4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… vegetables: Be organic-savvy. When you buy organic, you reduce your exposure to pesticides and you support a way of farming that’s good for the planet. And a new analysis by Consumer Reports’ scientists has good news for people who find that organic produce is unavailable or too expensive: It identified 23 conventional fruits and vegetables considered low risks for pesticide residue. Many summer favorites (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and watermelon, for instance) are on the list. But …

Federal Grant To Help More Low-Income Families Buy Organic Produce | WJCT NEWS

… Growers and Consumers says the grant will give people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a way to make their money go twice as far. Franz said, “So if they spend $20 on their SNAP card, they will get $40 worth of tokens to spend at one of our participating markets. And then that buy one get one money, the incentive money, is good for the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables.” Two farmers’ markets in Duval County, the Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market and the Beaches …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program to determine the risk of pesticide exposure from eating fruits and vegetables from 14 different countries. The researchers found that peaches and green beans are some of the most high-risk produce when it comes to pesticides exposure. “It’s not realistic to expect we wouldn’t have any pesticides in our bodies in this day and age, but that would be the ideal,” says Michael Crupain, director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… aren’t picky, opting for the produce items currently on sale at the grocery store is a great cost-saving measure. Frozen fruits and vegetables can also be the cheaper option. Some food items are less expensive out of the can, but many shoppers prefer to buy fresh when possible. Plus you might be surprised at how many fruits and vegetables are actually cheapest when bought fresh. Be wary of conveniently wrapped items like bagged lettuce, which comes with a significant upcharge and often does …

The organic way: Finland organization branches out to Mexico | Lake County News Chronicle

… her husband worked in Washington, D.C., lobbying against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly vegetables, fruits and other crops which have had their genes altered artificially. Such efforts at the policy level are important, Welch said, but she and Cummins saw the need for an organization that tackled similar food issues using a grassroots approach. “When we first started out, there wasn’t an organization that dealt primarily with consumers and organics,” she …

FDA Approves Some Genetically Modified Apples and Potatoes – WSJ

By Tennille Tracy, Posted March 20 2015 The Food and Drug Administration signed off on genetically modified varieties of apples and potatoes, and for the first time suggested the products might need to carry a label to inform consumers about the ways in which they’re different from conventional varieties. The so-called Arctic apple, developed by Okanagan Specialty fruits Inc. in Canada, has been designed to resist browning when cut open or sliced. The Innate potato, developed by the …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… apples its seal of approval, it took less than two weeks for the company that produced them, Okanagan Specialty fruits, to enter into an acquisition agreement with Intrexon Corp. Thomas R. Kasser, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Intrexon’s food sector has high hopes for the acquisition. In a press release, Kasser said, “Okanagan is a world leader in the development of fruit-bearing plants to express enhanced, advantageous traits with tremendous potential to revolutionize the …