VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government is moving to stamp out bogus organic claims being made by farmers that do not have third-party certification.
New regulations will restrict the use of the word “organic” to describe only products that have been certified by a national or provincial certification program, effectively closing a loophole that had allowed local farmers to use the term without being certified, provided they were not selling their products outside B.C.
Those consumers who fear even the most minute amounts of genetically modified organisms in their meals will have to confront a nasty shock: even organic foods are not GMO-free, according to organic industry leaders.
T. Marc Schober submits:Organic farming entails tasks like planting and harvesting, but organic farmers have additional work that differs greatly from conventional farmers. Organic production is very specific to comply with certifications and requirements mandated by the National Organic Program (NOP), which was created through the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). The NOP develops, implements, and administers national production, handling and labeling USDA standards.
Annie’s, maker of Organic White Cheddar Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese among 120 other natural and organic products, has filed to go public. Owned by private-equity firm Solera Capital, the food manufacturer is looking [...]
Organically-grown food has been soaring in popularity, and it seems to be everywhere lately. Many people are under the impression that organically-grown food is healthier for you, tastes better, is better for the environment, and could even have fewer calories.