Salmon is now more popular than prawns….

Salmon is now the most popularly traded fish, overtaking shrimp which was two percentage points below salmon’s total traded value, according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Shrimp was the most traded seafood for decades, but its production and price volatility due to disease has reduced its share. Production of… Continue reading Salmon is now more popular than prawns….

USDA releases guidance document on organics….

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 02/15/2016 and available online at http://federalregister.gov/a/2016-00678, and on FDsys.gov DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 205 [Document Number AMS-NOP-14-0012; NOP-14-03] National Organic Program: Notice of Final Guidance on Substances Used in Post-Harvest Handling of Organic Products AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service,… Continue reading USDA releases guidance document on organics….

First Algae Cooking Oil on Grocery Store Shelves….

The first-ever algal cooking oil in the United States is now on shelves. Thrive’s Algae Oil offers numerous benefits, including a high smoke point, neutral taste, and, most importantly, a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat, giving consumers and chefs “a better choice for their everyday oil,” the firm says. Created from chlorella algae, the zero-trans-fat… Continue reading First Algae Cooking Oil on Grocery Store Shelves….

Farro is driving the ancient grain thang….

In the last year, U.S. sales of products labeled as “made with ancient grains” have grown by 35% to reach more than $209 million, according to SPINS1 (Schaumburg, IL). And while quinoa may still be the most ubiquitous, much of the growth is driven by up-and-coming ancient grains, such as farro. SPINS data indicate sales… Continue reading Farro is driving the ancient grain thang….

Can large corporate urban farms grow “local” produce??

Story by Sarah Shemkus at Civil Eats Under the glass-and-metal canopy of a sprawling greenhouse in Yardley, Pennsylvania, BrightFarms is growing salad greens. A lot of salad greens. Arugula and herbs and the occasional tomato–about 360,000 pounds per year–sprout up in white hydroponic trays. When the plants are ready, they are harvested, packed, and driven… Continue reading Can large corporate urban farms grow “local” produce??

This database will tell you how your dinner was treated!

Is “free-range” or “pasture-fed” better? Now you can cut through the mess of marketing claims and take responsibility for the meat you eat. If you care about how chickens are raised, it can be confusing when you want to buy a chicken. Here are just some of the certifications and claims made in chicken labeling:… Continue reading This database will tell you how your dinner was treated!

Craft brewers say new FDA nutrition labels may hinder small brewers….

Government health nannies are thirsty for a new target, and this time it’s craft beer. FDA busybodies will mandate by next December that restaurant chains offer full nutritional information for beers on tap — everything from calorie counts to protein content. The rule forces breweries to do expensive tests to keep their suds flowing at… Continue reading Craft brewers say new FDA nutrition labels may hinder small brewers….