April 25th, 2013 - Lacy
Shareholders of Abbott Laboratories, makers of Similac infant formula, PediaSure and other pediatric nutrition products, will vote on whether or not the company should adopt a non-GMO policy.
Read More:Baby Formula Manufacturer Putting GMOs to a Vote
January 17th, 2013 - Lacy
On January 15th, the USDA announced the appointment of Dr. Francis Thicke, Ph.D. by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This 15-member board has the sole authority to approve or remove substances from a list of items approved for use in organic foods.
Read More:Organic Dairy Farmer Appointed to the National Organic Standards Board
November 7th, 2012 - Lacy
California officials have announced that Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of GMO ingredients on all foods, has been defeated 53–47 percent.
Read More:Prop 37 Defeated in California
November 1st, 2012 - Lacy
In the last stretch of the race to pass Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms in California, several big new players have stepped up to endorse and financially support the effort to pass the measure.
Read More:Major Natural Food Brands Donate to California’s Prop 37 in Final Days Before Vote
July 19th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The two largest providers of organic milk in the U.S., Organic Valley and Horizon Organics, are in the midst of a lawsuit over what Horizon alleges was a breach of contract and the misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets, according to Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, The Cornucopia Institute.
Read More:Nation’s Two Largest Organic Dairy Suppliers Face-Off in Court Over Ethics
June 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Kellogg’s Kashi cereal division announced the launch of two new certified organic cereals on Tuesday: Simply Maize and Indigo Morning. The announcement comes just weeks after a photo condemning the cereal company for hidden genetically modified ingredients went viral on the Internet.
Read More:Too Soon? Kashi Launches Certified Organic Cereals Weeks After GMO Backlash
May 18th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A “conspiracy” between corporate agribusiness and the USDA is being dubbed “The Organic Watergate” by the nation’s leading organic farming watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute.
Read More:“Organic Watergate”: Major Accusations Point to USDA and Agribusiness Conspiracy
May 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In October 2011, The Cornucopia Institute, an organic and agriculture policy group, released a comprehensive report titled “Cereal Crimes: How ‘Natural’ Claims Deceive Consumers and Undermine the Organic Label—A Look Down the Cereal and Granola Aisle.” The report claimed that major cereal brands including Whole Foods private label and Kashi—one of the top-selling breakfast cereal manufacturers—were selling products that tested positive for genetically modified organisms in products labeled “all natural.”
Read More:Kashi Cereal Pledges to Be Non-GMO by 2015 After Consumer Backlash
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
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