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The GM debate

Genetically engineered food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods reap irreparable damage on the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

Proponents of Washington's GMO labeling bill say they have slight lead going into Tuesday's election

The proponents of Washington State’s I-522 initiative mandating the labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients claim they have a slight lead hours before tomorrow's election deadline.

Big Interview: Matt McLean, CEO of Uncle Matt's Organic

Uncle Matt's Organic outpaces competition in organic juice 'war of attrition'

From one pulp-free organic orange juice SKU in a regional Florida grocery store chain in 1999, Uncle Matt’s Organic is the oldest US organic juice company with 11 organic juice...

Survey reveals consumers want to avoid pesticides, but are unsure how label certifications help them do that

Whether a food product contains genetically modified organisms, and whether the disclosure of that information should be mandatory on the label has dominated public discourse in recent years.  But that...

Stonyfield packaging overhaul highlights absence of ‘toxic pesticides’

Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield is rolling out new packaging hammering home its organic credentials with a new logo featuring the phrase ‘no toxic pesticides used here’ following research suggesting 74%...

‘Unprecedented surge’ in food lawsuits is driven by plaintiffs’ lawyers and advocacy groups, not consumers, claims report

The number of consumer fraud class actions brought in federal court against food and beverage companies skyrocketed from 19 cases in 2008 to more than 100 in 2012, according to...

FNCE: Urban elites peddling ‘Old McDonald fantasy’ are driving food policy, says Michael Specter in speech dubbed by some as 'smug' and 'mocking'

Food policy must meet the needs of the rapidly growing global population, as well as urban elites in developed nations with “organic window boxes” promoting an ‘Old McDonald fantasy’, claimed...

FNCE 2013 highlights: Gluten-sensitivity, dairy and GHG emissions, energy drinks, portion sizes, GMOs, and what America eats for breakfast

From the risks and rewards of energy drinks to what Americans eat for breakfast, strategies to tackle mindless eating and the next generation of gluten-free foods, Houston was the place...

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Bad science, good politics? Why the GMO labeling lobby is winning the PR war...

Despite recent renewed efforts, the food industry does not appear to be winning hearts and minds when it comes to persuading the public of the merits of GM crops, or...

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GMO labeling: GMA to establish Washington State political committee in wake of lawsuit over ‘No to I-522’ campaign funding

UPDATED: The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) says it will file paperwork with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) establishing a political committee and will disclose the source of all...

GMO debate gets ugly as General Mills takes flak from GMO Inside and GMA is sued by Washington State attorney general

In new developments in the highly charged debate over GMOs, General Mills has been targeted in a report blasted by a plant geneticist as “a collection of discredited studies and...

Judge to General Mills: The courts, not the FDA, can decide if GMOs belong in ‘100% natural’ products

A federal judge handling three lawsuits vs General Mills over ‘100% natural’ claims on Nature Valley products claimed to contain GMOs and other allegedly ‘un-natural’ ingredients says the courts are...

Big interview: Ben F. Pierce Gore, Pratt & Associates

The plaintiff's attorneys taking aim at Big Food: Caped consumer crusaders or cynical opportunists out for a fast buck?

When you think of plaintiff's lawyers, two images probably come to mind: Consumer crusaders like Erin Brockovich or grubby ambulance-chasers in John Grisham novels. But where in this spectrum should...

Shareholder advocates to big food: Stay out of GMO labeling debate

With roughly a month to go until voters in Washington State decide whether GMO foods should be labeled, shareholder advocates are calling on the top 10 donors who helped fund...

Nasoya: Wouldn’t it be great if we could do for tofu what Chobani did for Greek yogurt?

Could 2013 be the year that tofu (soy bean curd) finally starts to move from the niche to the mainstream? 

Reaction to CFSAN's priorities for 2013-14

UNPA: Does CFSAN’s plan for GMO labeling guidance signal a change of thinking at FDA?

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's (CFSAN) priority to publish guidance to help manufacturers with voluntarily GMO labeling could signal a change in thinking at the agency, says...

FoodNavigator-USA's 10 hot topics in food and beverage development: Are you up to speed?

Is there a natural ceiling to the gluten-free market? Is the party over for energy drinks? Are '100%-natural' claims worth the hassle? Find out in FoodNavigator-USA's round up of 10...

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Steviva Ingredients launches all-natural agave nectar and stevia sweetener for lower-calorie bars, beverages, baked goods

Stevia specialist Steviva Ingredients has developed an organic syrup combining blue agave nectar and stevia extract that is suitable for formulators looking to cut calories and maintain clean labels in...

NOW Foods: Our entire food line will be non-GMO by year’s end

Natural foods manufacturer NOW Foods has made the commitment to have over 170 products – its entire food line - non-GMO by the end of 2013.

OCA to Warren-Udall: Voluntary GMO labeling helps biotech industry, not consumers

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced that it opposes federally mandated voluntary GMO labeling in favor of states’ rights to enforce mandatory GMO labeling, arguing that voluntary labeling could end...

US, Japan strike deal to fully recognize each other's organic standards

An organic equivalence agreement signed yesterday between the US and Japan will reopen the Japanese market to US organic producers and could provide more—and possibly cheaper—food for US consumers....

NSF joins Non-GMO Project

As consumer and retailer demand for third party-verified non-GMO product labels shows no signs of slowing, NSF International announced that it will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator...

Food labeling bill proposes radical changes to 'natural' claims, wholegrain labels, added sugars; but chances of success are slim, say lawyers

A bill proposing sweeping changes to food labeling laws covering everything from ‘natural’ claims to whole grain statements has been welcomed by consumer groups, but stands little chance of success,...

GMA launches GMO Facts website: ‘Ingredients grown using GM technology require fewer pesticides, less water and keep production costs down’

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has created a new website designed to address questions about GMOs.

Packaged Facts: Non-GMO foods will account for 30% of US food and beverage retail sales by 2017

US retail sales of non-GMO foods and beverages are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9% in the next five years, and could represent 30%...

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GM salmon: AquaBounty posts $2m loss in first half, remains confident of getting FDA approval later this year

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - has posted a net loss of $2.05m...

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