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2015 Folio Awards Win

I’m thrilled to share that my Specialty Food Magazine article “The GMO Debate” won top honors in the Single Article category at the 2015 Folio Eddie Awards! I feel so honored to be recognized for this project.  

The Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards celebrate gorgeous design (the “Ozzies”) and uncompromising journalism (the “Eddies”). This was the second nomination and first win I received for this article, which examines the growth of the non-GMO movement and what it means for specialty food producers and retailers.

2015 Folio Awards Nomination

Exciting news: My Specialty Food Magazine article “The GMO Debate” has been named a finalist for a 2015 Folio Eddie Award in the Single Article category. Such an honor! 

The Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards celebrate gorgeous design (the “Ozzies”) and uncompromising journalism (the “Eddies”). Winners will be revealed at a ceremony in NYC on October 19.

It’s the second nomination I’ve received for this article, which examines the growth of the non-GMO movement and what it means for specialty food producers and retailers.

The Education Destination

“Media attention and additional revenue aside, these producers see education centers as an opportunity to build brand awareness, appreciation, and loyalty. Some have larger goals and see the potential to influence broader views of the specialty food industry, to create a solid business foundation for future generations, and, at their most impactful, drive progress in the food policy landscape.” Read more …

The GMO Debate

This article is a finalist for a 2015 Folio Eddie Award! Previously, it was also nominated for a 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award.

Three little letters have become the hot-button food issue of the decade. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have brought forth a surge of impassioned campaigns both for and against their presence in the nation’s food supply. Everyone has an opinion about it—even those who don’t quite understand it. And while conventional channels may still be a few years from being caught up in the heat of the debate, the topic is white hot in specialty foods. Read more …

2014 Leadership Awards

Traditional rice farming in countries such as Bhutan, Cambodia, China and Indonesia involves a surfeit of resources that often drain farming families to the point of poverty. “Imagine being a farmer and not having enough to eat,” Levine says. With the demand for water, fertilizer, pesticides and other supplies in conventional farming, “it was a negative sum at the end of the harvest.” Read more …

Giving Back: Five Companies Making a Difference

During the planning stages of their business in late 2009, Marius Andersen’s wife, Hilary, happened upon a newspaper article describing the struggles and difficult working conditions of Burmese refugees right in their hometown of Greensboro, N.C. Their stories struck a chord with the couple, who were preparing to hire a fleet of employees for their new venture. “We figured, if we give an opportunity to the people who have the least opportunity, then this could be a good place to work,” says Andersen. Read more …

Fancy Food Show: GMO Labeling Panel Talks Transparency, Consumer Education

Throughout the session that extended past its hour-long scheduled time, panelists emphasized a focus on product transparency, building consumer awareness and transforming the supply chain to increasing production of non-GMO ingredients. Errol Schweizer of Whole Foods Market, the national specialty food retailer that announced earlier this year a plan to mandate GMO labeling for all its more than 300,000 SKUs by 2018, noted that the national retailer’s non-GMO products are selling at two to three times the rate of overall store growth. Read more …

Five Companies Giving Back

“I would like to think that, given the option, if somebody could eat chocolate that was delicious, that is as indulgent as it gets, but know that it actually comes from farmers who own their little piece of land or who are able to care for their families—that that’s going to taste better to them.” Read more …

Food Day Readies its Debut

Food Day

Food Day has a three-pronged approach as Smelkova describes it: raising awareness and educating; advocating for policy reform at local, state and federal levels; and strengthening the movement with a unified platform for the wide-ranging issues. That middle prong—government involvement—has been, to put it mildly, less than satisfactory thus far. Read more …