A genetically modified (GM) strain of alfalfa, engineered to survive the application of Roundup herbicide, has been fully deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a separate move one week later, USDA allowed farmers to plant GM sugar beets while it finishes working on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for that crop.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market Inc. will now feature animal welfare ratings on meat products in all of its stores. The rating system, created by the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership (GAP), is designed to let shoppers learn more about how animals are treated by a manufacturer.

A genetically modified (GM) strain of alfalfa, engineered to survive the application of Roundup herbicide, has been fully deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a separate move one week later, USDA allowed farmers to plant GM sugar beets while it finishes working on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for that crop.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market Inc. will now feature animal welfare ratings on meat products in all of its stores. The rating system, created by the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership (GAP), is designed to let shoppers learn more about how animals are treated by a manufacturer.

Entrepreneurs and environmentalists alike have been scratching their heads for years, trying to think up ways to help the planet that are economically viable at the same time. The utility bill from a regional electricity provider might be the last place we’d think to look for an answer, but that’s just where you can find a new, effective green trend taking root these days.

 Among the aisles of gourmet cheeses, jams and chocolates at the Winter Fancy Food Show, held January 16–18 at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, there were identifiable trends, gems and innovations. 

Are you eating a well balanced diet?  Or are you eating too much or too little of certain nutrients?  Find out by reading the USDA's new dietary guidelines for 2010.

Do "made with organic..." labels confuse you?  Sometimes it is hard to decipher exactly how organic a food product is.  Now, the USDA is trying to change that.

 Do you buy store brand or name brand items?  Is there a difference?  Many grocers say there isn't a huge difference, and store brand items are becoming more popular.