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 …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

… seating more than 15,000 people, hotels with more than 150 rooms and food distributors with more than 20,000 square feet. “This proposal represents the first step toward achieving our Zero Waste goals for businesses by identifying those establishments who are best able to separate a clean organics stream suitable for composting or conversion into clean, renewable fuel,” Garcia said. Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a goal of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by 90 percent by …

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

… fuel, feed and water, which accounts for 51 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2009 report in World Watch Institute Magazine. Plant foods, such as vegetables, rice, beans, and tofu, have a much lower environmental impact. Why not give Meatless Monday a try by replacing meat with plant proteins, such as nuts, beans and soy foods? According to the Environmental Working Group, if a family of four skips eating steak just one day a week for one year, it is similar to taking a …

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

… millions in fines if only 5 to 10 percent of products slip through. Shumlin had a clear response Thursday: “Just label your products. All of them nationwide.” To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… Starbucks every morning, chances are we can. It’s not affordability; it’s our priorities that we are confusing Environment – Speaking of responsibility. Organic famers practice crop rotation and use composted fertilizers, which maintains the quality rather than depleting the soil. Ever since the dawn of agriculture, we have depended on the quality of soil. Conventional farming does not think about the future. “Thirty to forty percent of produce will become extinct if the bees continue …

5 Most Common GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | May 29, 2015 A significant percentage of many food crops contain GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. As much as 80 percent of conventional food contains GMOs, according to the Non-GMO Project, and that can make it challenging to avoid these controversial products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in early May 2015 that it would begin certifying foods that are GMO-free through the Process Verified Program, and those foods will be labeled, NPR said. The Non-GMO …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

… fashion,” explains Morgan. “I don’t want people to think, ‘I should feel guilty if I love the things that I wear.’ We just need to take a step back from our incessant consumption of mediocre stuff. Let’s go back to a place where we invest in pieces that we love, that we’re going to wear and hold on to.” Today, we consume 400 percent more clothing than we did two decades ago. That quantity of consumption, and our carelessness of purchasing, is part …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

… include very many specific instructions about the way the animals themselves are raised. “When people pick up organic milk, they’re expecting that the cows are out on pasture most of the time,” says Luke Meerman, one of the farmers behind Michigan-based Grassfields Cheese. And he’s right. In a phone survey conducted for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 68 percent of the consumers contacted said they expected that animals raised on …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… of synthetic chemicals or genetic engineering reached $35.9 billion in 2014, an 11 percent increase over 2013 and about 5.1 percent of U.S. grocery spending. The organic sector’s average annual growth of about 10 percent is triple that of overall food sales, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade association data. Rising consumer demand in what’s been a niche market is creating shortages, pushing companies that supply farms needing organic feed to seek out foreign …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …