Joe Dickson

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Joe started a summer job with Whole Foods Market in Boston over ten years ago, got sucked in by the fact that this is one of the most fulfilling companies that one could possiblywork for, and never left. He works as part of the company’s Quality Standards Team, which is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for natural food, bodycare and supplement ingredients. He also works on agricultural and food policy issues, including organic agriculture and genetically engineered crops, and works with our stores to maintain our status as the first national certified organic retailer. He also sits on the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, the Non-GMO Project Board of Directors, and the Texas Department of Agriculture Organic Industry Advisory Board. Joe first fell in love with organic and sustainable agriculture while a student in New York State’s Hudson Valley; he holds a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Vassar College. When not geeking out about food chemistry, Joe’s probably reading, experimenting in the kitchen, finding a newer, colder swimming hole, or learning how to speak Texan.

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July 4, 2012 @ Whole Story
“Can we really handle a beehive in this tiny yard?”
September 17, 2011 @ Whole Story
What does “organic” really mean? Find out the precise requirements and discover why supporting organic agriculture is so important.
October 10, 2010 @ Whole Story
While October is Non-GMO Month, today, 10-10-10, is Non-GMO Day! What are you doing to celebrate? Here are some ideas: Read on for a chance to win a case of Nature's Path Organic Granola Bars for telling us what you think about GMOs. Get Up to Speed…
October 1, 2010 @ Whole Story
October 2010 is our first (and hopefully annual) Non-GMO Month, an event that introduces and celebrates the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal, a first-of-its-kind certification program that Whole Foods Market fully supports.
June 18, 2010 @ Whole Story
When it comes to food, the definition of “organic” is extremely clear, thanks to the USDA’s National Organic Program standards, the Federal regulation that defines just how organic food is grown, raised, processed and sold.
February 18, 2010 @ Whole Story
UPDATE 02/18/10: The comment period has been extended until March 3, 2010  You still have time to have your voice and opinions heard!  The easiest way to send your comments to the USDA is on the True Food Project's Take Action website. ----------------------------------------------------
February 12, 2010 @ Whole Story
This just in: The USDA published its final rule on access to pasture for organic dairy animals this afternoon. This enhancement to the National Organic Standards has been in the works for many years, and its announcement is a major victory for organic consumers, the integrity of the organic label, and the lives of organic livestock. While the National Organic Standards already require access to pasture for ruminant animals, this enhancement lays out very specific requirements:
January 19, 2010 @ Whole Story
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical used to make plastics and other materials used in many food packaging applications, from can linings to baby bottles (see my
July 14, 2009 @ Whole Story
I was pretty disappointed late last week to learn that there was a smear campaign afoot, by a group claiming that Whole Foods Market is working to "undermine" the integrity of the organic food label. What?!
March 20, 2009 @ Whole Story
One of the most important things Whole Foods Market does is expressed in our first Core Value: Selling the highest quality natural and organic products available. You'll find that statement on our walls, our website, our brochures, etc. But what do "natural" and "organic" mean, and who sets the definition? I'll start to get into the nitty gritty details of these questions in this post.
March 13, 2009 @ Whole Story
I've been avoiding this post. Not because I don't love talking about what I do, but because I couldn't figure out how to shrink this topic - an overview of our Quality Standards - into an easily digestible post.
October 8, 2008 @ Whole Story
We encourage you to join in the
July 25, 2008 @ Whole Story
Every week I see dozens of myths and misunderstandings about food and our company come across my desk, confused thoughts ranging from "Everything Whole Foods sells is organic" to "Canola oil is a secret poison" to "Whole Foods Market is owned by Paul Newman." This is the first in a series of posts aimed at sharing - and clearing up - some of the more po
June 6, 2008 @ Whole Story
Update: June 13, 2010 Since I wrote this post about two years ago, we’ve had a few changes and I wanted to make sure anyone reading this is up to speed on current information.