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Now accepting nominations for Rising Star CEO group 2018 membership!

Earlier this year OSC2 launched a new chapter, the Rising Star CEO group, for emerging, mission-aligned Founders & CEO’s in the natural products industry. The five charter members, included, Jesse Solomon, Founder/CEO of Emmer & Co., Lisa Curtis CoFounder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, Joshua McHugh, Founder and CEO of Living Intentions, Miyoko Schinner, Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Kitchen, and Sarah & Andrew Gordon, CoFounders of Square Organics.…

How to connect with your audience on climate change (and everything else)

These are the crucial components of an effective message, as told by the director of the Center for Climate Change Communications at George Mason University.

Lara Dickinson | Sep 29, 2017

This year’s Natural Products Expo East 2017 had a new—and vital—session on how to change behavior through effective communications. For the first time, New Hope Network brought together 70-plus key bloggers, writers and other influencers in the natural products industry for a daylong Influencer Summit.

THE NEWEST #EXPOEAST TREND: CLIMATE ACTION

Recap of Expo East 2017

From breakfast briefings to happy hours, the enthusiasm for climate action was palpable at last week’s Expo East. In the midst of the bustling trade show floor, we witnessed a passionate, fast-growing community of natural products manufacturers, retailers, distributors and brokers coming together to act on climate.

I love Expo East.

Wielding Our Forks For Good

Reposted from Dr. Bronner’s Blog

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Forks for Good: I chose to adopt a vegan diet over 20 years ago, at a time in my life when I was radically reevaluating my patterns of thought and behavior, much of which was unconscious habit inherited from family and culture. I realized then that when I am in a grocery store or eating out, my ability to choose what I eat is a metaphorical knife I wield: I can use it to either slit an animal’s throat or just cut vegetables.…

Climate Day inspires at Expo West

Climate Collaborative Commitments
Photo: Brian Beasley

With education, inspiration, action (and hundreds of attendees) a tradition was born.

Bill Giebler | Mar 31, 2017

At Natural Products Expo East 2016, Climate Collaborative founders Lara Jackle Dickinson of OSC2 and Katherine DiMatteo of the Sustainable Food Trade Association presented their concept in a panel discussion (along with three supporting brands). The 75-minute session filled most of the 80 seats in the far hallway of the Baltimore convention center as the panel shared their idea: to feed the craving for coordinated industry action to address global warming.

It’s time to lead on climate issues!

The natural products industry can leverage its power to reverse climate change.

Lara Dickinson, Co-founder OSC2 and the Climate Collaborative

Feb 13, 2017  This article is a reprint with permission from New Hope Network (hyperlink to NewHope.com)

Climate change is here. We’re already feeling its effects, whether it’s an extended drought, three “hundred year” storms in the span of five years, a maple sugaring season that starts in early January, rising sea levels, or an unprecedentedly vicious hurricane season.…

OSC2 digs deep into regenerative agriculture

img_6019The food industry’s response to climate change as a whole has not matched the scale of the problem, but some natural product companies are leading the way. Here’s how three are investing in regenerative agriculture.

Lara Dickinson | Nov 18, 2016

This November, on a warm evening in downtown San Francisco, OSC2 gathered industry leaders to dig deeper into the regenerative agriculture movement.…

Regenerative Agriculture panel, For the Love of Dirt, digs deep!

by Michael Anzalone

img_5983Live @ Hanson Bridgett

Thank you to all who made it out on November 3 for our latest community event, For the Love of Dirt, which focused on the power of regenerative agriculture. The message was clear. The time for us all to act is now, and the solution is literally under our feet! Thank you to our panelists for sharing their insights:

John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva – the First-Mover, who helped first introduce the idea of regenerative agriculture to many of us within the industry
David Bronner, CEO of Dr.

Cowbells are Ringing at Esca Bona

A marquis event we can take further

By Lara Dickinson, Co-Founder OSC2
I set out for Austin, TX on Monday to participate in Esca Bona again, the second annual event. New Hope asked me to speak on the Climate Collaborative – the newest OSC2 collaborative.

Esca Bona is a small show- 278 people and capped.  It is more of an industry rally designed to capture the early spirit of Expo West when it was small, fun and cohesive because natural foods was a new and renegade industry.   …

OSC2 Nebraska Farm Tour!

By:  Lara Dickinson

October 10, 2016

The OSC2 compostable packaging collaborative set off for Omaha Nebraska on the last weekday in September for special farm tour.  Our goal was to better understand NatureWorks compostable packaging  material and how they work to address Corn GMO inputs.  A potential outcome of this could be additional packaging components and new structures that allow a greater diversity of materials to address the current issues we are facing with window haze and (perhaps more importantly) pricing.…