customers who buy in bulk know the situation," says Vetter.

Since one of the heads of the FDA, Michael Taylor, used to be a lobbyist and vice president of Monsanto, don't look for regulations any time soon, especially since Obama appointed him and the re-election is set in stone. Also, watch for articles, lawsuits, and companies that sell out from organic to corporate run pseudo-organic. They are caving by the numbers. It's all about the money, until people get cancer and can't buy their way out of it. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

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