Changing demographics—and increasing demand for gluten-free products—have put cassava root on the radar in the United States. Victoria Garza, co-founder of Siete Family Foods , a family business making gluten-free tortillas, heard about cassava flour several years ago and even managed to find a little at a Latino market in Austin.
The category still comes in ahead of 1.1% for total food sales growth, according to the Organic Trade Association.
It has been a rough few years for the organic label. From scandals over fraudulent organic grain imports and the revelation of several factory-scale farms producing certified organic milk and eggs , to controversy around the inclusion of hydroponic or “soilless” farming and the reversal of comprehensive animal welfare rules , not to mention last week’s termination of the organic checkoff proposal , one thing is clear: The organic industry’s rapid growth may also turn out to be its downfall.
Congratulations to the winners, and their communities. Focused on organic seeds, and nutritious foods, Seeds of Change gave away $310,000 in grants to 12 community gardens and 12 school gardens.