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HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products. In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever […]

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Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products.

In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever GMO-labeling requirements that Vermont will mandate, General Mills will put those same labels on its products for every state in the country. Read more »


Another Reason to Support Organic – It Will More Effectively Feed the World During the Global Drought

Another Reason to Support Organic - It Will More Effectively Feed the World During the Global Drought

When people get into a debate about whether organic food is worth it or not, the first issue that always comes up is price. While organic can cost a little more, there are numerous ways to make it less expensive. Yet, what is often missing in this discussion is how organic is so much better for […]

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When people get into a debate about whether organic food is worth it or not, the first issue that always comes up is price.

While organic can cost a little more, there are numerous ways to make it less expensive.

Yet, what is often missing in this discussion is how organic is so much better for the planet.

And this is something that absolutely must be part of the narrative as to why organic is the superior choice, particularly because the global food system is responsible for 44-57% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »


Movie Review: In Defense of Food is Definitely Worth Seeing, Here’s Why

Movie Review: In Defense of Food is Definitely Worth Seeing, Here’s Why

Just the other day, Michael Pollan, arguably the most well-known food writer in the country, debuted his new film In Defense of Food. And when I asked a handful of other people if they had seen it, the immediate response I got was “I’ve read the book”, implying that there was no need to watch this movie. […]

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Just the other day, Michael Pollan, arguably the most well-known food writer in the country, debuted his new film In Defense of Food.

And when I asked a handful of other people if they had seen it, the immediate response I got was “I’ve read the book”, implying that there was no need to watch this movie.

While it is true that many, many of us have read the book, this film is definitely worth seeing. Here is why. Read more »


Harmless Harvest Halts the Bottling of its Coconut Water

Harmless Harvest Halts the Bottling of its Coconut Water

One of the most popular and beloved brands in the organic food industry, Harmless Harvest, surprised us with a Christmas gift that none of us wanted to receive – news that it has temporarily halted the bottling of its prized coconut water. If you go to the company’s website, there is a long letter from the new […]

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harmless-harvest-ceases-operations-fdaOne of the most popular and beloved brands in the organic food industry, Harmless Harvest, surprised us with a Christmas gift that none of us wanted to receive – news that it has temporarily halted the bottling of its prized coconut water.

If you go to the company’s website, there is a long letter from the new CEO, Giannella Alvarez, eloquently saying many different things including that:

We have recently received a letter from the FDA requesting we comply with additional quality criteria to ensure consumers receive an added layer of product quality and safety from delivery into their hands.

The letter from the FDA said that there were serious violations of the company’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan and that “spores of Clostridium botulinum have demonstrated the ability to germinate and grow in low acid juices (such as coconut juice), producing toxin.”

According to the World Health Organization, Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium that produces dangerous toxins (botulinum toxins) under low-oxygen conditions, which can result in death.

In retrospect, this news about Harmless Harvest is not a huge surprise. Why? Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2016

Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2016

Looking back on 2015, we have had some real wins, such as Agent Orange Corn being rejected by the EPA, and some real losses, such as GE-salmon being approved by the FDA. As we enter a new year, there is a tremendous amount at stake and these are the top 5 organic food news stories that I’ll be […]

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Looking back on 2015, we have had some real wins, such as Agent Orange Corn being rejected by the EPA, and some real losses, such as GE-salmon being approved by the FDA.

As we enter a new year, there is a tremendous amount at stake and these are the top 5 organic food news stories that I’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2016.

GMO LABELING IN VERMONT / DARK ACT

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While these are two separate issues, they are deeply connected.

In the summer of 2016, Vermont’s mandatory GMO-labeling bill is scheduled to go into effect. If this actually happens, it will be a watershed moment for the organic movement. Read more »


Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Mendocino Farms Investment, Christmas Trees, Rice Bowls in Los Angeles

Wednesdays at Whole Foods - Mendocino Farms Investment, Christmas Trees, Rice Bowls in Los Angeles

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, exclusive products, store events, and happenings at the company. A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? In October, Whole Foods Market made a very interesting strategic move – it took a minority stake in Mendocino […]

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On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, exclusive products, store events, and happenings at the company.

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?

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In October, Whole Foods Market made a very interesting strategic move – it took a minority stake in Mendocino Farms, an 11-unit, healthy fast-casual sandwich chain based in Los Angeles. Read more »


5 Organic News Stories to Know About – Essential Health Info for Women, GMO-Labeling, and More

5 Organic News Stories to Know About - Essential Health Info for Women, GMO-Labeling, and More

Here are five important organic news stories to know about. 1 – CANCER CAUSING FEMININE PRODUCTS? If you are a woman, this is an absolute must-read piece of news. As I have written about in the past, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Review of Cancer declared that glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s bestselling […]

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Here are five important organic news stories to know about.

1 – CANCER CAUSING FEMININE PRODUCTS?

If you are a woman, this is an absolute must-read piece of news.

As I have written about in the past, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Review of Cancer declared that glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s bestselling weedkiller Roundup – was a “probable carcinogen” and linked to cancer in humans. Read more »