Sunday, January 3, 2010
Fenimore, a Manheim Township social-services worker, first dabbled in organics more than 20 years ago, as a college student.
Motherhood intensified her desire to protect the environment and her new family's health. Organic produce, milk and eggs became staples on her shopping list.
So Fenimore was appalled when she saw the list of chemicals, pesticides and other synthetic materials — the very substances she's trying to avoid — that are completely legal in organic-food production.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A
The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity -- a prominent characteristic of tomatoes -- causes BPA to leach into your food.
Meat and poultry companies still hoping to cash in on the growing market for organic products may want to think again. New research from the Connecticut-based TABS Group suggests the market is, if not static, then not growing in terms of numbers of shoppers.
"In the mass market, organic is not growing," TABS founder and president Dr. Kurt Jetta told MEATPOULTRY.com. "Every year we measure the popularity of several categories of so-called, good-for-you products, and organic consistently has the lowest appeal."
Saturday, December 19, 2009
U.S. supermarket sales of environmentally sustainable or "ethical" products -- from energy-efficient light bulbs to organic produce -- will rise about 8.7 percent in 2009 to nearly $38 billion, according to a recent study by Packaged Facts, a market research provider.
Sure, some consumers may be cutting corners and switching back to conventional produce, but Mabs believes the bigger challenge to the category is increased competition as more growers and suppliers climb aboard.
Organic produce in Canada is anticipated to become more expensive this winter with some vegetable categories even appearing empty now the Canadian border is closed to organic vegetables containing sodium nitrate, according to a report by Canada.com.
Goldenriverfarms.co.uk conducted a survey of 1791 people across the UK asking them what food they are planning to tuck into this Christmas and 86% said that they are buying free range or organic meat for their Christmas meal.
Yes, 2009 was filled with a lot of bad news. In The Packer’s upcoming Year in Produce special report, the top three stories were not bursting with happiness and laughter. And there weren’t even any hurricanes or major food safety outbreaks this year.