Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

By S.Annamalai | July 6, 2015 Madurai youth’s aim to green the city branches off into a movement to promote organic food An initiative launched by Madurai youth to green the ancient city has now branched off into a movement to promote organic food. Maram Madurai and Organic Good, the twin efforts of a youth brigade, primarily made up of students, have seamlessly merged to become complementary. They are poised to change the way Madurai eats and treats its environment. S. Alex Pandian, a …

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

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and …

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

… cereal, for instance — that mistakenly ends up on store shelves. The law is due to take effect next year. “Even with the best of intentions, excellent supply chain logistics and herculean efforts, product will be in the wrong place at any given time, resulting in millions upon millions of dollars in potential fines,” said GMA President Pamela G. Bailey. She estimated more than 100,000 items sold in the state would require Vermont-specific labels, a companies could quickly amass …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… proposals to create mandatory labeling laws. The bill is an effort to block all of those efforts in a single stroke, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “Clearly this is a legislative Hail Mary designed to not only block states like Vermont from giving people the right to know what they’re eating, but make it much harder for the FDA to craft a national mandatory labeling solution,” he said. Faber said the Pompeo-Butterfield bill would …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Every ingredient in certified organic and non-GMO verified products is traceable to its origin and segregated from conventional foods, though such efforts likely contribute to reduced economies of scale and higher prices. “Companies already (trace their ingredients) and many commodities have been this way for a long time,” she said. “GM crops and all foods need to be traced from fork to farm, because people want to know where their food comes …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

From U.S. News & World Report, Posted 17 March 2015 If you’ve ever picked up an apple from the organic section of your supermarket, you probably thought that by doing so, you were improving your health. And if you haven’t, you may belong to the camp that believes the potential health benefits of going organic don’t outweigh the literal costs. But what if the benefits included weight loss? Here, we explore how eating organic may affect your slim-down efforts. Whether or not you choose …

5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers

… Olympics,” said Dale Moore, executive director of public policy with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the country’s largest farm group. “It comes around every five years, and everybody focuses on it, but what gets lost in the process … are (other) issues that affect farmers daily in different ways.” The new GOP-led Congress could help local farmers and ranchers by pushing back against growing efforts to overhaul a renewable fuels mandate that is enormously popular in rural America …