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Steven

Lawsuits Seeking to Overturn GMO Laws in Hawaii and Vermont

January 25, 2015 | By

Food and Agriculture, Food and Health, Genetically Engineered Food, GMOs, Natural, Organic & LOHAS Market Research & Trends, Organic and Sustainable Business

GMO Free Maui

In a 5 to 4 decision, Hawaii County Council voted on December 17 to appeal a decision by a U.S. Magistrate Judge who had ruled to protect Monsanto and GMO testing and production on the Big Island of Hawaii, reported the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Hawaii County voters in 2014 elected to ban the cultivation of GMOs on the island. The new ordinance prohibits growing … Read more »

Steven

Oregon GMO Labeling Bill Defeated by 837 Votes in Election Recount

January 13, 2015 | By

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Oregon GMO LabelingAfter an official recount, Oregon’s Secretary of State announced on December 16 that Measure 92 to require mandatory labeling of GMO foods in the state was defeated by a razor-thin margin of 837 votes out of a total 1.5 million votes cast. The Yes campaign’s last-ditch legal challenge to approve 4,600 invalidated ballots due to signature discrepancies was rejected on December 9 by a Multnomah … Read more »

Steven

Sales of Non-GMO Project Verified Products Top $8.5 Billion, Post 20% Growth

January 9, 2015 | By

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non-gmo-verified-productsSales of products carrying the Non-GMO Project Verified seal now total more than $8.5 billion, growing at more than 20% annually, reported Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington. More than 22,000 products now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, representing more than 2,100 brands, she said.

To qualify for the seal, a product has to

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Steven

Organic A Low-Cost Solution to Global Warming

January 6, 2015 | By

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farming climate changeWhat is the cost of preventing global warming? Not that expensive, really, if one considers switching to widely available and inexpensive organic farming practices, says Rodale Institute in a landmark White Paper published in May 2014.

In fact, says Rodale after conducting more than 30 years of ongoing field research, organic farming practices and improved land management can move agriculture from one of today’s primary … Read more »

Nikki

Health Conundrum: Pesticides in Tea

November 12, 2014 | By

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DrinkOrganicTea

When companies sell non-organic tea produced with pesticides, what are consumers really sipping?

Tea, an ancient plant first discovered in China, is today arguably the most popular beverage in the world. Millions of people from every corner of the world drink tea primarily for its many health benefits and soothing, energetic and/or medicinal qualities.

Yet, many consumers may not know that tea leaves are primarily … Read more »