Appetite for organic food grows and found its presence in Indian supermarkets

… organic marketing campaign, set up by growers and retailers, have played a significant role in boosting growth of organic food demand. “Indian market happens to be at very nascent stage. However, the trend is picking up really fast and Organic Harvest has seen a growth of over 300 per cent in the last one year. So, growth has been outstanding. It will keep on growing in the next five years to come,” said Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest. Supermarkets pushing the growth The mass-market …

An Organic Food Retailer Is Calling Its New Campaign The Most Eco-Friendly Ever | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

By Jeff Beer | June 10, 2015 If your brand is committed to the highest standards of ecological responsibility, it’s tough to turn around and promote that message with expensive advertising, generated via less-than-green practices. French organic food retailer Biocoop recognized this contradiction and decided to solve it with what it’s calling the most eco-friendly ad campaign ever. Biocoop and agency Fred & Farid Paris made the advertising process itself the vehicle for its …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… largely address the need for more calories in the future.” The Just Label It campaign, which advocates for mandatory federal labeling of GMO foods, provided funding support for this new report. Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It, said, “Biotech companies and their customers in chemical agriculture have been attempting to sell the benefits of GMOs for two decades. Between exaggerated claims about feeding the world and a dramatic escalation in the use of toxic pesticides, it is no …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

By Lydia Wheeler | 28 March 2015 The fight over the labeling of genetically engineered food is heating up on Capitol Hill, as safety advocates mount a campaign to beat back industry-backed legislation that would leave the nation without a mandatory labeling standard. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 last week with lead co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The bill would create a voluntary federal labeling standard, while pre-empting …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

… Farms campaign. “We want to get 30 new organic farms in the next 18 months,” says Alice Rolls, the executive director of Georgia Organics, a nonprofit that promotes organic food and farming. “That’s an aggressive goal, but we’re going for it.” The organizations will help make the ambitious goal a reality by reimbursing the cost of certification to participating farmers getting certified organic for the first time. The Georgia Department of Agriculture will fund 75 percent (as much as …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… this area. Since 1999, the fifty largest agricultural and food patent-holding companies and two of the largest biotech and agrochemical trade associations have spent more than US$572 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, much of it to create a favorable political context to allow GMOs to proliferate. Just because the industry has launched a charm offensive in the media when it comes to GMOs doesn’t change the basic facts: GMOs are largely untested, and their long-term …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

… opponent of coal seam gas mining near homes. Asked on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday if he would take up the coal seam gas issue during the NSW election campaign, Mr Jones said the Baird government would have to “face the consequences” unless public concerns were addressed. On August 31 last year, coal seam gas was released from a well about 200 metres from homes at Camden after a pressure valve was activated. Alarmed residents reportedly heard a loud hissing noise and …