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Fresh Take is your weekly roundup of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best lifestyle choices that benefit you and the environment. So if you’re an eco-warrior, a dedicated farmer, or just someone looking to make more conscious decisions, tune in every Monday to get your Fresh Take.
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Community supported agriculture is one model through which producers and consumers can be more connected. We sat down with Rick Martinez, Founder of Sweetwater Organic Farm, which is thought to be the first CSA in Florida, to talk about his experience with this food systems model. In this episode, hear about: - The history of the CSA model at Sweetwater Organic Farm - Challenges faced while running the CSA - Benefits to the community and producers - Tips for sustaining CSAs into the future  Learn more about Sweetwater Organic Farm on their website. Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. According to Feeding America, Florida is 3rd in the nation with the highest number of people living in food-insecure households—over 2,500,000 people.  In this episode, Katie Delaney, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) Co-Manager, and Andi Emrich, Florida Farmers Market Association Coordinator (FFMA), join us to discuss how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Fresh Access Bucks Programs (FAB) are being used to respond to these needs. In this episode, learn about: - The history of the SNAP and FAB programs - Benefits these programs provide to the food system as a whole - Where these programs operate - Resources to learn more and get involved  Learn more about the Fresh Access Bucks program on the Feeding Florida website.  Visit the Florida Farmers Market Website for more resources on Farmers Markets. Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
In our 50th episode, hear from Elizabeth Whitlow and Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez as they discuss Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) and how this form of regenerative agriculture may be one solution to the climate crisis.  Tune in to learn about: - Regenerative agriculture’s place in organic and sustainable agriculture systems - Ways that regenerative organic agriculture can help mitigate climate change effects - Long-term solutions that can come from this movement  Visit the Regenerative Organic Alliance website at https://regenorganic.org/ to learn more about Regenerative Organic Certified™.  Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Agriculture has an enormous impact on global ecosystems. As effects from climate change become more visible, it is important to address agriculture’s impact and the potential solutions that come from implementing organic and sustainable production methods. In this episode, Dr. Shade and Dr. Rodriguez discuss:   - How organic agriculture can mitigate climate change problems - Common myths and claims about organic agriculture and climate change from skeptics  - How investing in research, education and resources can help  Learn more about The Organic Center on their website: https://www.organic-center.org Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding climate change. In this episode, Mary-Elizabeth Estrada and Dr. Ram Balasubramanian discuss three climate myths:  Myth 1 - Beef consumption is bad for climate change.  Meat and dairy specifically account for around 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions. By using sustainable practices when producing meat and dairy products, greenhouse emissions can be reduced. Myth 2 - Aquatic ecosystems can easily adapt to climate change. Increasing ocean acidification, sea level rise and the increase of red tide are alarming as they can directly harm Florida’s marine ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. It is important to find and implement strategies to help protect these systems for environmental, human, and economic health. Myth 3 - Everyone switching to alternative energies will solve climate change problems. The manufacturing of alternative energy products must be sustainable to have the greatest impact. However, they are not a silver bullet solution to mitigating climate change problems. Learn more about The CLEO Institute on their website: https://cleoinstitute.orgSupport the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
There are a lot of myths surrounding food safety. In this episode, our guest speaker Dr. Schneider breaks down the truth about these often-heard food safety suggestions:  -  Always wash your fruits and vegetables, even when pre-washed.- Wash raw chicken before cooking. - Freezing food kills harmful bacteria. - It’s okay to thaw meat on the counter. - Check if your meat is done with a thermometer. - You don’t need to deep clean a grill every time it is used.  Listen in for some helpful tips for keeping food safe over the summer and especially in preparation for holidays, parties and get togethers.   Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Gardening in summer can be a challenge, especially with the Florida heat. But if you have plan, growing a summer garden is possible. In this episode, our guest speaker Dr. Rodriguez discusses: - starting a garden in summer, - what to grow in your garden, - purchasing seeds and seedlings,  - and methods for growing in different areas. When creating a plan for your garden, start by deciding what types of crops you want to grow.  UF/IFAS extension offices and agents provide great resources that help gardeners understand which plants grow well in each zone. Preparing your soil and understanding what kinds of soil to use in your raised beds or potted garden is also key.  Some examples of the crops that grow well across the state in summer are beans, eggplant, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, and watermelon. However, summer is also a great time to take a break from growing to prepare the soil for fall planting. With the summer heat, growing indoors is another option. Plants like herbs and tomatoes are a good choice. However, gardeners must keep in mind that plenty of light for many of these plants will be necessary. Consider growing plants that don’t require pollinators or learn about how to self-pollinate and the necessary requirements.  Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
In this episode, we have a conversation with Dr. Tatiana Sanchez about strategies for keeping organic gardens healthy. Dr. Sanchez gives tips on:- understanding and maintaining soil health,- strategies for preventing disease,- managing pests in your soil, - and how to correctly manage plant nutrients in your garden.When starting your garden, it’s important to begin with a soil test. Once you know what is in your soil, you will be able to amend the soil so it is richer and healthier. This will also help you select plants that will grow well in your soil. For preventing disease in your garden, it’s best to start “clean.” Make sure that the soil, seeds and plants you are planning to add to your garden are healthy and free of disease or infestation. Growing diverse types of crops can also help prevent diseases by lessening the ability for spread and encouraging different ecological shelters for beneficial microorganisms and insects. Understanding your habitat and creating an appropriate nutrient management plan is another important component to keeping your garden healthy. For more resources or questions, visit the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Program website.You can also submit photos from your garden to UF/IFAS Extension’s Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS) to receive assistance with diagnosis of diseases and plant management.Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Since COVID-19, farms across the nation have had to adapt to new and unpredictable circumstances. In Florida alone, more than $500 million dollars in crop losses were reported due to the pandemic. In this episode, our guest speaker Logan Petrey discusses: - how COVID-19 has affected her farm, - steps that have been taken to increase food safety on the farm,  - and general food safety tips going forward. Although the supply chain was most greatly affected at the beginning of the pandemic, Ms. Petrey says that effects are still being felt today.  COVID-19 caused a large shift in consumer behavior. The food service industry, which included restaurants and schools, took a big hit. However, there was an increased demand for product in other areas such as food pantries. Some products both in large- and small-scale farms saw record-breaking prices, yet the rise of cost in production because of added expense to safety for laborers offset profits.  According to the CDC, COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness – it is a respiratory illness—and no evidence of food or food packing being associated with transmission of COVID-19 has been found. It does, however, affect farm workers so keeping workers healthy is a large concern. For Ms. Petrey’s farm, increased health testing as well as spacing in production facilities, shipping departments and worker housing were some of the procedures taken to protect workers.  As for how to improve food safety on farms, Ms. Petrey recommends: - delegating a food safety point person on your farm, - creating simple standard operating procedures for any task on the farm that could compromise food safety, - educating and training all contracted employees, which may require language translation, - and attending trainings at universities to learn more about food safety. Learn more about Ms. Petrey’s farm (Grimmway Farms) by visiting their website. Find more information on the CDC website for recommendations on food safety during COVID-19. Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
We welcome Dr. Katie Sieving who is an expert in avian ecology and behavior and holds a PhD in Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution.  In this episode, Dr. Sieving discusses: how to identify birds, methods that can attract birds to your garden, why birds are important for gardens, and how to deter birds from feeding on crops.  Depending on where you live, you will encounter different birds in your garden. To become better at identifying them, find a safe spot to visit on a repeated basis, so you can observe birds, take notes on their behaviors and other characteristics. Over time, you’ll learn about how they react to their environments, what’s important to them, what they’re afraid of and what they love to eat.  To attract birds to your garden, it’s important to have cover to shade smaller birds from larger predators and to have diversity in your plants to satisfy the different functions the birds are looking for. Among the many benefits of having birds in your garden, pest management is one of the best, since they feed on many harmful crop pests. Another important role birds have is that they serve as indicators of a healthy environment. Organic producers know that the presence of birds means that there is biodiversity on the farm. This is because biodiversity is not as noticeable on farms where there has been high pesticide use. Although having birds in your garden can be beneficial, for people who grow certain fruits and vegetables, they can be a nuisance. Dr. Sieving explains some of the strategies for deterring birds from foraging such as using sounds or netting. For more information on Dr. Sieving, visit her website on UF/IFAS. Learn more about her research on using sunflowers to attract birds and research on farmers’ opinions about bird conservation and pest management on organic and conventional north Florida farms. To learn more about identifying birds, check out UF/IFAS bird and farm research leaflets or visit the Alachua Audubon Society website. Other great resources include the Audubon Birds App, National Audubon Society Field Guides and the eBook “What the Robin Knows” by Job Young.  Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Gardening provides several health benefits. Among them, our guest speaker explains how designing and nurturing your garden can contribute to your self-care. Ms. Marewski first became interested in sacred gardens through active meditation, which is a style of meditation that advocates movement followed by silence.  She explains that what we are doing physically transcends to what we are doing mentally, and that active meditation translates to the garden in a way of being totally present. “That dialogue is about the dialogue with the plants and what’s at hand. What does my garden need? What are the plants saying?” Ms. Marewski explains her process for gardening and the meditation process that goes with each step of the nurturing process. Emphasizing that it’s not just feeding our bodies with good organic food but also about nurturing our soul.  There are many types of gardens that bring joy. Gardens can be created using raised beds or tucked into landscaping and various types of plants can be grown. What is most important is to focus on what resonates most for you—whether that be an edible garden, a medicinal garden, or a pollinator garden with lots of colorful annual and perennial flowers.  As flowers are the highest expression of a plant's energy, Ms. Marewski encourages letting plants go to flower and consuming edible flowers in your diet.  She also explains some of the unique uses for edible flowers: Begonia encourages letting go Borage brings courage and optimism  Nasturtium brings balance from excess mental activity which is good for insomnia Sunnhemp is the energy of the sun so it brightens our day  For those who have issues with insomnia and sleep, she recommends Passionflower and St. Johns Wart which are both calming.  When starting your garden, she also notes the importance of using Organic soil, and explains the differences between Organic, Hybrid and GMO seeds.  Follow Gabriele’s adventures at StorySkyrts.com and learn more about Paradise Farms Organic, a showcase 5-acre certified organic farm specializing in micro-greens, baby greens, over 52 varieties of edible flowers, mushrooms, tropical fruits and vegetables located in Miami. Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Do you know how perceptions about environmental issues in politics have changed over time in Florida? How can we achieve bipartisan support on these important issues? Dr. Ram Balasubramanian and Ryan Smart provide some background on these questions and suggest strategies moving forward. Before 2010, environmental issues such as protecting Florida’s everglades and springs, conserving natural lands, rivers and beaches, and taking on polluters, was supported by both our Republican and Democratic representatives. However, Mr. Smart notes that since then, there has been much less support from both parties on taking meaningful action to protect Florida’s environment. Although Floridians are clear at the ballot box that they want their tax dollars to be spent providing more protections for the environment, many believe that the will of the people is not being upheld by the politicians in Tallahassee.  Mr. Smart says that this is due to numerous reasons such as influence from lobbyists and large industries, but especially because of a lack of regulatory action from government agencies to enforce meaningful protections, which has led to disasters such as the recent Piney Point disaster. As 70% of nitrogen pollution across the State comes from agriculture, improving this and other agricultural practices is an important place to start. Our speakers discuss how policymakers can provide more resources to help the economic viability of farmers transitioning to Organic and sustainable practices, which would have a great impact on Florida’s environment.  To reduce pollution in Florida’s waterways, stronger implementation and improvement of Best Management Practices (BMP) is another actionable step that can be taken right away.   Dr. Balasubramanian explains that organizations like FOG and the Florida Springs Council play an important role in advocating for policies and politicians that protect the environment while educating citizens who must support these initiatives on an individual basis as well.  Stay up-to-date on policy issues and how you can advocate by visiting the Florida Springs Council and FOG websites.  Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Our guests answer questions such as: How are Florida’s springs being protected? How do large companies like Seven Springs receive permits to take water for bottling purposes? What can you do to help? We cover these topics and more. With over 700 springs, Florida has the largest concentration of fresh water springs in the world. More than 90 percent of people in Northeast and Central Florida use groundwater, which comes from an aquifer, as their water supply, making the springs a reflection of what is in our drinking water.Two of the main threats facing the springs are water quality and water quantity.  Thus, controlling pollutants from contaminating the springs and how much water is taken out of the springs is key.According to Mr. Smart, despite Florida’s water use permit system, its implementation leaves a lot to be desired. With the recent Seven Springs case, a number of these issues are highlighted such as the ease of which permits can be received. To receive a permit, three factors must be taken into account: 1) there must be a reasonable beneficial use, 2) the renewing use would not encroach upon the legal rights of others, and 3) public opinion. Mr. Haskins explains the details about how the Seven Springs Water Company’s permit to take out nearly 1 million gallons of water per day was approved by the Suwanee Water Management District.The speakers also gave some strategies on how to help:-       Stay involved in the process.-       Attend Water Management District public meetings.-       Support organizations that monitor the springs.-       Reduce your bottled water usage.If you would like to learn more about what the Florida Springs Council is doing, follow this link to their website.Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Is the food we consume safe from COVID-19? How are farmers making sure it is safe to eat the fruits and vegetables they grow for all of us? Dr. Keith Schneider, food safety expert and a professor at the University of Florida’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department answers these questions and provides more information about our food system during the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Schneider explains how farm and farmworkers are threatened by the COVID-19 and what is being done. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there is no evidence that food or food packaging facilitates the transmission of COVID-19. However, Dr. Schneider reminds us that it is always important to follow good hygiene practices when handling or preparing foodsOne of the biggest production and distribution challenges farmers must deal with is their farm workers getting sick. Many produce farms are small operations run by one or two managers and a minimal crew. Thus, the safety of our food system begins on the farm and it can potentially be compromised if the workforce is out sick and cannot adequately perform the required tasks to grow and harvest crops. To protect workers and practice proper food safety at the farm level, Dr. Schneider recommends increasing the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc., as well as to emphasize the use of suitable handwashing, sanitation and personal hygiene. Other recommendations include more distance between workers, avoid clustering during breaktime, “quarantining” people that regularly work together, and the use of barriers like plexiglass so there is less transfer of respiratory droplets.Dr. Schneider also gives strategies on how to improve farm food safety:-       Put as much distance between workers as possible.-       Workers should continue to wash hands as they did before.-       Workers need to self-report illness and not go to work if they are sick.-       Administer temperature checks, although this may be ineffective as the virus can be asymptomatic.After COVID we see that keeping workers safe the top priority. Going forward, continuing with a high focus on sanitation is the best way to keep the workforce healthy, which will help businesses stay open longer.If you would like to learn more about CDC recommendations on food safety during COVID-19, visit here. Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
On this episode of Fresh Take we welcome Dr. Taylor Clem, the Alachua County Environmental and Community Horticulture Agent. Tune in to learn how you can attract hummingbirds to your garden! Dr. Clem will help our listenersidentify the ruby throated hummingbird, give landscaping tips on how to attract the beautiful bird,and inform you of the benefits these pollinators provide to our ecosystem and to our own well being!For more from Dr. Clem check out our Florida Friendly Yards episode!Dr. Taylor Clem from UF IFAS Alachua county extension services joins us to talk about the Florida Yard and Neighborhood program. Tune in to find out about the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Yards, and other best practices you can implement at home! How to introduce this practices to your HOA ... and more! Taylor Clem-Alachua County - Northeast Specialty: Environmental Horticulture2800 NE 39th AveGainesville, FL 32609-2658taylorclem87@ufl.eduTel: (352) 955-2402 Fax: (352) 334-0122Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
On this Fresh Take episode we welcome Dr. Ram Balasubramanian and Dr. Stephen Forbes. Tune in to listen to our experts share about genetically modified mosquitoes scheduled to be released in Florida and Texas.Dr. Forbes, an expert in microbiology and genetics, holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Infectious diseases track), while Dr. Balasubramanian holds degrees in Crop Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Ecological Agriculture. Learn what is a GMO mosquito and it's potential implication for Floridians. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the agency supervising the release of GMO mosquitoes into the Florida environment. The mosquitoes to be released by a third party are to be male mosquitoes, being female mosquitoes the ones needing blood to survive. The male GMO mosquitoes are to breed with female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes (disease carrying mosquitoes) and produce nonviable offspring. Ideally, the female disease carrying mosquito population will be reduced. The environmental implications are still unknown. Dr. Balasubramanian shares his concern on the development of a drug resistant "super mosquito," and also touches the lack of information available to the general public. The panel of experts share natural and organic ways of controlling mosquito population. These tips and suggestions are non toxic and can be easily followed:Get rid of standing water: puddles, ponds, etc. mosquitoes need standing water to do natural life processes. Eliminate standing water and you might be able to reduce mosquito population around you.Coffee grounds: Dr. Balasubramanian shares how he has been using coffee grounds in his property to keep mosquitoes away.Citronella/ Lemongrass: widely used as a natural mosquito repellent. Want to grow and care for your own citronella? This article explains citronella basics. If your citronella needs fertilizer, we suggest an organic fertilizer as the best alternative.Fans/ Air movement: mosquitoes don't enjoy the breeze! regular airflow might just be the solution to decrease mosquito population in your home.Want to learn more about Aedes Aegypti?Here is comprehensive guide by UF IFAS department of Entomology & Nematology. If  you live in an area where GMO mosquito is being released and have a certified organic production, please share that information with your certifying agency. If you would like to learn more about regulations and official documents surrounding this topic, follow this link to Regulations.gov.* Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Welcome Amy Vu and Dr. JC Rodriguez! We discuss the Asian Giant Hornet “murder hornet” with Amy, Extension coordinator for the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) @ UF, and Dr. JC Rodriguez, appreciated member of our staff. Amy and JC are both passionate about bees, both started their bee keeping journey during college. JC shares with us his experience handling Africanized “killer” bees, and the bad reputation around these bees and any other bees named “killer” or “murder.”It is important to emphasize that everyone will experience a different reaction to any insect. The safest is to keep your distance form any stinging insect. Amy shares about two (2) types of Asian hornets(1)    Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia): Also known as “murder hornet”(2)    Asian hornet (Vespa velutina):  NOT present in the USAAsian giant hornet first appearance was at the end of 2019. A press release was issued to report on the findings on a small area of Washington State. During the moths of March/April, coming out of the winter, 2 species were found dead.No one is 100% sure on how this specie reached the continental US, but it is believed that a queen bee was transported by a cargo ship. The Washington State Department of Agriculture has put compiled comprehensive material on the Giant Asian Hornet, how to identify it and its differences from other similar looking hornets. The Asian Giant Hornet preys on more insects than just honey bees, this kind of hornet can cause harm to other pollinators as well. Please, keep a safe distance form any stinging insect. Snap a picture if possible, that is the best proof to identify species. Visit the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab website to learn more about Amy Vu and the Research Lab!For more information on this topic, check out this document by the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory FAQs - Asian Giant Hornet. Interested in bees and managed honey bees? Check out our episode SAVE THE BEES, with Dr. Jamie Ellis from the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory! Image Credits:By Alpsdake - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21275572Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Join our talk with Tripp Pomeroy CEO of Sweetwater Organic Coffee! We chat about certified Fair Trade, certified Organic, and sustainable coffee. We also touch on the unprecedented times we are living in along with Tripp’s efforts to adapt and protect business, people, and earth! Sweetwater BeginningsIn 2004, Tripp was given the opportunity to buy-in and co-own, Café Campesino in Americus, GA. Tripp mentions this opportunity being the perfect marriage between his interests: international development and an environmentally sustainable, fair traded operation. During 2008, Café Campesino was approached by Sweetwater Organic Coffee to take over the roaster. Some of Sweetwater staff owns part of the company as they stay true to their principles. Fair Trade CoffeeTripp tells us Fair Trade is the identity of their business. Café Campesino has followed Fair Trade standards for 20 years, while Sweetwater has done it for 10 years. There is a known misconception about Fair Trade items having a higher price tag. Tripp tells us that ethically sourced coffee does not cost more to the consumer since the business absorbs the cost. Tripp emphasizes that it is possible to run and grow a sustainable business, for people and planet, and being profitable at the same time. Café Campesino is a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, a green coffee importing organization committed to fair or alternative trading relationships between farmers and roasters. Café campesino and Sweetwater Organic Coffee have maintained relationships with trading partners for 5 – 20 years. If done properly: principles + federation that regulates fair trade. change the industry equity, fair trade, transparency. COVID-19 and Sweetwater Organic Coffee Tripp touches on 4 important factors during these unprecedented times;- Staff: the health and wellbeing of Sweetwater staff is primordial. Staff is provided protective equipment, while all sanitary procedures that already existed are leveled up. Staff has split into two teams that rotate to restrict the amount of people in the building at a given time. - Costumers: Sweetwater is keeping coffee going! They are upholding safety measures, running promotions to support customers, and focused on online retail to support the business. - Trading partners: main issue Sweetwater trading partners face is food security. Sweetwater and Cooperative Coffees have allocated 130K impact fund to be used as response to the needs of farmers.- Community: Sweetwater is committed to support community, doing their part to keep everyone safe and healthy. Tripp talks to us about the re-opining plan for their restaurant in Americus, GA. He says that even though GA gave the green light to open restaurant businesses, they want to carefully balance the re-opening by taking all precautions to protect the community. Opportunities Tripp says this pandemic has brought opportunities to connect with people online and create a virtual community. Also, he mentions this chaotic time can be used as an opportunity to spend more time talking with costumers and building links in the community. Furthermore, Tripp says he is using this time to expand dialogue and share information with other specialty coffee teams.Certified Organic CoffeeCoffee prefers to be grown naturally, says Tripp. He believes organic coffee is superior in taste and in nature. Organic growing methods protect farmers and their families form harsh chemicals used in traditional farming. Tripp shares how a well-run organic coffee farm can sequester carbon creating healthy soil!Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Today, we welcome back Ram, CEO of Quality Certification Services (QCS) and an experienced Food Safety Auditor and trainer on various food safety topics. Join us to learn more about how to safely shop during unprecedented times!COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness!Sanitizers vs. Disinfectants:    - Sanitizer are substance that significantly reduces the germ population, but doesn't destroy or eliminate all the germs. Typically, sanitizers do not claim to reduce viruses.    - Disinfectants are substances that destroy germs: bacteria, fungi and viruses. Hand sanitizers vs. sanitizers used in food processing facilities: Ram shares that "not all hand sanitizer are tested against virus and bacteria. FDA tests are usually directed to how safe he product is to be applied to hands/body, and not necessarily the product's efficacy" Sanitizer used at food processing facility are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered and the label indicates the product's efficacy and what germs the product targets. Remember: Off label use of EPA approved sanitizes is a violation of US EPA regulation!Alcohol based hand sanitizer vs. Alcohol-free hand sanitizer: Accodrding to CDC, Alcohol-free hand sanitizers may are not work against many types of germs, including COVID-19. Ram shares "alcohol-free hand sanitizer is better than nothing."Aalcohol based hand sanitizer is effective against COVID 19. CDC recommends a concentration greater than 60% if the active ingredient is ethanol or greater than 70% if the active ingredient is isopropanol.Ram mentions, "The efficacy of hand sanitizer depends how dirty or oily your hands are, the type of germs you had contact with, and the alcohol content on the product applied"Best practices while shopping!- Maintain social distance - Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available - Limit the amount of products touched- Wash produce to eliminate soil residues (COVID19 is no a foodborne illness)- Wear a mask in public. Dispose gloves and mask in a safe way- Wash the bags you bring to the store- If feeling sick, do not leave the house and do not come in contact with others - Follow the new store patterns and adapt "one way aisle"Support you local farmers! Use Florida Farmers' Market Association interactive map to find fresh healthy eats near youSupport the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
Join Ram, CEO of Quality Certification Services, while he talks about the financial impact of COVID-19 on Florida's agriculture and the financial resources available to farmers. 1. Federal Assistance administered by SBA1.1 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)1.2 Economic Injury Disaster Loan - unable to accept new application 2. Assistance not administered by SBA 2.1 CARES act: State of FloridaDirect-to-Consumer Sellers and Online Markets for Florida-Grown Foods Florida Farmers’ Market Association Find a Market - interactive mapWhich Markets are open in FL?Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)
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