New business offers locally grown, organic and pre-prepared food for the soul – Northfield MN: Local

… regret to my grave,” she said. Rodnings’s venture, Jiva Bites, finds her putting together pre-prepared meals and delivering them to your door. She said what separates her service from other National services is her emphasis on local and organic food. She said that the name is a play on the term “soul food.” “‘Jiva’ is one sanskrit word for ‘soul,’” she said. “I came up with the name after spending weeks calling the business ‘The …

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

By Marty McCarthy, ABC Rural | June 30, 2015 Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? That was the topic of the Great Debate at the Ausveg 2015 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Organic produce might be gaining popularity, but it still only accounts for less than 1 per cent of Australia’s horticulture production. Nonetheless, in a time when consumers are demanding to know more about how their food is produced and the chemicals …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A National shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

By Deena Shanker | June 9, 2015 Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional agriculture. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic …

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 …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… comment sections—the dynamic is a part of how federal organic standards are determined. Case in point: In late April, the National Organic Standards Board, a 15-person board appointed by the secretary of agriculture, recommended to the Department of Agriculture that hydroponics, a method for growing plants in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil, be banned from receiving official organic certification. The USDA promptly ignored the recommendation, which has organic advocates furious. …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

… set standards for organic certification. It also created the National Organic standards Board to oversee – in the absence of healthier alternatives – which synthetic materials could be used in the production and processing of organic food. Under USDA rules, these materials would automatically exit a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances after five years – unless, after considering public comment, two-thirds of the members of the organic standards board voted to …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… decisions regarding their food,” Massey said, “and part of that is learning to better understand food labels and sift through the claims on the labels.” Check out the following terms found on food labels: All natural. Products labeled all natural must be free of artificial colors and ingredients, and must be minimally processed. But since there are no National standards to define minimally processed, the label doesn’t carry a lot of weight and is almost meaningless. A …