Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Simply Organic® Adds Enchilada Sauce, Mole Sauce and Salsa Verde to the Popular Southwest Seasoning Mix Family

"Capitalizing on key market trends, Simply Organic is introducing three new southwest-style seasoning mixes – Enchilada Sauce, Mole Sauce and Salsa Verde. Each of the new mixes is vegan and has the USDA organic certification. Growth in the seasoning dry mix category has climbed seven percent during the most recent 52-week period, according to SpinsScan market research, and the three new organic mixes will tap into that niche segment.

Norway, IA (Vocus) March 29, 2010 -- Capitalizing on key market trends, Simply Organic is introducing three new southwest-style seasoning mixes – Enchilada Sauce, Mole Sauce and Salsa Verde. Each of the new mixes is vegan and has the USDA organic certification. Growth in the seasoning dry mix category has climbed seven percent during the most recent 52-week period, according to SpinsScan market research, and the three new organic mixes will tap into that niche segment."

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Wines of the World: Paul Dolan's Organic Wines - Making them green

"Paul Dolan Vineyards in Mendocino, was launched to have a strong venture into organic. His long-term belief that planet environmental issues significantly effect food, wine, and health has made him a pioneer in the industry.

As a leader, winemaker, farmer, and father, Paul’s focus is determined to develop the organic wine industry as a model for all agriculture and business worldwide. While working at Fetzer in Mendocino County, where he later became president, Dolan describes his “Ah-ha!” moment."

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Tenaya Launches Shelf Stable, Aseptically Filled MADE(R) Beverages in Ball PET Bottles

"BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tenaya, LLC, Chicago, Ill., has introduced MADE® beverages in Ball Corporation's (NYSE: BLL) 16-oz. PET bottles with KHS Plasmax® barrier coating. MADE beverages are filled at Kan-Pak, LLC, Arkansas City, Kan., and are among the first high acid, shelf-stable beverages aseptically filled in PET bottles in North America.

According to Tenaya, MADE is a certified organic, all natural line of beverages that combine green tea and fruit juices with refreshing floral and herbal extracts for a truly unique beverage option. It is available in eight varieties: Strawberry Lemonade, Pomegranate Mojito, Blackberry Peach, Cranberry Limeade, Strawberry Mojito, Pomegranate Lemonade, Raspberry Peach and Blueberry Lemonade."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Confident after his success with health insurance reform, President Obama exerted his executive power on Saturday by making fifteen appointments during the Senate's recess. Among the appointments was Islam Siddiqui, who will now be serving as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (I've written here about what that job entails).

Siddiqui had been working since 2001 as a lobbyist and then later as vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, a lobbying organization for the pesticide and biotech industries. CropLife famously sent Michelle Obama a letter trying to convince her to use pesticides on her organic garden on the White House lawn. But while that move pushed the group into the media spotlight, behind the scenes the group in which Siddiqui has had a strong hand in leading has been lobbying to weaken regulations on biotechnology, pesticides and other agriculture chemicals both in the US and abroad, including securing exemption for American farmers in a worldwide ban of the ozone-depleting chemical methyl bromide in 2006, taking part in secret discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency to be allowed to test pesticides on children, and Siddiqui personally chided the European Union for "denying food to starving people" for using the precautionary principle in the case of GMOs."

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Why Eat Organic' Dr. Weil and The Organic Center VIP's explain

"Melissa McGinnis attends The Organic Center's 7th annual VIP dinner in Anaheim CA, and chats with Dr. Weil, Anthony Zolezzi, Waylon Lewis, Marilu Henner, Gary Hirshberg and other VIP's about the science behind organic food production and why it is so important for our health and the health of the planet to choose organic.

For individuals and families seeking high nutritional value and reduced risk of exposure to the toxins associated with factory farming practices, organic offers peace of mind."

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Whole Foods Launches Earth Month Festival

"Whole Foods Market, which has long positioned itself as the thought leader in the organic foods movement, wants to take America to the movies. The retailer is sponsoring a month-long "Let's Retake Our Plates" initiative, screening 15 educational food films in markets across the country.

The selected films focus on "the challenges and realities of the industrialized food system," the Austin, Texas-based company says in its release. The list includes "Food, Inc.," an Academy Award nominee this year in the documentary category, "King Corn" and "No Impact Man," as well as a few sci-fi classics, like "Soylent Green" (1973) and "Silent Running" (1972.)"

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Organic farming bill gets Colorado House approval

"DENVER — A bill designed to increase the number of inspectors in the state's Organic Certification Program has passed by Colorado House by a 61-0 vote.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins and Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton.

“Farming and eating organic foods is a lifestyle that's here to stay. In fact, it's an industry that continues to grow,” Fischer said in a press release. “Colorado must take steps now to ensure enough certified inspectors are on hand to meet the increasing demand of organic food production.”"

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Organic food documentary co-produced by area man to be shown at Hippodrome

"A new documentary, co-produced by a local man, is touring the nation in a campaign to unveil the world of organic foods, and will be making a stop at the Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival on Wednesday.

The film "What's Organic About Organic?" - co-produced by Marty Mesh, a locally based former organic farmer and executive director of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Inc. - examines organic farming and its effects on society. It will be shown at the Hippodrome State Theatre starting at 8:25 p.m.

Director and producer Shelley Rogers said that in creating her film, she decided to go straight to the source of organic farming and educate the public by telling the stories of organic farmers themselves."

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Atlanta area organic foods for less

"Have you wanted to start eating organically but, could not get pass the pricing? Well, there is a local grocer in your area that has proven to be a leading competitor for these items.

There are five major markets, in the Atlanta area, that people frequent when looking for organic foods, they are: Trader Joe's, Whole Foods Market, Dekalb Farmer's Market, Publix and Kroger supermarkets. All of the markets listed are pretty much the same as far as pricing goes, except one; Kroger. Unlike Publix, this grocery chain, is the only one in the area that arranged a special section in their stores, specifically geared towards organic groceries. Not just shelving on one isle, but we're talking square footage. TJ's and WFM are entirely natural food markets, whereas, Publix and Kroger are not but, they both carry a selection of organic foods, one more than the other."

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

For the food industry, has organic surpassed its sell-by date?

"Is organic ag doomed to permanent niche status? Yes, according to this report from the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago.

Based on the article, the summit appears to have been a gathering of food-industry execs and Wall Street analysts. And for this crew, evidently, organic's days of world-conquering growth are over. "

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Nature's Variety(R) Declares the Raw Revolution is on at Global Pet Expo With Unveiling of New Look

"ORLANDO, Fla., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Nature's Variety, the leader in raw frozen pet food, will unveil a new look for its brand at the 2010 Global Pet Expo this week in Orlando, Florida. The raw frozen pet food category continues to see growth as more and more consumers have seen the benefits of feeding a pure, holistic diet. Benefits such as healthier skin and coats for pets, smaller and firmer stools, reduced allergy symptoms, weight control, healthier teeth and gums and increased energy for improved health and vitality have been attributed to feeding pets a raw or holistic diet. "

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Friday, March 26, 2010

New Definitions for Organic Meat and Milk Issued

"fter a drawn-out debate, the U.S. Agriculture Department has significantly narrowed the definition of organic livestock to animals that spend a third of the year grazing on pasture.
The new rules also say that “organic” milk and meat must come from livestock grazing on pasture for at least four months of the year, and that 30 percent of their feed must come from grazing.

The old rules said only that animals must have access to pasture."

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Tropical Traditions Announces New Organic Soy-Free Eggs Delivered Nationwide

"SPRINGVILLE, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Tropical Traditions announced today that it has started shipping organic soy-free eggs high in Omega 3 fatty acids to its consumers nationwide. These new eggs come from chickens that are raised by family farmers and eat a coconut-based soy-free feed mixture that is certified organic, with no genetically modified grains. Tropical Traditions developed the feed the chickens eat: Cocofeed.

Why No Soy?"

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New From Bueno Foods: All Natural Green Chile Chicken Stew and Posole Stew

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Long-time New Mexico family-owned Bueno Foods is expanding its line of authentic and convenient chile products with the introduction of Buenatural® New Mexican Style Green Chile Chicken Stew and Posole Stew with Red Chile and Chicken.
Based on traditional Baca family recipes, these all natural 12 oz. stews are made with free range chicken that is hormone-free and antibiotic-free. The Posole Stew is made with organic corn, has no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, 0 grams trans fat, and one package provides 140 % RDA of Vitamin A. The Green Chile Chicken Stew has no artificial ingredients, 0 grams trans fat, and is an excellent source of Vitamin C (110% RDA for the package.) "

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Whole Foods, United Natural Foods Muscle Suppliers to Boycott Consumer Group

"The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) carries a big public interest stick.

It can mobilize the 850,000 people in its network to pressure corporations and governments.

The goal – clean, safe, organic foods and products for America.

One way that OCA raises money – it charges for ads on the group’s popular web site –

Two companies had purchased logo space on the OCA web site – Organic Valley and Nature’s Path.

Until last year.

That’s when the groups dropped their sponsorship.

Under pressure from Whole Foods Market and United Natural Foods – the two companies that dominate the organics market in the United States.

That’s according to OCA’s national director Ronnie Cummins."

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USDA Inspector General Finds Bush Administration Ignored Organic Laws

"WASHINGTON, DC: After an extensive audit and investigation of alleged improprieties at the USDA's National Organic Program, the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) made public their formal report, dated March 9, substantiating the allegations of prominent organic industry watchdog groups -- that under the Bush administration, the USDA did an inadequate job of enforcing federal organic law.

Since 2002, when the USDA adopted the federal organic regulations, the agency has been plagued by underfunding and a number of scandals and complaints about its cozy relationship with agribusiness interests and lobbyists."

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Man’s Way to a Woman’s Heart Is Organic

"Love struck men have found a new way to win a girl’s heart – by buying her organic for a special romantic dinner.
As women become more and more health conscious, guys have figured out that it is the best way to demonstrate to them that they too are on the same wavelength and want to help them take care of themselves.

More and more men are now shopping around to snap up organic food and drink for special occasions when they want to impress their wives and girlfriends, a new survey has revealed."

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Organic offers a safe alternative to toxic endosulfan

"Concerns have re-surfaced about the permitted use in Australia of the broad-spectrum farm chemical endosulfan.

Protestors concerned over Australia’s decision to continue using endosulfan – Australia having elected not to join over 60 countries worldwide including New Zealand in implementing a ban on the insecticide’s use - can find a safe alternative in certified organic food says Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA).

BFA says Australian consumers can still choose to avoid contact with endosulfan and assist in reducing pollution of the environment by opting for organic produce and supporting a nation-wide move towards organic production. "

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Organic seeds donated for community gardening project

"FORT WAYNE — Those interested in starting a community garden in their neighborhood may want to attend a free workshop Thursday at the main Branch of the Allen County Library downtown.

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the Purdue Extension Office, Jane Ford, Master Gardener and Cheri Becker, Park Board member and Executive Director of Leadership Fort Wayne will host the workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. ini room A and will cover an introduction to vegetable gardens, the City requirements for having a community garden and instructions on how to build raised beds."

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Master Gardener Volunteers offer organic gardening and sustainable living workshop

"Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers will present a workshop on organic gardening and sustainable living on April 22.

The two-hour session, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Sheboygan County University Extension Campus, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan. The cost for the seminar is $10 for any Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteer and $15 for the public.

Guest instructors will be Sister Mary Ann Srnka and Sister Mary Beck of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who are founders of the SUNSEED Eco-Education Center in Mount Calvary. The mission at the Education Center is to create change through holistic education, empowering people to live on Earth in a mutually enhancing way."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Apple Rush Co., Inc. Targets the $70.2 Billion Organic Food Market

"GLENVIEW, Ill., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple Rush Co., Inc. (Pink Sheets: APRU) is pleased to announce that the Company has gained momentum in its plan to market and sell its product line to the $70.2 Billion organic food market after meetings with the Company's key Midwest distributors at the Family Farmed EXPO. The Family Farmed EXPO was held this past weekend at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Through its distribution network, Apple Rush has plans to increase its market share in the $70.2 billion global organic food market, according to Just-Food.
The Family Farmed EXPO was a three day gathering that had approximately 3-5 thousand attendees and over 120 exhibitors. Apple Rush Co., Inc. was able to showcase its all natural organic juices, as well as, sponsor several events throughout the weekend of festivities, lectures and workshops. The growth of farmers' markets, many of them represented at the Family Farmed EXPO has increased tremendously, rising 260 percent over the past 14 years, according to the USDA. Organic farming has become more popular since federal standards became a law in early 2002. The U.S. organic market has reached a value of over $35.7 billion and is projected to increase 27 percent annually."

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Organic food sales a tough slog in China

"(Reuters) - Beijing Organic and Beyond Corp Chairman Zhang Xiangdong has a shoe leather approach to organic fruit and vegetable sales in China's capital that is a lesson for any firm trying to enter the world's biggest food market.

Zhang came back from the United States in 2005 and started to grow organic fruits, vegetables and rice and delivers supplies directly to friends in Beijing to get word out in the market.

Major supermarket chains like France's Carrefour (CARR.PA) also try and convince Chinese consumers about organic products through massive promotions to pay more for items from soy to pork called organic or some variation like healthy."

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Lifeway Launches New Green Kefir with Phytoboost(TM)

"MORTON GROVE, Ill., March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lifeway Foods, makers of the nutritious probiotic beverage Kefir, is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Natural Products Expo West with the launch of its greenest product ever, Green Kefir with Phytoboost™.
With all the immunity-boosting benefits of probiotic-rich Kefir in a great-tasting fruit-flavored cultured milk smoothie, Green Kefir packs a powerful nutritional punch with Lifeway's proprietary blend of Phytoboost phytonutrients that deliver the disease-fighting antioxidant power of 10 green vegetables plus green tea extract in a single serving.
"Expo West is the greenest product showcase in the industry, so we thought it was only fitting to introduce our greenest product ever in honor of its 30-year anniversary," said Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway CEO. "Packed with 80 mg of plant-based polyphenols to neutralize free radicals and protect the body's delicate immune system, Green Kefir is a great-tasting drink with all the nutrition of a salad in a bottle — the ORAC equivalent of a full serving of vegetables in every bottle.""

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Adults eating baby food. Really?

"So then, have you had your Sunday lunch yet? What did you have? Roast beef, chicken, pork, all the trimmings? Or did you have a delicious jar of Cheesy Vegetable Jumble, manufactured mostly for stage 3 children (10 months and above)?

According to Claus Hipp, proprietor of the Hipp organic baby food range, one in four of his customers are adults who enjoy his nutritious meals for themselves rather than give them to a pesky nearby baby. Dunno what the babies are getting instead – kebabs?"

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Apple… Meet Garlic: Yogavive® Popped Apple Chips Get a Sweet and Savory Twist with 6 New Varieties

"Yogavive® Apple Chips, the unique baked and popped organic apple chip snack that made a splash last year, debuted 6 new varieties at Anaheim’s Natural Product Expo March 12-14, including 2 sweet flavors and a new savory line.

In addition to their current lineup of Original, Cinnamon, Caramel, Peach and Strawberry, Yogavive® Apple Chips will get even sweeter with the introduction of two new crowd-pleasing flavors, Chocolate and Vanilla.

The organic snack food company also launchedYogavive® Savory Apple Chips, offering their signature popped apple chips in flavors like Cheddar, Ginger, Barbecue and Garlic as a healthier alternative to caloric potato chips. “We wanted to launch a savory line to give consumers a healthy sweet and savory snack in the flavors they know, love and are used to in potato chips,” says Michael Blicher, Vice President of Sales. “People are going to love the unique marriage of apples and are savory flavors!”"

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U.S. Plans Spot Tests of Organic Products

"The Department of Agriculture said on Friday that it would begin enforcing rules requiring the spot testing of organically grown foods for traces of pesticides, after an auditor exposed major gaps in federal oversight of the organic food industry.

Spot testing is required by a 1990 law that established the basis for national organic standards, but in a report released on Thursday by the office of Phyllis K. Fong, the inspector general of agriculture, investigators wrote that regulators never made sure the testing was being carried out.

The report pointed to numerous shortcomings at the agriculture department’s National Organic Program, which regulates the industry, including poor oversight of some organic operations overseas and a lack of urgency in cracking down on marketers of bogus organic products."

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Food Safety, Agriculture and Nutrition: Seven Predictions for 2010

"BOULDER, Colo., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Center, a leading research institute focused on the science of organic food and farming, revealed today its broad concern for the state of the food industry and American agriculture. Despite the hopeful and symbolic gesture of planting an organic garden at the White House and the First Lady's ongoing efforts throughout 2009 to promote more healthy diets amongst children, the year ended with little progress on important domestic policy issues affecting food safety and quality, agriculture and nutrition.
The Organic Center highlights seven predictions for 2010 that cast a dark shadow over national efforts to improve public health and restrain health care costs, conserve natural resources, and combat global climate change. These predictions will become or remain reality in the absence of concerted action to address the root causes of systemic problems relative to how food is grown and processed and in the American diet itself"

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Time extended to apply for organic farm benefits

"The cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative has been extended to April 1.

Applications for the EQIP Organic Initiative are taken throughout the year, but to be considered for fiscal year 2010 funds, producers need to have an application signed and returned to their local NRCS office by April 1. Selections will be made on or before May 1 from those applications.

If approved, farmers and ranchers can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years to implement conservation practices,” said state conservationist Steve Chick of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service."

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Celestial Seasonings Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind Kombucha Line

"BOULDER, Colo., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Drawing upon more than 40 years of tea expertise and commitment to innovation, Celestial Seasonings®, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), has created the first raw, organic Kombucha that is naturally enhanced with functional ingredients to provide specific wellness benefits. Launching today at the Natural Products Expo West Trade Show, each of the five fermented tea beverages features a distinctive blend of fruits, herbs and botanicals and a light effervescence, resulting in exceptional flavor that shatters Kombucha's perceived taste barrier. "

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stremicks Heritage Foods Relaunches 8th Continent Soymilk Bran

"Stremicks Heritage Foods is relaunching it’s 8th continent Soymilk brand. The re-launch includes the debut of a new carton packing in the spring. To celebrate the event, the company is inviting children and their families to submit their artwork to be considered for the brand’s new packaging. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm ET June 12, 2010 to be considered in the contest. To submit your artwork for the competition, visit 100winners will be recognized and awarded with $1,000 in art supplies. All submissions will be featured on the company’s website. "

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Interest in certified organic wines has exploded

"With organic foods all the rage, consumer interest in certified organic wines has exploded. Long before demand intensified, though, Redwood Valley grape growers Charlie Barra and Jonathan Frey in northern California's Mendocino County embraced organic grape-growing as the natural way of doing business.

Barra's forebears grew grapes in Italy's Piedmont region. In the early 1900s, his grandfather and father migrated to the Redwood Valley about 140 miles north of San Francisco. The hot days and cold nights along with the rolling foothills and mountains reminded them of Piedmont's ideal grape-growing conditions.

At the time, de facto "organic" grape-growing emerged naturally. Synthetic chemicals and pesticides simply did not exist for managing vineyards. Instead, the Barras used old-fashioned hand labor for weed control. Nature's seasonal cycles and ecosystems battled pests."

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Tampa Bakery and Well-Known Pizzeria Serve Vegan, Gluten-Free Pizz

"Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 15, 2010 -- A study by the National Institutes of Health shows that one in 133 Americans cannot tolerate gluten, a substance in wheat and some other grains. Viitals Specialty Bakery ( and the Gourmet Pizza Company restaurant, both in Tampa, FL, have teamed up to serve their vegan and gluten-intolerant customers gluten-free pizza.

The collaboration, begun in February of this year, introduces the first viable gluten-free alternative to the old-fashioned wheat crust.

The key is in the gluten-free, vegan pizza crust, developed by Viitals Specialty Bakery owner Ivan Nikolov and used by the Gourmet Pizza Company restaurant. The crust is sold a la carte at the bakery. Response has been phenomenal, according to Nikolov.

He opened his wholesale bakery in April 2009 and expanded into retail in October, with a café style storefront in Tampa. Although in its infancy, Viitals Specialty brand is gaining recognition among the health and allergy conscious in Florida, with products sold in several Tampa specialty stores."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bella Baby Foods Offers Organic, Frozen Baby Food That Is Nutritious and Convenient

"NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Bella Baby Foods' organic, frozen baby food is ideal for today's busy families. Organic fruits and vegetables are prepared and then individually packaged in 1.5 ounce pouches making it easy to use and convenient.
Founder, Marisa O'Donnell, was in search of a 100% organic and nutrient-rich baby food for her daughter, Bella. When she was unable to find the perfect meal solution, O'Donnell and her husband started to make their daughter's food at home. "It was fun for us," she said, "and then one night it hit us - we should offer this to the world." Soon after, Bella Baby Foods was established.
Bella Baby Foods uses organic fruits and vegetables that are independently pureed and then flash-frozen to lock in freshness, retain natural flavors, and capture vivid colors. The flash-freezing process prevents freezer burn and freezer odor. The baby foods do not contain salt, sugar, and artificial flavoring. The non-GMO foods are also wheat, gluten, and BPA free. Bella Baby Foods makes it easier for parents to recognize and clear infants of food allergies as it is 100% natural and the packets contain a single ingredient."

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PEP and DMND Play Organic Food Game

"According to an article on, consumers now have options for classic junk treats such as Lay's potato chips and Frito's in the form of alternatives claiming to be all-natural and organic. Although the claim of a "healthy" potato chip can prompt most nutritionists to smile in at the irony, the key to winning the snack game is the packaging and marketing, which is sucking in huge amounts of money.

Pepsi (NYSE: PEP), the owner of Frito-Lay, incurred $3 billion in advertising and marketing expenses for Lay's, Doritos and Gatorade, among other products, in 2009. Most of the marketing was aimed at retaining market share and advertising the latest iteration of their flagship products."

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Consumer groups hit organic product labels

"Consumer groups want action on what they consider “rampant labeling fraud” on organic personal care products and cosmetics.

A complaint to be filed today with the Federal Trade Commission calls for companies that label products “organic” to follow the same strict U.S. Department of Agriculture standards set for food products. This means soaps, cosmetics and other items with organic claims must be made of natural, plant-based ingredients grown without the use of chemicals or preservatives."

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Certification Process, Price Lead Farmers to Abandon Organic Coffee

" Almost 75% of the world's organic coffee comes from Latin America, but farmers there are beginning to abandon the organic coffee trade, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Organic coffee farming is much more environmentally friendly (and human-friendly) because of the lack of pesticides used in production, but both the price and the certification process of organic coffee has turned buyers off of the product.

Beans of organically grown coffee are 25% more expensive than traditionally grown coffee, and it currently takes up to three years for beans to be certified as organic. This means a farmer needs to absorb the production cost while waiting to be able to sell the product as "organic" in a market where buyers are abandoning organic coffee."

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Oregon Environmental Council says fight to eliminate BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, canned foods will go on

"When my first daughter was born in 2005, I tried to find bottles that didn't contain bisphenol-A, a potential endocrine-disrupting chemical. I called manufacturers whose representatives didn't know whether their bottles had it, visited numerous stores and finally settled on something I hoped was BPA free.

Fast-forward five years and the majority of baby bottles and sippy cups sold today boast a BPA-free plastic. Although some companies still use it because they can.

So it was surprising when the Oregon Senate defeated a bill last month to ban the chemical once and for all from the bottles and sippy cups sold here. "

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Businessman jailed for organic and free-range egg scam

"Keith Owen, who admitted three charges under the Theft Act, was told by a judge at Worcester Crown Court he had abused "well-intentioned" public trust.

The eggs were sold in supermarkets and other stores across England.
Owen, 44, of Warbage Lane, Dodford, Worcestershire, has been ordered to repay £3m, plus £250,000 in costs.

Judge Toby Hooper QC told him he had to settle the confiscation order within 12 months, or face a further six-and-a-half years in prison."

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Protesters say panic, products aren’t organic

"Cell phone and pocket cameras whirred and clicked as a group of about a dozen protesters got the Natural Products Expo off to a raucous start Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“If it doesn’t have a seal, it ain’t the real deal,” the protesters chanted over a loudspeaker, as well as, “Expo Panic! These brands are not organic.”
They also held up 5-foot signs mocking shampoo bottles of several brands.

The group, from the Organic Consumers Association, contends that shampoo, makeup and other personal care products — some on display inside the convention hall — lack a seal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would certify them as organic."

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Market keeps organic prices high, not farmers, expert says

"Organically grown grain usually fetches a few dollars more per bushel than conventionally grown grain, but it's not a reward for harder work, says an organic farming expert.

"The marketplace doesn't give organic grain farmers a premium because they spend more time in the field rotating crops and getting their hands dirty," said Ted Quaday, communications director of the California-based Organic Farming Research Foundation."

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Bloom is off organic grains: Prices are down, but growers optimistic

"It's a great time to be a consumer of organic foods, but not the best time to be producing it, according to Roy Benjamin, who grows organic grains and legumes east of Shelby.

"The availability of retail organics is broader than ever," he said. "We've got more shelf space in a greater variety of groceries and more diversity in products."

But the price of organic wheat, which reached an abnormally high level of $20 or more a bushel from mid-2007 to mid-2008, was down to $6 to $8 a bushel by early this year, Benjamin said."

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Protest at Natural Products Trade Show to Expose Organic Fraud

"ANAHEIM, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Friday, March 12 at 10am, The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) will hold a protest outside of the largest annual gathering of the natural and organic products industry, Natural Products Expo West. Members of the OCA will picket the entrance to the Expo using creative visual props including 5 ft. tall shampoo bottles to mock mislabeled "organic" products while distributing flyers to educate the public about the lack of regulation in the organic personal care marketplace."

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Organics groups top labelling survey

"Consumer organisation Choice has released a review of 10 endorsement programs appearing on food labels.

A Choice panel, comprising food and sustainability experts, scrutinised the claims behind the 10 most recognised health and sustainability logos to evaluate them.

"The programs we reviewed all have quite different - but all admirable - goals, from improving trading and working conditions of third-world farmers, protecting dolphins against harmful fishing practices, improving nutritional health or supporting sustainable agriculture, through to improving the welfare of commercially farmed animals," said a Choice statement."

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West African farmers receive boost from UN organic food exporting initiative

"Some 5,000 West African farmers are reaping the rewards from a United Nations scheme aimed at helping them export produce to the growing organic food market in the industrialized world.

The $2.4 million UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) project has helped farmers in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone to meet the necessary certification and adapt to the required methods to grow and sell organic products, according to a FAO news release issued today."

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Certified Organic Biosecur™ Product Line Proven Effective Against Foodborne Pathogens Responsible For $152 Billion in Annual Health-Related Expenses

"(PRWEB) -- Biosecur Lab, Inc., a privately held, Canadian-based company specializing in the research and development of plant-based bio-ingredients, today announced that testing conducted by an independent lab has conclusively demonstrated that its proprietary BIOSECUR™ product line is highly effective against the most prevalent and deadly foodborne pathogens. Certified Organic by the NOP/USDA and ECOCERT in October 2009, BIOSECUR is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, preservative and disinfectant that is safe for human consumption and use, as well as the environment, providing a healthy, chemical-free alternative for preservation and disinfection needs critical in the food industry.

According to a recently released study initiated by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Georgetown University, foodborne pathogens are responsible for illnesses resulting in more than $152 billion in health-related expenses each year in the United States alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further estimate that 76 million people get sick each year with foodborne illness, resulting in 5,000 related deaths, making this one of the most costly and serious health issues in the U.S."

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Planet Organic loses majority of board

"Four directors, including a company co-founder, have resigned from the board of debt-ridden Planet Organic Health Corp., the company said Tuesday.

Executive vice-president Darren Krissie announced co-founder Mark Craft, Michael Arougheti, Daniel Katz and David Heighington have resigned.

Their departure leaves Krissie, Ian Newton and Brent Knudsen as the current board of directors. In a statement, Krissie gave no reason for the resignations."

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Organic Valley Offers Back-to-School Promotion

"LA FARGE, Wis.–Organic Valley is offering retailers nationwide “The Future is Organic,” a turnkey, cause-related campaign focused on providing schools with educational materials to teach children about the important link between food, health and the environment. The Future is Organic in-store promotion also offers advertising in national consumer publications, valuable prizes, online education, point-of-sale promotions and coupons to boost sales of Organic Valley snacks and lunchbox-friendly products during the months of August and September 2010.

The Future is Organic campaign features savings on favorite back-to-school products such as Organic Valley brand single-serve milks, deli sliced cheeses and Stringles cheese sticks, and Organic Prairie-brand deli sliced meats. In-store coupons will offer $2 off any two Organic Valley products. "

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New Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil From Shelby Signature Foods Now Available in USA

"DALLAS, TX, Mar 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The new organic premium extra virgin olive oil from Shelby Signature Foods, founded by Carroll Shelby, chairman of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CSBI), is now available at select retail stores in the USA and through IDEA Foods, Inc. A portion of sales will benefit charity.

"Our organic olive oil has a wonderful flavor that is superior to most anything else on the market," said Mr. Shelby. "And the benefits of using it instead of traditional butter or margarine make it a clear cut favorite for people who want to lead a smart, healthy lifestyle.""

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Santa Barbara Bay(R) Premieres New Line of All Natural Dips, Salads and Spreads

"DALLAS, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The demand from consumers for all natural products is growing and retailers are taking notice. To meet the challenge, Santa Barbara Bay – maker of best-selling refrigerated deli dips available nationwide – is introducing a line of rich, creamy, all natural dips, salads and spreads, made fresh to order using only all natural ingredients. Available in eight varieties – Home-Style Spinach, Creamy Mediterranean, Savory Seafood Spread, Chunky Artichoke, Roasted Garlic Ranch, French Onion, Garden Dill and Seafood Veggie Salad – the dips will be showcased by Santa Barbara Bay at the Natural Products Expo West show, March 12-14 in Anaheim.

"Santa Barbara Bay wanted to create a line of dips, made with the freshest, all natural ingredients for today's health-conscious consumer," said Emily Alfano, marketing manager for Santa Barbara Bay. "The new dips are good for busy families and singles on the go or even for on-the-spot entertaining. These dips are sure to be everyone's favorite.""

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LUNA® Launches First Organic Protein Bar for Women

"BERKELEY, Calif. - (Business Wire) LUNA®, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, introduces LUNA® Protein, the first high protein bar for women made with entirely natural and organic ingredients. It is an indulgent treat that satiates hunger and helps women more easily fit protein into their diet."

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Steaz Plants the 'SEEDs' of Its Own Philanthropic Initiative During Women's History Month

"In honor of Women's History Month, Steaz, a leading organic beverage company, is proud to announce the launch of the Steaz SEED Initiative(TM), a program that supports causes important to women through the provision of grants to inspirational individuals and organizations who are actively building a healthier world and thereby living the Steaz mission of doing Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul(TM). Co-founders Eric Schnell and Steve Kessler will unveil the Steaz SEED Initiative at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West (Booth # 2926) in Anaheim, CA, March 11-14th.

Recognizing the tremendous impact that women have on society, Steaz has developed this social-change program for women, led by women. The program is guided by Steaz's Women's Wellness Committee comprised of renowned leaders from diverse sectors, such as motherhood, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, culinary arts, the organic industry, and women's development. In addition to providing expert insights, knowledge and inspiration through a variety of Steaz channels, the Committee will oversee the Healthy SEED Awards program, which employs a three-dimensional model of giving, consisting of a financial grant, product donation and mentorship in areas such as marketing, finance, and legal."

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Recall: Nature's Variety Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for Cats and Dog May Be Contaminated by Salmonella

"Due to concerns of salmonella contamination, Nature's Variety has expanded a voluntary recall of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for cats and dogs to include additional "Best If Used By" dates. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the company has elected to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products.

In February, the company issued a nationwide voluntary recall on its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet chicken medallions, patties and chubs with a "Best If Used By" date of Nov. 10, 2010, due to concerns of salmonella contamination. Additional testing has indicated that its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with "Best If Used By" dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010, may be contaminated with salmonella, the company reported. As a result, Nature's Variety is recalling the following raw frozen products with "Best If Used By" dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010.."

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Activists at Shareholder Meeting Say Whole Foods is Bad for the Planet

"VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Whole Foods Market shareholder meeting in Vancouver, BC, the Sustainable Supply Chain Coalition, an alliance of environmental groups, food activist organizations and labor unions, rallied today in support of four shareholder resolutions and called for a change in Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: WFMI) and its supplier United Natural Foods Inc. (Nasdaq: UNFI) unsustainable business practices."

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Cotton, jute make splash at 'organic' LFW

"Not lycra, not satin, it's organic material like cotton, jute and natural dyes that prominent designers like Anupama Dayal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Digvijay Singh and Lecoanet-Hemant have used for their collections at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) here.

In short, they have gone green.

"I have stopped using fabrics like lycra or satin for a long time now. Cotton is such a beautiful fabric and it suits the Indian weather perfectly. So what is the harm in using organic cotton to churn out your collections?" asked Mukherjee. "

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A Day on the (Organic) Farm

"At TrueFields farm, Grey Face, Freckles and Girl ally vie for the attention of David Sanders, their human minder. David not only provides food in the form of outdated organic onions, carrots and other produce from area grocery stores. He also gives belly rubs to the 300-pound sows that live the good life on this organic operation.

TrueFields has been on 850 acres near Hallsville since 2008 but is in the process of moving to a place northwest of Jefferson. My fiancĂ© and I managed to squeeze in a tour from David, who is an investor in True Fields and an employee, on the last weekend before the big move with the landowners of the Hallsville farm, which is a larger operation. TrueFields is owned by some smart, energetic and fascinating LeTourneau University alumni — who also worked for the landowners full-time, running the latter's organically raised cattle operation. Now the owners of TrueFields are striking it out on their own in Jefferson."

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Ian's Berry Cherry and Sour Apple & Cherry Fruitabits Incorrectly Bear OK Kosher Certification

"Ian's is issuing an alert to consumers regarding its Berry Cherry and Sour Apple & Cherry Fruitabits. These products are not certified Kosher by OK Kosher Certification even though they bear the OK Kosher Certification symbol on their label. To respond to this issue, Ian's has taken immediate action to remove all Fruitabits products from store shelves."

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

All Things Organic and Natural Products Expo East to Co-Locate Expo East to Serve as Business & Education Hub of Organic Community

"GREENFIELD, Mass., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Natural Products Expo East has been selected as the new home for All Things Organic™, the organic community's leading business and educational gathering place in North America. In making the announcement, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) stated that the conference will co-locate with Expo East, a partnership that will extend for at least seven years.

"This exciting new partnership unites the business and educational strengths of All Things Organic™ and Natural Products Expo East," said Christine Bushway, OTA's Executive Director. "It will better serve the organic business community by increasing traffic, buyers and attendance at the trade event. Expo East will become the organic hub of the nation.""

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Gluten Free Stars at the Deli

"SARASOTA, Fla., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Boar's Head, a leader in developing fine deli products that respond to consumers' health and wellness concerns, announces an initiative to reach the growing number of Americans now following a gluten free way of life. "Gluten Free with Boar's Head," is reaching out to gluten free followers with news that Boar's Head meats, cheeses and condiments are, and always have been, gluten free.
"Gluten Free with Boar's Head" provides kitchen-tested gluten free recipes featuring Boar's Head products. The guide also offers information regarding gluten in foods as well as tips for consumers to keep in mind when making gluten free food purchases, including deli products. "Gluten Free with Boar's Head," which is available at local supermarkets and delis where Boar's Head is sold, as well as on the Boar's Head website, is part of the company's broader wellness strategy focusing on health and nutrition."

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fisher-Merritt family named MOSES Organic Farmer of the Yea

"Food Farm’s fresh organic vegetables, grown by John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt of Wrenshall, are already well-known around Carlton County and the Duluth area. Thanks to their “outstanding farming practices,” some 2,700 organic farmers around the world are now aware of them too.

Last week, John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt were presented with the 2010 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farmer of the Year award during the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis. The conference, now in its 21st year, is the largest organic farming conference in the nation with agriculture professionals attending from as far away as Armenia, Thailand, Austria and South Korea."

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Poll states organic consumers concerned about genetically engineered contamination

"Yonkers, NY -- Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, has released new poll data showing that two-thirds of organic food consumers are concerned about genetically engineered ingredients contaminating organic food.

Given the popularity of alfalfa sprouts among health-oriented eaters, Consumers Union urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider the overwhelming consumer concern before deciding to allow genetically engineered alfalfa on the market."

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Organic activists protest San Francisco compost

"SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco wears its environmental consciousness like a green badge of honor. A city department even gives away processed sewage sludge for use in community, backyard and school gardens.
The bio-solids compost has drawn the ire of a public interest and environmental advocacy group.
The Organic Consumers Association doesn't think the variety used in gardens or the one laid on farmlands is tested enough and is waging a national campaign against its use. The sludge, they say, could potentially include thousands of industrial, pharmaceutical and chemical toxins and carcinogens."

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Organic Gurus Launch The OG Green Guide

"Online PR News – 03-March-2010 – Shoppers searching for eco-friendly finds now have a go-to guide for all things green, for all aspects of their lives. The OG Green Guide is an exclusive directory of distinguished green people, places, products, companies & causes. The new website enables visitors to easily explore a treasure trove of green living resources and discover green goodies from beauty to building, food to fashion, and much more.

Unlike other directories, the pure and simple, uncluttered design enables visitors to browse through listings without distraction, focusing solely on finding green living resources. Visitors will also find exclusive discounts from their favorite eco-friendly brands. The OG Green Guide connects customers to businesses by linking them to a wide variety of environmentally conscious companies' websites.

Companies advertising in the guide via ad listings and banner ads reach savvy eco-conscious consumers devoted to a sustainable lifestyle, as well as those just going green. The Organic Gurus harness the power of Facebook and Twitter to bring a large and ever-growing audience of "greenies" to the guide."

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Mary’s Gone Crackers Sweetens its Snack Offering with Cookies

"Online PR News – 03-March-2010 – Gridley, Calif. (Natural Presswire) – Mary’s Gone Crackers™, makers of gourmet gluten-free foods, today unveiled Mary’s Gone Crackers 'love™ Cookies,' a unique line of cookies available in deliciously traditional flavors, reinvented with revolutionary ingredients. Like all of Mary’s products, love Cookies are made without gluten, wheat, dairy, or eggs.

Perfect with a cup of tea, a glass of milk, or straight out of the box, love Cookies are a tasty treat that are also certified Organic and kosher. Love Cookies are made with low glycemic sweeteners, zero trans-fats, contain high omega-3 chia seeds and are a blend of hearty, healthful ingredients. They come in three delicious flavors, including Chocolate Chip, 'N’Oatmeal™' Raisin (no oats!) and Ginger Snaps.

“Our original crackers and Sticks & Twigs have long satisfied our customers’ cravings for savory snacks and I’m excited to be expanding our offerings into a sweet category. These cookies happily satisfy a sweet tooth without overwhelming it,” said Mary Waldner, founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers. “In choosing the nutritious, real food ingredients to put into our ‘love Cookies’ we know that we are mixing in a lot of love into each recipe, which is how the name was born.”"

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Michelle Baeza Relies on Her Raw Talents to Create Raging Raw Organics: Locally Made

"​Categorize a snack as part of the raw food movement and you might anticipate piles of chopped vegetables topped with sprouts and mushy fruits. Add the words wheat-free and gluten free and you might be further tempted to dismiss the snack as tasteless and bland.

You don't expect to bite into a crispy cracker snack topped with rosemary and garlic. Wait, weren't we talking about raw foods"

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

New EU organic-food logo will confuse consumers, claims FPC

"New EU organic-food logo will confuse consumers, claims FPC

A new European Union organic logo, the rules for which have just been published in draft form, will offer no benefits and cause confusion, insists the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC).

FPC criticised the compulsory 9mm-high logo, a diamond formation of EU stars fronted by a shooting star on a green background.

The logo goes on all pre-packed organic food from member states from 1 July. It aims to improve consumer protection and promote organic growing and farming.

"Our initial view is this provides no benefits," said the FPC. "We believe it will lead to more confusion among consumers on organic standards."

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U.S. is satisfying a hunger for tougher organic meat and milk rules

"Washington - New federal rules that define what makes milk and meat organic have natural food advocates optimistic that the government is committed to ensuring the label means something.

U.S. consumers bought $24 billion worth of organic products in 2008. But for many, the purchases came with uncertainty about what they were getting for their money.

"During the Clinton and the Bush administrations there wasn't a lot of teeth in the enforcement aspect of it," said Tom Willey, 61, an organic fruit and vegetable farmer in Madera, Calif. "Things have kind of been in a morass as far as enforcement for a number of years, but now we're very hopeful that will change.""

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Sustainable Ag: GE Alfalfa Threatens Organics

"Amid ongoing uncertainty over the safety and efficacy of genetically engineered (GE) crops, or GMOs, a new round of fighting has broken out, this time over GE alfalfa and its impact on organics.

Farmers are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approving Monsanto's Roundup Ready (herbicide-resistant) alfalfa seeds before considering the full effects on farms, the environment, and on food safety (See Monsanto Appeal goes to Supreme Court, Jan. 21). As the public comment period on the issue nears the end, sustainable agriculture and consumers groups are emphasizing their concern over potential damage to the organic industry."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Purely Delicious Wins “Best Raw Food Magazine of 2009” Award

"Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) March 1, 2010 -- Purely Delicious, a raw food and eco lifestyle magazine, has won the 2009 Best of Raw award for Best Raw Food Magazine of 2009. Known for its stunning photography and simple recipes, Purely Delicious shows readers how to live a raw vegan food lifestyle, without a lot of special equipment or costly ingredients. The quarterly publication is available at Whole Foods Markets and select newsstands.

Laura Fox, producer of the Best of Raw awards, said, “I salute Purely Delicious for standing out as a leader for our culture to make this very important — and I would even say crucial — shift to a more organic plant-based diet. An increased emphasis on more raw, vegan food helps people get well and stay well.”"

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So Nice soy beverages feature new Canada Organic certification

"TORONTO, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - So Nice, Canada's favourite line of organic soy beverages, now bears the Canada Organic logo to further assure consumers of its organic authenticity. This logo guarantees that So Nice products contain at least 95 per cent organic ingredients. The Canada Organic certification symbol, now displayed on So Nice packaging, enables families to make educated choices at the grocery store(1) - where these products are found in the refrigerated foods section.

For many organic food consumers, the choice is clear-cut. They buy organic foods for their health and environmental advantages. Of course, determining which foods really are organic can be a challenge.

A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion for So Nice, shows that 57 per cent of Canadians who buy organic products are concerned that the foods and beverages they purchase may not in fact be truly organic."

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Walmart and Whole Foods go head-to-head in organic battle

"Developing a hate-on for corporations and big-box retailers is a pastime of many, but it may be time for a paradigm shift. The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer was recently taken aback by the quantity of fresh, locally sourced produce available at—cue cringes—a Walmart super-centre, which stocked many of the products sold at Whole Foods.

Kummer was so intrigued by Walmart’s selection (free-range organic eggs, all-natural, hormone-free milk and organic meat) that he decided a blind taste test was in order: Walmart vs. Whole Foods. In purchasing ingredients for the showdown, which was refereed by a panel of critics, bloggers and food lovers, Kummer spent significantly less at Walmart than he did at Whole Foods for nearly identical ingredients."

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Students in Richmond giving away organic food

"RICHMOND, CA (KGO) -- Students are sewing the seeds of change in Richmond where they are growing organic produce at their schools and giving it away.

The program is a joint venture between two Richmond schools and the non-profit Urban Tilth.

Richmond High students spent Sunday expanding the size of the organic garden. Last year, teens grew enough food to supply 10 families. This year they hope to serve 80."

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Eating Organic Just Got Easier With Olivia's Organics NEW Single-To-Go Salads

"CHELSEA, Mass., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- It's now easier and tastier than ever to enjoy a freshly prepared and delicious salad with Olivia's Organics NEW Single-To-Go Salads.

The NEW Olivia's Single-To-Go Salads feature three healthy varieties: a fresh spring mix salad with savory balsamic dressing; classic crisp chopped romaine salad with garlic croutons and Caesar dressing; and a yummy baby spinach salad with tangy ranch dressing. Each individual salad comes complete with a plastic fork and is delivered in Olivia's 100% recyclable packaging which also serves as a bowl, making it easy to take with you and enjoy no matter where you are, anytime. Plus, these delicious salads are affordably priced at $2.99 each, less than most sandwiches!

From the field to the fork, Olivia's family holds the strictest standards for freshness and food safety, with 100 percent traceability. All of Olivia's Organics products boast a new trademark tag line, 'Any fresher and we'd still be growing.' - Locally packaged. Family Approved. This new slogan embraces Olivia's Organics mission to provide the freshest, most delicious all natural, organic tender leaf lettuce, spinach, celery hearts and seasonal vegetables to diners while respecting our precious environment. All salads are triple washed, ready to eat and conveniently available at grocers across the northeast."

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Soil Association launches Organic Market Report 2010 at Natural & Organic Products Europe

"PR Log (Press Release) – Mar 01, 2010 – The Soil Association’s next Organic Market Report is to be launched on Monday 12 April at Natural and Organic Products Europe; taking place at Olympia, London. In a first for the show – the UK’s only dedicated trade event for natural and organic products, the Soil Association’s Policy Director, Peter Melchett, will present the trends from 2009 and cover motivations and attitudes of a post-recession consumer. The 90-minute session will be held from 11.30am in the show’s Keynote Theatre. "

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Converted Organics Partners with N.J. Educational Institutions to Source Organic Waste

"BOSTON, Mar 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Converted Organics Inc. (COIN 0.96, -0.01, -0.84%) announced today that the Company is working with a number of New Jersey educational institutions to collect, process and convert their organic food waste into Converted Organics' all-natural organic fertilizer products. Converted Organics has established relationships with Rider University in Lawrenceville, Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, The Pingry School in Short Hills and Martinsville, East Brunswick Public Schools and the Morris School District."

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Organic farmer of the year announced

"La Crosse, WI – The 2010 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farmer of the Year award was presented to John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt, who own and operate Food Farm, an organic vegetable farm near Wrenshall, MN.

Since 2003, the annual MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year Award has been presented to an outstanding organic farmer or farm family to recognize farmers who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation and outreach. It is awarded during the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, the largest organic farming conference in the nation. The Organic Farming Conference is in its 21st year."

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Bragg Live Food Products Introduces New Line of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

"Santa Barbara, California, February 27, 2010 /EIN News/ -- Bragg Live Food Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has announced a new line of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drinks according to Bragg President and CEO Dr. Patricia Bragg. The ready-to-drink organic beverage line is the latest addition to the Bragg Live Food Product line of natural and organic food products. The new product line builds on nearly a century of the company's heritage as a producer of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and publisher of a national bestselling book on the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar - Miracle Health System, Heath Science 2009) written by the company's founder, Dr. Paul C. Bragg. "

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Whole Foods Market Kahului Opens Doors to Excited Maui Shoppers

"Whole Foods Market Kahului opened its doors to the public for the first time at 9 a.m. this morning to a crowd of excited shoppers. Morning festivities kicked off with Whole Foods Market's traditional bread breaking ceremony, food and product samples by local vendors as well as demonstrations. The first 200 shoppers to spend $50 or more were also treated to a Whole Foods Market Kahului exclusive reusable tote, with a fresh Maui Gold pineapple inside.

"We have been looking forward to joining the Maui community for many years and are so excited to be here and celebrate this day with our shoppers," said Ray Stockton, Whole Foods Market Kahului, store team leader. "Whether you are a first-time customer or a long-time patron of Whole Foods Market, we look forward to seeing you at our new Kahului store and providing all of our shoppers with the level of excellence and service that our brand is known for.""

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