U.S. growers can’t keep up with consumer demand for organic and non-GMO grains

Walmart misrepresents products as Organic - againA growing number of consumers are looking for healthier choices, particularly when it comes to grains. According to a new report from CoBank, a $120 billion cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states increased consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods. This led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016, prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production.

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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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New certification lets consumers know products are fully Non-Genetically Engineered

PrintThe controversy of GMO versus non-GMO continues. The state of Vermont appears to be a pivotal factor in getting food manufacturers to finally begin labeling their products despite the huge pushback and enormous amounts of money thrown against the mandatory labeling fight.

Another sign that consumers will finally get the information as to what’s in their food that they consistently report they want has appeared. Continue reading

Dannon to switch to non-GMO ingredients for all its yogurt brands

Dannon Oikos yogurtYogurt lovers have received a much welcomed announcement about their favorite snack food.

Dannon, which owns the Oikos®, Dannon® and Danimals® yogurt brands, has announced that it will switch to non-GMO, non-synthetic ingredients.These brands represent 50 percent of the company’s current volume. This move is a pledge to farmers, customers and consumers to further improve sustainable agriculture practices for its milk supply, to increase transparency for its portfolio of products and evolve to more natural and fewer ingredients for flagship brands.

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Hellmann’s announces 2 new non-GMO products

 

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

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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