We have gotten several good pieces of news over the past few weeks. Most notably, GMO-labeling is now officially on the ballot in Colorado, and the vote will take place in November.
The USDA announced that it is cracking down on misleading organic marketers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that it will be phasing out genetically-engineered crops and will ban bee-killing pesticides on national refuges.
Huge kudos goes to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who has publicly come out against the dangerous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. If you’ve never heard of TTIP, see my recent post about it. Very scary stuff.
Some troubling news out of Europe. 20% of organic products in Poland fail to meet legal requirements, and EU organic rules may mean that certified food is not truly organic. Furthermore, these new EU rules could damage the UK organic sector.
Organic berries are showing huge growth, including very strong demand from Costco. To meet the growing demand for organic food, a group in Maine has established a $3 million fund to train the next generation of organic farmers.
Food Safety News pulled a false story regarding Dr. Bronner’s organic virgin coconut oil.
Things are really heating up in the delivery space. Whole Foods has leaked a few details about its brand-new home delivery service and the full plans will be disclosed on September 1st. This should be very interesting.
In a very smart move, Rodale has decided to convert its Organic Gardening magazine to Organic Life and added a new editor-in-chief from Saveur. Wakaya Perfection has partnered with The Chopra Center to create an organic wellness line.
Organic feeding tube meal developer Functional Formularies has closed a $1.6M investment, and organic energy bar company Simple Squares was featured in The New York Times. Learn why Perdue going organic could mean cleaner water for the environment.
It goes without saying that GMOs have been in the headlines lately, as they always are.
Organic farmers and traders hold a protest against GM-food products in The Philippines.
A district judge in Mexico last month overturned a permit issued to Monsanto that allowed commercial planting of Roundup-ready soybeans. The judge said that co-existence between GMOs and honey bees is not possible. This is a huge victory, although an appeal is likely to occur.
There is a new book out called Deadout, which is a thriller about GMOs, organic farming, and colony collapse disorder.
A New York techie has returned to his homeland of India to aid organic cotton farming there and started an organic t-shirt company.
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