Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

… ‘conventional’ food producers, because supermarket chains tend to prioritise the cheapest and simplest methods of chilling. Joint research effort for small companies SINTEF is going to test the method on Norwegian ecological raw materials among other products, as part of the European Union project SUS-Organic, which is aimed at helping smaller companies that produce organic food. “These small companies don’t have the resources to develop and demonstrate the potential of …

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

… outdoors, grazing in grass pastures. Steve Getz, who manages the milk supply in most of New England for Organic Valley, sees Maine’s potential whenever he drives through the state. “You go past field after field after field of grasslands,” he said. “Let’s put the land to use.” He’s not the only one thinking that way. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley and New Hampshire-based yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm are running campaigns in Maine to persuade conventional dairy farmers to switch to …

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

… cereal, for instance — that mistakenly ends up on store shelves. The law is due to take effect next year. “Even with the best of intentions, excellent supply chain logistics and herculean efforts, product will be in the wrong place at any given time, resulting in millions upon millions of dollars in potential fines,” said GMA President Pamela G. Bailey. She estimated more than 100,000 items sold in the state would require Vermont-specific labels, a companies could quickly amass …

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

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News | April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn State University. That shows a potential …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… road base. He says it feels good to make an income from a potential waste product from his mine. “I think you have to look and think about what you are mining to improve the planet,” he said. In keeping with his ‘use it all’ approach, Mr Lewington is excited by a by-product of the by-product, a rock mineral dust he calls palaganite. “It’s primarily organic growers who use it,” he said. “They are constrained in the fertilisers they can use, so …

WHO Says Roundup is “Probably” Cancer-causing | Crozet Gazette

… a matter of corporate profits and the heck with human health. Apparently, it has come to light in recent days that in 1985 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified Roundup/glyphosate as a Class C carcinogen. A Class C carcinogen implies suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential. In 1991, after Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer, started working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the EPA reversed the decision. The FDA classified GMO’s as “substantially …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

By Linda Kaucher | April 2, 2015 Unless we act to prevent it, we are likely to have genetically modified food on our supermarket shelves, soon. Following on from the anti-GM activism of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, it is widely believed that there is a ban on GM foods in the UK. However law changes in the EU, potential international trade law tie-ins via the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the UK political climate combine to make us very vulnerable now to …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

From U.S. News & World Report, Posted 17 March 2015 If you’ve ever picked up an apple from the organic section of your supermarket, you probably thought that by doing so, you were improving your health. And if you haven’t, you may belong to the camp that believes the potential health benefits of going organic don’t outweigh the literal costs. But what if the benefits included weight loss? Here, we explore how eating organic may affect your slim-down efforts. Whether or not you choose …

FDA Approves Some Genetically Modified Apples and Potatoes – WSJ

… Idaho-based french fry maker J.R. Simplot Co., is designed to have fewer black spots from bruising and produce lower levels of acrylamide, a potential carcinogen that forms in potatoes when cooked at high temperatures. The FDA’s approval removes the last regulatory hurdle for both products in the U.S. It could be several months, if not years, before the Arctic apple is available to consumers, but the Innate potato could be introduced in the next few months. Both the apple and the potato differ …