“Let Me Just Say It, Buy this Book.” Sam Fromartz, Author of “Organic, Inc.” Reviewing “Tomatoland” at Chews Wise

Over the past few years, a slew of food books have appeared on everything from oysters to oranges, Twinkies to beans. Heck, I’m even writing one about grains and bread, which explains my relative absence here recently. But in Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook takes what might appear […]

Proof That Organic Milk Is More Healthy than Conventional; Hatching a GMO Chicken; Eat Bugs: Save the Earth–Meal-Worm Quiche, Anyone? Fourteen States Flunk Foodborne Illness Test. Is Yours One?

    Greener Pastures: Study Shows Organic Milk More Healthful than Conventional A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science by a group of British scientists showed that organic milk had higher percentages of heart-healthy fatty acids than the regular stuff. Gillian Butler of Newcastle University, who led the study, told Sustainable Food […]

Newsbites: Judge Rules GMO Sugar Beets Illegal; Trouble is Non-GMO Seeds Have Vanished. BPA May Soon be a Thing of the Past Thanks to Corporations, not Government Food Safety Bureaucrats. Big Ag Picks Up Its Marbles and Leaves Sustainability Discussions. Three Cheers! The USDA Gets Inorganic Hops out of “Organic’ Beer

The Sour Taste of Success Bye-Bye BPA? An Unsustainable Discussion Organic Hops: I’ll Raise a Mug to That The Sour Taste of Success Sugar beet farmers should have been more careful when they wished for a genetically modified future. Two years ago, after the United States Department of Agriculture gave its blessing—pre-maturely it turns out—to […]

Newsbites:Big Ag and the Obama Administration: A Who’s Who; Wheat Rust Could Cause Widespread Famine; Finally, the FDA Comes out Against Needless Antibiotic Use in Livestock; Government Body Chooses Wrong Side in the Organic/Conventional Debate

Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office The World’s Bread Basket in Danger of Rusting Away FDA Takes a Anti-Antibiotic Stance—Finally Federal Dietary Guidelines: Organic no Better than Conventional           Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office Even as a journalist who is supposed to follow matters related to […]

Newsbites: Where Have All the Lobsters Gone? Good Riddance to a Bad Pesticide. Is USDA Organic Food from China Really Organic?

● Warmer Waters Decimate Lobster Populations ● Endosulfan Banned: Good Riddance to a Bad Pesticide ●How “Organic” is USDA Organic Food from China Where Have All the Lobsters Gone? On Cape Cod, Mass., nothing says summer evening as clearly as a big pot of boiling seawater and a mess of locally caught lobsters. Thanks to […]

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●Recession Ends for Organic Retailers. ●What Happens When You Water Plants with BPA? (Not What You Think.) ●For Foie Gras Producer, There’s No Ducking Pollution Laws. ●President’s Cancer Panel: Eat Organic; Avoid Cancer. ●200,000 Foreign Firms Supply U.S. with Food. Guess How Many Get Inspected. Organic Economic Indicators     Looking for tangible signs that […]

Inspector General Blasts USDA’s Lax Oversight of Organic Laws

That faint, “We told you so” ringing in your ears might be coming from the folks at the Cornucopia Institute, the Wisconsin-based watchdog group that has being complaining for years that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) enforcement of federal organic laws was, to put it kindly, pathetic, clearly favoring industrial operations who bent (or broke) […]