California dairy to be first to sell non-GMO certified conventional milk

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There’s a lot of milk out there. And if you look carefully at the labels, you may discover that what you don’t see could be a problem. Truth is, the majority of conventional milk comes from cows that are given rBST and/or rGBH, artificial growth hormones that have been in the news a lot.

But one northern California dairy is stepping outside the norm to provide what they feel is a healthier line of milk products.

Clover Stornetta Farms, a Petaluma, California-based dairy, is betting that consumers will go for their conventional milk that isn’t organic but is healthier. They plan to replace their conventional milk with one produced without GMOs in the supply line. Continue reading

Organic versus non-GMO certified. Which would you pick if you had all the information?

The Non-GMO ProjectSaw a great article today – taken from an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered – that examined people’s perceptions of food products that were labeled either USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project Verified. It made some very good points for both sides.

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Sustainable Foods Summit – a call for greater collaboration

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The recent 2014 Sustainable Foods Summit that this writer attended in San Francisco was a remarkable and engaging two days. Over 160 senior executives debated key sustainability issues affecting the North American food industry. Ethical sourcing & biodiversity impacts, the role of sustainability metrics, and food ingredients for sustainability were some of the major themes covered.

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Too many green labels equal confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of "green" labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of “green” labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

While participating in the recent Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco, I browsed the trade show outside the event. One of the first booths I encountered was for Control Union Certification, which is an independent inspection and certification body. In my conversation with their representative, I came across a startling fact.

There are literally hundreds of certification programs out there. It’s a veritable morass of information that is impossible for consumers – and even somewhat educated journalists – to keep up with, much less to understand!

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A view of what impacts sustainabi!ity from the Sustainable Foods Summit

Sustainable Food Summit logoIt’ was an exciting day at the 4th annual North American Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco. It’s particularly cool to be among so many thought leaders – movers and shakers within many organizations, companies and NGO’s from the U.S. and Canada – people committed to engaging in the critical and complex issues surrounding sustainability.

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Get educated in October for Non-GMO Month

Some of you may not be familiar with the terms GMO or genetically engineered. Yet we unwittingly consume them on a regular basis. Recent research shows they can have negative consequences on our health.

October has been designated Non-GMO Month by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit group committed to preserving and building resources for non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

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