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.
Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities...
A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A proposal to require labels on genetically modified foods inches closer to a vote. Proponents say labels would inform consumers. Many agricultural and food companies disagree, noting that there's no evidence to suggest genetically engineered food is harmful.
Do you know the difference between local foods and organic foods? One in five consumers confuse the terms. One factor clouding consumers’ understanding is that Canada is changing its definition of “local” food and the definition of “local” food varies in the U.S.
Researchers looked at the relationship between the eating organic food and subsequent cancer incidence in a study of middle-aged women in the United Kingdom. The women who ate organic food reported a 1.37 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer.
IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo features the latest food products, the hottest food trends, and the most important developments in the science of food. This year, IFT will debut a special "Innovation Center" to celebrate IFT's 75th Anniversary.
Residents of Jackson County, Oregon, voted to ban genetically modified crops. Ballots show the measure approved in a 2-to-1 margin. The outcome won't be immediate, since Gov. Kitzhaber signed a bill last fall prohibiting local governments from regulating GMOs.
If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to food served in restaurants.
The Vermont Attorney General's office is beginning to make the rules that will govern the state's new law requiring the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering. Attorney General William Sorrell says that over the next several weeks his office will begin soliciting input from those who will be affected.
The Food and Drug Administration says they don't need to be labeled, but in the first major victory for consumers who say they have the right to know whether their food contains GMOs, the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. Throughout the country, there's a lot of debate about genetically modified foods and whether labeling matters.
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