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Brave New World: FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal for Human Consumption, and Still No Label

November 24, 2015 | By

Animal Welfare, Commentary, Food and Agriculture, Genetically Engineered Food, GMOs

It’s been a whirlwind month of GMO developments, and health-conscious consumers, GMO labeling proponents, fishermen, non-GMO food producers and others are resting a bit uneasy as the nation heads into the year-end holiday season.

aquadvantage salmonFirst, without requiring any labeling and insisting that it’s safe, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 19 approved the world’s first genetically engineered animal for human consumption – the … Read more »


Organic, Regenerative Agriculture a Low-Cost Solution to Climate Change

November 6, 2015 | By

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

farming climate changeEditor’s Note: Compass Natural’s Director Steven Hoffman will be attending the COP21 Global Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015 on behalf of Regeneration International to promote the power of organic, regenerative agriculture to help feed the world AND cool the planet. Learn more here and on Facebook.

What is the cost of preventing global warming? Not that expensive, really, if one considers switching … Read more »


The Tipping Point: Conventional Retailers Take the Lead in Natural and Organic Food Sales

July 17, 2015 | By

Food and Agriculture, Natural, Organic & LOHAS Market Research & Trends, Organic and Sustainable Business


Sales of natural and organic products grew 9.1% to reach $120 billion in 2014, reports Natural Foods Merchandiser’s 2015 Market Overview, and for the first time, conventional retailers recorded slightly higher sales than the traditional natural products retail channel.

“It could be the year we look back on, and remember as the turning point for when natural became everyday.” – Christine Kapperman, Editor in Chief, … Read more »


Major Food Brands Dump the Junk

June 2, 2015 | By

Food and Agriculture


Talk about a domino effect. One after another, from Pepsi to Panera, over a dozen major food brands and restaurant chains this past year have announced they are removing artificial colors, flavorings and preservatives, GMOs, antibiotics, and other ingredients deemed unhealthful by an increasingly discerning public from their products.

Driven by increased demand from Millennials for cleaner, healthier products, along with growing sales of natural … Read more »


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 »