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Groups Launch Oregon Campaigns on GMO Labeling

September 29, 2014 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Pres | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. It would be effective January 2016.  

USDA: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Montana

September 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has found unregulated genetically modified wheat in a second location in the United...

Study: No Signs of Health Problems From GMO Livestock Feed

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Journal of Animal Science | News | Comments

A new review from the University of California finds that the performance and health of food-...

USDA Approves Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds

September 18, 2014 10:11 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant...

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Infographic: Look Who's Buying Organic

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

As consumer understanding of organic and natural foods evolves, people gain more awareness of and knowledge about these topics than ever before. This infographic shows which generation groups are buying organic.           

Anti-GMO Measure Allowed on Maui Ballot

September 17, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.         

Researchers Find 'Most Famous Wheat Gene'

September 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of GMOs.

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MGP Offers Food Facilities Non-GMO Proteins, Starches

September 11, 2014 9:09 am | by MGP Ingredients | News | Comments

MGP is uniquely qualified to help address this issue by offering food manufacturers a host of non-GMO solutions for a highly diverse mix of product formulations.                              

Pesticide Drift is Persistent Problem For Organic Farmers

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Peanut Allergies and the Nutty Truth

September 5, 2014 9:04 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control, the prevalence of food allergies among children increased 50 percent from 1997 to 2011. When I was in school, it was a rarity to see kids with severe allergies. Now, they are everywhere. What happened?

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 Kauai's new law from going into effect. The companies argued the local ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry.       

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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 only the facts? How about a science court where both sides conduct an assessment through facts only? The public would benefit if they knew that their decisions would be based solely on fact.

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 might be met with greater acceptance by society than GMOs so far have been, especially in Europe. Fruits are but one example of dozens of possible future applications for GEOs.

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.

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.

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.

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