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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...

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...

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...

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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. 

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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.

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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.

New York GMO Labeling Bill Passes Legislative Hurdle

June 4, 2014 9:28 am | News | Comments

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.

Consumer Trends: Local and Organic Food Confusion

May 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Brad Buck, University of Florida News | News | Comments

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.

Consumer Trends: Study Finds Eating Organic Food Will Not Decrease Cancer Rate

May 29, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

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. 

Institute of Food Technologists to Debut Innovation Center at Annual Meeting, Food Expo

May 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

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.

Oregon County Votes to Ban GMOs

May 21, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

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.

GMO Labeling Campaign Incited by Oregon Activists

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Vermont Begins GMO Label Journey

May 12, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

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.

GMO Labeling Debate Continues, But Do Consumers Care?

May 12, 2014 11:08 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, AP | News | Comments

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.

Vermont Requires Labeling Of GMO Foods

May 9, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dave Gram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's governor signed a law Thursday that puts the state on the path to be the first in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically modified foods, and he promptly announced an online fundraiser to fight expected legal challenges from the food industry.

GMO Labeling Organization Sets Up Shop in Hawaii

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Center for Food Safety, a national organization that promotes the labeling of genetically modified food products, has opened an office in Honolulu. Hawaii recently voted down a GMO labeling law. The state is a popular crop testing ground for seed companies.

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