Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

… now the biggest seller of organics. The latter is exampled through Urban Homestead in which the Dervaes Family found a way to grow over 6,000 pounds of organic food on a tenth of an acre. The sudden boom in popularity for organic food would mean the supply should go up. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The organic community reports organic food demand is so high, it has now surpassed our current domestic supply. According to Minds, the sale of organic foods have grown dramatically over the …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… for notification. Earlier, central advisory committee meeting of FSSAI had proposed enforcement of legal provisions and regulations regarding meat and meat products, operations and management of slaughterhouses and animal-handling practices. Following the members of the committee were apprised of deplorable conditions of slaughter houses and the unethical practices followed in this sector, it was mentioned that there were reports of illegal slaughter activities in several states. Members opined …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

By Consumer reports | June 22, 2015 Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. To maximize the health benefits, make these four easy changes to the way you shop for, prep and store your fruit and …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

By Sarah Beth Hensley | March 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — It’s a question many people ask themselves while shopping for produce at grocery stores: should I buy organic? Experts at Consumer reports say that buying organic is the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment and those who grow the food. Also, there is a diminished risk for pesticides exposure. Earlier this month, Consumer reports scientists and a Washington State University researcher analyzed data from the …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… survey by the Consumer reports National Research Center, however, found that almost 60 percent of shoppers look for the term “natural” on food labels believing it means a food has no artificial ingredients, and also that the food contains no pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But even high-fructose corn syrup can appear in products labeled “all natural,” and even chicken injected with a saline solutions equal to 25 percent of its weight can also be …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

… city property. The Portland City Council voted Tuesday to ban the insecticides, which are responsible for multiple mass bee die-offs in Oregon in the past year and are suspected to contribute to colony collapse disorder. The ban does not extend to private property. The Oregonian’s Andrew Theen reports Portland’s ban follows similar actions in Spokane, Seattle and Eugene. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also pledged to ban the insecticides last year on more than 150 million acres …

Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC

… can only produce one ounce of yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey, which is a runny, toxic substance. Acid whey is so harmful it could turn a waterway into a “dead sea” and destroy aquatic life if it is dumped, the report says. Not surprisingly, the state best known for dairy production is leading the way to find a solution. Refinery 29 reports that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are finding practical applications, such as “fancy filters” to separate the components of …

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban | EurActiv

Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering,  but a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market. EurActiv Germany reports. After the European Parliament on Tuesday (13 January passed a new Directive on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in Europe, the German Environment Ministry is insisting on a complete ban on green genetic engineering …