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How Americans View Organic Food And GMOs

Pew Research Study gives us an interesting look at our attitudes and beliefs about the food we eat.

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the very first Organic Insider!

There are two pieces of news that I wanted to highlight.

First, the Pew Research Center did a study on Americans’ attitudes and beliefs about organic food and GMOs. The results were both encouraging and alarming. Here’s my take on the report.

Second, brand new findings out of Europe completely dispel the notion that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to their Non-GMO counterparts. The importance of this data cannot be overstated.

Lastly, if you ever have any feedback or suggestions about Organic Insider, I would love to hear from you. Your input is absolutely welcome and encouraged.

Wishing you a great holiday!

Max Goldberg, Founder

This Week's News Items

Weekly News Summaries

First Course
KUNC -- Community Radio for Northern Colorado

Vilsack Says Organic Animal Welfare Standards May Not Get Passed

By Luke Runyon

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the proposed animal welfare standards may not get passed under the Obama administration, which puts these rules in real jeopardy.

Sustainable Pulse

40% of GMO Studies Have a Financial Conflict of Interest

Is anyone the least bit surprised? As reported in PLOS ONE, French researchers said that 40% of GMO studies contained a financial conflict of interest.


Court Throws Out Lawsuit Against The Honest Company

By Clare O'Connor

A Los Angeles Superior Court just dismissed a lawsuit against Jessica Alba's The Honest Company for falsely labeling its infant formula as organic. Immediately, the Organic Consumers Association filed an appeal.

Second Course
NBC News

FDA Approves GE-Pink Pineapple. Seriously?

By Maggie Fox

It appears no fruit or vegetable will be spared, as the FDA just said that a genetically-engineered pink pineapple is safe to sell.

The Packer

Farmers Take on Difficult Task of Growing Organic Florida

By Tom Burfield

Facing conditions not particularly conducive to growing organic tomatoes, farmers in Florida are taking on the challenge.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Monsanto Faces Another Lawsuit Over Illegal Herbicide Use

By Bryce Gray

In what seems to be a growing pattern, Monsanto is sued for illegal herbicide use which caused serious crop damage. This time, the largest peach farmer in Missouri is taking the seed giant to court.

The Huffington Post

EPA Holds Controversial Glyphosate Hearings

By Carey Gillam

An excellent recap of the extremely controversial hearings that took place last week in Washington, D.C., regarding the link between cancer and glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Third Course
Pop Sugar

The Best-Selling Products at Whole Foods in 2016

By Anna Monette Roberts

A fascinating look at what people are purchasing the most at Whole Foods.

Slow Food

France Makes Organic Food Mandatory in its Schools

For schools in France, a law was just passed that requires 40% of its food to be local & seasonal and 20% to be certified organic. Lucky kids!

Business Insider

Starbucks to Introduce Organic Soup in 2017

By Kate Taylor

Seeking to expand its lunch offerings, Starbucks will begin a regional rollout of organic soup in the spring.

Take Part

How Important is an Organic Christmas Tree?

By Sarah McColl

Here's a good piece that explores the issues surrounding an organic Christmas tree.

Max's Pick of the Week

A recent scientific study said that if you listen to this one song, you’ll reduce your anxiety by up to 65%. Trust me, it works.

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