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USDA SETS TOUGHER ORGANIC STANDARDS

The USDA Thursday released more stringent animal-welfare standards for farmers who market meat and eggs as organic. The new rules, which take effect in March 2018, require a minimum amount of space for chickens, and require cattle, pigs and poultry to be allowed outdoors each day to feed. The USDA estimated it will cost organic… read more

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NATURAL BEEF

Today’s Wall Street Journal says sky-high prices for cattle and beef are breeding reluctance among some ranchers to switch to natural or organic varieties. Article highlights the difficulty that burger chains are having sourcing non-traditional beef.

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LABELS DO PERSUADE

Consumer perceptions of poultry can be influenced by packaging that touts sustainable or “organic” claims, according to a new study from a graduate student at the University of Arkansas. Researcher Shilpa Samant found that using such wording like “organic” or “no hormones added” on labels provided what her paper on the study described as “higher… read more

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WHOLE FOODS

is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. No name yet for the new operation.

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WHOLE FOODS

Whole Foods Market is the 800-pound gorilla of the organic food retailing, but even it is having trouble finding enough non-GMO grain to make products that stock its shelves, according to Errol Schweizer, executive global grocery coordinator for the company. “It’s like pushing a rope uphill,” he says at USDA event. He blames lack of… read more

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ORGANIC OVERSIGHT

Wall Street Journal says the $35 billion organic-food industry has nearly tripled in size in the past decade, challenging the Agriculture Department’s ability to monitor the more than 25,000 farms and other organizations that sell organic crops and livestock.

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ORGANIC BIG MAC?

McDonald’s, which this week posted its fourth straight quarter of falling U.S. same-store sales, may look to sell more organic food to stem the loss of customers to chains known for better-quality fare.

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WHOLE FOODS

Whole Foods Market unveiled its first national marketing campaign Monday, a series of primetime television commercials and glossy print ads that the organic grocer hopes will help revive its disappointing sales.

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CHOBANI DREAMS ON

Chobani announced on its blog last week that it was partnering with Green America in opening an organic yogurt line in 2015 and exploring GMO-free conventional yogurt. But there are a couple of obstacles to get past. Unless Chobani can obtain a little more than 200% of the current U.S. organic fluid milk supply for… read more

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ORGANIC FARMERS

Organic farmers and ranchers tend to be younger, more recent entrants to agriculture and far more likely to sell directly to consumers than the average U.S. farmer. USDA says 26% of the group are under 45 years old.

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