Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

… and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) to integrate undergraduates into the seasonal work of the campus’s 33 acres of organic farmland and market gardens. With support from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation and a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Challenge Grant, CASFS staff and UCSC faculty have crafted an internship program that complements the environmental studies major’s new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems. To continue reading this article, please …

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 …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

By Betsy Levinson | June 19, 2015 With a new director and a renewed focus on “bridging the gap,” The Food Project is gearing up for another season of farming, youth development and providing food security from its fields in Lincoln, Boston, Lynn and Beverly. James Harrison, who goes by J., has moved from acting director to executive director of the organic farming program that started more than 20 years ago. Harrison is a Lincoln native who knew early on that he wanted to study and work in …

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 …

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 …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

… as fertilizer. In four months, the 20 Des Moines-area Hy-Vee stores diverted more than 1 million pounds of food and organic waste from landfills and created 250 tons of compost, Hy-Vee said. In March, two Omaha-area Hy-Vee stores started the program in Nebraska and diverted about five tons of waste that month. Employees from the five Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln trained on the recycling program on Thursday, said Whitney Brown, manager of general merchandise at the Williamsburg Hy-Vee, 6001 Village …

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

… label to its line of cheese. “The USDA organic program really is failing to meet both the spirit of organic and consumer expectations around animal welfare,” says an ASPCA representative. “Organic is about what the cow is eating and what you’re doing to the land,” Meerman says. “AWA is about the cow.” He takes special care to manage his animals’ pain, and keep young cows with their mothers for a week after they’re born, for example. And those …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… “trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture,” says Miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA’s organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting their own organic products to the United States. Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of …

Federal Grant To Help More Low-Income Families Buy Organic Produce | WJCT NEWS

By Murphy Stidham | April 8, 2015 Organic farmers have received a federal grant that’s expected to help low-income Floridians access healthier food. It’s also anticipated to increase farmers’ revenue by more than $2 million. Two farmers’ markets in Jacksonville are going to join in the Fresh Access Bucks program, which allows food stamps to be used to buy fresh produce. That’s because of a grant awarded to an association of organic growers. Carmen Franz with Florida Certified Organic …