Trailblazer Foods Launches First All-Inclusive Organic Coconut Product Line

… these relationships to secure favorable pricing. The company’s coconut experts have personally visited coconut processors in Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and have determined which operations adhere to the strictest global food safety standards. For most of Trailblazer’s competitors, the supply chain for coconut products is long and complex, but Trailblazer is able to work directly with premium vendors. The company is also able to provide retailers with a complete …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between European Union and the United States under negotiation since July 2013, have led to many concerns being raised regarding food and environmental safety standards. One of the most contentious issues is whether TTIP will weaken Europe’s rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a long-time target for US exporters who claim these rules hamper their profits. Meanwhile, the biotech industry is pushing for the products of the ‘next …

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

From TimesOfIndia.indiatimes/com | July 4, 2015 INDORE: Alarmed with unethical practices being reported in meat and poultry food industry, the Food safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is gearing up to tighten its noose soon. Authority has formulated draft regulations that will come into effect after comments and objections from stakeholders. Draft regulations have come in wake that maximum residues limits/tolerance levels fixed for various veterinary drugs including antibiotics in …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

… in my opinion, has sent a clear message that a certain percentage of our customers are willing to pay more for the non-GMO lines,” Dammann said. “This non-GMO thing has seemed to take hold and gain a lot of traction.” Consumers, particularly on the West and East coasts, have demanded more GMO-free products because of health and safety concerns. And a number of major food companies have responded. • General Mills announced last year it will no longer use bioengineered …

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

… Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program to determine the risk of pesticide exposure from eating fruits and vegetables from 14 different countries. The researchers found that peaches and green beans are some of the most high-risk produce when it comes to pesticides exposure. “It’s not realistic to expect we wouldn’t have any pesticides in our bodies in this day and age, but that would be the ideal,” says Michael Crupain, director of Consumer Reports’ Food safety and …

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

… Greenpeace many years ago” ) are out there insisting on the safety of Roundup/glyphosate. A French TV host interviewing Patrick Moore asked him to drink a glass since Moore insisted it was safe and persons attempting suicide regularly fail when they do so by drinking Roundup/glyphosate. Moore refused. If so certain of its safety one wonders why is it that Monsanto opposes labeling of genetically modified foods resistant to and heavily sprayed with Roundup/glyphosate? How silly to ask.  It’s …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… truths about GMOs, including that they have never undergone appropriate safety testing; have never been shown to be safe for human consumption; and were not even approved in accordance with federal law. GMOs are illegal: Their secret introduction into the food supply was an illicit con from the very start When they were first being developed back in the early 1980s, GMOs were hailed as the solution to world hunger. Their proponents argued, and still do, that conventional and organic food crops …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

By Lydia Wheeler | 28 March 2015 The fight over the labeling of genetically engineered food is heating up on Capitol Hill, as safety advocates mount a campaign to beat back industry-backed legislation that would leave the nation without a mandatory labeling standard. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 last week with lead co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The bill would create a voluntary federal labeling standard, while pre-empting …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

By Jodi Cash, Posted March 18, 2015 Although agriculture is the leading industry in Georgia, less than one percent of the state’s farms are organic. As of December 2014, there were merely 70 certified organic farms in Georgia. Georgia does have a larger number of Certified Naturally Grown farms—130 to be exact. There is little reason to embellish on the merits of organic farming practices—sustainability in a world with a growing population, safety from pesticides, and (although they are …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… environment and biodiversity of NK66 corn. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also issued certificate for bio-safety for the three GM corn varieties. Kumar Datta, Syngenta Vietnam country director, said the company will coordinate with provincial agricultural agencies on plans to widely spread the varieties for better income of the farmers. Last August, the agriculture ministry approved the imports of four corn varieties engineered for food and animal feed …