We Can End Hunger With Six Billion Pounds Of Edible Produce, But We Don’t Because It’s ‘Ugly Food’

By Jan Omega | December 4, 2015 For the past decade or so, many organizations and companies that are in favor of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, pushed that such would be at the forefront of ending hunger on a global scale. One of their biggest reasons they use is that traditional conventional farming cannot yield what GMO farm factories produce. Today, that excuse is no longer valid thanks to the new methods of organic farming the green community has created. Forward Thinking created …

Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

… ‘conventional’ food producers, because supermarket chains tend to prioritise the cheapest and simplest methods of chilling. Joint research effort for small companies SINTEF is going to test the method on Norwegian ecological raw materials among other products, as part of the European Union project SUS-Organic, which is aimed at helping smaller companies that produce organic food. “These small companies don’t have the resources to develop and demonstrate the potential of …

Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

… of legal marijuana soared to $2.7 billion last year from $1.5 billion the year prior, according to the ArcView Group, an investment and research firm focused on cannabis. According to the Fortune article, ArcView’s 470 member investors have poured some $41 million into 54 weed companies of late. “Recipients include Eaze, which aims to be the Uber of pot delivery (it got $11.5 million), and Medicine Man, a Denver dispensary that nabbed $1.6 million,” Alsever writes. To continue reading this …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

By Beth Kowitt | May 21, 2015 Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back? Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors and flavors. Pesticides. Preservatives. High-fructose corn syrup. Growth hormones. Antibiotics. Gluten. Genetically modified organisms. If any one of these terms raised a hair on the back of your neck, left a sour taste in your …

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | April 7, 2015 The bladeless “Windwheel” would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster. Medium-level boosters of ecofriendly living might power their homes with residential wind systems. But for those who want to go all the way, nothing screams “green” more than using wind turbines and residing in one, too. Making this sustainable habitat is the dream of the Dutch Windwheel Corporation, a group of Rotterdam companies that wants to install homes on …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… companies decide to embrace them. Organic seafood would be welcome news for the increasing number of organic shoppers — and for retailers that have profited from their higher prices. It also could help the U.S. farmed fish industry find a premium as it struggles to compete against cheaper imports. Among the seafood that is commonly farm-raised in the United States and would be covered: salmon, tilapia, catfish, shrimp and mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams. The United States is …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… of synthetic chemicals or genetic engineering reached $35.9 billion in 2014, an 11 percent increase over 2013 and about 5.1 percent of U.S. grocery spending. The organic sector’s average annual growth of about 10 percent is triple that of overall food sales, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade association data. Rising consumer demand in what’s been a niche market is creating shortages, pushing companies that supply farms needing organic feed to seek out foreign …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

By Christopher Doering | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON –When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds. The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand …

Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

… larger yield and fear raising prices are sticking with traditional seed because it costs less. Even with those conventional farmers, some seed companies said their sales in 2014 did better than any year from the past five years. Others reported a 50 percent increase in sales in 2014 compared to 2013. via Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post. …