San Francisco, CA, March 7—Daiya Foods, Follow Your Heart, Miyoko's Kitchen, The Tofurky Company and Upton’s Naturals have established the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA), with 18 charter members and counting.
Senate Bill 2609, otherwise known as the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, which threatened to override mandatory GMO labeling laws such as that of Vermont, was blocked on Wednesday, March 16 by the Senate. After a procedural vote of 49 yes votes and 48 no votes, the bill did not meet the requisite 60 votes necessary to advance to the Senate.
A coalition of over 50 sustainable agriculture, environmental, bee keeping and public interest organizations have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to follow up on a March 2015 letter regarding alleged suppression of research, harassment of scientists and censorship by the agency. In March 2015, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a citizen’s petition calling on USDA to adopt new policies that would protect government scientists’ ability to evaluate and communicate freely research findings that questions the safety of agrichemicals without political interference and fear of retaliation.
Chapel Hill, NC—A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) created and tested what it believes is a more reliable method to measure antioxidant capacity.
Two leading seafood certification and labeling programs, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), joined forces to develop a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The Seaweed Standard promotes environmentally sustainable and socially responsible use of seaweed resources in order to contribute to the world’s aquatic ecosystems.