Sales of organic bakery products slumped last year, despite the overall market bouncing back to growth after four years of decline.According to The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report, published today, organic bakery and cake sales through the multiples fell 12.1% last year, while the total market for organic food and drink grew by 2.8% to a total value £1.79bn.Independent retailers have led the way, with growth of almost 7%, while supermarkets saw overall sales up 1.2%. Sainsbury’s – the country’s biggest organic retailer with a 29% market share – saw a 7% increase in sales of its own-label organic products, closely followed by Waitrose who saw its organic sales increase by 6.5%.Rob Sexton, CEO of Soil Association Certification, said: “To see the organic market showing such strong signs of growth, particularly when grocery sales as a whole are slowing, shows just how much potential there is in the organic sector. The message to supermarkets and other retailers and organic businesses is clear: if you make organic goods available and promote them well, consumers will respond by continuing to purchase the products they have confidence in.”
Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) announced the selection of its 2021 cohort which includes 61 distinguished leaders. The cohort is made up of 53 fellows — its largest number of fellows ever — and eight partners, who will take part in ALI’s multi-disciplinary program during the coming year.ALI aims to unleash the power of experienced leaders to solve society’s most pressing challenges. Under the leadership of Meredith B. Rosenthal, ALI Faculty Chair and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, ALI has committed to prioritizing diversity and racial justice in both programming and operations.This year’s cohort will make history as the most diverse cohort to date. The group represents a 78 percent increase in participation of people of color from the U.S. compared to past years, including the greatest representation to date from both the African American and Latino communities.ALI welcomes 26 female fellows, the greatest number in its history. The cohort also comprises the largest number of both African and European countries in an ALI cohort to date. All members of the cohort will bring diverse professional leadership experiences in law, finance, arts, education, communications, public affairs, and more to campus this January.In response to the current pandemic, the fellowship program will engage these social impact leaders through expanded virtual programming during Spring 2021, and will continue to promote innovation and collaboration through virtual engagement with on and off-campus partners.While Rosenthal will be on sabbatical this coming year, ALI announced that James Honan, senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will serve as ALI’s Faculty Advisor in 2021, leading the ALI Core Seminar from January through December 2021.2021 also marks the first year of engagement for two new members of ALI’s faculty board: Professors Jerold Kayden of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Cornel West of the Harvard Divinity School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “The expertise in sustainability, urban planning and design, and racial justice that our new board members bring to ALI comes at a critical time as the world begins to recover and rebuild from the pandemic.” Rosenthal said.View the complete listing of ALI’s 2021 Cohort.
Statewide—Summer has come to an end and families across the country are trading in beach balls and bicycles for backpacks and notebooks. But back-to-school time is also followed by cold and flu season. Having the whole family follow some simple healthy behaviors can help them avoid all kinds of illnesses this time of year, including the topic: foodborne illness. Proper handwashing is the best thing you can do to stop the spread of germs and avoid getting your little ones sick.“USDA research in collaboration with RTI International and NC State University has found that consumers are failing to properly wash their hands 97 percent of the time,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, Deputy Under Secretary Food Safety. “Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness, including foodborne illness.”Be sure that everyone follows these steps:Wet hands with clean, warm running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of hands, between your fingers, and under nails.Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds.Rinse hands well under clean, warm running water.Dry hands using a clean towel or paper towel Parents and caregivers who are tasked with preparing lunch for themselves and their children should be a good role model by showing children how to properly wash their hands. Wash your hands and cooking surfaces before and after handling food. It is not only important to have clean hands, but also make sure lunch boxes and coolers are clean before packing.Lunch Packing TipsIf the lunch contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources, such as freezer packs. Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly so perishable food transported without a cold source won’t stay safe long.Frozen juice boxes or water can also be used as freezer packs. Freeze these items overnight and use with at least one other freezer pack. By lunchtime, the liquids should be thawed and ready to drink.If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food at 140°F or above.If packing a child’s lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cold longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.
Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFrom being a veritable unknown to Filipino basketball fans, Christian Standhardinger will be the one common denominator of two Gilas teams playing in prestigious regional events next month.After Andray Blatche decided not to go with the team to the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon, Gilas coach Chot Reyes was left with no choice but to put Standhardinger’s name in the roster as the Filipinos’ naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT The Inquirer first reported on Monday afternoon that Blatche refused to get on board because the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard in the NBA feared for his safety in Beirut.In a related development, Reyes will call for full practices starting Thursday with the likes of reigning three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro of TNT KaTropa, Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort leading the squad that is tasked to win the championship for the first time since 1973.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That would mean that the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will, after the Aug. 8 to 20 showcase in Beirut, fly straight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to anchor another Gilas Five that will try to win the Philippines’ 19th cage gold in the Southeast Asian Games.“Yes, Chris will double,” Reyes told the Inquirer through a text message as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided not to replace Standhardinger in the SEA Games lineup, which was finalized weeks before the hardworking center debuted for Team Philippines internationally in the Jones Cup in Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Meanwhile, Blatche apologized to his “Filipino family” on Wednesday morning, but still didn’t point out the exact reason why he opted not to join the team.Through his Instagram account @draylive, the 6-foot-11 NBA veteran said: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity the love and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join and I don’t expect for many ppl to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.” San Sebastian hopes to check rash of visitor wins, hosts Jose Rizal ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ View comments