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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
Last updated: Mar 28 2015 04:40 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms 28.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. But this is Beijing, and the store that used to serve almost entirely a health-conscious foreign clientele now has so many Chinese customers that they’re nearly outnumbering foreigners. “Questions around the safety of water, food and air in China have made people much more health-conscious,” says Howard He, a store manager. That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits. Sales of organic foods in 2014, for example, grew at a breakneck pace of 35 percent, according to analysts at Euromonitor International, the market research company. The total health and wellness market hit RMB 637 billion — or just over $1 billion. Not huge, yet, given ...
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As 3G digests Kraft deal, rivals will focus on organic firms 28.3.2015 Yahoo: Business
By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - The macaroni and ketchup merger of Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Co may prove a boon to the far smaller natural and organic food companies that have seized market share as consumers shift away from processed foods, bankers and portfolio managers said. Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital Partners and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced a $46 billion deal to consolidate the companies Wednesday, one that will create the No. 3 packaged food maker in North America after PepsiCo and Nestle USA.. Digesting that deal will likely sideline 3G, a major buyer of food companies, for the next year or two before it considers another large-scale acquisition, according to industry ...
An American Plate That Is Palatable for Human and Planetary Health 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
What we eat determines our health. It also decides the health of our planet. In the newly proposed Dietary Guidelines , the US is finally moving towards acknowledging the fundamental connections between human and planetary health. The improved diets suggested in the guidelines, offers the US a major opportunity to position itself as a global frontrunner in tackling both the public health and environmental challenges of today. Every five years the federal government issues advice on what constitutes a healthy diet, through by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) . The newly proposed Dietary Guidelines for the first time recognizes the unequivocal connections between the health of humans and the planet. The US government is yet to decide whether to adopt the recommendations - a process which has been rendered all the more tenuous by the outcry of the meat industry. The controversy surrounds the DGAC's assessment that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods could ...
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General Mills is working to adjust to new food trends 26.3.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

General Mills is a large food company with a big problem.

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Statement from Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Assoc., on Reintroduction of Federal Bill to Kill States’ Rights to GMO Labeling Laws 25.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors Are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
When big agribusiness teams up with international aid organizations to corner the market on seeds, everyone loses.  A secretive conference, co-organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), one of the world's largest donors, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) takes place in London today, 23 March 2015. The meeting bears the ludicrously long sobriquet 'Multiple Pathways for Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Production and Delivery of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa.' To give it a more succinct description, this is a meeting where corporations will discuss how to increase their control of the global seed sector.  The list of invited participants reads like a roll call for some of the most renowned actors in the agribusiness world. Syngenta (the world's third biggest seed and biotechnology company), and its 'greenwashing' relative, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, will make an appearance, as well as the Alliance ...
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Republican bill would create organic-style certification for foods free of GMOs 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Bill would create organic-style labels for modified foods 25.3.2015 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients....
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Bill would create organic-style labels for modified foods 25.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
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State's Public Health Dept. announces food recalls ice cream, frozen ravioli 25.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment announced Tuesday the recall of two food products because of possible contamination with Listeria ...
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Agroecology: Growing Food From the Grassroots Up 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the days of Secretary Earl Butz in the Nixon Administration who advised farmers to "get big or get out", agriculture in the United States has been dominated by large corporations setting the stage for an agricultural sector focused on big profits instead of local farmers, local economies and local resources. The industrial food system model of farming has spread all over the world and is often promoted by corporate agriculture as the only way to feed the planet. There are 500 million rural and urban families around the world whose lives tell us a different story and offer a better solution. These small farmers are feeding 2 billion people, in addition to themselves, and growing 80 percent of the food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. There is also a growing movement all over the world for small-scale urban agriculture which accounts for an ever growing percent of the world's food supply. Each year, industrial agriculture gobbles up more and more land in every part of the globe in what are called ...
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Organic food maker Amy's Kitchen recalls prepackaged food with spinach over listeria fears 24.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates 23.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Five organic fruits and vegetables that might really be worth the price 23.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But there are certain produce items for which "buying organic is a must," according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the non-profit long-known for its product ...
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Organic dairy farming struggles to keep up with demand 22.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
A burgeoning market has left processors struggling to catch up and raised prices for organic dairy producers.
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Wild Bee Decline A Sign of Europe's 'Ecological Disaster': Study 21.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Just Say Yes to Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines 21.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The recently released report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) highlights, contentiously and for the first time, the benefits of sustainable dietary patterns. Recommending more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds and less red and processed meat is a crucial and laudable first step. This protects the environment, uses fewer natural resources and promotes individual health. Yet this bold recommendation and others in the report are already being met with stiff resistance from the food industry and some in Congress. It will be an uphill battle to keep them into the final dietary guidelines. Sustainable dietary guidelines are not a new idea -- Drs. Joan Gussow and Kate Clancy, two food systems experts, first argued for them in a seminal 1986 article in Journal of Nutrition Education. Thirty years later, the interconnections between the health of our planet and the health of consumers may finally be included in our nation's top dietary advice. With a more sustainable ...
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The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee: Hint, It's Not What You Think 21.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focused on its mission can look great, taste great, feel great. (Apparently locally-grown wheat grass smoothies, raw yeast balls and sandpaper hemp pants don't float everyone's boat.) As it turns out, in the coffee world, sustainability not only goes hand-in-hand with quality, they're integrally linked. And Fair Trade has become an important vehicle for helping farmers improve crop quality and build strong relationships with quality-forward buyers. In fact, today nearly 100% of Fair Trade Certified coffees are specialty grade. Sorry to turn your world upside down, but it's true: sustainable practices and thriving farmers are the secret ingredients to your mind-blowingly delicious cup of joe. Here are a few reasons why: 1.) Poverty perpetuates lower quality According to the United Nations , about 2.8 billion people survive on less than $2 a day, and a majority ...
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Five fruits and vegetables where paying more for organic might really be worth it 20.3.2015 Ezra Klein
Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But there are certain produce items where "buying organic is a must," according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the non-profit long-known for its product reviews. The group's 53-page report, "From Crop to Table: Pesticide Use ...
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Water Stewardship: Good for Business, Good for Sustainable Development 20.3.2015 WRI Stories
This post originally appeared on Business Fights Poverty. The United Nations is finalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of international goals addressing a wide range of global challenges, including energy, agriculture, governance, and poverty reduction. The SDGs will be implemented when the Millennium Development Goals, the UN’s last set of development targets, expire at the end of 2015, and water-related issues are a priority: One-third of the goals are closely linked to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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