Provender News

Sustainable Packaging: From Petroleum To Plants

September 19th 2019

by PCC Sound Consumer PCC’s plastic footprint just got a lot lighter. Company-wide, PCC has switched deli containers from petroleum-based plastic to plant-based compostables. It may sound like a small change, but those clear containers make up more than 80% of the petroleum-based plastic pieces used in PCC’s deli each year. This move is estimated to eliminate more than 8 million pieces of petroleum-based plastic a year. The impact will grow even larger as we open five new stores and [Read More]

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Fair World Project Redesigns Reference Guide to Fair Trade Labels

September 19th 2019

by Fair World Project Are you a decision-maker for purchases at your natural foods co-op or grocery store, or simply want to be an informed consumer making conscious choices with the dollars you spend? If so, Fair World Project’s Reference Guide to Fair Trade Labels will help you with those decisions. This updated reference guide has been newly redesigned. It is now easier to understand and includes letter grades to rank each label on key criteria, based on the analysis [Read More]

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Staffing the Point-of-Sale Function

September 19th 2019

by Carolee Colter, Consultant – Columinate Once retail stores reach a point where it no longer works to have every buyer maintain the prices for their own products in the point-of-sale (POS) system, the question arises—how shall we staff the POS function? Who will enter and manage items and prices to keep the POS system current so that the front-end staff can quickly and accurately check out customers and the departments can track their margins? Should the POS and [Read More]

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Agricultural Innovation in the Balkans

September 19th 2019

By Jennifer Gerrity, COO of Mountain Rose Herbs A new approach to farming has taken root alongside this centuries-old trade, creating new opportunities and ensuring high-quality herbs continue to thrive in this pristine land. When it comes to biodiversity, Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in Europe, its abundant botanical offerings protected by a unique and strictly enforced government system (through its Ministry of Environment and Water) designed to ensure the survival of its habitats, flora, and fauna. Many [Read More]

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Screen Time Overload and Scientific Aromatherapy

September 19th 2019

by Amy Pereira BS, CHNC, RYT-200, C-MI Despite the amazing technological advancements that benefit us, there’s a delicate balance to strike and a time and a place to put down the tech. A recent study from Common Sense Media shows that screen time use for entertainment is at an all-time high for both children and adults alike. According to their research, today’s innately tech-savvy children from 12-18 years of age spend an average of 9 hours a day in front [Read More]

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Is Fair Trade Helping Workers?

September 19th 2019

By Anna Canning, Fair World Project “Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers.” That was the headline of a much-circulated article a few weeks ago. Like many headlines, there is a lot of nuance lost in the telling—and a kernel of truth. The study in question, “Effects of Fairtrade on the livelihoods of poor rural workers,” inaccessible without academic or press credentials, looked at cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire who were members of fair trade certified cooperatives and [Read More]

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A Little Bit of Praise Goes a Long Way

September 19th 2019

by Mark Mulcahy, Consultant – Organic Options Most of us would love it if our new and part-time employees would stick around and be a positive part of our crew for a long time. It saves us time and money, can create a better shopping environment and is definitely better for morale. In fact, those who really like working at our store often become our next round of managers. There are several things you can do to keep them [Read More]

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New Labels Hope To Enhance What “Organic” Can Mean

September 19th 2019

By Max Goldberg, guest contributor Sound Consumer September 2019 We’re approaching a historic time for the organic industry. After nearly 20 years of the federal government overseeing the National Organic Program, two new organizations—each one powerful in its own way—are trying to enhance what “organic” can mean. Both organizations are introducing stringent new labels meant as add-ons to the existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic seal. While the USDA organic seal remains the only organic label regulated and enforced [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2019

Green Living Journal Fall Issue

September 19th 2019

The Fall issue of the Green Living Journal is now on the Street at over 650 locations, as well as online. This issue’s theme is “Changing Direction”.Read the full issue of articles here.  

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Organic Farmers Association Urges U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to Keep Genetic Engineering Out of Organic

September 17th 2019

edited reprint from a letter by Kate Mendenhall, Organic Farmers Association Note: Provender Alliance signed on as an organization to endorse the OFA letter sent to the U.S. Secretary of Department of Agriculture (listed farther below). On July 17th at the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research hearing, Under Secretary Greg Ibach said that he was interested in considering new technologies like gene-editing in organics.   The Organic Farmers Association is disturbed by this comment.   While genetic [Read More]

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Free Herbalism Workshops in Eugene on October 13 – Hosted by Mountain Rose Herbs

September 17th 2019

Free Herbalism Workshops in Eugene, OR on October 13: Featuring Expert Herbalists Nicole Telkes and Doug Elliot Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), is proud to present its 13th Free Herbalism Project at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum on Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Free Herbalism Project is a full day of herbal education, live music, food vendors, and all the organic tea you can drink. Nicole Telkes (pronounced: Tell-KISH) will be sharing her passion surrounding Fire Cider [Read More]

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Provender Alliance Annual Educational Conference Video Highlights

September 9th 2019

Provender Alliance’s 43rd  Annual Educational Conference includes an all-day intensive focusing on Conscious Leadership, and three keynotes on Food, Farm, and Climate Justice, Moving From Fear to Discovery: Harnessing the Power of an OPEN Mind, and a presentation by West Coast writer of Hippie Food fame. Register for the conference here. You don’t want to miss out on this juicy annual event! Hands down, there’s no other conference like it in the natural products trade. Choose from a full line-up [Read More]

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OGC to Host Sustainable Food & Agriculture Perpetual Purpose Trust (SFAPPT) Annual Stakeholder Gathering

September 9th 2019

About a year ago Organically Grown Company made a decision to protect its mission for the long-term by transitioning its ownership into a purpose trust.  This groundbreaking corporate structure is a form of “steward ownership”–while most businesses serve to maximize profits for shareholders, steward-owned companies focus on maximizing returns to purpose and engaging all stakeholders. One year later, OGC is moving towards qualifying their first “stakeholder” base. Stakeholders are responsible for electing candidates to the Trust Protector Committee annually, and [Read More]

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Part-Time Executive Assistant Job Opening – Vital Leaf, Portland

August 27th 2019

COMPANY: Vital Leaf, Inc LOCATION: Portland, OR TYPE: Part-Time COMPENSATION: $16/hr. to start SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri (generally 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with flexibility) Along with a resumé, candidates must submit a written cover letter that demonstrates prior experience and alignment with company values. Candidate must have access to a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license, at least 2 years of executive support experience and positive professional references. Position Summary Vital Leaf is seeking a Part-Time Executive Assistant to serve as the primary support [Read More]

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