Saturday, December 28, 2013

Genevieve’s Farm and Food Roundup

GenevieveBeginning in early 2014, Whole Foods will stop carrying the number one selling Greek yogurt brand, Chobani, in all of its locations. Chobani’s products use milk from cows whose feed contains GMO’s, and therefore the popular grocery chain has chosen to make room on its shelves for smaller, exclusive brands that are organic and GMO free.

Since it first appeared in 2005, a disease called “citrus greening,” has devastated Florida’s orange production year after year. The bacterium makes oranges, lemons and grapefruits unmarketable, and could potentially wipe out America’s production of these fruits. As a result, the USDA is stepping up to save the industry by coordinating more research, and donating millions to find a solution.

Last week, Connecticut became the first to sign a state law mandating the labeling of foods with GMO’s. However, the legislation won’t take effect until at least four other states do the same, due to the inevitable corporate legal battles the small state would face.

Nothing says going green during the holidays quite like eating your Christmas tree. While replanting a live tree is one popular method of sustainability, keep in mind that pine needles are actually edible. Bonus points if you get a stone pine tree—you’ll eventually get pine nuts!

The latest suburban trend is not golf courses, not swimming pools, and not matching lawns, but rather farms! Inspired by the local food movement, developers are using a new model called “development-supported agriculture” to draw in new buyers with some form of food production.

Do fresh fruits and vegetables just make you want to go out and buy a new car? Evidently there’s a connection, as several car companies have recently integrated farmers markets and local food products into their commercials, drawing a parallel between quality food and quality cars.

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