Here are a few recent headlines that caught my eye:

‘Organic Water’ is a Thing Now

In rather comical news, a German bottled water company, BioKristall, has gotten the official approval to market itself as organic water. Yes, you read that correctly, organic water. Read Grist’s comical take on this news.

Twinkies for Breakfast? Kids’ Cereals Fail Industry’s own Lame Nutrition Guidelines

The Environmental Working Group, most known for their sunscreen reports and the Dirty Dozen list, just put out a report on the amount of sugar in many popular breakfast cereals. In this blog post, Michele Simon writes, “Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, won the top prize,  packing more sugar (20 grams per cup) than a Hostess Twinkie.” Is it really any wonder our kids have a weight problem? Parents, please read this article and realize that MOST breakfast cereals should be treated like dessert. Read the full story on Appetite for Profit.

The Ultimate Olive Oil Guide

There has been a bit of a brouhaha over olive oil as of late. Put this one down on the if it is good for me, food producers will come in and create a crappy version of it to make more money and confuse consumers page. Olive oil has consistently been touted as the ultimate healthy oil and the demand for the oil has created a slew of sub-par products. Governments in the US and Europe are trying to create/reform olive oil standards, but with mixed success. Nutritionist and food activist, Andy Bellatti, tries to set the record straight and educates consumers so we can all shop EVOO smart. Read the full story on Small Bites. 

Genetically Modified Corn Moratorium Lifted By France’s Council Of State

If you’ve ever doubted Monsanto’s political power, doubt no more. The Huffington Post is reporting that, “France’s highest administrative body has annulled rules suspending the planting of genetically modified corn…” This recent French development means that Monsanto, along with other GE seed companies, is wedging their way into European countries who have previously displayed much solidarity on the issue of GMO crops. While no “MON 810 “corn seeds have been sown yet, only time will tell if this new GMO battle is won or lost.  Read the full story on Huffington Post.

Long-running experiment shows organic farming is profitable

The opening paragraph to this article just makes me smile:

“Organic crop systems can provide similar yields and much higher economic returns than a conventional corn-soybean rotation, according to thirteen years of data from a side-by-side comparison at Iowa State University’s Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm.”

The side-by-side comparison even included a 3-year “transition period” (to sell a product as organic, the crop must be raised on land that has received no synthetic chemicals for three years prior to harvest) in which the farm transitions from a conventional farm to an organic one. The findings are consistent with other comparisons which have found that “organic systems can provide similar yields and greater profits” for farmers. Aside from profits, the soil benefits and employees aren’t inundated with harmful pesticides on a consistent basis. The next time you talk to an organic hater, forward them this article. Read the full story on Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Naked But Not Transparent: Hidden GMOs Land Juice Company with Lawsuits

The Naked Juice Company finds itself in a bit of hot water. The issue is a familiar one. Someone, or rather many people since this is a class action, has an issue with companies using ‘all natural’ to describe a product which contains unnatural stuff. Recently ConAgra found themselves in a similar situation when a class action was filed for Wesson brand cooking oils using the term ’100% natural’ and ‘all natural.’ The common thread in both cases is the use of the term ‘natural,’ in concert with genetically modified and synthetic ingredients. Read the full story on Organic Authority


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