University of Minnesota to Host 1st International Conference on Animals in Organic Production
June 22, 2006

University of Minnesota to Host 1st International Conference on Animals in Organic Production

From August 23-25, 2006, the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus will be the international epicenter for organic livestock producers and researchers, when the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) holds the first-ever international conference on organic livestock. Leading organic livestock researchers and producers from throughout the world...

Got Organic? Demand Lifts Vt. dairies
June 19, 2006

Got Organic? Demand Lifts Vt. dairies

Boston Globe By Jenn Abelson, Globe Staff TROY, Vt. — For the first time in decades, dairy farmer Dexter Randall could pay all his bills on time. Wooed by signing bonuses and the prospect of doubling his earnings, the burly 60-year-old switched to organic milk over the past year....

Twins Theory May Make You Have a Cow
June 9, 2006

Twins Theory May Make You Have a Cow

Chicago Tribune (link no longer available) Julie Deardorff Cow’s milk, routinely overhyped as an answer to obesity and osteoporosis, might have a potent impact on your family after all. Women who consume dairy products are five times more likely to have twins than those who don’t, possibly because of synthetic...

Organic-Milk Fight Takes Aim at Grazing Time
June 7, 2006

Organic-Milk Fight Takes Aim at Grazing Time

Seattle Times By Melissa Allison, business reporter Anyone reading the label of an organic milk, butter or cheese container might get the impression the cows behind those products spend much of their time in verdant pastures. The labels often portray cows grazing on grassland, and studies show that consumers...

Mass Natural
June 5, 2006

Mass Natural

The Way We Live Now The New York Times By MICHAEL POLLAN “Elitist” is just about the nastiest name you can call someone, or something, in America these days, a finely-honed term of derision in the culture wars, and “elitist” has stuck to organic food in this country like...

USDA Weighs Label for Beef From Cattle Fed Only Grass
June 2, 2006

USDA Weighs Label for Beef From Cattle Fed Only Grass

Farmers contend their product is a cut above feedlot animals in health and taste; some experts doubt claims By Matthew Chayes Washington Bureau Chicago Tribune (link no longer available) MIDDLETOWN, Md. — The image that schoolchildren conjure up when they imagine how animals live probably looks a little like Eric...

Altered Crops in Europe:  At What Cost?
May 31, 2006

Altered Crops in Europe: At What Cost?

By Elisabeth Rosenthal International Herald Tribune ALBONS, Spain: Enric Navarro was dumbfounded when the letter arrived from the testing lab of the Spanish organic farmers association in late February, informing him that his organic crop contained 12 percent genetically modified corn. Hearing that his plants had been modified by...

Whole Foods Shrinks Horizon
May 25, 2006

Whole Foods Shrinks Horizon

Boulder Daily Camera By Alicia Wallace, Camera Business Writer Horizon Organic Dairy is losing shelf space at regional Whole Foods Markets. The nation’s largest natural-foods grocer is expanding its private-label organic milk brand and dropping Horizon’s one-gallon milk product in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. The one-gallon milk...

Investors Question Dean Foods at Stockholders Meeting
May 22, 2006

Investors Question Dean Foods at Stockholders Meeting

Horizon Organic Milk Brand Faces Consumer Boycott Over Factory Farms Contacts: Steven Heim, Boston Common Asset Management, 617-720-5557 or 617-785-9527 (c) Daniel Stranahan, The Needmor Fund, 206-794-3656 Mark Kastel, The Cornucopia Institute, 608-625-2000 DALLAS: Socially concerned investors, who filed a shareholder proposal with Dean Foods, today questioned the company’s...

As ‘Organic’ Goes Mainstream, Will Standards Suffer?
May 17, 2006

As ‘Organic’ Goes Mainstream, Will Standards Suffer?

Advocates are cheered by the growing appeal of organic foods. But shoppers, confused by labels, don’t always get what they think they paid for. By Amanda Paulson Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor CHICAGO – Buying organic milk these days – or organic apples, eggs, or beef –...

Organic Shortage
May 15, 2006

Organic Shortage

The boom in demand for organic milk is transforming farming villages in the Upper Midwest — and milk producers are trying to persuade conventional farmers to convert. Minneapolis Star Tribune Matt McKinney It’s not like Byerly’s to leave customers wanting, but for weeks this spring, the chic St. Louis...

Wal-Mart Eyes Organic Foods
May 15, 2006

Wal-Mart Eyes Organic Foods

The New York Times By MELANIE WARNER Starting this summer, there will be a lot more organic food on supermarket shelves, and it should cost a lot less. Most of the nation’s major food producers are hard at work developing organic versions of their best-selling products, like Kellogg’s Rice...

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