August 22nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Feeling the pressure of the growing number of small-scale farms and activists concerned with food safety and the effects Big-Ag farming has on the environment, some of the largest U.S. farming groups have joined forces in the formation of new organization called the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Read More:Welcome to the Farm Wars: Big Ag Fights the Small Farm Movement
July 26th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The controversial case surrounding Promisedland Livestock’s organic certification came to a close last week as the operation’s organic certification was officially ordered suspended, effective July 28, 2011.
Read More:Livestock Operation Has Organic Certification Revoked
February 5th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Current regulations are unclear when it comes to the definition of “outdoors” for factory-farmed animals. The common “cage free” and “free range” labels may lead consumers to imagine a picturesque pastoral setting, but it’s not the norm according to Mark Kastel, co-founder of The Cornucopia Institute, a consumer watchdog group.
Read More:USDA Urged to Define ‘Outdoor’ for Organic Animals
December 14th, 2010 - Jill Ettinger
Soy has been at the center of controversy for some time. Long considered a staple health food and indispensable protein source for vegetarians, the ubiquity of this diverse bean has also been linked with health issues, clear-cutting rain forest, and now a new concern has cropped up: the presence of a highly neuro-toxic petrochemical compound called hexane.
Read More:Toxic Ingredient Found in Natural Soy Products