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Sweet Potato Naturally 'Genetically Modified'

April 21, 2015 2:20 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world. Because of the presence of this 'foreign' DNA, sweet potato can be seen as a 'natural GMO.'

Rain-Resistant Coating May Get More Cherries to Your Table

April 20, 2015 2:40 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State Univ. acts like a raincoat for sweet...

Infographic: How America Eats Fruit and Yogurt

April 16, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

To honor the upcoming Fruit 'n Yogurt Day holiday, the Welch's Fruit Snacks team conducted a...

Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 16, 2015 12:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last...

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, New Data Shows

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products in 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday.

Breaking Down the Organic Shopper

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nearly 70 percent of consumers purchase some sort of organic product today. "Going organic" is a trend that has been moving steadily upward for the past nine years, but did you know that 38 percent of all organic shoppers are new consumers in the industry?

Veggies Take Center Plate as Healthy Fast Food Chains Expand

April 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press | News | Comments

They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them.

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New Evidence For How Green Tea, Apples Can Protect Health

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by NORWICH BIOSCIENCE INSTITUTES | News | Comments

In this study, Dr. Paul Kroon and his team at IFR have shown that polyphenols in green tea and apples block a signaling molecule called VEGF, which in the body can trigger atherosclerosis and is a target for some anti-cancer drugs.

New Broccoli Lowers Cholesterol

April 10, 2015 11:00 am | by Institute of Food Research | News | Comments

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6 percent, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research.

VIDEO: Texas Wineries Pour Ingenuity Into Wild West

April 10, 2015 10:35 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

When you think American wines, your taste buds might expect something from Napa or Sonoma, but it might be time to raise a glass to Texas. Manuel Bojorquez reports on winemakers in the Lone Star State.

European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

April 8, 2015 9:35 am | by Beyond Pesticides | News | Comments

Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.

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FDA: Partnering For a Safe Food Supply

April 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared April 7 as World Health Day, and this year's theme is Food Safety. Currently, 15 percent of our food is imported from other countries – but this includes 80 percent of our seafood, nearly 50 percent of our fresh fruit, and 20 percent of our fresh vegetables.

Study: Fruit, Vegetable Pesticides Linked to Lower Sperm Count

April 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent study by Harvard University scientists for the first time linked pesticides applied to fruits and vegetables to reproductive problems in men.

Taiwan Expanding Into Indoor LED-Lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.

Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes May Be Next-Generation GMOs

April 1, 2015 8:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years.

Study: An Apple a Day May Not Be Enough to Keep the Doctor Away

March 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

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3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Consumer Reports: 85 Percent of People Are Concerned About Pesticides

March 19, 2015 10:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Consumer Reports is peeling back the mystery of the chemicals in your produce. The magazine looked at pesticides in 48 fruits and vegetables. Urvashi Rangan, director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss chemical risks in your food.

Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector "with zero environmental impact."

Consumers Will Pay More For Safer Potatoes

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

Report: General Mills to Sell Green Giant

March 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Mills plans to sell its Green Giant brand of canned and frozen vegetables line this summer, according to a report from Reuters.

Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek to Expand US Business

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Del Monte Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, Inc., producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Company, a producer of specialty vegetables for the Foodservice and Retail markets headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

NY Farming Economy Grows 22 Percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

Bolthouse Farms Releases #Urwhatupost Campaign to Promote Healthy Choices

March 2, 2015 11:00 am | by urwhatupost.com | News | Comments

Social media is changing the way America eats. According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans who use social media agree that seeing photos of fruits and vegetables motivates them to eat healthier.

Oklahoma's Controversial State Vegetable: The Watermelon

February 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Oklahoma lawmakers are facing some difficult decisions this year: healthcare, public school financing and whether the watermelon should remain the official state vegetable. The what?

Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

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