April 2022

Organic pickup coming to a Vernon curb near you – Vernon Morning Star – Vernon Morning Star

Josh Mitchell of Spa Hills Farm (left), Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Mary Stockdale, Emterra vice president Nevil Davies and Emterra operations manager Richard Andersen met at the Vernon council chambers Tuesday, April 5, 2022, ahead of the launch of Vernon’s residential curbside organics collection program on May 2. (Brendan Shykora – Morning Star)
The last bins have been delivered and the program is ready to start Monday, May 2
Weekly garbage collection is being curbed in favour of a more environmentally way of getting rid of waste.
The last deliveries of the new green-lidded organics bins made their way to Vernon residents Friday, April 29. On May 2 Emterra Environmantal will start collecting garbage bi-weekly and organics weekly.
For example, on Monday, North Vernon and the Blue Jay subdivision will receive garbage and organics collection while the Foothills will receive organics collection only. Then on May 9, garbage and organics will be collected in the Foothills while North Vernon and the Blue Jay subdivision will receive organics collection only.
When organics and garbage bins are collected on the same week, both bins will be collected by the same truck, says Ian Adkins, manager of roads, drainage and airport.
“This is because the truck has a split bin system, which means the garbage material and organics material are kept in two separate bins within the vehicle. The split bin system allows us to provide two types of waste collection service for customers – and drop that material off at two different places for processing – without increasing the number of vehicles we put on the road,” Adkins said.
To find out which day of the week is your collection day, review the curbside waste collection guide that came with your new bin, or view a detailed map of the collection schedule at vernon.ca/collectionschedule.
The city has offered residents some reminders ahead of the program’s launch:
• A list of acceptable compostable materials can be found in the Waste Collection Guide.
• Cart lids must be completely closed for pickup.
• Keep wildlife away by setting your organics cart at the curb just before 7 a.m. on collection day and ensure the lid is completely closed.
• Small amounts of cardboard or paper can be composted (particularly if used to line the cart, wrap organics material, or if soiled from food), but larger amounts of cardboard or paper should be placed in your blue recycling bin for collection, to be used to make other usable products.
• If using a bag in your organics cart, it must be 100% BPI-certified compostable. (Look for the BPI symbol)
• Materials such as pet waste, diapers, and hygiene products are not compostable and must be placed in the garbage.
• Garbage carts set out on the incorrect day of the week, or the incorrect week, will not be collected.
More information on the service can be found at vernon.ca/organics, or by emailing Emterra at customercare.vernon@emterra.ca.
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Great demand for Zimbabwean organic food from European Union – FreshPlaza.com

Zimbabwean trade development and promotion agency ZimTrade has issued a statement saying it is collaborating with communal farmers to ramp up baobab production for exports to the European Union as demand for organic foodstuff increases.
The demand for organic foods is said to have risen sharply with the advent of the  Covid-19 pandemic as consumers shift their tastes. This has created opportunities for producers to seek more markets and utilize the export window, ZimTrade chief executive officer, Allan Majuru, has said.
Majuru said that the advent of Covid-19 has created a huge export market for pineapples and baobab, in particular. “We have started exporting organic pineapples to the Netherlands and this was premised on the need by our counterparts to focus on healthy foodstuffs,” he said.
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GNT launches first organic colours made with safflower – FoodNavigator.com

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The Netherlands-based company said the organic market is seeing ‘exceptional’ growth as modern consumers pay closer attention to food and drink products’ health and sustainability credentials. In response, GNT has launched two new organic products. ‘Fruit & Veg Yellow’ is made from organic safflower and organic apple, while ‘Veg Green’ is made from organic safflower and organic spirulina.
GNT’s Market Development Manager Maartje Hendrickx told us the new colours aim to liven up manufacturer’s organic ranges. “Organic labels are a great way to appeal to modern consumers as they can really boost products’ health and sustainability credentials,”​ she said. “Nonetheless, there can be a perception that organic food and drink is less enjoyable. That’s why colour is so important – it can help products look appetizing, stand out on the shelf, and even influences enjoyment of the flavour.”
Studies have found that food colours’ hue and intensity influence the perception of both flavour and aroma, she explained.
The colours in GNT’s organic range are created from edible fruit, vegetables, and plants using traditional physical processing methods such as boiling, pressing and filtering.
“Our raw materials are rich in nutrients, which are retained in the concentrate thanks to our gentle processing methods,”​ added Hendrickx. “But since EXBERRY products are used in very low dosages, the quantities of compounds contained in the end-product are quite low. As such, our focus with EXBERRY shades is their colouring effect. Nevertheless, their origin means they support the clean ingredient lists that health-conscious consumers expect to see.”

The new products extend an organics range that already features red, purple, blue, and orange options.
GNT has been using safflower as a source for its organic range for many years now. “As a vibrant, edible plant, it fits perfectly with our guiding philosophy of colouring food with food. It’s also pH and heat stable and supports completely clean and clear label declarations,”​ said Hendrickx.
The new colours mean GNT’s organic range now includes three yellow options. The new ‘Fruit & Veg Yellow’ is a lemon-like shade. It also offers a ‘Bright Yellow’ made from turmeric as well as ‘Veg Yellow’, which is a ‘warm, sunny yellow made from carrot and apple’.
“Each product also has its own technical characteristics that must be taken into account depending on the project requirements,”​ continued Hendrickx. “As a safflower-based colour, ‘Fruit & Veg Yellow’ is exceptionally versatile and offers excellent stability, so it provides a perfect choice for most applications.”
The new products can be used in the vast majority of food and drink applications, including confectionery, dairy, baked goods, plant-based products, and snacks. Colours made from safflower are not currently permitted in the USA based on current legislation.
The advantage with the two new products, stressed Hendrickx, is that they can be used to organic products and they fully complaint with the Organic Regulation (EU) 2018/848.
“The colours are certified organic in accordance with EU regulations and qualify for completely clean and clear label declarations throughout much of the world.Labelling requirements vary from country to country. In the EU and UK, EXBERRY Organics ‘Fruit & Veg Yellow’ can be described on the ingredient list as “Colouring Food (concentrate of safflower and apple)” or simply “safflower and apple concentrate.”
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Govt mulls ‘Organic Aadhaar’ to weed out bogus data – BusinessLine

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After taking action against errant certification agencies, agri export promotion body APEDA is now considering rolling out “Organic Aadhaar” for the farmers engaged in organic farming under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) to rule out any possibility of bogus enrollment.
“It is under active consideration as we want to take all necessary measures to ensure India’s organic products remain one of the most preferred in the global market,” said M Angamuthu, Chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
The NPOP standards for production and accreditation for unprocessed plant products have been recognised by the European Commission and Switzerland as equivalent to their country standards. Indian organic products certified by accredited certification bodies of India are accepted by the importing countries in Europe. Negotiations are on with South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and Japan to get similar recognition from these countries.
However, there were some incidences of chemical residues being found in organic sesame exported to Europe last year, following which actions (categorisation as high risk, suspension and penalty) were taken against certification agencies by India and EU. Later, India’s organic cotton exports also came under a cloud due to alleged data of some fake farmers’ groups.
The government has been implementing a 14-digit identification number to every plot of land in the country. The Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN) scheme was launched in 10 States last year and will soon be rolled out across the country. This could also become a powerful tool to identify the organic land, official sources said.
The idea is to create an identity for the farmer, based on Personal Aadhar and ULPIN, for the organic certification process. The data element of Organic Aadhaar shall become the deep foundation to the integrity of India’s organic agriculture, the sources said. “The organic Aadhaar combined with Tracenet will create a robust system to effectively plan and monitor policy measures,” Angamuthu said.
The Tracenet system, launched in 2009, to provide details of products exported from the country. Though the system, details about the farmer, his land and inputs used in producing the product are made available for the products exported from India.. In June 2021, APEDA had set up an expert committee to strengthen and simplify organic agriculture.
“Organic Aadhaar is similar to voter ID card as it will provide an exclusive protection of organic status and income to the farmer in a growers group. This will protect his rights to sell the produce at a higher price without losing organic status. If implemented, its impact could be witnessed in the coming years as it would make NPOP a superior organic standard in the global map,“ said S Chandrasekaran, a trade policy analyst.
Total area under organic certification process (registered under NPOP) was 43.39 lakh hectares as on March 31, 2021. This includes 26.58 lakh hectares of cultivable area and another 16.81 lakh hectares under wild harvest collection. India produced 34.96 lakh tonnes of certified organic products such as oilseeds, sugarcane, millets, cotton, pulses, tea, coffee, fruits, vegetables and spices in 2020-21.


Sigrid teases 'organic pop' album inspired by ABBA and Elton John – Shelbynews

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Sigrid listened to ABBA, Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift while making her second album.
The Norwegian pop star has revealed ‘How to Let Go’ is a straight-up pop record compared to the more “synthy” ‘Sucker Punch’, and she took inspiration from some of pop music’s greats.
The ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ hitmaker traded synths for guitars after listening to the likes of rock band War On Drugs and Fleetwood Mac.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, she said: “I had written ‘It Gets Dark’ and ‘Mirror’ in LA and both tracks really set the tone for the album.
“’Sucker Punch’ is quite synthy, whereas this one is more of an organic pop record with more guitars.
I’m a very private person and so the funny thing about me writing these new vulnerable songs is I forgot that I have to talk to people about them.
“We’ve got bass, live drums and loads of harmonies. We’ve been listening to Elton John, ABBA, War On Drugs, Taylor Swift, Freddie Mercury and Fleetwood Mac. It’s a really fun album.”
The LP – which arrives on May 6 – also includes the “very unexpected collab”, ‘Bad Life’, with heavy rockers Bring Me The Horizon.
Sigrid said: “It’s a very unexpected collab, but that’s the fun thing about it. People will be saying Sigrid and Bring Me – what?”
The 25-year-old star continued: “Me and my band have listened to them a lot on our tour bus. I love their songs. Then I met (keyboard player) Jordan Fish at Reading and Leeds last year and he said they liked my music which was exciting. Wow! What the f***?
“They’re lovely boys and then they said that they had a demo of ‘Bad Life’ that they wanted to send me. Me and my band listened to it on the tour bus. We were all pretty drunk but when the song came on, we all went quiet. We LOVED the song.
“Then a few weeks later me, (singer) Oli Sykes and Jordan went into a studio in London and rewrote the song a little bit. We finished and recorded it and we had ‘Bad Life’.”
Sigrid’s vocals blend seamlessly with Oli’s on the anthemic ballad.
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Organic certification cost share available from Farm Service Agency – Farm and Dairy

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Have you ever considered transitioning all or part of your dairy or crop enterprise to organic production? If so, you may be interested in programs available through your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. These include the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) and the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). 
The OCCSP provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers who are obtaining organic certification for the first time or renewing their previous certification. Organic certification is obtained through certifying agents accredited by the USDA National Organic Program. 
This program provides 50% of a certified operation’s allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $500. The following categories are included: crops, livestock, wild crops, processing/handling and organic program fees. Cost-share is provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are obligated. 
This program is available until Sept. 30. To be eligible, a producer must have both a valid organic certification for their operation at the time of application and paid fees or expenses related to its initial certification or renewal for certification from a certifying agent.
Allowable costs under the OCCSP include: application fees and administrative fees; inspection fees, including travel and per diem for organic inspectors; USDA organic certification costs; user fees or sale assessments; and postage
The OTECP provides financial assistance to producers interested in obtaining or renewing USDA organic certification. 
In addition to many acronyms, there are certain terms that producers need to know the definitions of. These include certified operation, educational event, soil testing, micronutrients, transitional operation, and USDA organic certification. These terms are defined below: 
Certified operation: a crop or livestock production, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation, or portion of such operation, that is certified by an accredited certifying agent. 
Educational event: an event, conference, training program or workshop, that provides educational content addressing topics related to organic production and handling.
Soil testing: soil testing to document micronutrient deficiencies. 
Micronutrients: can not be used as a defoliant, herbicide or desiccant. Those made from nitrates or chlorides are not allowed. Deficiencies must be documented by soil or tissue testing.
Transitional operation: a crop or livestock production operation that is transitioning to organic production in anticipation of obtaining USDA organic certification and has an organic system plan from a certifying agent. 
USDA organic certification: a determination made by a certifying agent that a production or handling operation is in compliance with the Organic Production Act of 1990. 
To be eligible for OTECP, an applicant must have paid eligible costs during the program year and, at the time of application, be either a certified or a transitional operation. Expenses that have been incurred during the program year but not paid by the applicant are not eligible for cost-share assistance. 
Eligibility for the OTECP is based on the date expenses are paid, rather than on the date the organic certification is effective. 
Eligible categories. Certified organic operations may have expenses for any combination of the following categories: crops, wild crops, livestock, handling/processing, program fees, soil testing and educational events. Transitional organic operations may have expenses for any combination of transitional operation, soil testing and educational events. 
Payment amounts and limitations. For certified operations, the certification of crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees is 25% up to $250.
Transitional operations can get 75% up to $750 for eligible transition expenses. 
Both certified and transitional operations can get 75% up to $100 for educational event registration fees and 75% up to $150 for soil testing.
Required documentation. In addition to dividing expenses paid by category, applicants self-certify to having either a valid organic certificate or documentation to show a transition to organic. Applicants must retain documentation in support of their application for three years after the date of approval. 
Additional information. If you are interested in learning more about this or other Farm Service Agency programs, contact your local FSA office. For Ohio-specific information about the organic certification process, consult the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association: certification.oeffa.org/.
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Good Life Organic Kitchen in Red Bank takes off with 'superfoods' – Asbury Park Press

RED BANK – Anita and Melvin Pierce, owners of Good Life Organic Kitchen in Red Bank, are a powerhouse team when it comes to cooking and serving their “superfood” products to their customers.
“Once our customers get a taste of our superfoods, they are instantly hooked,” Anita said. “We always get great reviews from our customers and they love everything we serve. This business is our pride and joy and we just want to keep it going.”
Neither Antia nor Melvin ever really had dreams of being an entrepreneur until they became health conscious and wanted to sustain that by eating well and maintaining a strict diet.
“Throughout my early years as a young person, I didn’t eat the healthiest foods and I got to a point that I wanted to change that part of my life, and not just for my sake, but for the sake of my family,” Anita said.
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The couple met as sophomores at Red Bank Regional High School and dated all the way through their high school graduation.
“We were both young,” Anita said. “Our perspective on a healthy relationship didn’t click right away, but we had chemistry and made it work. We worked together at a local Pizza Hut and we enjoyed each other’s company. There was definitely a spark and we tried to develop that into something special even though we were very young and inexperienced.”
After high school, the couple broke up and went on to lead separate lives. 
“I went to Brookdale (Community College) for a little while,” Anita said. “I majored in psychology for a year, but my heart was not in it, and so I left before after a short time. I worked some retail jobs just to make ends meat and support my family. I made enough money to buy and live at a small condo in Shrewsbury. For a while, it was just me and my son.”
Melvin got a job as a dishwasher at a nursing home and worked his way up the ladder to become a cook.
“He was there for 10 years and his boss really was impressed with his job performance,” Anita said. “He practiced and practiced and really got the hang of cooking up different meals for the people that lived there. He took advantage of all the opportunities that they offered to him. It got to the point where it became second nature to him to cook all of these delicious entrees and people really enjoyed them.
“This was a big deal because all of the different types of food that he made really carried over to our business,” she said. “Melvin is the brains behind the menu here and he does an excellent job. He really brings a lot to the table when it comes to knowing what people will like.”
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Melvin and Anita reunited after 10 years and started dating again in 2015. They ultimately decided to get married and expand their family.
“A close relative of ours was nice enough to give us some money as a gift,” Anita said. “We could have spent it on our wedding, but we decided to save it instead and, a couple of years later we would put it to a much more sustainable use, the business we own now. In the end, we made the right decision to have a low-key wedding and that was beneficial to us in the long run.”
Around that time Melvin and Anita started to get more serious about their health.
“At that time that we were growing our family, we decided that we wanted to do something big with our lives,” Anita said. “We started watching YouTube videos and reading up about eating better foods and figuring out which foods were a great fit for our diet. It was all about thinking smarter, not harder.”
Anita and Melvin decided that they wanted to open a restaurant that was all about healthy food, and found Good Life Organic Kitchen, a small health chain which today has five stores, and one coming soon.
“We signed the franchise agreement in November of 2019 and we were ready to open the following year,” Anita said. “At that time, COVID-19 hit and everything was put on hold. People were telling us that we should not go through with it because it just wasn’t the right time. Even so, we still pursued opening the business, but we just had to wait.”
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“After a while, everything started to get better, and once it did, we opened up in May of 2021, she said. “We definitely had to climb a lot of mountains and jump through hurdles to get where we are now. We put a lot of hard work into this business and we are proud of everything we have done so far. After opening, we have been very well-received by our customers and people that love our food. We can’t say how happy we are to have kept the business going despite some minor setbacks on the road to being successful with the business.”
Anita and Melvin both focus on offering their customers “superfoods.”
“Superfoods are foods that contain a highly dense concentration of vital nutrients,” Anita said. “There is nothing particularly new about them because they have been around for a while, but they are very good for you. We have smoothie bowls, soups, salads, quinoa power bowls, sandwiches, cold pressed juices. We also have superfood coffees and lattes. They’re a little different than traditional coffees because we use mushrooms as one of the main ingredients, although there is not a hint of mushroom with the way it tastes.”
Anita and Melvin feel they have a bright future ahead of them after what they have achieved so far.
“We would like to expand the operation to more locations in the area,” Anita said. “We would also like to offer things like massage and wellness to our customers, as well as, a fitness center and possibly some yoga. Everything all blends together at this point.”
Owners: Anita and Melvin Pierce
Location: 60 Broad St., Red Bank
Phone: 732-430-2400
Website: www.goodlifeorganickitchen.com
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays