Organic food industry to ask USDA for checkoff referendum

Organic food industry to ask USDA for checkoff referendumFarm Futures The organic farming industry says it cannot meet the demand for its products so it will ask USDA to implement an industry-wide vote on a checkoff program that hopefully would raise $30 million a year to fund programs that will help the industry grow.Organic industry […]

In ‘Organic Life,’ The Making Of America’s First Certified Organic Restaurant

  In ‘Organic Life,’ The Making Of America’s First Certified Organic RestaurantNPR (blog) When restaurateur Nora Pouillon moved to the United States from Austria in the 1960s, she was surprised by how hard it was to get really fresh food. Everything was packaged and processed. Pouillon set out to find the find the best ingredients […]

How the government allows chemicals in USDA organic food –

Genetic Literacy Project How the government allows chemicals in “organic” foodTimes Herald-Record You might think the USDA “organic” label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, “organic” food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals …USDA’s Organic Leadership Being […]

Growers say organic food worth extra effort, cost

What does organic really mean? The official USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) definition of organic agriculture states that it “produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics.” Brought to you by Yahoo! News. Read the rest of the article here

How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

The USDA is considering a set of rules for certifying farmed fish as organic. But some consumer groups say the recommendations don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods. Brought to you by Yahoo! News. Read the rest of the article here

Organic Junk Food 2.0

When I was first learning about organic food production and consumer values in the 1990s, the “organic Twinkie problem” was being hotly debated in both the academic and popular presses. Could a Twinkie really be considered organic even if all of the ingredients were USDA certified? Twinkies are, after all, an iconic symbol of our […]

Food Labels: What Do All the Symbols and Certifications Mean?

Reading food labels can be confusing and frustrating for consumers. From USDA Organic to Fair Trade Certified, this article will help you decipher the symbols and food label certifications on your food labels to become a more informed shopper. USDA Organic The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic as a food label term […]