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In light of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., there will be no commentary today. It will return as usual next Wednesday.

So, I’d like to take this moment to thank you — the many subscribers of Organic Insider — for reading our newsletters each week. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and interest in our work.

And I would like to particularly express my gratitude to the many organic farmers throughout the world. Deciding to farm organically is not an easy endeavor, and the only reason we are able to eat organic every single day, including Thanksgiving, is because of this group of deeply committed individuals. Without them, there is no organic food.

Lastly, in case you missed our last few newsletters, which were done as a two-part series, below are the links.

Disagreement Among Stakeholders Raises an Existential Question — What is Organic?

When it comes to Ingredients, Organic was Designed to be Exclusive — Not Inclusive

Wishing you a great holiday!

With gratitude,

Max Goldberg, Founder

New Organic Products

New Organic Products

Sicilian Lemon with Yuzu Drink from Gusto Organic

Produced in the UK, Gusto Organic is raising the bar for lemonade by infusing it with yuzu, a wild citrus fruit originating in China. This drink is made with Sicilian lemons, fresh yuzu juice, the oil from cold-pressed yuzu peel and spring water.

Mac and Cheese from Yummy Spoonfuls

Yummy Spoonfuls has introduced a line of organic mac and cheese for kids, and it comes with a 1/3 of a cup of vegetables hidden in every cup. There are three flavors - classic cheddar, white cheddar and extra cheesy - and this product is exclusive to Walmart.

Plant-Based Protein Drinks from Garden of Life

Garden of Life has come out with two organic, plant-based protein drinks, each with 21 grams of complete protein, 5 grams of MCTs and zero grams of sugar. They are available in two flavors -- vanilla and chocolate.
This Week's News Items

Weekly News Summaries

First Course
Associated Press

Mexico Says "No" to Glyphosate

Citing health and environmental concerns, the Mexican government says it won’t allow a 1,000-ton shipment of the super-toxic herbicide glyphosate into the country.

New Hope Network

FDA ups the Ante in its War Against CBD

By Todd Runestad

Despite the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp CBD, the FDA is taking steps to halt this burgeoning market.

Food Dive

84% of Food and Beverage Industry Leaders Expect Sales Growth in 2020

By Cathy Siegner

According to the 2019 Mazars Food & Beverage Industry Outlook, respondents are expecting sales growth that is 6% less than last year, and they also cited that boosting sales and improving operations were their top internal concerns.

U.S. Right to Know

Cargill's 'Non-Artificial' GMO Stevia Sweetener?

By Stacy Malkan

U.S. Right to Know takes a look at Cargill's new GMO stevia sweetener and says that the company is hoodwinking consumers.

Second Course
Produce Retailer

Produce 2.0 is a ‘Very Important Move’ for Walmart

By Ashley Nickle

Focused on winning the U.S. grocery market, particularly in brick and mortar, Walmart is revamping its produce departments and will have segmented organic offerings.

Hawaii News Now

Monsanto to Plead Guilty for Spraying Banned Pesticide

The company owes more than $10 million after pleading guilty to illegally using a banned pesticide on Maui crops.

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Nation’s Leading Public Health Organization Urges Halt to All New and Expanding CAFOs

The American Public Health Association wants a moratorium on new CAFOs until public health concerns are addressed.

Third Course

Global Online Marketplace for Ethical, Green Farmers has Raised $10M

By Michael Taylor

Founded in 2015, Tridge has built a global network of sustainable producers and links them to buyers at home and abroad.

Star Tribune

Blue Nest is a Direct-to-Consumer, Regenerative Meat Delivery Service

By Kristen Leigh Painter

Launched just a few weeks ago, Minnesota-based Blue Nest caters to consumers who want to eat meat from animals that have been raised in a regenerative manner.


House Panel Advances Bill to Curb Pesticides on Wildlife Refuges

By Adam Allington

A bill that would reinstate a regulation banning certain pesticides, including neonicotinoids, from wildlife refuges was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources on Nov. 20th.

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This Week's Quick Hits

Quick Hits

* If you live in New York, tell Governor Cuomo to ban chlorpyrifos – a chemical that harms children, is linked to bee decline and poisons the environment.

* The Origin of Livestock rulemaking (for organic dairy) has been re-opened for comments and the deadline is December 2nd. The Cornucopia Institute has the details.

* On December 4-5 in Monterey, CA, the Organic Growers Summit will be taking place.

* Outside of the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Pocono Organics is poised to become one of North America’s largest regenerative organic fruit and vegetable farms.

* Organic, farm-to-table restaurant Woods Hill Pier 4 is now open in Boston’s Seaport.

* Straus Organic Dairy Farm and BMW have partnered in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to make renewable energy and create new revenue opportunities for California farmers.

* In Thailand, they are using blockchain to track organic rice.

* Organic, plant-based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre has opened in Newport Beach, CA.

* ERTH has been dubbed as the world’s first nutricosmetic eatery.

* An Atlanta-based organic food business is suing Target for trademark infringement.

* The organic green roof for this proposed house in Ecuador looks pretty amazing.

* Regenerative agriculture is at the heart of this restaurant in London.

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