Court Says Cops Can’t Look At Your Phone – #GoodNewsNextWeek

Source: MediaMonarchy
James Evan Pilato
April 25, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: The LA Times’ must’ve been high to get punked by the Yes Men; Federal court affirms the Supreme’s decision on a warrant to look at your phone; and a Chicago college converts its football field into something useful. Notes/Links:

Story #1: Los Angeles Times Fooled by Fake Drug War Press Release
http://bit.ly/1VyE7Xd

Story #2: Court Reaffirms Cops Need a Warrant to Open Your Phone
http://bit.ly/1VP4Nn5

Story #3: Once A Football Field, Dallas Garden Supplies Organic Goodness
http://bit.ly/1YQZH77

#GoodNewsNextWeek Headlines: Portland Startup Maps Cannabis Genome To Protect Weed From Monsanto Patenting
http://bit.ly/1SvQsWc

Ortho To Drop Chemicals Linked To Bee Declines
http://bit.ly/1NNcwJN

Costco Financing Organic Farmers To Meet With High Consumer Demand 🍅
http://bit.ly/1qNSEB7

Rumsfeld Destroyed On Twitter For Being War Criminal
http://bit.ly/1WmRZCB

As Demand Skyrockets, Thousands of US Farms Are Going Organic

Cost-Co, General Mills, Ardent Rush For Organic Farmland

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Christina Sarich
April 16, 2016

Organic food demand is so booming that multiple efforts are underway to support the acquisition of organic farmland. Even Cost-Co is getting in on the action by offering to help farmers buy land and farm equipment. People’s huge appetite for organics has been ignored by Big Ag for so long that land to grow food organically in the U.S. is rather scarce. Currently, organic farming acres make up less than one percent of total U.S. farmland. Instead of growing our own, we’re importing a bunch of organic corn, soy, and other products every year.

This trend of people wanting organic products seems to be growing, too. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that in 2014, certified organic operations in the U.S. had reached an astonishing number of 19,474, while a total of 27,814 certified organic operations exist around the world. Other studies report that another 3,000 farms are transitioning to organic. The word is out – individuals everywhere are quickly switching to organic.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says:

“As demand for organic products continues to soar, more and more producers are entering the organic market. USDA tools and resources have created opportunities for organic farmers and more options for organic consumers. Growing demand for organic goods can be especially helpful to smaller family operations. The more diverse type of operations and the more growing market sectors we have in American agriculture, the better off our country’s rural economy will be.”

Cost-Co’s CEO, Craig Jelinek, says that the way things are now, the company simply can’t keep up with the demand for organic food, which is why the company is offering to ‘help’ farmers. Though this bodes well for organics overall, it could put small family farms in the crosshairs of big business again, which hasn’t been an auspicious enterprise for organic farmers thus far.

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Other retailers are trying their own methods to keep up with organic product demand. They offer loan programs for suppliers to upgrade equipment or offer financial incentives such as advance payments or long-term contracts. But helping farmers buy land to grow organics, as Cost Co has, is unusual in the industry.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com

Costco working to increase the organic food supply in America by investing in farm-to-market principles on a massive scale

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
April 15, 2016

In response to the growing desire by Americans to consume more organic foods, Costco has announced its recent effort to work with farmers to help them buy land and equipment that will enable them to grow organics. The more organics that are grown means the more organics that Costco will be able to supply its customers; Costco will be better poised to meet the growing demand for these healthier foods as a result.

The move is a logical one.

After all, consumer demand is unraveling at seemingly warp speeds – according to the Organic Trade Association, organic food sales have soared from $11.13 billion in 2004 to $35.95 billion in 2014 – a pace that the store is having difficulty keeping up with. “We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” Costco CEO Craig Jelinek told investors at a shareholder meeting.

“Lots of discussions going on” between Costco and farmers

Right now, the plan is only in the beginning stages. At the moment, Costco is working with just one partner on this effort with a plan that involves loaning money to help San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce buy equipment as well as more than 1,000 acres of land in
the Mexican state of Baja California.

“By helping them with financing, we got access to and purchased about 145,000 cases of organic
raspberries that we normally would not have access to,” said Jeff Lyons, Costco’s senior vice president of fresh foods.

Continue Reading At: NaturalNews.com

Breakway Links Of The Day – 4/6/2016

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
April 6, 2016

If you are a parent, there are two links related to education that you are implored to read.  Its quite concerning given the direction that education seems to be heading into.

James Corbett from the CorbetReport does an outstanding job at sifting through media propaganda regarding the Panama Paper.  Definitely worth a listen.

If you’re interested in the nature of how reality/consciousness works, listening the work of Tom Campbell will be well worth your time.

Intriguingly, Costco has undertaken a new bold move due to the growing organic food demand.  It should set the standard for years to come.

Hope everyone is doing well.  Be safe.

Australian Educator: Computers In The Classroom A Scandalous Waste
[Source: GizaDeathStar]

Physicist & Consciousness Research Tom Campbell Discusses The Nature Of Reality [Part 3]
[Source: Tom Campbell]

Why Common Core Is Bad For Children’s Health: Unnecessary Stress, Unhealthy Eating Habits & More
[Source: NaturalNews]

Campbell To Remove BPA Chemical From Canned Foods By 2017
[Source: NaturalSociety]

The FDA Is A Criminal Cartel – Protecting The Drug Industry’s Monopoly While Denying Americans The Human Right Access To Natural Medicines
[Source: NaturalNews]

Costco Gets Creative To Meet Shoppers’ Huge Appetite For Organics
Can’t help but think that what happened with Chipotle regarding fast food issues could happen with Costco for such a bold move.  Still, really big props for doing what’s right.
[Source: SeattleTimes]

Protect Yourself Against Those Running The World’s Economy For Your ‘Benefit’
A true gander into how the world economy really works, and what to do about it.
[Source: TheDailyBell]

JFK & The United Putsch Of America – A Conversation With Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
[Source: ForumBorealis]

What I Learned About The Panama Papers
A must listen.
[Source: TheCorbettReport]

American Food Giant Del Monte Now Committed To BPA-Free, GMO-Free Products
[Source: NaturalNews]

Costco Gets Creative To Meet Shoppers’ Huge Appetite For Organics

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand.

Kimberly Fee pushes a shopping cart holding her son, Cameron, 4, at Costco in Issaquah. Costco is working to boost its supply of organics. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Source: SeattleTimes
Janet I. Tu
April 1, 2016

At Costco’s recent shareholder meeting, CEO Craig Jelinek touted the vast amounts of food the company sold last year, from 83 million rotisserie chickens to $6.1 billion worth of produce.

As for organics, one of the fastest-growing categories in food sales and one in which Costco has become a major player?

“We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” Jelinek told the gathered investors.

What Costco is doing to build its food supply

Among the initiatives:

• Lending money to farmers to buy land to grow organics

• Raising chickens at its poultry plant in Alabama

• Working with Mexican vendor to get wild shrimp

• Contracting with Nebraskan farmers to raise cattle on organic fields

Source: Costco

So to boost its supply, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment to grow organics.

The effort is still in its infancy. So far, Costco is working with just one partner, loaning money to help San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce buy equipment and 1,200 acres of land in the Mexican state of Baja California.

But Costco is looking at expanding the initiative. The idea is to ensure a greater supply of organic foods at a time when demand is soaring but supply has not kept up.

While other retailers might have loan programs for suppliers to upgrade equipment or offer financial incentives such as advance payments or long-term contracts, helping farmers buy land to grow organics appears to be unusual in the industry.

The nascent program joins a list of other Costco food initiatives that try to ensure the warehouse giant can meet the voluminous demand of its customers.ff

Continue Reading At: SeattleTimes.com

Demand for Organics Shows *No Sign of Slowing* After Double Digit Growth

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Christina Sarich
February 24, 2016

Monsanto isn’t cheering the news that U.S. organic food sales have approached $37 billion annually, up 12% from just a year ago, but the trend shows no sign of slowing. This double-digit growth is expected well into the future, suggests a Nutrition Business Journal report. [1]

Due to pressure from individuals, the annual growth of organic food sales for the nation has exceeded 10% since American economy took a downturn in 2008. That means that while almost every other industry has had to tighten its belt, organic food growers are watching demand absolutely explode.

Top food retailers in the US, including Costco, Kroger, Walmart and Target, have expanded their organic food offerings in recent years due to the forecasted growth of organics, and many companies have announced initiatives that could not only support existing demand, but boost sales even higher.

Starting from just a small base, organic sales have grown to account for nearly 5% of the ENTIRE food market, according to the Organic Trade Association’s estimates.

It Isn’t Just Organic Arugula that’s in High Demand

When you add organic personal care products like shampoo, lotion, lip balms, etc., as well as organic linens and other non-food items exceeding $3 billion in sales alone, there is no question that the demand for organic, non-GMO food will just keep growing.

Certified organic farmland has also expanded, and though it has a way to go before catching up with organic food demand, we’ll be needing that extra acreage to make sure we can keep up with demand for nutritious, pesticide-free food and personal care products. People are tired of paying top dollar for processed, toxic food and other products, and they are voting with their wallets.

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Are you wondering which organic foods are best sellers? Organic fruits and vegetables top the list with organic dairy coming in second. Sales of other organic foods are also shooting to all-time highs, including sales of organic bread, meat, poultry, packaged foods and even organic condiments.

People Purchasing Straight from the Farm

Another big change is for people to purchase their organic products straight from the farm, so to speak. Huge grocery store chains are offering more organic products, but many people are opting to cut out the middle man and go straight to the organic farmer for milk, dairy, eggs, produce, and hand-crafted items.

It seems people want to know exactly where their food is coming from, and to be able to trust that what they are purchasing is indeed organic. This is an understandable market trend, given that companies have been caught touting their products as organic when they were not – Kellogg’s promotion of Kashi, for example.

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 Individuals are also participating in co-ops, also known as cooperatives, where they can buy a ‘share’ of an organic farm, and be guaranteed a certain amount of organic produce, milk, eggs, or even certified organic honey from local growers.

This new trend supports the small farmer like never before, and stresses the importance of eating local, further eliminating food transportation costs, and damage to the environment resulting from moving billions of tons of food across the country every year.

People Willing to Pay Top Dollar for Organics

Much of the population is even making it clear that it is willing to pay for organic products. New producers of organic products can now enter a market eager to accept novel new products that support sustainable growing, and pesticide-free, GMO-free, environment-loving trade.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com