Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | July 7, 2015 Taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket encourages people to buy chocolate and crisps because they feel they deserve a treat Canvas shopping bags might be good for the environment but they could be bad for your waistline, Harvard University has found. Researchers have discovered that a customer’s choice of shopping bag influences purchasing. And while canvas or hessian bags are more likely to encourage shoppers to choose …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

By Beth Kowitt | May 21, 2015 Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back? Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors and flavors. Pesticides. Preservatives. High-fructose corn syrup. Growth hormones. Antibiotics. Gluten. Genetically modified organisms. If any one of these terms raised a hair on the back of your neck, left a sour taste in your …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… companies decide to embrace them. Organic seafood would be welcome news for the increasing number of organic shoppers — and for retailers that have profited from their higher prices. It also could help the U.S. farmed fish industry find a premium as it struggles to compete against cheaper imports. Among the seafood that is commonly farm-raised in the United States and would be covered: salmon, tilapia, catfish, shrimp and mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams. The United States is …

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

… Consumer Reports says. Fruits Peaches and tangerines are the two most high-risk fruits, according to the Consumer Reports data. Researchers recommend always buying them organic and to be particularly cautious of peaches from Chile and the U.S., as well as tangerines from Chile, South Africa and the U.S. Plums are high risk if they are from Chile, but scientists give the green light to buy conventional if the plum is from the U.S. Researchers says shoppers should always buy organic for peaches, …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… aren’t picky, opting for the produce items currently on sale at the grocery store is a great cost-saving measure. Frozen fruits and vegetables can also be the cheaper option. Some food items are less expensive out of the can, but many shoppers prefer to buy fresh when possible. Plus you might be surprised at how many fruits and vegetables are actually cheapest when bought fresh. Be wary of conveniently wrapped items like bagged lettuce, which comes with a significant upcharge and often does …

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 …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… mandatory labels. Sharratt reckons the European Union’s resistance to genetically engineered crops is a triumph of democracy and the Canadian government’s reluctance to label GMOs as an impediment to transparency and consumer choice. Anti-GMO activists refer to GMOs as “Frankenfoods” and label the industry’s big corporate players evil, the sort of heated language that Sharratt avoids lest her reasoned arguments seem less reasonable. shoppers who want to avoid foods derived from the …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

By Radha McLean, Posted 20 March 2015 Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). The equally pesticide-free method of farming is being used by a growing number of small farmers who cannot afford the expense of getting an organic certification from the USDA. “Certified Naturally Grown is like the USDA’s National Organic Program in that our certified producers must …