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Monday, November 11, 2013

Think Organic Food Is Too Expensive? Try the Farmers Market Instead of Whole Foods








Corporate food companies are selling more and more organic products—but they aren't passing along to consumers savings generated by increased production.






November 11, 2013





Steve Holt









Steve Holt








Steve Holt writes about food for Edible Boston, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.






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Here’s a sure sign the economy is rebooting after the Great Recession: More of us are buying organic food than ever. 




The USDA Economic Research Service reported in October that sales of organics totaled $28 billion in 2012—an 11 percent increase from the previous year—and have completely rebounded after declining between 2007 and 2009.





That shoppers finally have a bit more money in their pockets now that the recovery is well under way certainly has contributed to Americans’ ability to buy more organic products. 



What we can’t credit for the organic bump, however, is lower bills for such foods at checkout. 



And the continually high cost of organic foods is prohibitive for many middle- and low-income Americans.







“Many [organic companies] are depending on factory farms and imports from China, India, and other Third World countries to enhance their bottom line,”
said Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute, which promotes family-scale farming. 




“They are taking advantage of the goodwill of organic consumers. And the prices are not coming down accordingly.”





Consumers may be shocked to learn that, most likely, their favorite organic brand is owned by a multinational agribusiness, Kastel said. An infographic every advocate for healthy, sustainable food should see shows the top 100 organic brands in the United States—and their ties to Big Food.





“They know what organic consumers are hungry for: the story behind their food,” Kastel said. “And they are willing to spin that story.”





The story that is too often not told, he said—one that is, perhaps, a solution to the organic pricing conundrum—is about the boom in locally grown food. More consumers are buying directly from nearby farmers, either at markets or through community supported agriculture (CSA).





And get this: Local, organic food is becoming increasingly available to even low-income families through nutrition assistance programs. 




The USDA reported earlier this year that 3,200 farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers accepted the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit in 2012—up from just 750 in 2008. 




During this time, these outlets saw a sixfold increase in SNAP redemptions, according to the report. 



Nearly all CSAs, according to Kastel, offer food grown using organic practices, even if they aren't explicitly certified.





For healthy, affordable food, consumers may be better off looking to their local farm stand rather than their local Whole Foods. 




Kastel said publicly traded mega-companies (such as Whole Foods or organic brand holding company Hain Celestial) are making money hand over fist on the organic boom and proudly reporting to their investors best-in-industry profit margins—profits they have yet to pass on to consumers in the form of lower prices.






LIST OF ATTENDEES : IPO GLOBAL PINEAPPLE CONFERENCE (COSTA RICA) NOVEMBER 01, 2013 ...












Agnes Delfortrie, Max Villalobos, Luis Matamoros, Noemi McGregor and Patricia Compres








Belisario Caicedo admires IPO Global Pineapple Conference Momento










IPO Global Pineapple Conference Recognition







David Ponce, Max Komjathy, Robert Lee-Hoy, Gustavo Lora








Jose Concepcion , Raul Alonso






















GROWERS / EXPORTERS


BENGALA AGRICOLA

Belisario Caicedo
Francoise Cavard
Gustavo Barona


GRUPO ACON

Luis Matamoros



CHESTNUT HILL FARMS / COSTA RICA

Dr. Llloyd Berg



HISPACORI S.A.

Sonia Alvarado
Nestor Ramirez




FYFFES / COSTA RICA

Roberto Aragon


BANACOL / COSTA RICA

Javier Saborio


AGROINDUSTRIAL LA FLOR

Damaris Chavarria


FRUTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.

Alvaro Figueroa



CHULA BRAND / AGRICOLA MARTINEZ

Aldo Curiel


TABAFRESH

Ernesto Maurer
Alejandro Hernandez
Victor Vazquez




COMPAGNIE FRUITIERE

Agnes Delefortrie


TECNOFRUT

Alejandro Alvarado


PINICOLA
MEXICAN PINEAPPLE EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION

Emilio Lopez







CANAPEP

De: Rebeca Sequeira [mailto:rsequeira@canapep.com]
Enviado el: Jueves, 23 de Mayo de 2013 07:48
Para: 'Sonia Alvarado '
Asunto: RE: Invitacion al Primer Congreso Global de Piña

Hola buenos días!!
El tema lo llevó el lunes a JD y me dijo que si participaba CANAPEP, pero me parece que estaría exponiendo don Carlos Acevedo porque quiere dar énfasis a la parte Socio Ambiental.
Cualquier cosa me avisas.
Un abrazo.

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De: cacevedo [mailto:cacevedo@canapep.com]
Enviado el: Jueves, 23 de Mayo de 2013 15:09
Para: 'Sonia Alvarado '; 'Rebeca Sequeira'
Asunto: RE: Invitacion al Primer Congreso Global de Piña

Buenas tardes Sonia, el título sería: “Producción de Piña, Sostenibilidad Ambiental y Responsabidad Social”.

Saludos,


CARLOS ACEVEDO CORNEJO
Dpto. Gestión Socioambiental
Tels: 2291 5237, Fax: 2291 5229
Canapepvolmp




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IMPORTERS



CH ROBINSON

Gustavo Lora


CENTRAL AMERICAN PRODUCE

Mike Shields
Rolando Rosales



PURA VIDA FARMS


Marvin List
Jake Erickson



CHESTNUT HILL FARMS

Raul Romero


KELLY BROTHERS INC.

Patrick Kelly



DULCE FRESH LLC.

Kevin Manning
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CINNABAR PRODUCE

Chris Vangelos
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VISION IMPORT GROUP

Raul Millan



AMAZON PRODUCE NETWORK

David F. Ponce



KINGSTON

Michael L. Anderson



MONTE SANO

Roc Bagget
Noemi McGregor


READY PAC FOODS

Allan Acosta
Oscar Delgado
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LOGISTICS & TRANSPORTATION


TAMPA PORT AUTHORITY

Raul Alfonso


CSX RAILROAD

Jason Kerkezi


GREEN EXPRESS

Chris McGrath


A&E FREIGHT LOGISTICS

Freddy Gomez


SOUTHERN PACK N GO

Max Komjathy



INTEROCEANICA AGENCY

Robert Barcelo


SEABOARD MARINE

Jose Concepcion


ADVANCED CUSTOMS BROKERS

Patricia Compres



J&K FRESH CUSTOMS BROKERS

Robert Lee-Hoy


BANACOL

Carolina Diaz Henao



PORT OF MIAMI

Sebastian Yavar
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TECHNICAL SERVICES



SGS
Lorena Ruiz
Ilka Cedeno


PRIMUS LABS

Humberto Gonzalez
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DLV PLANT

Dr. Jan W. Truista
Federico Solano
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VALENT BIOSCIENCES

Dr. Max Villalobos


MAQUINARIA INDUSTRIAL TIMSA

Marvin Murillo
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VERDE-MURO

Arturo Arias





































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