It is a new year and with it comes a whole new year of challenges for the organic industry. In 2012, although the battle to label gmo’s on food was lost due to the failure to pass Proposition 37 in the state of California, the war is not over. If anything, more people are now aware of the plight of the organic farmers, the need to buy locally grown organic and are demanding the right to know what is in their food.
What are the organic farmers doing to prevent contamination from gmo's? How is the American organic citrus market faring? How profitable is organic farming in America? What are some of the lessons learned from 2012 that will be implemented this coming year? How can we continue to support organic agriculture if we are allowing so much competition from non-organic inferior produce? How are American organic farmers coping with the ban of imports from countries that do not want produce from the USA?What are the next steps we need to take to continue to fight for gmo labeling?
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest, Matt McLean, CEO of Uncle Matts Organics to talk about what is in store for the upcoming year of organic farming. Stay tuned!
Bio: Matt McLean, president of Uncle Matt’s Organic Inc., is also the Board President of the Organic Trade Association. He has a myriad of expertise in the organic industry including marketing, distribution, farming, certification, and public policy. In 1999, Matt McLean ventured into the organic juice business with a passion for healthy living as well as a long family history of growing citrus in Florida. Matt’s goal was, and still is, to produce the highest quality juice, using only premium 100% organically-grown fruit that is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. His company, Uncle Matt’s Organics is the leading producer of premium certified organic citrus from Florida.