The organic industry is deciding whether or not produce grown in hydroponic systems can be certified organic. The debate gets at the very heart of what it means to be “organic” and may change the organic food available to grocery store shoppers.
It's a crucial election season for taxes on sugary drinks. At least four cities, including Boulder, Colorado, will vote on whether to enact the tax, giving public health advocates hope that they'll soon be headed to a ballot near you.
How can you know the meat you're buying came from animals raised humanely? Organic producers want to answer that question, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed standards amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.
Nearly all U.S. hops, which along with water, malt and yeast, comprise the base ingredients in beer, is grown in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Farmers and researchers in the Midwest, though, say the region could be ripe for a local hops explosion.
One of the smallest states in the country is sending shock waves through the food system and farm country. On July 1, a controversial law goes into effect in Vermont that requires special labels on foods that contain genetically-modified ingredients. Because the U.S. Congress couldn’t agree on a plan, Vermont’s law becomes the de-facto national standard. At least, for now.