Organic Grocery Co-ops Increasing Across the U.S.

When David Harde opened Noah’s Ark in Placerville in 1993, it was the only place in the area for a good selection of organic produce.

Melisa Clark started shopping there immediately, then worked there as a cashier, and now is the store’s general manager. When Harde decided to sell the store, Clark took what she thought was the next logical step.

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Local and Organic: Locavores Take Their Passion for Produce to the Next Level

Organic, sustainable, local – everyone talks the trendy talk, but some Bay Area foodies are taking the locavore message to heart. They’re not only frequenting farmers markets, they’re launching locavore supper clubs and recipe-rich blogs, and subscribing to CSAs – small, local farms whose Community Supported Agriculture programs eliminate the middle man by delivering fresh veggies direct.

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Obama’s Food Revolution: Business as Usual for Agribusiness, Small Change for Organics

Morse Pitts has been cultivating the same land in New York’s Hudson Valley for 30 years. His operation, Windfall Farms, is the very picture of local, sustainable agriculture. From early spring to late fall, the farm’s 15 acres are luxuriant with snap peas, squash, mint, kale, and Swiss chard. Its greenhouses burst with sun gold tomatoes and an array of baby greens. Pitts, who is in his 50s and is tall with gray hair, doesn’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides or any genetically modified seeds. He cultivates biodiversity, not just vegetables.

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McDonald’s Facing Potential Lawsuit for Luring Kids With Happy Meal Toys

It was only a matter of time. Last month, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) served McDonald’s with a notice of its intent to sue if the fast food giant continues to use toys to promote Happy Meals. (An “intent to sue” letter is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit in some states.) The basis for the potential case is that using toys to market to small children is unfair and deceptive under the consumer protection laws in a number of states. According to CSPI’s letter, McDonald’s toy promotions violate the laws of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

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