As the world rejoiced about the $289M court ruling against Monsanto, there are serious implications for organic food brands. The question is whether they are ready to handle growing consumer awareness about glyphosate.
As the USDA is getting ready to roll out new federal GMO-labeling standards, a recent study by the International Food Information Council Foundation has shed light on just what kind of impact these proposed standards may have. Needless to say, the results are quite compelling for organic advocates.
With two recent actions out of Washington, D.C., the organic community should be very alarmed. Much deeper and aggressive involvement is needed from organic companies to protect the long-term interests of our industry.
This morning, the leading distributor of organic and natural foods, UNFI, purchased Supervalu for $2.9 billion. We discuss the possible reasons for this acquisition and why it may prove to be a very smart long-term, defensive move.
The EU's top court made a landmark decision as to how it will regulate gene-edited foods. We take a look at why this ruling was so important for human and environmental health, and how this will impact the regulatory environment in the U.S.
Created by four major food companies -- Danone North America; Mars, Incorporated; Nestlé USA; and Unilever United States -- the SFPA aims to focus on five key areas: consumer transparency, environment, food safety, nutrition, and people and communities.
Believing that its interests needed representation on Capitol Hill separate from the major chemical/GMO companies, founding member companies Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States have formed the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA).
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is poised to hit the organic market in a very serious way, and brands do not want to be left behind. It is expected to become a $2.1 billion market by 2020.
By helping young companies become certified organic, not only will it drive demand for organic raw materials, but it will discourage them from going down the path of simply being an “all natural” or “Non-GMO” brand. The entire organic ecosystem benefits in every regard, including farmers.
The deadline to comment to the USDA about the proposed GMO-labeling standards is tonight at 11:59pm EST. The standards have many problems and are very confusing and misleading to consumers.
This week, we do a review of all of the Organic Insider newsletters from the past quarter. Topics such as fraud in organic, the changing nature of the National Organic Standards Board, and the marketing of organic products all received a tremendous amount of attention.
With The Cornucopia Institute having just released a blockbuster report on fraudulent imported organic grains, we take a look at who is responsible for this situation, how it can be rectified, and how it will impact the integrity of organic.
If you’ve been confused by seeing the terms “organic marijuana”, “organic cannabis” or “organic pot” lately, you are not alone. We set the record straight on what terms are allowed to be used and discuss which states and organizations are certifying "clean" cannabis.
The Real Organic Project could end up being an incredibly important valuable program for both organic farmers and consumers. More specifically, it will address two main areas of organic that the USDA is falling short -- two areas that are having a real negative impact on the integrity of the organic seal.
Arguably, regenerative will be the most important theme in the organic industry for the next ten years because our environment, our farms and our food supply are so dependent on soil becoming healthier. Given its importance, organic brands need to take into account two specific considerations when marketing regenerative products to consumers.
The 2017 U.S. organic industry sales figures were just reported last week, and the sector's 6.4% growth was described as "maturing." Having trouble accepting that "maturing" is the right word, I take a look at what exactly the numbers were showing, what might be missing, and the risk that the industry is facing.
Despite the outcry from many people in the industry that the organic checkoff was rejected by the USDA, support for this program was absolutely not unanimous. I discuss how the rejection of the checkoff could actually present a result far better than anyone could have imagined.
As the eagerly awaited proposed GMO-labeling standards were released last week -- also known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard -- the most interesting aspect of these regulations was what they did not say. I discuss what may be really happening behind closed doors.
At Organic Insider, we have been covering the issue of fraud in organic extensively over the past year and have been extremely concerned about it. Yet, what took place at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Arizona made me feel very optimistic about things. Here is why.
Despite a few positives, the 2018 farm bill will create real harm to the organic industry. I explore the good, the bad and the long-term implications for organic if this piece of legislation does go through.
As the organic food industry continues to experience rapid growth and with more companies entering the space each year, the sector is also facing numerous challenges, particularly on the regulatory level. Wanting to get a sense of how my fellow colleagues view the industry, I asked several of them to share an opinion, insight or observation about...
There is a very painful truth that we must accept, and it has to do with how the current USDA views the National Organic Standards Board. Unfortunately, this has very serious and negative consequences for the future of our industry.
With American organic farmers suffering hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, all due to fraudulent imports, the USDA refuses to get proactive enough to stop the bleeding. And the longer we wait for the USDA to do something, the more damaged will be caused to the organic seal.
What are the major trends in the organic pet food world? Sarah Goldberger, founder of Lord Jameson, one of the hottest brands in the industry today, gives us the scoop. And it's some fascinating insight.