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Federal Rules Tighten Around Organic Food

Eliminating fraud is one driver, though some advocates say the rules don't go far enough

(Newser) - Responding to pressure from the industry, which faces rapidly increasing demand, the US Agriculture Department on Thursday updated its rules for what makes food products organic. The updates are intended to eliminate gaps that let certain products into the supply chain though they contain disallowed ingredients, the Washington Post reports....

Lawyer: 'QAnon Shaman' Now Knows Trump 'Really Didn't Love Him'

Judge also rules Jacob Chansley, accused of storming Capitol, should get organic meals in jail

(Newser) - Whether you know him as Jacob Chansley (real name), Jake Angeli, or the "QAnon Shaman," the 33-year-old Phoenix man who's facing federal charges for storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6 has been having a rough time of it in detention. So says his lawyer, Albert Watkins,...

Organic Meat Production Is No Better for the Planet
Study: Meat Prices
Should Jump 146%
new research

Study: Meat Prices Should Jump 146%

If they're to cover their associated climate costs, that is

(Newser) - You're doing the planet no favors by eating meat that was produced organically, at least when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions—and whatever meat you're eating, it should cost much, much more than it currently does. That's the determination of a new analysis based on German...

Head of Huge Organic Food Scheme Dies by Suicide

Farmer Randy Constant was to begin serving a 10-year term in weeks

(Newser) - A 60-year-old Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in US history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley confirmed the death of Randy Constant...

USDA Has Bad News for Happy Livestock

It walks away from stricter Obama-era animal welfare regulations for organic livestock

(Newser) - New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the feds on Monday, reports the AP , frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional farm groups rejoicing. The US Department of...

Bad News About Your Supposedly Organic Milk

The 'Washington Post' investigates one of the biggest organic farms

(Newser) - If you've ever purchased Great Value organic milk at Walmart, we have bad news for you: Per an in-depth investigation at the Washington Post , that supposedly organic milk is actually pretty similar to conventional milk. The Post investigated Aurora Organic Dairy, one of the largest organic operations in the...

Your Ice Cream May Contain Seaweed—Contentiously

There's a battle going on over the use of the additive carrageenan

(Newser) - Centuries ago, coastal Irish communities discovered that they could harvest carraigín moss, a type of seaweed, from the rocky waters at Carrigan Head and cook it with milk to produce a thickener. Named after the area, carrageenan—the soluble fiber derived from seaweed—has since gained global popularity as...

Elon Musk's Brother to Sell Organic Fast Food

The Kitchenette will open in Memphis in August

(Newser) - Healthy food might finally be as affordable as a Big Mac. Elon Musk's brother plans to open a healthy fast-food restaurant in August with each menu item costing $5 or less, reports Food & Wine . The Kitchenette—the brainchild of 43-year-old Kimbal Musk and co-founder Hugo Matheson—is set...

Why Farmers' Markets Aren't That Great

 Why Farmers 
 Markets Aren't 
 That Great 
new study

Why Farmers Markets Aren't That Great

Study says they're pricey and not much healthier

(Newser) - Who doesn't like a farmers market? Organic food, weird jams, and a sense of community have drawn shoppers nationwide for years. But a new study says the markets don't really fulfill their reputation of promoting a healthy diet—and definitely don't save people money, Pacific Standard reports....

Whole Foods to Ditch Chobani
 Whole Foods to Ditch Chobani 

Whole Foods to Ditch Chobani

No. 1 Greek yogurt brand will lose its shelf space in 2014

(Newser) - Greek yogurt is hot, but the hottest Greek yogurt brand is losing its place on Whole Foods' shelves. The grocer yesterday announced it is giving Chobani the boot in favor of what the Wall Street Journal calls "smaller, exclusive brands"—specifically those that are organic, and free of...

Organic Milk Really Is Better for You
 Organic Milk Really 
 Is Better for You 

Organic Milk Really Is Better for You

Grass diet boosts heart-friendly acids, researchers say

(Newser) - The jury is still out on the health benefits of organic food, but organic milk appears to have some genuine advantages over conventional milk, according to new research. Almost 400 samples of both kinds of milk found that the organic stuff, from cows grazed in grassy pastures, was richer in...

Organic Food No Better for You
 Organic Food No Better for You 

Organic Food No Better for You

Study finds no nutritional benefits

(Newser) - There's no question that organic food is better for the planet, but there's no evidence that it's better for the person eating it, according to a new study. Scientists analyzed four decades of research, and found that organic meat and produce have no more nutritional value or...

Buying Organic: Turns You Into a Big Jerk

 Buying Organic 
 Turns You Into 
 a Jerk 
study says

Buying Organic Turns You Into a Jerk

Organic food lovers feel too good about themselves: study

(Newser) - Ever encountered a snotty attitude at an organic food stand? It makes sense psychologically, according to a new study that analyzed how people reacted after looking at different kinds of foods, MSNBC reports. "There's something about being exposed to organic food that made them feel better about themselves,...

Whole Foods Bets on Detroit
 Whole Foods
 Bets on Detroit

Whole Foods Bets on Detroit

Upscale chain will open in struggling city

(Newser) - Whole Foods is planning a location in Detroit—and the move is raising eyebrows given the chain's arugula-eating clientele and the city's economic struggles. Detroit has lost more than half its population since the 1950s and continues to struggle financially, prompting the Wall Street Journal to wonder if...

Study Finds Arsenic in Baby Formula, Cereal Bars

Organic brown rice syrup appears to be the common link

(Newser) - A new study has found troubling levels of a kind of arsenic known to cause cancer in infant formulas and cereal bars that contain organic brown rice syrup. Arsenic is often found in rice, because rice absorbs the toxin from the soil, the LA Times explains. The study tested 17...

Organic Egg Farm Accused of Factory Farm Conditions

Petaluma Egg Farm is a top producer for Organic Valley label

(Newser) - Organic eggs: The phrase brings to mind chickens roaming in a pasture, foraging for food, and scratching the ground. But at California's Petaluma Egg Farm, which provides eggs under the Organic Valley label, hens are confined to screened porches with a roof and a floor. Technically, the eggs meet...

Pesticides Linked to ADHD
 Pesticides Linked to ADHD 

Pesticides Linked to ADHD

Parents should buy organic or wash food well

(Newser) - ADHD diagnoses rose a staggering 3% a year in the US between 1997 and 2006, and a new study suggests that pesticides may be part of the reason why. Researchers analyzed more than 1,100 kids ages 8 to 15 and discovered that those with detectable, above-average levels of toxic...

Cancer Risk From Chemicals 'Grossly' Understated
Cancer Risk From Chemicals 'Grossly' Understated
President's panel

Cancer Risk From Chemicals 'Grossly' Understated

Carcinogens in food, water systematically ignored

(Newser) - Environmental factors play a much bigger role in causing cancer than currently acknowledged, and President Obama needs to do something about it, the President's Cancer Panel concluded today. “The true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the authors found after two years of testimony and...

Hipster Defends Using Food Stamps

 Hipster Defends 
 Using Food Stamps 

Hipster Defends Using Food Stamps

Why the backlash over access to healthy food?

(Newser) - There's been quite the backlash against hipsters buying fancy organic fare with their food stamps, but one such hipster argues that “cheap food is the real extravagance.” Gerry Mak—a subject of the recent Salon article —points out that "a whole rabbit at Lexington Market is...

Minister Skewers 'Stalinist' Journo Over McItaly Rip

Guardian 's Fort shops organic with 'heavy wallet and light conscience'

(Newser) - After a British writer ripped into the Italian government for not only allowing but wholeheartedly endorsing a new line of McDonald’s burgers linked to the Italy’s famous cuisine, the country’s agriculture minister fired right back, attacking the writer as “Stalinist” and for “baying at the...

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