US organic industry valued at nearly $29 billion in 2010

first_imgThe organic industry grew at a rate of nearly eight percent in 2010, bucking the current trend whereby “flat is the new growth” for many other segments of the economy. Further, some sectors of the organic market enjoyed annual growth of well over 30 percent, the Brattleboro-based Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed today in releasing findings from its 2011 Organic Industry Survey. In 2010, the organic industry grew to over $28.6 billion.”While total U.S. food sales grew by less than one percent in 2010, the organic food industry grew by 7.7 percent,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director. “Consumers continue to vote with their dollars in favor of the organic choice. These results illustrate the positive contribution organic agriculture and trade make to our economy, and particularly to rural livelihoods,” Bushway said.She added, “The good news is that even as the economic recovery crawls forward, the organic industry is thriving ‘ and hiring.” In 2010, 40 percent of surveyed organic companies reported positive full-time employment growth. Companies with fewer than five employees were least likely to add full-time employees (23 percent). About half of companies with more than 50 employees experienced positive full-time employment growth. What’s more, in 2011, 46 percent of respondents anticipate an increase in employment over 2010 levels. In addition, 50 percent expect employment to remain even, and only five percent foresee a decrease.Experiencing the most growth, organic fruits and vegetables, which represent 39.7 percent of total organic food value, and nearly 12 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales, reached nearly $10.6 billion in 2010, up 11.8 percent from 2009 performance. Organic dairy, the second-largest category, experienced nine percent growth to achieve a value of $3.9 billion, and captured nearly six percent of the total U.S. market for dairy products.In the organic non-food sector, organic supplements led, with a value of $681 million, representing 7.4 percent growth over 2009 figures. Organic fiber (linen and clothing) totaled a value of $605 million, achieving 16 percent year-over-year growth. Personal care products, at $490 million, increased 6.6 percent from 2009. The 63-page report is now available for purchase, priced at $795 for OTA members and $1,495 for non-members. Orders can be placed online or by contacting Angela Jagiello.Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.SOURCE Organic Trade Association BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswirelast_img read more

Nina Seigelstein: Helping Mothers on Two Continents

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezLITTLE SILVER – As an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Nina Seigelstein has helped countless women in the Two River area become mothers. This year, Seigelstein began a new trend: Raising funds to help mothers in Sierra Leone, Africa.Dr. Nina Seigelstein, an obstetrician/gynecologist, Danielle Yoos, a scrub technician from Riverview Medical Center, and Dr. Michael Karoly, an ob/gyn, performed gynecologic surgeries at the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone, Africa, on a GYN mission in January.Seigelstein founded One World Women’s Health, a nonprofit organization, and is working with Africa Surgery, Inc. to build a maternity ward at Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone.In 2006 Seigelstein, who has volunteered and worked in places such as Kashmir, Ghana, and a Navajo reservation, left her position at a lucrative ob/gyn practice to help women in Sierra Leone, a place with no running water, where residents were recovering from a civil war, and where many women suffer from debilitating and life-threatening conditions such as fistulas, pelvic masses and ruptured uteruses. Many had never seen a doctor, much less a gynecologist.Children and the medical team at Makeni, Sierra Leone.With a little courage and a big heart, Seigelstein, along with two friends who are also doctors, spent two weeks visiting two Sierra Leone hospitals, treating ob/gyn patients and performing surgeries.“This was right after the war and we didn’t know what we were walking into,” Seigelstein says.The doctors’ visit was so unprecedented, it warranted a mention on the radio in Sierra Leone – there are only five ob/gyns in the entire country. Patients came from rural villages miles away and lined up for hours, suffering from everything from fibroid tumors to prolapsed uteruses.Many of the women were having trouble getting pregnant; they had been raped multiple times, had sexually transmitted diseases and were infertile. Some had endured prolonged labors resulting in obstetrical fistulas. Almost all had lived through physical and emotional pain and grief.Dr. Seigelstein, founder of One World Women’s Health, israising money to build a maternity ward in a Sierra Leonehospital.Mindful to be sensitive to various Christian, Muslim and tribal beliefs, and with the help of translators and gestures, the doctors communicated with a variety of languages, including English, Portuguese, Creole, Pidgin English and multiple tribal languages.At Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Seigelstein found medical personnel willing to help and women in desperate need of care. “The hospital was well run but dirt poor,” she says.  “There was no maternity ward.”Within a year Seigelstein had formulated the plan to build a maternity ward.After establishing One World Women’s Health, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Seigelstein, who now works as an assistant surgeon for ob/gyn surgeries at Riverview Medical Center, spread the word to raise money for the building project. She also enlisted other medical professionals to accompany her on ob/gyn missions to Makeni.“We come in for two weeks and operate on as many people as we can safely,” she says.During her most recent mission in January, Seigel­stein, Dr. Michael Karoly, an ob/gyn with a practice in Little Silver and Hazlet, and Danielle Yoos, scrub technician from Riverview Medical Center, performed 22 life-altering gynecologic surgeries in 12 days. They repaired severe uterine prolapses, removed fibroid tumors and performed perineal reconstructions, among countless other procedures.The medical team from the Two River area performed 22 gynecologic surgeries in 12 days.While volunteers travel at their own expense, Riverview Medical Center donated all the surgical supplies.Life is not easy on these missions – there are malaria precautions, unfamiliar dishes and limited cold showers – but the work is rewarding. “None of us slept well,” Seigelstein says. “We’re out of sorts, jet lagged, wrapped in mosquito nets at night.”However, she said, the discomfort is  worth it “because you feel like you can make a change.”The visits can put a strain on the hospital when the doctors arrive because the new patients fill the wards.“We pay for the surgeries and the electricity that we use,” she says. “We don’t want to bankrupt the hospital.”The afflictions that these patients suffer from are a far cry from the cases the doctors treat in their everyday U.S. suburban practices. “These women have far worse problems, and they’ve been living with them for years,” says Seigelstein, who has treated women suffering for 20 years from severely prolapsed uteruses, a condition that occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus.Since she’s been involved with Holy Spirit Hospital, Seigelstein says there has been slow progress. Water is still pumped from a well, limited electricity is run on generators, but there’s hope. The hospital now can accommodate doctors who arrive on a rotating schedule to perform reconstructive surgeries, treat orthopedic injuries and war injury burns.Women in Sierra Leone suffer from one of the highest mortality rates in the world.With the help of Inger Nielsen, a Danish midwife from Massachusetts, the foundation has built a relationship with the Midwifery School of Makeni, which just graduated its first class. The new midwives will be a welcome addition to the maternity ward. In addition, arrangements are being made with Tufts Medical Center in Boston, to establish a program to bring rotating ob/gyn residents and medical students to the hospital.In the meantime, Seigel­stein has shared her stories and photos of the women of Makeni and One World Women’s Health with many area residents who have made donations. The first phase of construction of the maternity ward is beginning and Seigelstein looks forward to her next visit.“It takes courage for these women to come to a hospital that you don’t understand and have strangers operate on you,” she says.The women, who live in leaf and mud huts that wash away every rainy season, often live continuously with pain and loss. “There’s a feeling of resignation among the women.”Seigelstein says she watched mothers who have just lost their newborns struggle only briefly. “They’re so used to death being a part of life. They know you’re just supposed to move on.” Women in Sierra Leone suffer from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.“I know I’m looking at them through Western eyes and I see a lot of strength,” Seigelstein says. “It feels very good to help them.”For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to help make a life-changing difference in a mother’s life, visit read more

Sterling named player of the month

first_imgRaheem Sterling has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was on the shortlist after a superb start to the season, but the award went to the Harlesden-raised Manchester City player.Antonio Valencia of Manchester United and Hull City defender Curtis Davies were also in the running.“To receive personal awards is great, but it really is all about the team,” said Sterling.“We’re only just at the beginning of the campaign and there is a long way to go, but I only hope that this is a sign of things to come and by the end of the season the team will be getting our hands on some silverware.”The stats suggested Hazard would be the winnerSee also:Praise for Sterling after Man City winThe stats show Hazard must be player of the monthFans on Twitter react to Sterling beating Hazard to awardInjured Sterling out of England squadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Minister Sisulu’s statement on South Africa’s vote on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

first_imgMinister Sisulu’s statement on South Africa’s vote on the situation of human rights in MyanmarAs part of the review of South Africa’s Foreign Policy, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, is considering guidelines that will inform South Africa’s voting in various multilateral fora as South Africa’s prepares to assume its non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020. These guidelines will also apply in other key political and technical agencies such as the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.These guidelines were discussed extensively at the recently concluded Heads of Mission Conference and are underpinned by the values and principles of South Africa’s Constitution and its national interests. In this regard, the Minister will in due course give a voting directive to the South African delegation in New York pertaining to the situation of human rights in Myanmar, ahead of the upcoming Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly  (UNGA)  in December 2018.South Africa expresses its deep concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar and calls for an end to the human suffering experienced by the Rohingya people. South Africa has consistently condemned human rights violations in Myanmar,  including at the recent Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting held in Durban.The Ministerial voting directive will supersede the South African vote that was cast on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the 3rd Committee of the UNGA that took place on the 16th of November 2018.South Africa remains on guard at all times to ensure that votes on country-specific human rights resolutions are not used to engage in regime changes and destabilize countries.Enquiries: Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838, [email protected] BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONlast_img read more

Beyond the Backpack: Duffel Builds Your Travel Dossier

first_imgIt’s almost a rite of passage for North Americans to go abroad in search of themselves. I believe the rest of you call us “ugly Americans.” We are the smelly people on your crowded subways, the drunk people in your religious festivals and often, the slack-jawed map readers blocking you during morning rush hour. Duffel offers us a chance to change that. In July, ReadWriteWeb covered a list of travel trends including group planning, mapping tools and recommendation engines. Duffel combines all three in one easy-to-use dashboard. The point of Duffel is to clip ideas from anywhere on the web and create a travel dossier for your planning purchases. Naturally, your collection is called your duffel. While the name conjures images of post-College backpacking, this is not necessarily only for budget travelers. Upon creating your first duffel you are automatically offered activity and hotel recommendations in both the high and low price range. From here you can add the events, hotels, restaurants and notes of your choosing. Travel dates are kept in a neat column on the right and recommended activities, restaurants, hotels, modes of transportation and notes are kept on the left to be dragged and dropped into the corresponding travel dates. For faster brainstorming and deal clipping, users can also install a browser bookmark. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups One of the great features of this site is that as soon as you create your first duffel, you are automatically offered a “remember to bring” section. For a trip to Paris in December, I received a reminder to bring my camera charger, phone charger and passport. While any trip to another continent should also probably remind us to bring universal chargers, this isn’t a bad start. Once your duffel is established and named, you can invite friends to add recommendations. This is particularly useful for transportation options as subway and train navigation is a must in getting around Europe and Asia. A handy map view also gives you a detailed look at your lodgings in relation to your activities and points of interest. Once you’re happy with your duffel, you can print out the entire package including the maps for offline perusal. While this service certainly offers some overlap to sites like Triporama, the fact that it removes the noise of group polls and tasks means that you’re free to concentrate on the fun stuff. To check out Duffel visit Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

Verizon iPhone Expected Today

first_imgTags:#Apple#mobile#news#web Ouch!CDMA iPhone Confirmed?Notably, AT&T’s above statement not only confirms the existence of the Verizon iPhone itself, but also its technical nature: CDMA, not LTE.?For those unfamiliar with the acronyms, CDMA is Verizon’s equivalent of 3G while LTE is 4G. (Although the term “4G” has been transformed into marketing lingo for “next generation, high speed networks” – none of the U.S.’s “4G” networks actually meet the standards requirements).That’s an interesting detail about the Verizon iPhone because, last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, Verizon announced a slew of LTE-capable phones, all of which were running Google’s Android mobile operating system.It appears that the choice Verizon will be presenting its smartphone shoppers is this: do you want a Verizon iPhone, or a 4G Android? Arguably, the supposed lack of 4G technology in the iPhone could make that a tougher decision for those who know and care about network speeds. However, that may not include most mainstream consumers.According to Elisabeth Rainge, an analyst at IDC, “regular consumers think more about the handset than the network.” She wondered: “if they build LTE, will they come?”Nielsen’s latest survey revealed that same sentiment was found among many U.S. adults. The firm asked more than 2,100 U.S. adults about 4G technology to gauge consumer awareness and perceptions, as well as purchase intent.The results showed that while 83% were aware of 4G, half said they did not understand it. And 71% reported they were not planning on buying a 4G device within the next 12 months. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img This morning, live from New York City’s Lincoln Center, Verizon Wireless is holding a special press event where it’s expected the company will reveal, at long last, the Verizon iPhone. It’s a move that will end AT&T’s exclusivity over the wildly popular Apple smartphone once and for all.The event is being hosted by Lowell McAdam, Verizon President and COO, and will likely see Apple CEO Steve Jobs grace the stage as well.AT&T has been prepping for the loss of its exclusive rights to carry the iconic device by slashing prices on the iPhone 3GS, lowering it to just $49, obviously in the hopes of roping people into a cellular contract in advance of Verizon’s announcement.AT&T & Verizon Trading BarbsAT&T, which has been the only carrier with the iPhone for three-and-a-half years in the U.S., has even started to publicly dismiss the Verizon version of the phone. For example, AT&T PR spokesperson Larry Solomon sent Business Insider the following statement yesterday:“The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”He also explained that AT&T’s GSM technology is faster than Verizon’s CDMA technology.That same exact wording was released by AT&T Mark Siegel in a statement given to The New York Times.Verizon then fought back, releasing a statement of its own:“AT&T is known for a lot of things, but network quality is not one of them,” said Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless. “Typically companies try to call attention to their strongest suit.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Many AT&T Defectors?Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray told NYT that Verizon could activate as many as 9 million iPhones this year, or as much as 40% of its total smartphone sales for the year. He said that up to 6.5 million of those could be from AT&T.Meanwhile, Credit Suisse estimates that AT&T will have 18.4 million iPhone subscribers in 2010, of which 15.9 million (86%) will be under contract, according to The Wall St. Journal. And analyst Jonathan Chaplin estimates that Verizon will sign up 9.6 million subscribers through 2012, 1.3 million of which will be from AT&T.The discrepancy in the numbers show that not even analysts are sure of the effect this move will have on the subscriber bases of the two networks, only that there will be one. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

How to Create HDR Timelapse Videos

first_imgLearn how to create an edgy HDR timelapse video using your DSLR and video editing application like Adobe After Effects.In an earlier post we rounded up the very best HDR videos, terrific projects ripe for creative inspiration.  You may be wondering, “so how do I give MY video projects that unique look?”HDR, or high dynamic range, is a type of imaging that allows for a wide range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image.  Traditional HDR photography is done by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and then combining them.  With still photography its a straightforward process, but it gets a bit more complicated with HDR video.In the following video tutorials, Drew Geraci over at shares his formula for creating high quality HDR timelapse videos.  The basis of his training comes from his own work creating HDR videos – some of his work was featured in our “best of” roundup!The HDR video tutorials are broken into two sections.  The first covers setting your camera up for shooting an HDR timelapse, while the second video explores post production techniques in After Effects and an application called HDR Expose.Although Drew demos his camera setup with a Canon 5D Mark II, the changes can be applied with any pro camera model.HDR video tips in the 1st tutorial include:Shooting in manual mode and continuous shooting.Bracketing your camera for multiple shots with different exposure settings.Manually set your white balance.Working with a remote timer to set shooting intervals and frame capture. HDR video tips in the 2nd tutorial include:Running your images through Photoshop Image Processor to compress the quality of the image (for shorter processing times)Using HDR Expose to merge images and create a custom HDR recipe (HDR Expose avaliable for PC and MAC here).*Bring merged images into After Effects to compile into video composition.Adding curve effects to modify brightness, contrast and highlights.For a free scripting option see Anthony van Winke’s advanced HDR auto-stacking script for Adobe Bridge (requires some comfortability with scripting).For anyone interested in creating HDR videos, these tutorials provide a great jump-off point.  Big thanks to Drew Geraci for sharing them with the photography and video production communities!How do you create your HDR videos?  Do you use a different workflow?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Donald Miller on Why Building a Storybrand Motivates Buying Decisions – Episode #97

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:01 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOne of the most influential books in Anthony’s life in recent years has been Donald Miller’s, “ A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” Since the publication of that book, Donald has written another, this time oriented toward business. In this conversation, Anthony chats with Donald about his newest book, “Building a Storybrand” in an effort to unpack exactly what it means to be a Storybrand, how it impacts the way a company relates to its prospects and customers, and the way it leads to success like nothing else.Donald Miller on How Building a Storybrand Motivates Buying Decisions – on this episode Click To TweetBuilding a Storybrand requires that you focus on your customer’s story, not yoursMany companies position their marketing around the benefits and features of their product or service. But companies that understand what it means to be a Storybrand take another approach. They focus on their customer’s journey, the story that is happening in the lives of those they serve. They do so in an effort to not only connect with their customers on a personal level but also to express that they understand them and care about the challenges they face in life. It’s at that point that they have become empathetic in their customer’s eyes, and as a result become a brand the customer is eager to follow. Find out more about how you can position your company and your sales endeavors around this concept of being a Storybrand.The customer is the hero of the story. Your brand isn’t. Companies that get that and communicate it effectively are poised for successIn this conversation, Anthony and his guests, Donald Miller highlight a number of examples of companies that have effectively made their customer the hero of the story. It may sound like an odd approach but it has resulted in amazing brand loyalty and sales for the companies that get it right. Donald Miller explains what it means to be a Storybrand, how companies can move in that direction, and why communicating in a way that demonstrates empathy for the customer is powerful over the long haul. Don’t miss this episode.The customer is the hero of the story. Your brand isn’t. Companies that get that and communicate it effectively are poised for success – Donald MillerClick To TweetPeople don’t buy the best products and services, they buy the ones they can understand the fastestOne of the most important aspects of marketing that applies to business, politics, or any endeavor that is trying to affect popular opinion, is that in order for a message to be communicated effectively it has to be communicated in a way that enables the listener to understand it with the least amount of effort. In this conersation, Donald Miller points out how President Donald Trump did that effectively in his election campaign and how many brands are doing the same thing to great success. It’s an art form as much as it is a tactic and on this episode of In The Arena, Donald explains how to do it.Brands that participate in their customer’s transformation achieve enormous success in the marketplaceEvery sales professional desires to be part of a company that achieves enormous success in their Marketplace. It’s one of the signs of personal achievement that we all strive for. The brands that accomplish that to the greatest degree are the ones that participate in the transformation their customers experience that comes from using their products or services. What does it mean to actually participate in that transformation? On this episode, Donald Miller highlights the difference between participation and observation, and gives some practical tips about how to become a Storybrand, a company that focuses on the customer’s story to build brand loyalty.Brands that participate in their customer’s transformation achieve enormous success in the marketplace – Donald MillerClick To TweetOutline of this great episode The impact Donald’s book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” has had on Anthony and why it’s so powerful Why Donald chose to write a business book and how he came to do it The premise that the customer is the hero, not your brand – why it matters What are we trying to do by branding with stories in the first place What is an aspirational identity and why is it important? Why the U.S. is the place with a greater focus on personal improvement How you can get Donald’s free bonus after purchasing the bookResources & Links mentioned in this – Donald’s website and online toolsMaslow’s hierarchy of needsElon MuskBOOK: A Million Miles in a Thousand YearsBOOK: Building a StorybrandBOOK: Immigration Wars by Jeb BushiPad add featuring a clip of Robin Williams’ voice from “Dead Poet’s Society”The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeBuilding a #Storybrand requires that you focus on your #customer’s story, not yours @DonaldMiller – on this episode #sales #marketingClick To TweetPeople don’t buy the best products and services, they buy the ones they can understand the fastest – Donald MillerClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Mane: No-one saying we overpaid for Van Dijk now

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Mane: No-one saying we overpaid for Van Dijk nowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Sadio Mane says no-one can say they “overpaid” for Virgil van Dijk today.The Dutch centre-back produced another dominant performance in Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolves which kept the Reds’ title challenge on track.“It’s been a big, big impact. We’ve all seen it,” Mane said.“Of course at the time he signed people were thinking that the club had over-paid for Virgil.“But since then everyone has forgotten about the fee because his form has been so good. He’s done such a great job for us back there. I am so happy to have him as a team-mate.“He’s one of the leaders. You can see it in every single game. He has proved he’s one of the best defenders in the world.”Van Dijk also wrapped up the points at Molineux with his first Premier League goal for the Reds with a classy finish from Mo Salah’s cross. Mane is convinced there will be many more to come.“I said to Virgil: ‘Finally, you have scored in the Premier League for us!'” Mane joked.“It had been a long time. Everyone is happy for him and he’s such a good player that I’m sure that more goals will follow for him.” last_img read more