March 22nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) has reintroduced to Congress an updated version of her Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) for review. The legislation focuses on reducing the amount of antibiotics used in factory farming in order to help preserve the efficacy of modern medicine and antibiotic effectiveness in treating human health issues.
Read More:Antibiotic Resistance Now Kills More People than AIDS
March 21st, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
As the FDA gets closer to make its final decision on the approval of a genetically modified salmon—which would be the first bio-engineered animal allowed in the food supply—major U.S. retailers have pledged not to sell the fish, reports the New York Times.
Read More:Approval Likely on GMO Salmon, Major Retailers Pledge to Ban It
March 20th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The Natural Products Association has announced its support for labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, the group stated in a press release yesterday.
Read More:Natural Products Association Wants GMO Labeling
March 18th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Global attention to food waste has illuminated a major problem with the world’s food supply: more than 40 percent of the world’s food is ending up in landfills instead of being routed to people who desperately need it. Efforts are underway to decrease food waste—from the urban dumpster diver to international campaigns and policies—and a new discovery may help supermarkets reduce their massive amounts of wasted food. The answer is as simple as changing a light bulb. Literally. LED lights may keep food fresher, cites new research.
Read More:Could LED Lightbulbs Eliminate the Global Hunger Crisis?
March 11th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The widely popular Meatless Monday campaign just got a boost from the nation’s second largest school district. Los Angeles’ school cafeterias are officially going meat-free on Mondays.
Read More:650,000 Meatless Monday Meals Being Served in Los Angeles Schools
March 10th, 2013 - Lacy
Two years after adopting a policy which required at least half of all snacks sold in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities be considered healthy, Seattle’s city council is extending the policy to all of the city’s properties.
Read More:Seattle City Vending Machines to Carry Healthy Snacks
March 9th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
McDonald’s has announced that it will invest $6.5 million during the next five years to support sustainable and profitable agriculture models for 13,000 Guatemalan coffee growers in its supply chain.
Read More:McDonald’s Supports Sustainable Coffee Growing in Guatemala
March 8th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading supermarket chain focused on organic and natural foods, has announced that it will begin labeling all products containing genetically modified ingredients throughout its U.S. and Canadian locations by 2018.
Read More:Whole Foods Market Takes Huge Stand Against GMOs: Mandatory Labeling by 2018
March 8th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to bring about national labeling regulations for foods containing genetically modified ingredients sold in the U.S. were strengthened by the recent announcement of a collaborative partnership between the Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices.
Read More:GMO Labeling Campaign Efforts Strengthened By Organic Partnership
March 7th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
According to analysis conducted by the Environmental Working Group on U.S. water quality tests conducted in 2011, toxic chemicals called trihalomethanes were found to be contaminating virtually all of the tap water samples tested.
Read More:Toxic Drinking Water in 43 States, Affecting 100 Million Americans