Dave Carter

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Dave Carter is a pioneer in connecting organic and sustainable farmers with shoppers seeking healthy, wholesome food. He began his career in rural America as a journalist in small-town newspapers, but soon began working with family farmers and ranchers who were fighting to weather the economic turbulence in rural America in the 1980’s. He developed a passion for working with farmers who were pioneering the development of natural meat and organic food production. Appointed to the USDA National Organic Standards Board by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Dave served as chair of that panel during the implementation of the national organic regulations. Over the past decade, he has helped lead the growth of the U.S. bison industry, has coordinated efforts to establish USDA organic regulations for pet food, and has been involved in several farmer-controlled marketing initiatives. He also has a small herd of bison that he maintains on a ranch east of Denver.

Latest Posts by Dave Carter

Nature Paints in Watercolors…Sometimes a Bit Much

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I always like to say that nature paints in watercolor, but she’s been splashing the canvass around here like an angry artist. My herd of bison graze in a part of eastern Colorado that generally receives about 15 inches of
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Survey Says…

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I am a survey junkie. I love when pollsters probe public opinions about this and that. One recent survey particularly caught my attention because it revealed what people think about organic food. More than half of the people surveyed said
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The Power of NO

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The power of NO. Panera Bread captured that power this week when it announced that it was banning 150 artificial additives including colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners from the products in its stores. The internet was buzzing with the news.
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Lots of Little Things are a Big Deal

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For many of us, organic is a big deal. What makes it a big deal are a lot of little things. That hits home for me when I drop in at a meeting of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board
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Policy Seeds Planted for More Organic Food

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When a small cluster of folks gathered at a Washington, D.C. Natural Food Store to hold the official ceremony launching the new National Organic Standards in October 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture dispatched a mid-level appointee to preside over
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