Organic Valley, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced their 2012 year-end results, exceeding expectations in spite of a year of challenges that included the worst drought in 25 years.
The co-op brought on 211 new farmers, grows sales 20%, creates 74 new jobs in 2012.
During most of our modern history, business has proved to be the greatest vehicle for creating economic value. Unfortunately, at the same time, business has also been the main culprit in somehow ruining our collective health and wealth while also trashing our planet.
Perhaps nothing says unhealthy processed food more than American cheese. Now a health-conscious competitor wants in on that market share. But, can you still call it American cheese if it's unprocessed and has only four ingredients -- all of which you can pronounce? The country's largest co-op of organic farmers says yes. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley is out to reinvent our de facto national cheese.
Four experts have joined Environmental Working Groupís board of directors with long experience in environmental advocacy and stewardship, government relations, public health and other public policy issues.
They are Ami Aronson of the Bernstein Family Foundation, Melissa Hughes of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, William G. Ross, former North Carolina environment and natural resources secretary and Dr. Mark Hyman, family physician, functional medicine expert and best-selling author.
Organic Valley Whipped Butter: Nothing's finer slathered on a bagel than this airy -- but rich! -- butter from a co-op of family farmers. Made with sweet cream and salt, "It tastes so fresh!" commented one panelist.
"What Kids Know About Organics" is a result of Organic Valley's visit at PS41 on 10/3 with the American Cheese Revolution. Great shout outs to OV, PS41, American Singles, and the kid definitions of Organic are impressive.
I recently attended the Organic Pioneer Awards at the Rodale Institute--an amazing event that recognizes people who make a difference in sustainable agriculture.
Earlier that day, I visited an organic family farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the Rodale Institute, owned by James Burkholder. When I met James, his wife Ida, and his lovely family, I realized that I was in presence of a new organic leader.
A Gervais, Ore., dairy farmer is participating in a tour promoting organic agriculture in the Midwest.
Greg Rosa, 21, son of Jerome Rosa of Jerosa Organic Dairy, is among several farmers aged 18 to 35 participating in the third-annual Generation Organic tour, which is sponsored by the Organic Valley cooperative.
"To provide healthy, wholesome, safe food for people is the most rewarding career you could choose," Rosa said.