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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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organicconsumers.org

February 1, 2009

Does anyone know how to save money on organic foods? I am very health conscious and have recently decided it was best for my two young daughters and me to make a real effort to eat foods without preservatives and hormones.

Unfortunately, recent trips to local markets show how expensive it is to do just that. I had hoped Dollar Stretcher readers might have some advice on how to save money on organic/natural foods. Try your local farmers' market, where you are likely to find organic items available for considerably less than what you pay in the grocery stores.

BBC News (UK)

by Keith Doyle

January 31, 2009

The BBC has seen figures showing a demand for organic food has fallen. The move would mean farmers could cut costs without losing their organic status.

Mr Melchett said: "Over a dozen other certifying groups are backing the proposal which would allow meat and dairy farmers to use non-organic feed, typically costing half the price. Organic dairy farmer Noel Marsh "The animals would not be sold as organic but farmers would not have to go through the lengthy and expensive process of returning their land to being organic when the economy picks up."

Environmental Leader

by Environmental Leader

January 30, 2009

Recession has driven consumers to cut costs, slowing sales of organic food in the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany, Reuters reports.

In the U.S., typical growth rates of 20 percent to 30 percent for organic food sales eased in the second half of 2008. Sales in December were up 5.6 percent, but growth was paltry compared with the 25.6 percent rise a year earlier.

High Plains Journal

by Sara Wyant

January 29, 2009

When my parents first started farming in the mid 40s, they raised dairy cows, fed cattle, and kept a few hogs and chickens. When I graduated from college, livestock were nowhere to be found on the farm.

Why? You could argue something simple such as "shoveling manure wasn't exactly our cup of tea." However, the reality of the situation is much more complex. Raising livestock is hard work that requires a stable, reliable and skilled labor pool. To be financially competitive, operators need to increase productivity. My family decided to focus on establishing a competitive advantage in grains.

Physorg

by Michael Hawthorne

January 27, 2009

For the first time, researchers say they have detected traces of the silvery metal in samples of high-fructose corn syrup, a widely used sweetener that has replaced sugar in many processed foods.

Eating high-mercury fish is the chief source of exposure for most people. The new study raises concerns about a previously unknown dietary source of mercury, which has been linked to learning disabilities in children and heart disease in adults. The source of the metal appears to be caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, which manufacturers of corn syrup use to help convert corn kernels into the food additive.

The New York Times (FL)

by Andrew Martin

January 21, 2009

Bradenton -- PepsiCo calculated that the equivalent of 3.75 pounds of carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere for each half-gallon carton of orange juice.

While carbon reduction efforts are generally welcomed by environmentalists, some complain that the marketing claims are backed by fuzzy numbers and dubious assumptions.

News With Views

January 20, 2009

Federal health officials said Friday that more than 450 illnesses and five deaths have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that's believed to have been caused by peanut butter and peanut paste.

The Food and Drug Administration notified over 30 companies that bought peanut butter or peanut paste from a Georgia plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America in order to test their products, said representative during a press conference.

24-7 Press Release

December 28, 2008

RNCOS has recently added a new Market Research Report titled, "Emerging Organic Food Markets" to its report gallery. The report provides extensive and exhaustive research on the growing market for organic food and beverages all around the world.

The global organic food market is growing rapidly, with the growth rate of about 19% in 2007. Exceptionally high growth rates have tightened the supply in almost every sector of the market and this is creating opportunity for the organic food exporters. Global organic food market is expected to reach US$ 70.2 Billion by the end of 2010.

The Huffington Post

by Kerry Trueman

December 26, 2008

Wal-Mart is so huge that it's easy to make the argument that any "good" thing Wal-Mart does - from stocking organic food to changing to energy-saving lightbulbs - makes a huge impact.

What we're seeing with Horizon and other industrial-organic dairies is that the pressure to sell milk cheaply becomes pressure to cut corners on the organic standards. Horizon and Aurora, another big organic milk company, have been sued by the Cornucopia Institute for violating the standards by confining cows in giant feedlots rather than letting them out on pasture.

World Net Daily

by Bob Unruh

December 26, 2008

A state agent from the Ohio Department of Agriculture pressured a family whose members run a food cooperative for friends and neighbors to "sell" him a dozen eggs, sparking accusations of entrapment from a lawyer defending the family.

The agent stayed for two hours, and explained how he thought his sick mother would be helped by eggs from range-fed chickens. The family responded that they didn't sell food and couldn't help. When he refused to leave, the family gave him a dozen eggs to hasten his departure, Thompson explained. Despite protests from the family, the agent left some money on a counter and departed.

      

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