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Profit over Organics: Nation’s Largest Dairy Marketer Sets Up Competing Market Category

Dean Foods Creates “Natural” Dairy Products Using Conventional Milk BOULDER, CO: A division of Dean Foods, the organic industry’s largest namebrand manufacturer, rocked the organic world this week when it was reported that the agribusiness giant intended to create an entirely new, lower-priced, product category, “natural dairy,” aimed squarely at pirating away organic customers. If… Read more »

Battle Over Beets

Corvallis Gazette-Times By Bennett Hall Organic seed producer Frank Morton has been warning people for years that genetically modified organisms pose a serious threat to the Willamette Valley’s vegetable seed industry. Now he thinks his worst GMO nightmare may be coming true. Roundup Ready sugarbeets – a patented variety engineered by Monsanto to tolerate the… Read more »

Genetically Modified Foods Pose Huge Health Risk

By Institute for Responsible Technology LOS ANGELES — This week, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They called for a moratorium on GM… Read more »

(ALERT OVER) – Manufacturers Must Use Organic Ingredients When Available

Urge the NOSB to remove soy lecithin from the national list, comments due Monday, April 20th UPDATE: Last fall, we urged members of the organic community to write to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in support of the first petition in the history of the USDA’s Organic Program to remove a food ingredient from… Read more »

To Save Organic Dairy, Obama Must Change the USDA Mindset

Excerpted from The Milkweed Mark Kastel The state of the (organic) dairy nation is not good. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the entire dairy industry, and general economy, is in freefall. But for many of us who have been involved in building the organic dairy sector over the last two decades,… Read more »

Re-assessing Biofuels, an Interview with Dr. David Pimentel

Civil Eats By Aaron French If you’ve been listening to the news in the past month, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about biofuels. Simply put, they are fuel made out of plants – principally corn and soybeans in the United States. The new Obama administration is solidly in favor of increased biofuels production. Everyone… Read more »

USDA Unable To Weed Out Unapproved Modified Foods

Reuters UK By Jasmin Melvin WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. food supply is at risk of being invaded by unapproved imports of genetically modified crops and livestock, a USDA internal audit report released Wednesday said. The report, released by the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Office of Inspector General, said the USDA does not have an import… Read more »

Michael Pollan: Eating Is a Political Act

Michael Pollan discusses food production, consumer choices, the future of organics and climate change. By Mark Eisen, The Progressive Michael Pollan has got people talking. His recent books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, have captured the public imagination, setting off countless coffee shop… Read more »

Oregon’s Organic Farmers Fight Genetically Modified Seeds

The Oregonian Scott Learn Critics of genetically modified crops have warned about “frankenfood” and “superweeds” for years. But today, more than four-fifths of the nation’s corn, cotton and soybean crops are altered to resist pesticides and insects.

(ALERT OVER) – Urge the NOSB to Remove Soy Lecithin from the National List

Little-known food ingredient takes center stage in precedent-setting vote Public Comments due Monday, November 3rd Take a look at the bar of organic chocolate in your desk drawer or the carton of organic ice cream in your freezer, and you’ll likely see a little-known but very common food ingredient: lecithin. Unless the ingredients list specifically… Read more »