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Taking Risks in Ice Cream Industry: Ben & Jerry's Includes 'Everything But' GMOs

August 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Daniel Granderson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ben & Jerry’s takes the responsibility of providing conscientiously crafted ice cream very seriously. In 2013, the company announced intentions to elminate GMOs from its products. The switch is ongoing with several notable ingredient adjustments already in place.

Judge: Kauai GMO Law Invalid

August 26, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop...

VIDEO: Let Science Lead the GMO Debate

August 18, 2014 9:15 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The debate over GMOs is a hot issue. Each side has its own opinion, so what can be done to hear...

Coming Soon: Genetically Edited Fruit?

August 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies new and different, genetically edited fruits...

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Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii | News | Comments

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

Whole Foods Plans Major Marketing Push to Fend Off Competitors

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Whole Foods' slowing sales growth has pushed the Austin, Texas-based company to launch a national marketing campaign to fend off other players in the organic and natural foods category. In addition, the company plans to expand its home deliveries.

Too Sweet to Eat? Technology Reduces Sugar Needs in Chocolate

July 31, 2014 8:20 am | by MycoTechnology, Inc. | News | Comments

By nature, cacao beans are not sweet and require a significant amount of added sugar to mask the bitterness. MycoTechnology can make better tasting foods using all-natural and non-GMO processes, reducing sugar requirements in chocolate by up to 70 percent.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.

Kauai Seed Companies Try to Stop GMO Law, Calling it 'Unfair'

July 24, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities in Kauai County are dealing with a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop the new law from going into effect next month. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid.

EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

Infographic: 3 Reasons to Choose Organic

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

Analyzing 343 studies in what was the largest research effort of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University found that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

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Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

Where do World Cup Countries Stand on GMO Labeling Laws?

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Center for Food Safety | News | Comments

The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field, they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods. 

VIDEO: The Golden Age of Organics

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

A study by the OTA shows that organic products, including condiments, snack foods, meat and fish are up significantly in sales compared to last year. However, there is no research to show whether or not organic foods are any healthier than conventional foods.

Organic Trade Group to Create Jobs with US, Korea Arrangement

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

An arrangement was welcomed by the Organic Trade Association between the U.S. and Korea. Estimates are that American exports of organic processed foods and beverages to Korea, valued at $35 million in 2013, will more than double over the next five years. 

Consumer Trends: Top Reasons Americans Support Biotechnology

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by United Soybean Board | News | Comments

According to a survey conducted by the United Soybean Board, 57 percent of consumers characterize the role of biotechnology in food production as positive or neutral. Among the positive opinions, reasons included improved nutrition and improved crop yields.

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Organic Trade Association: Aversion to GMOs Drives Organic Purchases

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Parents are avoiding GMOs, for themselves or their children. This an increasingly important reason why parents choose organic food, according to the Organic Trade Assocation's U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a report of 1,200 households.

Consumer Trends: Top 10 Natural and Organic Food Trends of 2014

June 17, 2014 12:33 pm | by Sterling-Rice Group | News | Comments

This year, with increased interest in knowing where food comes from and what's in it, consumers will seek options with optimum health and wellness benefits. Look for these top 10 trends, identified by the Sterling-Rice Group, to inspire the mainstream in coming months.

Ben & Jerry's Joins Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight With New Flavor

June 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's renamed its fudge brownie ice cream to Food Fight! Fudge Brownie for the month of July to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.

GMO Campaign Contribution Case Against GMA Will Proceed

June 17, 2014 11:35 am | by Attorney General of Washington | News | Comments

Washington court officials ruled the state's case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food and beverage companies, could move forward, rejecting the GMA's motion to dismiss the case in its entirety on constitutional grounds. 

Consumer Trends: Majority of Shoppers Look for Natural Label

June 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by Consumer Reports | News | Comments

According to a new national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 59 percent of consumers check to see if the products they are buying are "natural," despite there being no federal or third-party verified label for this term. 

Oregon Hopes to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

June 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber hopes to undertake mapping GMO field locations across the entire state and establish buffer zones and exclusion areas for GE crops. If it goes forward, Oregon would be the first state to mandate preventive measures for modifed crops. 

Study: More Parents Choose Organic Food for Their Kids

June 16, 2014 11:19 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Organic Trade Association's "U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs" study says ninety percent of parents choose organic food products for their children at least "sometimes," with almost a quarter of those parents saying they always buy organic.

NY Food Companies Fight GMO Labeling

June 13, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing GMOs in New York. Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMOs, while opponents say GMOs are safe and labels will increase prices.

Food Industry Groups Try to Overturn Vermont GMO Label Law

June 13, 2014 8:10 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, filed a complaint in federal district court in Vermont challenging the state's mandatory GMO labeling law.

Majority of US Households Have Someone With Diet Restrictions

June 10, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Six in ten American adults say they restrict at least one nutritional component from their diet. Sugar and sodium/salt top the list of ingredients American households have at least one person restricting or monitoring, followed by carbohydrates and dairy.

VIDEO: Center for Food Safety Celebrates 15 Years

June 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Center for Food Safety | Videos | Comments

The Center for Food Safety celebrates 15 years of fighting "the big guys" in the industry. With a vision of finding better ways to produce foods, CFS represents farmers, environmental organizations and consumers against powerful corporations and the government. 

Massachusetts Pushes for Genetic Food Label

June 5, 2014 12:27 pm | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Groups that advocate for required labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients said they have enough backing in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill. The supporters released a bipartisan list of more than 140 lawmakers who support the bill.

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