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Time to Regenerate the Meaning of Sustainable Ag.Dave Carter New Hope Blogs
All Grassed Up and Nowhere to Go?Read Story
Future of Natural and Organic Food Tied to Ag in the MiddleRead Story
Ag Isn't All Sun and FunRead Story
Industrial ag shortchanges consumers and farmers (NewHope360 Blog)Read Story
Next crop of organic farmers needs careful cultivation (NewHope 360 Blog)Read Story
Water: The new carbon (NewHope 360 Blog)Read Story
Patience and persistence win new markets for non-GMO labelRead Story
Approval of non GMO meat label is 'huge win' for industry, consultant saysRead Story
Is Organic Affordable?Read Story
The true cost of unhealthy food: Lessons from meat production (May 1, 2010)Back
From Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine, May 2010
Unsavory practices in meat processing have captured the public spotlight in recent months. The Oscar-nominate documentary, Food Inc., stunned audiences across the country with scenes depicting the dark recesses of the food-processing business. More recently, articles in Time, the The New York Times and other media outlets have generated a firestorm of public discussion on meat-processing practices.
One topic, however, seems largely absent from these discussions: price. It's a sore subject, but the food system cannot be reformed without increasing the prices customers pay.
The backside of antibiotics in agricultureRead Story
Today's customers want to know the facts behind the food they buy. Packaging with pastoral farm images no longer suffices; these customers want to know the people and practices involved in bringing food from the farms to their tables.
An increasingly complex web of governmental regulation and private certification seek to provide customers with that information. This sea of certification protocols and label claims can be overwhelming for manufacturers and customers alike.
Dave Carter of Crystal Springs Consulting, Inc. works with farmers, manufacturers, marketers and federal agencies to cut through the clutter and confusion.
Crystal Springs Consulting specializes in:
- Identifying the production protocols, certification claims and regulatory requirements that will differentiate a product in the marketplace.
- Assisting companies in "telling the story" behind those protocols.
- Crystal Springs Consulting is dedicated to restoring customers' faith in the marketplace, and in the products they purchase. Let us help you build profitability by promoting the authenticity of your products.