Within the ever evolving tale of organics, there are many sub-narratives. Some are topics that prove contentious, some complex and some confounding. But they are always intriguing, and to those who care deeply about the organic food industry and its future, they are all highly important stories to tell.

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Vitalicious recently launched a low-calorie and nutrient-rich pizza called VitaPizza. The all-natural pizza contains 15 vitamins and minerals, over 8 g of whole grains and 190 calories. With two flavors, Cheese & Tomato and Meatless Pepperoni Supreme, the thin crust, vegetarian pizza is good for calorie counters.

Pamela’s now has new cookie mixes (Oatmeal Cookie Mix and Sugar Cookie Mix) and an Artisan Flour Blend. The cookie mixes create moist gluten-free cookies with some basic add-ins. The Artisan Flour Blend is a multipurpose, whole-grain flour free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and corn.

Tandoor Chef recently added the Jalapeno Naan Pizza to its line of all-natural frozen Indian Cuisine. The  company says its Jalapeno Naan Pizza delivers one-of-a-kind flavor thanks to its unique combination of buffalo milk mozarella and jalapenos. The pizza is vegetarian friendly.

Washington, D.C.—In the case of Bowman v. Monsanto, the Supreme Court has ruled that farmers cannot legally save patented genetically modified seeds for replanting. Monsanto had sued Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman for replanting pesticide-resistant Roundup Ready soybeans, and he now owes $84,456 in damages.

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 On April 24, the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” was introduced in congress with bipartisan support. If passed, it would require all food products containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such in the United States. The bill’s main sponsors are Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

Washington, D.C.—Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has brought back the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a bill which would help support farmers, increase access to healthy foods for consumers, and provide funding to programs that support local agriculture. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced in the Senate companion legislation to the House of Representatives bill, which was first introduced in 2011 but not enacted.