Hold on to that favorite box of cereal, GMO opponents. Last week’s celebratory news that the DARK Act had met its timely death may not be quite that straightforward. A bill to stop Vermont’s upcoming labeling law is alive and well in Senate. It’s called the Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and it lives deep in the recesses of an old marine conservation bill where few would likely look for GMO legislation.
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Lupita López Dearcia Comitán is a farmworker in Sonora, Mexico. She’s forty-four years old, has five children, and just so happens to grow the cucumbers you put in your salad last night. It’s a job she has a lot of pride in. Most people don’t know that cucumbers grow on vines like tomatoes, requiring constant … Continued
After a long fight, Vermont’s GMO-labeling law will take effect this summer. One of the largest food companies in the U.S. now says it will start disclosing GMO ingredients on all of its labels. Watch for others to follow suit.
Food voters use their pocket books, and increasingly their votes, to select foods, food suppliers and politicians based on their support of values like sustainable sourcing of food, food label transparency and health claim authenticity.
The past year has not been kind to Chipotle, as contamination outbreaks also revealed less than sustainable, local and transparent business practices. Can this former restaurant superstar recover?
Anyone who has followed the sustainability conversation for a while has undoubtedly heard about the promise of algae as a raw material. Now, Unilever is jumping on the bandwagon with a $200 million deal to source sustainable algae oils.
Scientists have identified seafood as being affected by widespread, modern-day food fraud. A 2016 study comparing 51 studies, accounting for 4,500 seafood samples, found an average mislabeling rate of 30 percent.
Despite the many types of sustainable cotton now making up around 10 percent of global supply, there is a gap between supply and uptake. Presently, a significant amount of ‘more sustainable’ cotton ends up on the conventional market and is not sold as sustainable.
A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors to anti-GMO political campaign in 2013, it broke the state’s strict campaign finance laws. The question that is about to come before the court is whether the GMA intentionally broke the law in an effort to deceive voters. If so, in accordance with Washington’s campaign finance laws, the organization and its 300 member companies will pay some steep fines.
Once again this year, the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilized its citizens to the cotton fields to prepare carry out the 2015 harvest of the country’s “white gold.” Worse still, according to the Cotton Campaign and other observers, the forced labor practices of Uzbekistan are now being employed by the government in neighboring Turkmenistan as well.
Hampton Creek, the company behind Just Mayo, continues to find success with its egg-less products. New pancake and cake mixes, salad dressings, and an egg-free breakfast scramble will be available at more stores — including Walmart and Target.
Kraft ditched the artificial yellow colorings in its original Macaroni & Cheese product in favor of dyes derived from annatto, paprika and turmeric. It used the new ingredients quietly for three months, without making any public announcement until last week.
TriplePundit asked the chairman of the Just Label It initiative and founder of organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm to explain why the DARK Act looms so large in the food debate these days. Here’s what Gary Hirshberg had to say.