Looking for a new type of vacation? Maybe you should consider agritourism—agricultural tourism—where vacationers go to farms and can participate in a variety of farm activities. A growing part of the tourism industry, agritourism is being touted as a way for local farmers to supplement their income, educate the public, and expand people’s appreciation of how food is made.
November 25, 2007
For much of 2007, Tyson Foods has been touting its fresh chicken as ‘natural’ since it is “raised without antibiotics.” That label, however, may have to change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture erroneously approved of such labeling.
November 20, 2007
A recent study by the market research firm, Mintel, indicates that the organic food boom is quickly transforming from a niche market composed of a minority of dedicated ethical shoppers, to a constant purchasing consideration for most Americans. Last year, 52 percent of Americans consciously purchased organic foods, with 32 percent of adults now saying that they buy organic "as often as possible."
November 19, 2007
Target just asked the Department of Agriculture for permission to attach a label to its meat treated with carbon monoxide. The label would explain to consumers that carbon monoxide is used to preserve the color of the meat, and serves as a warning to not rely solely on appearance when judging the quality of the meat. While certainly thinking of its customers, Target has not followed Safeway and Tyson Foods, among others, and banned meat treated with carbon monoxide from its stores.
November 13, 2007
For years, animal rights activists have pointed out how misleading terms like "free range" and "cage free" can be. Paying more for poultry and eggs doesn't necessarily mean you're getting a more humane product, just that the producer has found a better marketing strategy.
October 25, 2007