The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the long-awaited details of the final rule regarding access to pasture for organic livestock. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule provides consumers with certainty that organic livestock production is a pasture-based system in which animals are actively grazing pasture during the grazing season.
A study released on January 6 from researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business examined consumer behavior before and after calorie counts were posted on menus, finding that calorie postings led to a six percent reduction in calories per transaction in New York City in 2008.
Los Angeles, CA—The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), based here, has launched a Web site, www.nonGMOShoppingGuide.com, aimed at taking the guesswork out of avoiding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in products.
Washington, D.C.—On January 25, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Food Safety, a post that has remained vacant for over a year.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) convened an expert panel on December 16–18, 2009 in Alexandria, VA to evaluate available scientific data on soy infant formula, which often is used as a supplement or replacement for human or cow milk.
Alexandria, VA—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals by certifying their humane treatment, the use of the certification mark, “Certified Humane.”
Berlin, Germany—Many people turn to chocolate as a feel-good treat during stressful times. Well, the “Ahh…that’s better” effect of chocolate isn’t psychological; it’s biological, according to research published in the Journal of Proteome Research.