BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRNewswire-USNewswire)/ — This October, nearly 1,000 natural food stores across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in Non-GMO Month, celebrating the public's right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organized by the non-profit Non-GMO Project , Non-GMO Month provides a platform for citizens and organizations to stand up for the right to know what's in their food, and to choose non-GMO.
PLANO, Texas (PRNewswire) — PepsiCo's Frito-Lay NorthAmerica division today celebrated the success of its most ambitious environmental sustainability project to-date by announcing that its Casa Grande, Arizona, facility has reached "near net zero." The "near net zero" vision was to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far "off the grid" as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing nearly zero landfill waste.
ALICIA, Ark. (AP) — Three Chinese inspectors took notes but offered no visible reaction as David Smith answered their questions about pesticides and production on the 3,000-acre rice farm he calls his "beautiful garden." Smith is among the American farmers hoping to eventually sell rice to China.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have raised the death toll to 18 in an outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has confirmed 100 illnesses in 20 states, including the 18 deaths. The agency said it has confirmed two additional deaths in Colorado and one in Kansas since last week.
PARMA, Italy (AP) — Just 10 days after two Enron executives were convicted of fraud in Texas, a court in this northern Italian city launches proceedings Monday aimed at proving fraud in the euro14 billion (US $18 billion) collapse of the Parmalat dairy giant — Europe's largest corporate failure.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride said Monday that it plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that it must pay nearly $26 million to a group of chicken farmers for trying to manipulate chicken prices in 2008. Federal judge Charles Everingham ruled Friday that internal emails show Pilgrim's closed plants and cancelled its contracts with farmers with the express intention of cutting the supply of chicken and pushing retail prices higher, violating the 1921 Packers and Stockyards act.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of the 81-year-old Nebraska man who died last month after eating tainted cantaloupe hopes the listeria outbreak leads to improvements in food safety. George Drinkwalter's relatives hope no other family will have to endure what they have in the past month.
NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of the alcoholic drink Four Loko have agreed to change its labeling and packaging to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising. The FTC says Phusion Projects falsely claimed that a 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko, at 11 or 12 percent alcohol, had the same amount of alcohol as one or two typical 12-ounce beers and a consumer could drink a whole Four Loko safely in its entirety on a single occasion.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California farm that issued a voluntary lettuce recall over listeria contamination concerns said its notice has gone out to 19 states and Canada. True Leaf Farms of Salinas initially announced a recall of 90 cartons of romaine lettuce shipped to an Oregon food service distributor, which shipped the produce to Washington and Idaho.
(AP) — Eric Jensen walks a field with rotting cantaloupes on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Eric and his brother Ryan own Jensen Farms that has been identified as the source of the national listeria outbreak that has killed more than a dozen people so far.
NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. is recalling three varieties of its Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwaveable cups because small, thin wire bristle pieces may be inside the cups. The recall includes 137,000 cases of the affected products shipped to customers across the U.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Union officials representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have mailed letters asking for a meeting with members of the sugar beet cooperative that owns the company as the harvest begins. The union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has imposed a "fat tax" on foods such as butter and oil as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits. The Nordic country introduced the tax Saturday, of 16 kroner ($2.90) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saturated fat in a product. Ole Linnet Juul, food director at Denmark's Confederation of Industries, says the tax will increase the price of a burger by around $0.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupe demonstrates one likely cause of large-scale occurrences of serious illnesses linked to tainted food: the long and winding road what we eat takes from farm to fork. A cantaloupe grown on a Colorado field may make four or five stops before it reaches the dinner table.
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans talk skinny but eat fat. No matter that First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a crusade for a year and a half to slim down the country. Never mind that some restaurants have started listing calories on their menus. Forget even that we keep saying we want to eat healthy.
(AP) — This undated image provided by New Mexico State University shows bulls being rounded up at the university's high altitude beef cattle research facility at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, N.M. New Mexico State University's Top of the Valle research center at the preserve has teamed up with researchers from other universities to study bovine high altitude disease, an illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint by American Crystal Sugar union workers that the company failed to negotiate in good faith. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — Call it a hops revolution. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of the key flavor ingredient in beer and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire's short-lived decision to ban the sale of nonalcoholic energy drinks has created more buzz than the caffeinated beverages themselves. Within four days of announcing it would ban the sale of Red Bull and three other drinks, the university first delayed and then abandoned the plan altogether.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California farm said Thursday it was voluntarily recalling bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible contamination with listeria, though no illnesses have been reported. True Leaf Farms of Salinas announced the recall of 90 cartons that were shipped to an Oregon food service distributor.