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

By Niharika Verma | December 7, 2015 Breaking the barriers, Indian consumers are shifting towards organic food purchases, making the supermarkets and big retail outlets its hub. With growing awareness and health conscious Indian consumers, appetite for organic food has grown and found its presence in supermarkets. Though, available on high price, its demand and sale has seen a sharp rise says supermarkets and food associations. Some experts believe that better product availability and a powerful …

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

From medicalxpress.com | July 10, 2015 Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so. These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public health, newly published by Environmental health Perspectives. Hypospadias denotes a male urogenital anomaly in which the opening of the urinary tract is not …

Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… used in the process, is going organic the way for farmers to win them over? Bang for buck The number one criticism of organic produce is that it is too expensive, according to Dr Ian Musgrave, senior lecturer in farm ecology at the University of Adelaide. “The major barrier to people eating fresh fruit and vegetables is cost and organics cost more,” he said. “You get more bang for your buck from buying conventional vegetables which will have more health benefits.” But …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

By Shannon Van Hoesen | June 23, 2015 WASHINGTON – The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World health Organization, said 2,4-D is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because …

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

By Consumer Reports | June 22, 2015 Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. To maximize the health benefits, make these four easy changes to the way you shop for, prep and store your fruit and …

How To Make 7 Healthy Meals Out Of Just 1 Chicken | Food & Drink | The Debrief

By Joanne Gould, Contributing Writer | June 21, 2015 ‘Erm, are none of your chickens organic?’ Yes this sentence actually came out of my mouth when I went to a supermarket recently. No, I’m not a lentil-knitting hippie or a fully paid-up member of Highgate Mums; just a vaguely health conscious twenty-something (ish) food lover and I don’t relish the thought of eating meat pumped full of water and antibiotics. Just as most of us would rather shell out an extra £4 for an ok sauvignon …

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 …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

… I’m willing to make for my family’s health,” Liu Rui, a frequent shopper in Beijing’s Ole supermarket, told China Daily. Consumers like Liu are propping up China as the world’s fourth-biggest consumer of organic products. “China is a market that attracts great attention from the world’s organic traders,” Wang Yunhao, director of China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC), said at an organic food fair on May 28. To continue reading this article, …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

… technologies and irrigation systems, this fertile northern Indian state quickly became the seat of the country’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. And farmers like Singh, now a vibrant 69-year-old with a snow white beard, started to see their harvests multiply. But alongside this burst of prosperity came the harrowing side effects of pouring chemicals into the ground: People’s health deteriorated rapidly, as did water and soil quality, and neither the government nor consumers …

Organic not healthier than other foods: Organic junk food still junk | Genetic Literacy Project

… value 40 percent of the time where nonorganic foods have a higher nutritional value only 15 percent of the time. And, a study released last year by Great Britain’s Newcastle University said that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones. But not all agree. “Organic junk food is still junk food. And conventional fresh, health food is still healthy,” said Rene Ficek, a registered dietician and lead nutrition expert at Seattle …