Protecting the Organic Food System

Share this post! Do you ever wonder how much you can trust the labels on organic food? In today’s episode of the NTI PodTalk, we hear from Organic Industry Watchdog, Mark Kastel, the founder and Executive Director of OrganicEye. Listen in as he and Dianne discuss organic label standards, organic certifiers, and protecting the integrity of the organic food system. About Mark Kastel Mark Kastel has spent most of his professional life advocating for family farmers and working to ensure the integrity of organics. He spent his early career working for agribusiness giants, International Harvester, J.I. Case, and the FMC Corporation, but made a paradigm shift to organic agriculture in the early 1980s after suffering a debilitating illness. His adherence to an exclusively organic diet was instrumental in restoring and maintaining his good health. That shift led him to start farming organically on his own and to establish an industry-related consultancy. In 2004, he co-founded The Cornucopia Institute and built a reputation as one of the most recognizable and effective organic industry watchdogs. Mr. Kastel lives on a 160-acre organically managed farm in the rugged hills of southwestern Wisconsin, near the tiny burg of Rockton, where, as executive director of OrganicEye, he continues to advocate for economic justice for family farmers and to preserve the foundational precepts of organic farming. Check out Kastel’s Kitchen, where Mark shares tips and tricks for decoding organics! Follow OrganicEye on Facebook Mark and Dianne discuss protecting the organic food system: 01:15 – Mark explains the mission of OrganicEye 04:00 – How Mark got involved with organics 10:54 – Mark talks about the organic label standards 14:41 – The nuances of the chemicals allowed in organic farming 20:50 – Who are the organic certifiers? 29:05 – The shortcomings of the USDA 34:13 – Mark’s tips for how consumers can positively participate in the organic system 44:20 – How you can connect with OrganicEye NTI’s PodTalk is available on all major podcast platforms!  Find us by searching “NTI PodTalk” in your favorite podcast platform or following any of the links below. Hear more from food system advocates! Organic Agriculture and Advocating for the Organic Marketplace with Kestrel Burcham Protecting Farmers and their Consumers with Alexia Kulwiec Become an Advocate for Yourself! At Nutrition Therapy Institute, we teach students the ‘what’  and  the ‘why’, along with how to evaluate research. It’s important to get informed and make informed decisions about your health and wellness. Become a Nutrition Therapist Master and create a positive impact! Reach out to our admissions counselors now, or attend our informational webinar to discover how you can arm yourself with the essential tools to optimize wellness. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference. Take action today! This discussion is not intended to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, nor in any way imply that Nutrition Therapists who graduate from NTI are qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy. The scope of practice for graduates of NTI is to deliver therapeutic nutrition guidance to our clients which helps support their natural biology to achieve optimal function in whatever wellness path they are on. Share this post!

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