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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A new food label is coming our way – Certified Transitional

Certified Transitional graphic page 1If you read labels – and as an informed consumer you really need to – you know that there are MANY labels out there. Too many in fact.

But get ready because another one’s on the way. This one, though, actually makes sense. Continue reading

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.

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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

Buyers beware – organics from China may be hazardous to our health

Walmart misrepresents products as Organic - againThe demand for organic foods continues to grow. But should we blithely accept something that’s USDA certified as safe?

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