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21 05, 2015

Regulatory Review – NOSB Spring 2015 Meeting Summary

By |2020-06-05T11:16:57-05:00May 21st, 2015|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Before the Sunset: Spring NOSB Meeting Covers New Ground; Nearly 200 Materials Up for 2017 Sunset Review  By Alesia Bock, AgriSystems International The Spring 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting welcomed several new board members, received a large amount of public comment, voted on material petitions and 2016 Sunset review, and renewed a call [...]

21 05, 2015

US Has to Import Organic Corn

By |2020-06-08T16:46:32-05:00May 21st, 2015|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Growing demand for organics, combined with near-total reliance by US farmers on GMO corn and soybeans, is driving a huge increase in US imports of organic and non-GMO corn from such far-flung countries as Romania, Turkey and the Netherlands - the top three exporters of organic corn to the US in 2014, respectively, says the [...]

21 05, 2015

GMO Labeling Round Up — guest blog

By |2020-06-08T18:27:36-05:00May 21st, 2015|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Guest Blog  By Steven Hoffman USDA To Launch Non-GMO Certification and Labeling Program: “USDA Process Verified” New “pay-to-play” program calls for companies to pay USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service to certify accuracy of non-GMO claims and allow “USDA Process Verified” to be added to a product’s non-GMO label claims. Washington, DC (May 18, 2015) - Rather [...]

21 05, 2015

Major Food Brands Dump the Junk

By |2020-06-08T18:26:11-05:00May 21st, 2015|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Guest Blog By Steven Hoffman  From Pepsi to Panera, more than a dozen major food brands and restaurant chains have announced in the past year that they are getting rid of controversial additives, artificial colorings and ingredients, antibiotics, and GMOs, or adding organic products to their mix. Boulder, CO (May 18, 2015) – Talk about [...]

20 06, 2014

NOSB Spring Meeting Recap: Changes in Sunset Rules Debated

By |2020-06-05T11:19:37-05:00June 20th, 2014|News You Can Use|0 Comments

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

By |2020-06-08T18:36:15-05:00June 20th, 2014|News You Can Use|0 Comments

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

By |2020-06-04T00:41:55-05:00June 20th, 2014|News You Can Use|0 Comments

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

By |2020-06-08T18:43:50-05:00June 20th, 2014|News You Can Use|0 Comments

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

By |2020-06-04T00:41:55-05:00June 20th, 2014|News You Can Use|0 Comments

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 [...]

16 12, 2013

Organic Trade Offers Key Feedback on FDA Proposed Food Safety Rules

By |2020-06-04T00:41:55-05:00December 16th, 2013|News You Can Use|0 Comments

OTA Food Safety Task Force urges FDA to base proposed produce safety and preventive controls (HACCP) rules on science and data, and not to conflict with existing USDA National Organic Program regulations. While undeniably important as a major step in improving the safety of the United States’ food supply, FDA, as part of the Food [...]

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