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Determining the Possibility and Difficulty of a 100% Organic Thanksgiving Meal

For those who are serious about organic, going on a trip or celebrating a holiday does not mean taking a vacation from organic. If anything, we want to eat organic even more during these special times.

So, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, one reasonable question that we explored was — is an all-organic Thanksgiving truly possible?

Here is a breakdown of the availability of ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Roast Turkey With Gravy


Organic Prairie organic whole young turkey
Organic Prairie organic bone-in-skin turkey breast
D’Artagnan organic turkey
Other ingredients needed: organic carrots, organic celery, organic onions, organic thyme, organic black pepper, organic oil (organic red palm, organic canola, organic sunflower, organic coconut, organic hemp oil or organic olive oil), sea salt


Trimmings from the organic turkey
Bob’s Red Mill organic all-purpose flour
Organic Valley organic butter
Pacific Foods organic vegetable broth
Optional: organic wine, organic herbs (organic sage, organic rosemary, organic thyme)

Cranberry Sauce

Pre-Made Sauce:
Woodstock Farms organic cranberry sauce

Ocean Spray organic cranberries
Wholesome organic cane sugar
Thrive Market organic ground cinnamon
Organic oranges — for orange zest and orange juice

Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Dave’s Killer organic bread
Organic eggs
Organic Valley organic butter
Applegate organic sausage
Thrive Market organic turkey broth
Other ingredients needed: organic sage, organic celery, organic onions, organic garlic, organic parsley

Green Bean Casserole

Fresh or 365 Everyday Value organic frozen green beans
Organic Valley organic whole milk
Trader Joe’s organic shredded 3 cheese blend
Bob’s Red Mill organic all-purpose flour
Other ingredients needed: organic garlic, organic mushrooms, organic onions, organic garlic, organic ground pepper, sea salt

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Organic sweet potatoes
Other ingredients needed: organic olive oil, organic fresh parsley, organic ground pepper, sea salt

Mashed Potatoes

Organic russet potatoes
Organic Valley unsalted butter
Organic Valley organic whole milk
Other ingredients needed: organic ground pepper, sea salt

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Organic brussels sprouts
Other ingredients needed: organic olive oil, organic ground pepper, sea salt

Pumpkin Pie

Farmer’s Market organic pumpkin puree
Organic eggs
Organic Valley organic cream cheese
Organic Valley organic unsalted butter
Wholesome organic cane sugar
Thrive Market organic ground cinnamon
Thrive Market organic ground ginger
Simply Organic organic ground nutmeg
Other ingredient needed: sea salt

While some people may want to use fresh ingredients instead of canned — and those fresh ingredients, such as pumpkin or sage, may not be easily available — the bottom line is that an all-organic Thanksgiving is certainly possible.

However, having an all-organic Thanksgiving is emblematic of living an organic lifestyle in today’s world — it requires research, planning and sourcing things in advance. Going to the supermarket the day before Thanksgiving and trying to procure every single organic ingredient required for the meal will be next to impossible.

But the good news is that with the right preparation, it can be done.

Have a great day!

Max Goldberg, Founder

New Organic Products

New Organic Products

Plant-Based Ice Cream from Juice Press

At a select number of locations in New York City, Juice Press has introduced its own organic, plant-based ice cream in two flavors — chocolate and berry. It contains superfoods such as cacao, acai, and baobab, but is free of any gums or stabilizers.

Hashbrown Bites from Qrunch Organics

Qrunch Organics has introduced Qrispy Q’s, hashbrown bites made from ancient grains and organic vegetables. They are certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified.

Health-Ade Kombucha Holiday Cheers Flavor

Hand-crafted in 2.5 gallon batches, Health-Ade’s Holiday Cheers limited edition flavor is made with cold-pressed ginger, vanilla powder, cacao powder and ground allspice. It is available while supplies last at retailers around the country.

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This Week's News Items

Weekly News Summaries

First Course
Center for Food Safety

In an Affront to the American People, the EPA Re-approves Monsanto's Super-Toxic Dicamba

Despite the fact that agronomists reported over one million acres of dicamba-injured soybeans in 14 states, in addition to many reports of dicamba damage to trees and gardens, the EPA just re-approved this Monsanto pesticide for another two years.

The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

Big Food is Raising Prices. Will Organic Follow Suit?

By Austen Hufford and Annie Gasparro

With a brutally competitive retail environment and a huge push to lower costs for consumers, it is uncertain whether organic brands will be able to raise prices?


The USDA's Organic Data Gap Does Not Inspire a Lot of Confidence

By Ryan McCrimmon

Politico has reported that one USDA database shows 121 million acres of organic farmland across the country, but the same database lists global organic acreage of 13.5 million acres. For the agency charged with cracking down on fraudulent organic imports, this sends a very worrying message.


Demand for Organic Meat Surges.....Except for Pork

By Deena Shanker

According to data from Nielsen, sales of organic pork declined by 2.4% over the last year, bucking the trend of strong demand for organic chicken and beef.

Second Course
The Organic Center

The Organic Center Pushes Back Against Misguided Organic Apple Criticism

As the propaganda war against organic in the media continues -- this time against organic apples -- The Organic Center pushes back and calls an AgDaily op-ed "extremely misleading and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices."


U.S. Puts Pressure on the World Trade Organization Over Gene Editing

The EU has declared that gene editing must be regulated like GMOs -- a very fair and rational conclusion -- but the U.S. is taking this fight to the World Trade Organization.

Inter Press Service

Countries Around the World are Realizing that Organic Policy Works

In cooperation with IFOAM-Organics International and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Future Council put a spotlight on countries that are achieving great success with their organic food policies.

Third Course

Vive Organic Closes $7M Round

By Martin Caballero

Los Angeles-based Vive Organic, a maker of organic, functional juice shots, has closed a Series A round led by PowerPlant Ventures.


Online Frozen Food Retailer Daily Harvest to Launch a "Refueling Station" Pop-Up in NYC

By Hilary Milnes

Confirming the need for an omnichannel strategy, Daily Harvest, the online meal delivery service that sells frozen soups, smoothies and bowls, will be opening a pop-up on November 14th in NYC.

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This Week's Quick Hits

Quick Hits

* In yesterday’s mid-term elections, here are the results of a handful of candidates who advocate for organic and regenerative policies:

* – Organic farmer and Democratic senator from Montana Jon Tester defeated Republican Matt Rosendale.

* – In Oregon, organic and regenerative advocates Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio, both Democrats, were re-elected.

* – In California’s 1st District, Audrey Denney lost to the Republican incumbent Doug LaMalfa.

* – In Virginia’s 9th District, organic farmer Anthony Flaccavento lost to Republican Morgan Griffith.

* Grow Ahead has launched a microloan crowdfunding campaign for beekeeping for small-scale coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico.

* Organic Mexican restaurant Tocaya Organica has just opened another location, this time at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

* The Nordic Organic Food Fair will be taking place next week, November 14-15, in Malmo, Sweden.

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