News from Around the Web

January 21st, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

It looks like this is becoming a regular Friday feature – collecting articles from around the web that are relevant and significant to the organic foods industry. Just think of me as your friendly research assistant. There’s lots of great information out there every day, but actually finding it and reading it can be extremely time consuming, and a very dangerous habit if you have other tasks to do. Since I actually get paid for my habits (at least this one), I thought I would share with you some of my findings from around the web today.

What do “free range,” “organic” and other chicken labels really mean? This article by Salon’s Francis Lam covers most all of the labeling that consumers encounter as they shop for organic and natural poultry, including free-range, pastured, natural, naturally enhanced, air chilled, etc.

Survey Shows More Families are Eating at Home. This may not be good news for the restaurant industry, but this survey from the American Diabetic Association (ABA) presents some interesting numbers about kids and families and their eating patterns.

– The Double-Edged Sword of Sustainable Food Gone Mainstream. This article highlights a very poignant situation. As more and more mainstream markets enter into organics, they tend to focus are creating a simple and easy shopping experience, basically carrying fewer brands at the least expensive price. Will this strategy decrease access to the larger organic market and smaller brands and manufacturers?

– New federal law aims to improve food-tracking issues. This article focuses on one aspect of the new Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4 – food traceability. A good read.

– Vilsack announces grants and loan guarantees for bio-fuels. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants and loan guarantees to all regions of the country to foster renewable fuel development through programs authorized by the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill. This article details who gets the money and how it will be used.