Hellmann’s announces 2 new non-GMO products

 

Hellmann's new non-GMO mayonaise

Score another one for consumers Another large food manufacturer is paying attention to what we want.

Hellman’s parent company Unilever announced today it was adding 2 new non-GMO products to its line. They are Hellmann’s Organic Mayonaise and Hellmann’s “Carefully Crafted” egg-free dressing and sandwich spread. This comes after the introduction of Hellmann’s non-GMO olive oil mayonnaise last year.

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FDA bans genetically engineered salmon – for now that is

 

The difference between “regular” salmon and larger, genetically engineered “Frankenfish” is apparent

Just two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, it appears that it’s taken a step backward – though perhaps this is actually a step forward for consumers. This past Friday, the FDA issued a ban on the import and sale of  AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, until the agency can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled.

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When it comes to organic brands, it’s fascinating to see who owns who

Organic chart - who owns who January 2016

In the corporate world, money talks. And more corporate giants have been jumping on the organic bandwagon over the past few years. That’s due to the ever-increasing popularity of and demand for organic food product offerings.

But this trend has made for some very strange and sometimes suspicious bedfellows. After all, when titans of junk food, processed food and sugary beverages acquire brands long known for their top quality organic products, shouldn’t consumers be concerned that the quality will change? And isn’t that concern justified?

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Would General Mills support national GMO labeling? They say yes.

GMO rice graphic

Journalists must walk a fine line between reporting and becoming (or even perceived as) an activist. While I do my best to walk that line professionally (though at times I admittedly do “fall down” on one side or the other of an issue), in my personal life I sign a large number of online petitions for causes I feel strongly about.

It’s rare, though, to receive a response – even a “canned” one – from one of these petitions. But that’s what happened.

In response to a petition I signed recently asking General Mills to support mandatory FDA labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) in them, here’s the response I got via email. Very interesting. Let me know what you think. Continue reading

Who does the USDA really represent? Surely not the public’s welfare

Genetically engineered Diamond back moth by Oxitec

With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.

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Pesticides in our Produce – the newest list and rankings

Environmental Working Group logoMost of us know that there are pesticides in our produce. We may not want to think about it, but the face remains that growers, particularly the larger farming concerns, are quite liberally dousing what we eat with toxic chemicals.

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“Certified Naturally Grown” label brings trust and confidence to consumers

It’s tough for consumers to make sense of the many food certification labels

There’s a steadily growing plethora of food certifications out there and it’s getting pretty confusing for consumers to make sense of them. And the label “natural” has become downright suspicious and meaningless.

Among the confusion, there are labels we can trust out there, including Non-GMO Verified and perhaps Certified Humane. Now it seems there’s another one that smaller farmers are embracing and that’s trustworthy.

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a grassroots non-profit created by a handful of farmers from New York’s Hudson Valley who were committed to organic practices, has ts own set of standards and certification process. Continue reading

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