The potato chip and taco chip shelves of our conventional supermarkets are now awash with organic or more naturally whatever chips. The chip wars are as competitive as ever and the battles for our taste buds are getting greener. Now the chip mega-giant Frito Lay is recrafting its Casa Grande, Arizona, factory into a state of the art green chip facility...
November 21, 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
There has been some friction of late between ethical certifiers over differing standards for "fair trade" and "organic." With industry-backed labels like Utz and QAI joining the ranks of Transfair or NOP, questions are being raised about the effect that the entry of large corporations into the ethical products markets will have on the integrity of these products. Are we close to a day when we'll have to carry a wallet-sized chart of all the various ethical labels just to know which ones walk the walk?
November 13, 2007
The new Kettle Foods factory in Beloit, Wisc. has received The U.S. Green Building Council's Gold LEED certification, one of the highest honors a sustainable builder can receive. Kettle says that makes its new building "the greenest food manufacturing plant in the U.S." It may be right.
November 1, 2007