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  • Today’s Marketing Tip

    03/30/2016 7:21:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-30-2016 | MOTUS
    Due to technical difficulties I missed last night’s townhall. Due to continuing technical difficulties I’m doing an open thread today.Butt I will pass along this helpful tip I found on American Digest - it’s called “How to Market Blueberries.” I don’t think this approach is limited to blueberries, in fact I believe it could be used effectively with nearly any organic product. Think of the possibilities!I’m beginning to think that perhaps this election cycle is getting to me. Butt carry on; I’ll join you in progress.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror
  • Why I Don't Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

    03/21/2016 6:33:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 90 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10 Mar, 2016 | Steven Savage
    I don’t buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. It’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but I’d like to lay out three, seriously considered factors that have shaped my personal stance on organic: 1. Informed confidence that we are safe buying “conventional” foods 2. Recognizing that some of the best farming practices from an environmental perspective are not always allowed or practical under the organic rules 2.An ethical problem with the tactics that some organic advocates and marketers employ which seriously misrepresents their “conventional” competition...... As for the safety issue. When most...
  • Chipotle to close all restaurants on Feb. 8 for food safety meeting

    01/15/2016 9:00:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | January 15, 2016 | Aaron Smith
    Chipotle is shutting down all its stores nationwide for a few hours next month to hold staff meetings about food safety. The meeting will occur on February 8.
  • Agromafia [Phony olive oil, chemicals, "75% to 80%" of exports to USA from Italy.]

    01/07/2016 11:26:28 AM PST · by familyop · 30 replies
    CBS News, 60 Minutes ^ | Jan 03, 2016 | Guy Campanile, Bill Whitaker, CBS Interactive
    But last month, police in Italy nabbed 7,000 tons of phony olive oil. Much of it was bound for American stores. The oil was from North Africa, deodorized with chemicals...The scam was cooked-up by organized crime. Mafia copies of fine olive oil, wine and cheese have fueled an explosion of food crime in Italy. It's estimated to be a $16 billion-a-year enterprise. The Italians call it "Agromafia"...what would it be in the U.S.? Tom Mueller: Up around 75% to 80%, easily.
  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28/15 | Tamara Palmer
    One Marin County school district hopes to set a national example when it comes to healthy eating. Sausalito Marin City School District started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students this week, becoming the first school district in the nation to do so. It's an extension of what is considered to be a successful pilot program begun in 2013 at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City. The other school in the district, Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, has now joined Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in installing a permanent program. “The results speak for themselves,” Steve Van Zant, superintendent...
  • 'Clean food' is a dangerous fad

    08/24/2015 10:43:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.spectator.co.uk ^ | 22 August 2015 | Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast
    The trendy nutritional advice that's more likely to make you ill than healthy The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter; now you find yourself bamboozled by all manner of odd alternatives such as ‘raw’ hummus, wheat-free bread and murky juices. You have to stay pretty alert to make sure you pick up a pint of proper milk, rather than a soy-based alternative or one free from lactose. Supermarkets have become shrines to ‘clean eating’, a faith that promises happiness, healthiness and energy. Food is to be worshipped...
  • Food labeling, Hollywood-style

    08/18/2015 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joanna Lidback
    The first clue that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t know what she was talking about on Capitol Hill earlier this month came with the first words she spoke: “I’m here as a mother.” Apparently, the actress thinks that any mom can show up in Washington and hold a press conference that attracts lawmakers and the media. Memo to Ms. Paltrow: The rest of us moms don’t have that celebrity power. We haven’t won Oscar awards, assumed glamorous roles in the “Iron Man” movies, or married (let alone divorced) rock stars. But Ms. Paltrow has done all of these things so, of course,...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft

    01/23/2015 7:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 22, 2015 02:03pm ET | Miriam Kramer,
    Researchers working with Rosetta have found that the comet harbors organic compounds, carbon-based molecules that are sometimes known as the chemical building blocks of life. This marks the first time organic molecules have been detected on the surface of a comet's nucleus, according to Fabrizio Capaccioni, the principal investigator of the VIRTIS instrument on Rosetta. The northern hemisphere of the comet's nucleus is also filled with dunes and ripples that look somewhat like geological markings on Earth, Mars and Venus. Comet 67P/C-G doesn't have a robust atmosphere and high gravity like those planets, and yet it still has structures resembling...
  • Latest Research Reveals a Bizarre and Vibrant Rosetta’s Comet

    01/24/2015 8:47:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Despite its solid appearance, 67P is highly porous with a density similar to wood or cork and orbited by a cloud of approximately 100,000 “grains” of material larger than 2 inches (5 cm) across stranded there after the comet’s previous perihelion passage. ... Researchers have identified 19 distinct geological regions on the comet and five basic types of terrain: dust-covered, brittle material, large-scale depressions, smooth terrains and consolidated surfaces. ... Using a spectrometer to scan the comet’s surface researchers discovered complex organic (carbon-based) molecules that could include carboxylic acids – a component of amino acids. These organics only form in...
  • AT LAST .. acceptable Saturday morning animation !

    04/25/2015 2:48:59 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    FreeRangeStudios ^ | April 25, 2015 | knarf
    Opened my e-mail this morning and just flat out enjoyed this short
  • Want To Consume Cow Feces? Have Some Raw Milk

    02/20/2015 6:35:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Real Science ^ | February 19, 2015 | Hank Campbell
    Would you like some Campylobacter or E. Coli today? Raw milk in 26 U.S. states is now the best place to get it, since most readers of Science 2.0 are not going to have the opportunity to buy chicken from a street vendor in China. That raw milk is risky and has no benefit is not news. In 2012 the CDC showed it again but clamoring for raw milk got even louder. It is in the news again, as part of the naturalistic fallacy that infects mostly the anti-science hippie left and a minority of people on the libertarian 'government...
  • What happens when you feed "food experts" McDonalds?

    10/22/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 86 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Here's what "food experts" have to say when they taste McDonalds under the pretense that it's organic food. (my favorite is the woman who says it tastes "more pure") Pretentious BS. I've thought this about so-called "foodies" for a long time now.It's food. Sure, there's good food and bad food, but we're in a bad place when people try to over-intellectualize it the way the people above and all of these chef reality shows do. We're basically treating food the same way we do abstract art now (half the time fancy restaurants even serve plates that look like it)If you...
  • Revealed: How much more Whole Foods is REALLY costing you

    09/24/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Septeber 24, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    It's no secret that Whole Foods isn't the most cost-friendly of grocery stores, but a new survey shows just how much more customers pay at the natural food retailer compared to other regional supermarkets. New York investment firm Wolfe Research recently did a study, comparing baskets of groceries at the upscale organic market to other stores across the nation and confirmed that tags at Whole Foods are through the roof. In one instance, Wolfe totaled 60-72 items at Whole Foods and then compared them to prices for the same exact products at Houston's HEB, a Mariano's grocery store in Chicago,...
  • Organic synthesis: The robo-chemist (3D molecular printers, anyone?)

    08/10/2014 9:10:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Nature ^ | 8/6/14 | Mark Peplow
    The race is on to build a machine that can synthesize any organic compound. It could transform chemistry.In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise. Bottles of reagents line the shelves; glassware blooms from racks of wooden pegs; and scientists stoop over the bench as they busily build molecules. Fast-forward 50 years, and the scene has changed substantially. A lab in 2014 boasts a battery of fume cupboards and analytical instruments — and no one is smoking a pipe. But the essence of what researchers are doing is the same. Organic chemists typically plan their...
  • The Bizarre Life (and Death) of "Mr. Organic"

    08/09/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 37 replies
    New Republic ^ | August 8, 2014 | Maria McGrath
    J.I. Rodale, the godfather of the locavore trend, was a paranoid anti-vaxxer, tooOn June 7, 1971, Jerome Irving Rodale appeared on "The Dick Cavett Show." The elder statesman of a growing organic food trend, he gushed about the health benefits of his diet, boasting that he “never felt better” and that he “decided to live to a hundred.” But after a commercial break, as Cavett interviewed his second guest, what sounded like a loud snore rose from Rodale’s end of the couch. The audience twittered, thinking that he was pulling a prank. But Cavett knew. When he looked over at...
  • Live Maggots Found in Whole Foods Meat Case, Health Officials Say They’re Not Moving Fast Enough ..

    04/30/2014 6:50:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Maggots found in Whole Foods meat case, health officials say they’re not moving fast enough to fix the problem Whole Foods claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and that they, “maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry.” Such claims might start to be questioned, however, after a disgusting discovery at one of their San Francisco locations on Monday, April 21. Last week, KRON 4 News exclusively reported that maggots were found in a meat case. Now, KRON 4 News is reporting that the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) claims Whole Foods hasn’t worked quickly enough to...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • U.S. Cattle Herd Is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America

    01/23/2014 11:22:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/23/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, If the extreme drought in the western half of the country keeps going, the food supply problems that we are experiencing right now are only going to be the tip of the iceberg. As you will see below, the size of the U.S. cattle herd has dropped to a 61 year low, and organic food shortages are being reported all over the nation. Surprisingly cold weather and increasing demand for organic food have both been a factor, but the biggest threat to the U.S. food supply is the extraordinary drought which...