The E. coli Spinach Contamination Issue
September 17, 2006

The E. coli Spinach Contamination Issue

Media Talking Points FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 The following information is a counter to the attempt by right-wing think tanks (the Hudson Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, etc.) who are already trying to exploit the spinach E. coli contamination crisis to discredit organic farming practices. Think...

A Milk War Over More Than Price
September 17, 2006

A Milk War Over More Than Price

The New York Times By MELANIE WARNER Many organic foods have been popping up on the shelves of Wal-Mart in recent years, but none have been as popular as organic milk. For many shoppers, particularly mothers with small children, it is the first organic product they try. Now organic...

USDA Awards More Than $4.5 Million for Integrated Organic Research
September 14, 2006

USDA Awards More Than $4.5 Million for Integrated Organic Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today USDA is awarding more than $4.5 million in research grants to address organic agricultural issues and priorities, including global competitiveness. “To succeed in organic agriculture, producers must be creative and willing to take certain risks – attributes that American farmers have...

Mean or Green?
September 6, 2006

Mean or Green?

The Nation Liza Featherstone A laughing baby is covered in baby food. He’s making a gushy mess, as babies do, but having a grand time. A magic word reassures us–before we’ve had a chance to worry–that the food itself is wholesome. That word, of course, is “organic.” More surprising,...

We Want Real Food
September 6, 2006

We Want Real Food

telegraph.co.uk Britain’s once fertile soil has been systematically stripped of its crucial minerals by industrial farming, leaving our fruit and vegetables tasteless and a nation in chronic ill health. Graham Harvey calls for a return to nutritious food. It started with a bunch of organic carrots. I bought them...

More Omega-3 in Organic Milk, Say Scientists
August 29, 2006

More Omega-3 in Organic Milk, Say Scientists

Nutra Ingredients By Chris Mercer Scientists have called on Britain’s food safety authorities to recognise the superior health qualities of organic milk, after a new study showed it contained higher levels of omega-3 than conventional milk. The three-year study, sponsored by the Organic Milk Suppliers’ Co-operative (OMSCo), found organic...

Free Range Poultry Under Assault
August 25, 2006

Free Range Poultry Under Assault

Friends – Here’s a heads-up. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (Big Ag) is at it again. A key policy resolution that they are pushing for this year calls on the USDA to eliminate access to the outdoors for poultry due to the avian influenza scare. The country’s largest...

Who Owns Organic
August 25, 2006

Who Owns Organic

The latest update from Professor Phil Howard. See what companies own what organic brands and how they are interconnected. This is a big file, so it may take a little time to load and display depending on your connection speed. Click here to open Who Owns Organic.

USDA Undermines Organic Law
August 22, 2006

USDA Undermines Organic Law

Authority of Expert Panel Ignored Contact: Amy Kenyon, 607-643-1724   Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WI: Organic livestock farmers may soon have access to additional medicines to treat their animals for common ailments. The USDA’s National Organic Program has proposed rule changes to add thirteen new materials to the “National...

Organics Boom Sprouts Retail Rivalry
August 21, 2006

Organics Boom Sprouts Retail Rivalry

Industry leader Whole Foods has a challenger in Wal-Mart By MARIA HALKIAS The Dallas Morning News PLANO – Walter Robb studies weekly sales from every Whole Foods market nationwide, but he’s been pulling Plano store numbers more often since an experimental Wal-Mart Supercenter opened two miles away. “I’m all...

Big Retailers Want Piece of Organic Pie
August 21, 2006

Big Retailers Want Piece of Organic Pie

Wal-Mart, others hope to cash in on growing market niche; critics fear standards will drop By KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS The Dallas Morning News A NATURAL QUESTION When Wal-Mart Stores recently promised to boost the number of organic foods it stocks, the announcement sent shock waves rolling among producers and distributors...

Organic – Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what `organic’ means
August 20, 2006

Organic – Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what `organic’ means

By Andrew Martin Chicago Tribune – Washington Bureau (link no longer available) KENNEDYVILLE, Md. — With its neat white barns and lush green pastures, the Horizon Organic dairy farm on the outskirts of this tiny town on Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore would seem to fit the organic ideal. But...

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