Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo Industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

… last decade. Back in 1997, the Industry was worth $3 billion as detailed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Six years later, the revenue went up by more than 200 percent to $10 billion, with an annual increase in sales by 20 percent. With the following numbers, experts predicted organic food would grow from 2 percent to 3.5 percent in their share in the U.S. food market by 2010. Unfortunately, the supply for organic food isn’t keeping up with demand. First and foremost, many U.S. farms …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between European Union and the United States under negotiation since July 2013, have led to many concerns being raised regarding food and environmental safety standards. One of the most contentious issues is whether TTIP will weaken Europe’s rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a long-time target for US exporters who claim these rules hamper their profits. Meanwhile, the biotech Industry is pushing for the products of the ‘next …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

From TimesOfIndia.indiatimes/com | July 4, 2015 INDORE: Alarmed with unethical practices being reported in meat and poultry food Industry, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is gearing up to tighten its noose soon. Authority has formulated draft regulations that will come into effect after comments and objections from stakeholders. Draft regulations have come in wake that maximum residues limits/tolerance levels fixed for various veterinary drugs including antibiotics in …

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 …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

… changer” in the power Industry. The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night. He said homes can also go off the grid with the Lotus Butterfly™, a solar-powered cogenerating system with natural gas backup, now in the final phases of development. “Think Superstorm Sandy,” said Hui. “The electric grid went down. People scrambled to buy gasoline-powered backup generators. With the Lotus Butterfly cogenerating system, your home remains powered and …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

… brand new phase of the marijuana Industry, focusing on a broad infrastructure of related services, particularly in the area of financing. “First comes the product itself, second come ancillary products, and third comes the infrastructure of related services,” writes Fortune’s Jennifer Alsever. “By that measure, the legal cannabis business is rapidly accelerating into stage three, as an ecosystem of financial and other services quickly grows up.” It’s not surprising given that sales …

Abbott facing lawsuit over “non-organic” Similac | Food Industry News | just-food

… the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current National Organic Program standards. We comply with all requirements to maintain this certification. All of the ingredients named in this lawsuit are approved for use today in organic infant formulas.” Source: Abbott facing lawsuit over “non-organic” Similac | Food Industry News | just-food …

Big Food Brands Lose Consumer Trust | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

By E.J. Schultz | May 25, 2015 This rather unappetizing statement was tucked into a request for proposals recently sent to ad agencies: “Most of our food supply comes from factory farms, is dependent on GMOs and chemicals, and is not sustainably grown or raised.” The inflammatory language sounds like the typical musings of a fiery activist ready to take on Big Food. But it actually came from the Kashi brand owned by Industry giant Kellogg Co. The brand is seeking ideas to …

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

… the organic food Industry. Just what does it mean to be organic and are they really better for you than conventional foods? With more and more organic products flying off the shelves, most consumers believe they are getting a healthier product, regardless of price. But is that true? That depends on who you believe. Nova Scotia Organics’ Nancy Smithers said that research compiled from 50 studies comparing traditionally produced food to organic showed that organics have a higher nutritional …