Abbott facing lawsuit over “non-organic” Similac | Food Industry News | just-food

… alleges 26 of the 49 ingredients used are not allowed in organic foods including irradiated substances and synthetic compounds. “Abbott deceptively and misleadingly claimed that the infant formula is ‘organic’ and charged a premium price for the ‘organic’ infant formula. Abbott was also motivated to mislead consumers to take away market share from competing products, thereby increasing its own sales and profits,” the lawsuit stated. “By deceiving …

Organic board busts ‘no synthetic pesticides’ myth, okays new herbicides and fungicides | Genetic Literacy Project

By Peter Whoriskey |May 1, 2015 You might think the USDA “organic” label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, “organic” food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals have been deemed essential. Exactly which chemicals should be allowed? This week, in a process that is largely invisible to consumers but that has become a semi-annual ritual of controversy within the world of …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

By Jay Field | April 8, 2015 UNITY, Maine – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has joined groups across the country in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the suit, the groups charge that the department changed a key rule, without public comment, governing how synthetic and prohibited natural substances can be used in the production of organic food. This story begins with the Organic Foods Production Act. Congress passed the measure in 1990. It …

Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | Environment | The Guardian

… algae is thought to be the first of its kind in the world. Dead algae has been used to filter water but the Wheal Jane project uses live algae found at the site to “remediate” its toxic water. The scientists had initially been interested in the ability of reeds in the flooded area around the mine to absorb toxic substances. But then they started examining the algae on the reeds and realised that it had special properties. via Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | …