Joe Dickson

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September 17, 2011 @ Whole Story
What does “organic” really mean? Find out the precise requirements and discover why supporting organic agriculture is so important.
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:
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.
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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.