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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

If you aren't aware of the danger genentically modified corn and soy products present to your families diet, continue reading. Find out the latest news and commentary on GMO food sources, eating and buying organic foods, nutritional news, food related health issues and much more.

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Agriculture Information

by Lois Heyman

March 1, 2009

Despite the recession, consumers are expected to buy more natural and organic foods, a study shows.

In Central Jersey, that trend is much in evidence, as new organic businesses and shopping outlets continue to open, even as the job market weakens.


March 1, 2009

Many people eat genetically modified foods without being consciously aware of it. But the question is are genetically modified foods safe for human consumption?

Many of the processed foods readily available on grocery shelves have genetically modified ingredients. The most common genetically modified foods are soybeans, maize, cotton, and rapeseed oil. So many foods containing field corn or high-fructose corn syrup such as cereals, snack foods, foods made with soybeans (including some baby foods) and foods made with cottonseed and canola oils may have genetically modified components.

Market Watch

by Matt Andrejczak

February 19, 2009

Shares of Whole Foods Market surge 37% after two analysts upgraded the largest U.S. organic grocer to a buy in the wake of its earnings report.

"In summary this quarter we saw much better-than-expected cost containment, leveraging of labor costs, further capex cuts, plans to rationalize the store base and positive free cash flow," wrote Pali Capital analyst Bob Summers, who raised his rating to buy from sell and lifted his stock-price target to $15 from $8.

The New York Times (NJ)

by Julie Bosman

February 19, 2009

As the recession continues, more people who are unused to asking for help are picking up free groceries.

Once a crutch for the most needy, food pantries have responded to the deepening recession by opening their doors to what Rosemary Gilmartin, who runs the Interfaith Food Pantry here, described as "the next layer of people" - a rapidly expanding roster of child-care workers, nurse's aides, real estate agents and secretaries facing a financial crisis for the first time.

Times Online (UK)

by Jeremy Page

February 11, 2009

Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.


February 7, 2009

What's new? What's great? What's weird? Our columnist samples offerings from supermarket aisles and fast-food menus.

Babies do not have to eat baby food. After seeing how my sister fed my niece (steaming veggies, cutting them up in a small dice and putting them on her high chair tray to feed herself), I wonder why anyone buys insanely expensive little jars of food...

Latinamerica Press

by Elsa Chanduvi Jana

February 7, 2009

What Monsanto wants to do is control the food chain with patented transgenic seeds. It's a totalitarian project because to control food is to control the world, it's to control people.

Many of its products are prohibited today because they're very toxic, such as PCBs, which used to be used in all countries as electric transformers. Monsanto hid the information it had. It lied saying that those PCBs were not dangerous, until it was finally discovered and after a lawsuit in the United States seven years ago it was ordered to pay US$700 million.

Halesowen News (UK)

by Gemma Webster

February 7, 2009

What is Organic? Organic food is produced according to a set of principles and standards concerning issues such as pesticides, additives, animal welfare and sustainability. The main accreditation body in the UK is the Soil Association.

Popularity of Organic Food Sales of organic produce have continued to grow year on year, with major supermarkets all now having organic ranges. Popularity has also increased through box schemes, mail order and many of the public now go directly to the farmer for produce.

Farmers Guardian

by Alistair Driver

February 6, 2009

Consumers are turning away from organic food in favour of cheaper ethical alternatives as the recession bites.

There is evidence of some farmers getting out or cutting back on organic production, particularly those who only turned to it in the first place for financial gain. Most producers, particularly those committed to the organic principle, will seek to ride out the storm. There is no sign of a mass exodus.

NJ Voices Guest Blog

by Dian Freeman

February 4, 2009

Bills are being proposed in New Jersey that would license dietitians -- and exclude nutritionists and natural practitioners from speaking, teaching or counseling about food, food materials, diet, weight-loss supplements or nutrition.

This licensure of dieticians would deprive the people of New Jersey of their freedom of choice and natural practitioners their freedom of speech as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. If passed, these bills would eliminate all current wellness centers and holistic professionals...


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