Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… meat and poultry products in respect of animal-based organic food products are yet to be approved and notified. Food safety officer posted in Indore, Manish Swami said, “Various consumer organisations/NGOs have recently raised issues that meat-producing animals/poultry birds are fed feed containing meat/bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovines and porcine-origin materials”. He said that concern was expressed about presence of veterinary drugs including …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… car off the road for three months. 2. Go organic. Because fewer chemical pesticide and fertilizers are used, organically grown and raised products have less impact on the environment. When applied to animal products like dairy, organic means that no antibiotics or synthetic hormones are fed to the animals. Look for foods labeled USDA Certified Organic or ask at your farmers market. 3. Close to home. Eating locally means sourcing foods that are produced relatively close to where they are sold. …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

By Leanne Gerich | June 15, 2015 With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

… Wal-Mart has issued new guidelines to suppliers of beef, poultry and eggs that call for reduced use of antibiotics and better treatment of animals — guidelines that may have encouraged Tyson Foods’ recent announcement that it will stop using human antibiotics in its domestic broiler chicken flocks within a couple of years. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

… increase its surveillance of GMO products to make sure rules are being followed. The country’s ministry has been sued by a group of individuals who want more transparency relating to GMOs. AgWeb reported that GMO soybeans and corn are used in the country for feeding animals, but GMOs can’t be in food except for cooking oil and papayas. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Countries That Ban GMO Foods …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

By Twilight Greenaway & Adrien Schless-Meier | April 23, 2015 The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty—but that may soon change. This piece was originally published by Civil Eats. Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the US Department of Agriculture’s organic standards are very precise about pesticides and other growing practices for the crops that people and animals eat, it doesn’t …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.” She herself wrote the forward and she said the book substantiated her concerns that genetically engineered foods were dangerous. “We’re poisoning the land, we’re poisoning animals, and I truly believe we’re poisoning ourselves,” Goodall said. She pointed to superbugs that have become resistant to pesticides, weeds resistant to herbicides, and isolated animal studies in Europe and Australia where she said rats and pigs suffered from a variety of …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… Genetically modified foods have also generated much alarm in many sectors of the health industry. Scientists, doctors, and health educators have long cautioned the public about the injurious effects of GM crops on the health of animals and humans. As it stands now, we have about a 70-75% chance of picking a product with GMO ingredients without even realizing it! To date, the biggest GM crops are soybeans and corn, from which thousands of processed foods are made. While washing and rinsing may …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

… GM crops being grown here and more GM foods being imported. Lobbying by vested-interest agribusiness is a major factor throughout. With TTIP, US agribusiness expects to get its GM products (human food, agricultural crops, animal feed and products from GM-fed animals) into the EU market. US/EU ‘regulatory harmonisation’ is core to TTIP. The fact that a reported 70% of US supermarket processed food contains GM is an indication of what harmonisation with the US on GM will bring. EU citizens’ …