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20 06, 2014

NOSB Spring Meeting Recap: Changes in Sunset Rules Debated

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The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) held its public meeting April 29 – 2, 2014, in San Antonio, TX, to discuss a number of action items related to the Organic industry. This year, the spring meeting included many agenda items held over from the fall meeting, which was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown [...]

20 06, 2014

Appetite for Organic Tops $35 Billion

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The organic products industry grew to be a $35-billion business in 2013, reported the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in May 2014. The reported 11.5% increase from 2012 is the fastest growth rate in the last five years. The OTA expects this growth will continue over the next two years.  “Consumers are making the correlation between [...]

20 06, 2014

Organic A Low-Cost Solution to Global Warming

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What is the cost of preventing global warming? Not that expensive, really, if one considers switching to widely available and inexpensive organic farming practices, says Rodale Institute in a landmark White Paper published in May 2014. In fact, says Rodale after conducting more than 30 years of ongoing field research, organic farming practices and improved [...]

20 06, 2014

Final Guidance Issued on “Made with Organic” Labeling

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On May 19, 2014, USDA National Organic Program issued final guidance to clarify labeling of foods in the "Made with Organic" category, as follows:  "Multi-ingredient agricultural products in the "Made with organic..." category must contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients (not including salt or water). These products may contain up to 30% of allowed non-organic ingredients. [...]

20 06, 2014

Grocery Lobby Group Sues Vermont Over GMO Law

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Representing four food industry trade groups, the Grocery Manufacturers Association on June 12 filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new GMO labeling law. Vermont’s Legislature passed the first no-strings attached, mandatory GMO labeling law, set to take effect in July 2016. The new labeling law “exceeds the [...]