What’s your food philosophy?

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Senior researcher Christy Niebaum with the FoodThink study says there’s about seven different ways people approach health and wellness, but most of those surveyed fall into two categories. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – What’s your food philosophy? More on FoodThink

General Mills accelerates organic commitment

Food giant General Mills is accelerating its commitment to more than double the organic acreage from which it sources ingredients. The company says it expects to have 250-thousand organic acres by 2019, a year ahead of its previous goal. General Mills has increased the organic acreage it supports by 120 percent since 2009, making it… Read more »

Confidence in agri-food system declines

Michigan food and ag leaders’ confidence in the overall agri-food system is starting to decline. Economist Bill Knudson with Michigan State University tells Brownfield the Michigan Agriculture and Food Index twice a year surveys 100 ag and food leaders across the state.  For the first time in three years, the December survey showed a dip… Read more »

Chipotle sued over ‘GMO-free’ claim

A California woman is suing the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant chain. Colleen Gallagher’s lawsuit accuses Chipotle of false advertising over its claims that it uses only ingredients that are free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Gallagher says Chipotle misled consumers with its GMO-free claim and deceived diners into paying more for their food. Earlier… Read more »

Talking to pork purveyors about antibiotics, sow housing

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In his position as vice president of industry relations for the National Pork Producers Council, Dallas Hockman focuses on building relationships with pork producers, processors and allied industries. Those allied industries include the major food companies, grocery and restaurant chains, and other purveyors of pork products. Over the past few years, Hockman has been very busy… Read more »

Backers of Oregon’s GMO initiative concede defeat

Backers of an Oregon ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods have conceded defeat. The initiative lost in November by just 812 votes out of 1.5 million total votes. That triggered an automatic recount, which showed a net shift of 25 votes against the initiative. Proponents of the measure tried to prolong the… Read more »

Reducing food loss and waste

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It is estimated that one-third of all food produced around the world is lost to food waste.  That includes losses in the field during and after harvest as well as food that is thrown away by grocery stores and consumers. It’s a big issue in the discussion about how we’re going to feed a rapidly increasing global… Read more »

General Mills supports nationwide GMO labeling

Even though General Mills’ shareholders have rejected a proposal to eliminate genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from the company’s products, General Mills CEO Ken Powell says the company still supports nationwide GMO labeling. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Powell told shareholders this week that General Mills “strongly supports” a federal GMO labeling solution that “would… Read more »

More shoppers say they care about ‘animal welfare’

A spokesman for the organization that represents U.S. food retailers says more consumers are identifying “humane treatment of farm animals” as one of their food-buying concerns. “In looking at some of the (survey) data, we’ve found that it jumped about seven percent—so it’s a growing concern,” says David Fikes of the Food Marketing Institute. “Most… Read more »

Ag economist to speak at Iowa events

Oklahoma State University ag economist Jayson Lusk will be in Iowa July 8th and 9th to speak at two separate events. On the evening of the 8th, Lusk will address farmers and other agricultural stakeholders at an event on the Iowa State University campus. The next day he will deliver the keynote presentation at the… Read more »