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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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July 26, 2008

Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee company, has announced that it is closing 600 of its 6,800 U.S. stores and laying off more than 12,000 employees. During the past year, the stock has dropped nearly 50 percent.

What went wrong at Starbucks? The fact that Americans are dumping their habit of buying overpriced coffee comes as no surprise at this point in time. With the dollar in freefall, increased unemployment, and rising gas and food prices, most people have started to realize the importance of financial restraint, and planning further than their next paycheck.

July 25, 2008

"The organic food industry is surprisingly resilient in an economic downturn," explains Benjamin Shepard, contributing editor with Personal Finance.

He adds, "Mainstream retailers and your corner grocer have been embracing the trend, devoting an ever-growing amount of shelf space to organic foods." "And barring a major economic disaster worse than we've seen thus far, the industry looks set to continue double-digit growth well into the next decade.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

by Sarah Clarke

July 22, 2008

A new report has found that organic produce growers have experienced an 80 per cent growth in farm-gate sales over the last four years, despite the widespread drought.

The report, released by the Biological Farmers of Australia, also reveals that Australia now accounts for the largest amount of organic farmland in the world. The report on the state of the organic market says it is now worth around $230 million a year and there are 2,750 certified growers in Australia.


July 21, 2008

Investigators had a "significant break" in tracking the salmonella outbreak when they found the bacteria on a jalapeno pepper imported from Mexico at a Texas food supplier, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The FDA has discouraged all consumers from eating raw jalapeno peppers. The FDA also warned consumers not to eat fresh jalapenos and products made with fresh jalapenos. The discovery may provide a clue to the source of a recent outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul. The bacteria have sickened more than 1,200 people in 42 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


by Jake Freeman

July 14, 2008

You're itching to get home after a hard day at work, but that carton of milk you emptied onto your cereal this morning must be replaced. You pull into the parking lot of your favorite neighborhood supermarket, determined to simply go in and get out.

Entering the store, you make a beeline to the dairy section -- all the way in the back. Opening the cooler door, you select the milk-fat percentage you desire from the shelf nearest your elbow. Heading for the cashier, you remember that you're about to run out of paper towels. Tucking a roll under your arm, you notice that your favorite snack item is on sale, fetchingly arranged at the end of the aisle.

The Thibodaux Daily Comet

by Keith Magill

July 13, 2008

Increases in fuel and transportation prices continue to hit consumers not just at the gas pump -- but at the grocery. LSU food and money specialists say there are easy ways, however, to cut your food costs.

U.S. food prices climbed 4 percent in 2007, the biggest annual increase since 1990, and prices are projected to rise 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent this year, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The Columbus Dispatch

by Misti Crane

June 21, 2008

The quest for the source of the E. coli 0157:H7 that has sickened dozens of people in Ohio and Michigan continues, and more signs point to ground beef.

But neither the federal government nor local health officials had found a definitive link or announced any recalls as of yesterday. The number of central Ohio cases has reached 15, and 11 of those cases are genetically linked, pointing to a common source of infection.

KXAS Dallas

June 19, 2008

Lynn Eddleman had a severe reaction when she cracked open one of her Kroger brand large, brown eggs and found signs of black mold inside.

In fact nearly every single egg out of the two dozen Eddleman purchased from a Kroger in Rockwall contained signs of the mold.


by Melinda Peer

June 19, 2008

Monsanto's latest acquisition plants its seed business in Central America, where the company foresees abundant growth once it receives regulatory approvals to plant genetically-modified crops.

Genetically-modified crops are currently only allowed in Honduras but that looks to change as governments become increasingly concerned about global food supply. On May 29, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization called for a reconsideration of genetically-modified crops, which have been banned by most governments.

Thaindian News

June 19, 2008

Activists of environment pressure group Greenpeace held a demonstration in New Delhi on Thursday protesting the presence of Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients in food products, harmful for humans.

They said that tests conducted at an independent laboratory on products picked up randomly from a supermarket in New Delhi , revealed that Pepsico's Doritos corn chips contain genetically modified Mon 863 and NK603 variety corn ingredients.


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