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Sam Thielman – American Egg Board’s work to thwart plant-based mayo was wrong – USDA

The American Egg Board, the US Department of Agriculture’s egg-marketing arm, acted wrongly in its attempt to crush a plant-based mayonnaise startup, the USDAsaid in a report. The Guardian revealed last year that the American Egg Board (AEB) lobbied for a concerted attack on Hampton Creek, a food company that has created a low-cost plant-based egg replacement and the maker …

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Leah Messinger – American farmers are struggling to feed the country’s appetite for organic food

* Consumer appetite for organic foods reached $13.4bn in the US last year – so why is only 1% of the country’s cropland dedicated to organic farming? Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially …

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Big Food Seeks To Exempt Itself From The Freedom Of Information Act

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” the famous quote attributed to Hippocrates, is probably more important today than ever before as a handful of corporations, dubbed Big Food, gain more control over the food industry. Hippocrates’ statement brings up a very complex question: Is food as ‘healthy’ as it used to be, and can it still effectively protect and heal the …

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Grass-Fed Label For Meat—Gone!

The US Department of Agriculture is nixing its grass-fed standard, but they’re doing it for the most absurd reason imaginable. Action Alert! Last week, the USDA announced it would be withdrawing its standard for the grass-fed meat label. The agency is giving producers who used the grass-fed label thirty days to (1) convert the current “grass-fed” standard, in which 99% of …

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MARTHA ROSENBERG – Afraid of Food Activists, Big Food Is Increasingly Using Dirty Tricks

Officially, Big Food is not worried about the small number of “fringe” food activists who object to cruel, unhealthful and environmentally destructive products. But unofficially, it is a different story. American Egg Board CEO Joanne Ivy stepped down in apparent disgrace this fall when a 2013 email she wrote to a consultant saying the board was accepting “your offer to …