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Organic Values
Gateway Issue
Organic Lifestyle
New Stuff!
Feed the Fire!

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Organic Values

At the 2005 MOSES conference, Jim Riddle spoke about Organic Values.

The MOSES conference (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service) is the largest educational event for farmers to switch to organic. Jim Riddle serves as chair of the National Organic Standards Board.

Nutshell: "Organic" is more than a label, a trend, or just a symbol of 'all-natural'. Organic foods and products are more profitable for farmers and valuable for consumers because sustainable farming IS inherently more valuable to the environment and entire community.

By simply choosing organics, you are also supporting:

  1. Soil quality
  2. Water quality
  3. Farm safety
  4. Family
  5. Flavor
  6. Food quality
  7. Food safety
  8. Food security
  9. Health
  10. Biodiversity
  11. Genetic diversity
  12. Humane animal husbandry
  13. Erosion control
  14. Carbon sequestration
  15. Traceability
  16. Farm income
  17. Rural communities
  18. Integrity
  19. Spiritual needs
  20. Understanding life
  21. Working with nature
  22. Species survival

Read more about:
Benefits of organics
Jim Riddle's talk at MOSES

Gateway Issue

Surely, some people choose organics because it's hip, or because they have friends & family who peer pressure them to do so. But, even reluctant organic users and eaters eventually, inevitably realize the deeper value in sustainably-produced foods and products. It's just a matter of time, my friend.

The organic food movement is kind of like a gateway environmental, issue. Everyone eats, and locally-sourced organic food does taste better and is fresher. What better way to educate people about their choices affecting public health and the environment than through their stomach?

Once you get that ball rolling, next thing you know your Hummer-driving McShite Frequent Diner friend is choosing Pizzetta 211 over Pizza Hut, canvas bag over plastic, and Seventh Generation over Clorox. Woohoo!

Organic Lifestyle

Once you're hooked, it's hard to go back. Living organically is simply the safer, healthier, tastier, happier way to go. Sadly, when it comes to sustainably-produced products, sometimes it's not always the cheaper... But, again, the more consumers (like you!) who create the demand, the lower the prices will fall.

Go on and choose one (or more) of these as your little assignment for the month.

  • Just watch: Totally change-averse? Don't change a thing and just start noting what you buy, where it comes from, and what you put into your body. 100 points if you can identify the ingredients in the foods you eat.
  • Eat and cook organic foods: How convenient... The Om Organics website provides you with all you need to Find Organics in stores, markets and restaurants. And, check out the seasonal produce info so you can whip up something tasty!
  • Bring your own bag: No new bags! Each year 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. This is not only a whole lot of landfill; it is also deadly to wildlife. Bring your own used or canvas bags to the grocery store. Keep them in your car. Put them in your purse. Just say No to paper AND plastic. More
  • Flex your power: Turn off unused lights. Turn down that heater. Use those cool, spiral-shaped fluorescent bulbs. And, see if your area has any green energy providers.
  • Check out your personal products: Many top-selling brands of personal/beauty products have toxic, carcinogenic ingredients. (i.e., Dep, OPI nail polish, Calgon, and so on...) Use the easy Skin Deep tool to assess your products.
  • Clean biodegradeably and fume-free: Few people develop cancer or die from exposure to conventional cleaning products, but many suffer from headaches, rashes, breathing difficulties and other debilitating illnesses unknowingly caused from chemicals in their home. Toxins in the rinsing water also end up in our waterways, streams and groundwater. How bout giving Seventh Generation or Ecover a shot?
  • Use recycled paper: Enough said. How about New Leaf Paper? Based right here in SF.
  • Give your car a break: Walk, bike, take public transit. And regardless, slap a TerraPass sticker on that auto of yours!
  • Dress hip: Organic cotton, hemp, bamboo. It's all good, baby. Check out some picks from our holiday gift issue.
  • Watch what you sit on: Sustainable, eco furniture means there are no toxic fumes floating around your home (actually quite common!), and the materials of those chairs and sofas come from sustainable sources. More
  • Garden: Gardens, whether in your backyard or in a community space, are good for the air, eye, and stomach. Open, green spaces are the way of the past...and future! Here are just two of many gardening groups in the Bay Area: SF Garden for the Environment and Berkeley Community Gardening Cooperative.

Do all of the above and get 1000 fresh air, fresh water, clean soil karma points!

New Stuff

Today's newsletter is all about lists. Here's another one:

  1. Cross-streets: Hey! Our Bay Area organic-friendly restaurant listings now have cross-streets! You can thank David and Zoe. Thx, guys!
  2. Sketch Ice Cream: Have you checked out Sketch in the 4th Street area of Berkeley? (Not totally new, but new to us!) Tasty, gelato-esque ice cream made from Straus Organics. Tasty plain Straus frozen yogurt too, perfectly icey granitas, and grab-n-go caramel popcorn, homemade toffee and marshmallows.
  3. Roti Indian Bistro: Wow, Roti's new location in West Portal is a godsend. Take a peek at their sumptuous menu!
  4. Rhubarb, Green Garlic, Strawberries: All at the markets now! Check out more of what's in season.
  5. Alive! Pet Food: Alive! in the Marina is going to start making tasty pet foods. Fido and Shmokey are stokkkked! They are looking into recipes and would love your suggestions. Visit their booth at the Ferry Building on Saturdays or stop in their location on Lombard Street.


Check our organically-inclined Events page for more happenins as they are announced.

Food Politics Spring 2006 Free Lecture Series
Wednesdays, 2/8/06-4/5/06, 4:00pm
Introduced by: Marion Nestle. Great speakers each week: click the link for info. Room 250, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Free - Public Welcome

Berkeley Market Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes
Tuesdays in March, 3/6/06-3/28/06, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way in Berkeley; Free

Meet the Producer - tbd
Sat, 3/11/06, 10:00am-10:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Class: "Growing Food in San Francisco"
Sat, 3/11/06, 10:00am-12:00pm
Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street in SF; Free

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Hoss Zaré of Zaré Restaurant and Zin City
Sat, 3/11/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Class: "Herbs in the Garden and Kitchen"
Sat, 3/11/06, 10:30am-12:00pm
Common Ground, 559 College Ave in Palo Alto; $20.

Hawthorne Lane Cooking Class: March Madness
Sat, 3/11/06, 10:30am-2:00pm
Hawthorne Lane, 22 Hawthorne/Howard St. in SF; $100.00 per person

Two Small Farms: Spring Open House
Sat, 3/11/06, 1:00pm-3:00pm
High Ground Organics Farm in Watsonville; Free

March Full Moon Feast with Jessica Prentice
Sat, 3/11/06, 6:00pm
St Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church Street -- between Market and Duboce in SF; $35/person suggested donation

Workshop: "Groceries form the Garden"
Wed, 3/15/06, 4:00pm-6:30pm in Hercules; $20

Prunotto Wine Dinner at Eccolo Restaurant
Wed, 3/15/06, 7:00pm
Eccolo 1820 4th St. in Berkeley; $100 per person, tax and tip included ($95 per person for Farmstead Wine Club Members).

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Wed-Sun, 3/15/06-3/19/06
Cow Palace in SF; $4 ticket-$65 pass

Asparagus Fest
Sat, 3/18/06, 10:00am-12:00pm
Ferry Bldg Mktplace, Market and Embarcadero in SF; Free

Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Journy to India: Curry in a Hurry"
Sat, 3/18/06, 10:00am-1:00pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. at Castro. in Oakland; $45 (includes demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, and more).

Paradise Valley Farm: Sustaining Healthy Soil
Sat, 3/18/06, 10:00am-2:00pm
See the listing at the link above for directions; $20 MALT members / $25 non-members

A Slow Food Dinner With Silvia and Riccardo Baracchi
Sun, 3/19/06, 6:00pm
Antica Trattoria, Union/Polk in SF; $95.00 per person (limited to 1 member and 1 guest)

Food and Farming on the Urban Edge
Thu, 3/23/06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross; Free

Feed the Fire!

Even a little snack! If you use these newsletters, use our website, or simply enjoy having delicious, organic food in the Bay Area, please support our programs that serve local, organic farms and the community. Om Organics is a project of the San Francisco Foundation - Community Initiative Funds, and can only continue with the help of contributions from conscientious people like you!

Any amount is appreciated!
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