Monday, 01 April 2013 19:47

Organic food benefits touted

By Harley Richards - Red Deer Advocate

In November 2012, California voters narrowly defeated Proposition 37 — a plebiscite that, if passed, would have resulted in mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foods in that state.

Opponents argued that such a measure would have added billions of dollars to food costs, without providing health or safety benefits. Proponents insisted that consumers have a right to know what’s in their food.

St. John’s, NL – February 21, 2013 

Newfoundland mussel farmers and primary processing facilities have met the criteria and been certified against the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard.

By Ronnie Cummins and Katherine Paul

Organic Consumers Association, March 13th, 2013

Whole Foods Market (WFM) is being praised in the media for announcing that it will become the first U.S. grocery chain to require that genetically engineered (GE) foods in its stores be labeled, by 2018. This is a victory for consumers and the GE labeling movement. And it’s a major setback for Monsanto, who for 20 years has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to uphold the myth that GE foods and crops are “substantially equivalent” to non-GE foods, that they are perfectly safe, and shouldn’t require labels.

But let’s take a look at what led up to the announcement, and how the plan falls short.

A new study at Oregon State University (OSU) has shown that dairy cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, including more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat, than that produced by cows fed a traditional feed mixture of corn, grains, alfalfa hay and grass silage.

new study published in the journal PLOS One showed that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than those grown conventionally, but contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar, and lycopene. Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red coloring, has been linked to lessening the risk of stroke in people who consume it. Researchers conducting the study observed that tomato fruits raised organically experience stressing conditions that foster the accumulation of higher concentrations of solids and compounds that contribute to fruit nutritional quality.

The Canadian General Standards Board  (CGSB) Manager Patricia Wait confirmed today that the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) will invest $600,000 to support the full review of the Canadian Organic Standards (General Principles and Management Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 and Permitted Substances Lists CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006).

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