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What the end of the OLPP rule means for your organic food

The OLPP rule was created to ensure your organic food met the standards you’ve come to expect. That rule was just overturned. Here’s what you need to know.

It probably comes as a little surprise to anyone who reads this blog that the Trump Administration is hostile to small businesses, to everyday consumers, and to, well, animals. On December 15, 2017, they made official what everyone knew was coming: they killed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule.

Read more in this Washington Post article.

A quick review of the OLPP Rule:

The OLPP rule was developed to close a significant gap in the original USDA Organic Standards, between consumer expectations and industry practice. This gap allowed unscrupulous producers to sell cheap organic eggs and meat by raising them in factory farm conditions. As long as the feed was organic, it didn’t matter if the animals were badly cramped and grossly mistreated.

OLPP sought to update the standards such that consumers who paid more for Organic got what they expected: humane treatment and healthy living conditions. It also sought to protect small, responsible farms that were already maintaining high standards of animal care to be able to compete with the rock-bottom prices of Big Ag Organic.

The rule was seven years in the making, going from conception, through public review, and final passage by the Obama Administration in 2016. It was the definition of a thoughtful, democratic process and should have been left in place. Out of the 47,000 public comments made about the proposed rule change, 99.9% were in favor of it.

Just 27 individual comments were opposed to the new rule. These were obviously 27 very powerful voices, however, because the Trump Administration instantly sided with this infinitesimal fraction of the country upon taking office. As Brian Levin of Perky Jerky said: “it’s just about getting the fat cat fatter.”

The results of the decision to kill the OLPP rule

The tragedy here is manifold. There are the small farmers, like those we work with every day, who will continue to have to try to absorb the actual costs of responsible farming, while their giant competitors ignore those costs. And, there are the consumers who are becoming increasingly mistrustful of the USDA Organic seal. This is so unfortunate because so many things about this voluntary standard remain important and meaningful. But it’s no wonder that trust is eroding with decisions like this one.

For now, we will keep up the fight. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has filed a lawsuit to see if a court will reverse this egregious abuse of power and process. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs will continue to offer Certified Humane Free Range, Organic eggs that meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.

And you can help too; by learning which Organic eggs are following the spirit of the rules, and which are not. Share that knowledge with your friends and family. One way to know is to look for the Certified Humane symbol, the most respected third-party animal welfare certifier in the U.S.

Why Are Eggs Sold by the Dozen? Why Not by 10s or 8s?

In an article published by nytimes.com, Stephanie Strom, a food business reporter for The Timesdiscusses why eggs are sold by the dozen rather than any other increments.

“The reason for packaging eggs by the dozen is somewhat obscured by time. But Jesse Laflamme, chief executive of Pete & Gerry’s Organics, an egg producer, said he believes it dates back to a measurement system that evolved in England after the Romans arrived in roughly the first century.”

“… in the United States, a vast majority of eggs are sold by the dozen, half-dozen and other multiples of 12. But in India and parts of Africa, it isn’t unusual to buy eggs by the piece, and in some countries they may be sold by 10s or 8s. Let’s just say it’s not an eggs-act science.”

Your daily dose of interesting egg facts.

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Eggs are Powerful Symbols at Passover

 

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When Passover begins tomorrow, families all over the world will gather for a Seder, or ritual meal. No matter what’s served, eggs are always on the table as powerful symbolic foods.

Many families dip hard-boiled eggs in salt water, to commemorate the tears and sweat of their ancestors’ enslavement in Egypt. And a hard-boiled egg, usually roasted, is placed on the Seder plate—its roundness suggesting the cycle of life, rebirth, and renewal. Its burnt, sometimes cracked shell is also a reminder of ancient sacrificial offerings.

If you’re roasting one of our organic eggs, you’ll find its brown color is striking. Just hard-boil the egg first, and place in a 350°F oven until it starts getting a burnt, cracked look—about 15-20 minutes.
All of us at Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs wish you a warm, healthy Passover. Chag Sameach!

Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC Becomes World’s First Animal Farm Business to Achieve B Corporation Certification

An article was published by csrwire.com about how Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC became the world’s first animal farm business to achieve B Corporation Certification.

“Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC, the parent company for both the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and the Nellie’s Cage-Free Eggs brands, is the first animal farming business in the world to be named a Certified B Corporation, joining more than 960 other companies in 32 countries that use business as a force for good.”

“Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.”

Pete and Gerry’s is proud to join the other great brands that are B Corporation Certified and to make a positive difference with their brand.

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Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Nellie’s Cage Free Eggs enjoyed being a part of the Strolling of the Heifers again this year.

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

MOO!

Thankfully the rain that came was light unlike last year which brought a great crowd to view the heifers strolling down Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Families and people who attended enjoyed a weekend full of events in support of family farming. Events during the weekend included the Slow Living Summit where our very own Jesse Laflamme was featured in a panel discussion, a quiche cook-off, the parade of heifers, a festival which included our famous Slow Living Breakfast and our education tent, and a Farmer’s Breakfast on Sunday that included a quiche made with our Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.

Please enjoy some the photos from this fantastic family weekend at the Strolling of the Heifers.

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Our Education Tent Helpers

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Chickens and kids

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Cluck!

Strolling of the Heifers 2013

Pete & Gerry’s Organic Breakfast Sandwiches for Everyone. Yum!

 

Around the Coop-We are thankful for our family farmers

We are proud to be a family farm and are also very thankful for all of the hard work that our family farmers do every day producing eggs for us.

Family Farmer-Emory Martin

Emory Martin was our first family farmer. He started producing eggs for us in 2002 after taking over his family’s Pennsylvania farm. Like many small farmers, he has multiple sources of income.

How many years have you been farming, Emory?

I grew up on a farm working with my father. All my life except for a few years when I worked for a poultry barn cleaning company.

Besides producing eggs for Pete & Gerry’s, do you have other sources of income?

We raise corn, barley, soy and hothouse tomatoes. We also have a farm stand here on the farm.

What’s your favorite part of farming?

Well, I like crop farming the best, but I do like working with the hens.

 What keeps you farming?

I like having the family together on the farm. We all work together.

Thank you for doing a great job producing eggs, Emory. Keep up the good work!

 

Run*Recycle*Repeat at the VT 100 on 100 Relay with Athletes for a Fit Planet

Heart of Vermont Productions

Did you know that we have teamed up with Athletes for a Fit Planet as one of their Green Partners to help reduce the environmental footprint on race day? This summer we have been actively participating in the greening of several different athletic events-The Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta, GA), The Beach to Beacon 10K (Cape Elizabeth, ME), The Falmouth Road Race (Falmouth, MA), The USA Triathlon National Championship (Burlington, VT) and the VT 100 on 100 Relay (Stowe, VT-Ludlow-VT) and in September we will be at Reach the Beach NH (Franconia, NH to Hampton Beach NH).

Reduce your environmental Footprint

Bruce Raynor, the Chief Green Officer of Athletes for a Fit Planet works with race directors as a consultant to develop a plan for creating more sustainable race events. A Fit Planet helps events to become “Green Certified” which includes taking the Pledge of Sustainability. A Fit Planet is working on this initiative with the Active Network and the Council for Responsible Sport  Part of that plan includes providing recycling, composting, and garbage removal options for race day. Also, A Fit Planet has worked with companies such as Water Monster which provides the no waste-option for hydration of

Be Green~RECYCLE

athletes on race day. The Water Monster System is a bulk water system for use with refillable re-usable water bottles to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles on race day.  This system was in place at the Vermont 100 on 10 Relay last weekend.  With the Water Monsters placed at recycling stations along the course there was a significant reduction in the amount of recycling and waste on race day.

Thirsty Runners love Water Monster

If you are an eco-conscious athlete, please take the Athletes For a Fit Planet Eco-PledgeBy taking the pledge you are promising to take action by supporting eco-friendly race events as well as to stay committed to recycling and other earth friendly practices during your daily life. We wholeheartedly support keeping our bodies fit as well as our planet.

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Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs not affected by egg recall!

Over 200 million eggs have been recalled recently by another company due to a concern over Salmonella stemming from a single Rose Acre Farms location in North Carolina.

None of our eggs are part of this recall as we would never produce eggs on a factory farm of that size or style. If you’re concerned about eggs you purchased recently, see what brands have been recalled.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are produced responsibly and safely on small family farms. Learn more about why our eggs are different.