Just because tomato season is over doesn’t mean you have to stop drooling over delicious farm-fresh local veggies from your favorite grower—many farms throughout the state offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares throughout the winter months. (What’s a CSA? Find out here!)
30% of Shrimp Products Tested in Grocery Stores & Restaurants Misrepresented
Oceana released a new study today that reveals misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood – shrimp – across the United States. In the only known study of its kind in the U.S., DNA testing confirmed that 30 percent of the 143 shrimp products tested from 111 grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. Oceana also found that consumers are often provided with little information about the shrimp they purchase, including where and how it was caught or farmed, making it difficult, if not impossible, for them to make informed choices.
Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., is sponsoring a Twitter contest seeking your favorite methods for implementing energy efficiency at home or at work.
Between October 28 and November 5, contestants can tweet energy efficiency tips using the hashtag #CTEnergySmart for the opportunity to win one of five $100 American Express Gift Cards. The winner will be announced on Twitter via @CassidyTurleyRE.
Sterling-Rice Group reveals cutting-edge culinary trends for the year ahead
Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified its top ten culinary trends that will stand out on restaurant menus, expand onto grocery shelves, and attract consumer attention across the U.S. in 2015.
Next year, consumers' food preferences will be driven by a continued interest in global cuisines, balanced nutrition, community connections, and a desire for adventurous eating experiences. Look for these culinary trends to expand and grow next year as they move from the cutting edge into our popular foodscape:
Seeds are an important natural resource that’s vital to farming, and the Organic Seed Alliance is an organization that “advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed.” We talked to Kristina Hubbard, OSA’s Director of Advocacy & Communications, about the wonders of organic seeds and their State of Organic Seed project. (If you’re an organic farmer, take this survey now!)
Tell us a little about the history of OSA.
Organic Seed Alliance’s (OSA) roots go back more than forty years to the Abundant Life Seed Foundation, a non-profit seed business. In 2003, a tragic fire resulted in the loss of Abundant Life’s extensive seed collection, a collection largely maintained by a network of farmers. In the wake of the fire, the board and staff decided to launch OSA as a new non-profit. Rather than focus on a collection of seed, OSA was created to support the entire organic seed movement through research, education, and advocacy. The founders of OSA understood that seed was a vital shared resource, and that building robust organic seed systems was the key to maintaining and improving this resource. Beyond protecting seed as a natural resource, there was also a dire need to protect the base of knowledge necessary for keeping seed diversity alive, especially among farmers. In other words, they saw that we were losing the knowledge and skills necessary for saving and improving seed as quickly (if not more quickly) than the diversity of seed itself.
New Consumer Tool Rates 80,000 Foods; Scores Weigh Nutrition, Ingredient Concerns and Processing
Environmental Working Group released Food Scores: Rate Your Plate, an easy-to-use food database and mobile app that will house ratings and a vast array of other information for more than 80,000 foods from about 1,500 brands in a simple, searchable, online format.
The new tool is the most comprehensive food-rating database available to consumers, EWG said. Its scoring system factors in not only nutrition, but also ingredients of concern, such as food additives, and contaminants. It also estimates the degree to which foods have been processed.