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 …

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 …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… direct manipulation of plant and animal DNA can choose to buy certified organic products or foods with the newer Non-GMO Project verified label. Sharatt says it is those systems — which can include product testing regimes and farm-to-fork traceability — that should become the standard for all foods. It’s a big job. Testing would be required for every product on every farm, in addition to segregated transport and processing to limit cross contamination. A U.S. study on the feasibility of …

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

… 173,000t of chicken meat in 2014, of which 17,300 tonnes was sold under the organic label. Major players in the marketplace, including Finland meat manufacturer HKScan, are planning new meat processing-related capital investments for organic chicken production; the company’s sales of organic chicken in Denmark increased by about 32% in 2014. Sales of organic chicken meat have “exploded”, said Anders Olsen, sales director at HKScan Denmark. HKScan will need to bolster volume on the …