News: USDA Working to Combat Organic Labeling Fraud

News: USDA Working to Combat Organic Labeling Fraud

According to The Counter, the USDA has announced some proposed changes to the organic laws which will have an effect on on the $55 billion dollar organic industry. The new rules include surprise inspections, traceability and updated labeling requirements to include non-retail packaging. This announcement comes after last year’s organic fraud case which involved $142 million dollars in sales of fraudulent organic feed and resulted in the suicide death of the defendant in the case. With the organic seal allowing for premium pricing in the marketplace, it is not a surprise that people would attempt to exploit this and fraudulently...

News: Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

News: Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

It was quietly announced last week that consumers had a big win against corporate chemical company, Bayer, manufacturer of RoundUp glyphosate herbicide. The New York Times reports that the settlement comes in response to the threat of tens of thousands of claims against Bayer for failure to properly disclose the toxic nature of their product on the label. 

News: Coronavirus Pandemic Inspires Home Gardening

News: Coronavirus Pandemic Inspires Home Gardening

It is always good to look for the positive in every situation. One of the really great things about America’s “Time Out” is that people are able to finally pull their heads out of their crazy busy lives, take a breath and look around. There is nothing quite like a little perspective and some time to smell the roses to reflect on what things really matter. I love to see that lockdowns across the country are giving people the opportunity and motivation to return to traditional skills, including gardening! With the garden department sold out in my area I recently...

Potluck and Dinner Theme Ideas

Potluck and Dinner Theme Ideas

Meals with friends and family are priceless memories in the making. It does not matter what you cook, but making it feel special always makes it memorable. Try sprinkling some fun into your routine and making dinner an event instead of just a meal! I have had the very good fortune to be a part of several groups over the years who have had regular weekly potlucks. This has not only been wonderful to have a standing appointment for social time (which often gets put off if it is not on a regular schedule), but has encouraged me to experiment...