TWO recent Washington Post reports by Peter Whoriskey have raised doubts about organic standards in the US.
USDA extends deadline on organic check-off program
A new transitional certification programme for products from farmers who are in the process of becoming organic has been launched in the US. Using standards developed by Organic Trade Association (OTA), the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide certification and oversight to producers who are in transition to organic. It is expected that this […]
A $1 billion USDA investment programme is helping the US organic sector maintain double-digit growth.
A study by US researchers shows that ‘healthy foods’ – including certain fruit and vegetables – may sometimes be more damaging to the environment than meat. The research team, from Carnegie Mellon University set out to study the food supply chain to determine how the obesity epidemic in the US was affecting the environment. The […]
Following its UK launch into Holland & Barrett in July, the Teatulia brand of organic tea has now been rolled out across the independent health food trade. Grown in a single organic garden in northern Bangladesh, Teatulia organic teas come in five flavours: naturally caffeine-free Lemongrass; Tulsi, a black tea blend with full bodied spiciness; […]
More than 150 businesses and organisations – including leading organic brands Amy’s Kitchen and Clif Bar – want the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to halt controversial trials of genetically modified crops. The group has written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to express concern over the discovery this summer of unapproved genetically engineered wheat in […]