Archives - June 2007

F.D.A. Curbs Sale of 5 Seafoods Farmed in China

In the latest move against Chinese imports, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday effectively blocked the sale of five types of farm-raised seafood from China because of repeated instances of contamination from unapproved animal drugs and food additives. (Full Article) 6-29-07

Nonorganic ingredients get tentative OK

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave interim approval Friday to a controversial proposal to allow 38 nonorganic ingredients to be used in foods carrying the "USDA Organic" seal. But the agency also allowed an extra 60 days for public comment. (Full Article) 6-23-07

Teflon is Forever

DuPont has always known more about Teflon than it let on. Two years ago the epa fined the company $16.5 million--the largest administrative fine in the agency's history--for covering up decades' worth of studies indicating that pfoa could cause health problems such as cancer, birth defects, and liver damage. (Full Article) 6-20-07

Cutting Cooling Costs With...get this...Cold Air

Have you ever thought about how ridiculous it is that we use massive amounts of electricity to cool food in the winter. If it's colder in your back yard than it is in your refrigerator, then why are you spending money on cooling? (Full Article) 6-19-07

From Leftovers to Energy

Nestled in the farmland surrounding the University of California campus in Davis (UC Davis) is a set of giant vats filled with hungry microbes. The bugs are devouring cafeteria leftovers and lawn clippings and converting them into biogas--mostly methane and hydrogen--that can be burned to generate electricity or compressed into liquid to power specialized vehicles. (Full Article) 6-18-07

What's New - In Vessel Composting

If you are considering some sort of enclosed vessel for composting food residuals, yard trimmings, biosolids, manure, animal mortalities or other waste streams, there is no shortage of options to consider. (Full Article) 6-12-07

Oxygen Tweak Could Lower Cost of Organic Produce

"With some organic fruit and veg, there can be large losses [during storage]," said Claudia Ruane, a spokeswoman for Abel & Cole organic produce retailers. Discussing the merits of the sophisticated refrigeration units employed by some organic farms to extend storage time during collection... (Full Article) 6-11-07

USDA may relax organic standards

The agency is considering a list of 38 nonorganic spices, colorings and other ingredients that would be allowed in products it deems 'organic.' (Full Article) 6-9-07

No More Styrofoam, Maybe

A new proposal to reduce waste in Seattle may ban Styrofoam containers in the city. (Full Article) 6-8-07

Deep Sea Farming

On April 24, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced a bill in Congress that would dramatically expand ocean farming. The bill would allow the government to lease patches of now-protected ocean to private companies to operate fish farms. The bill is backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but critisized by many environmentalists. (Full Article) 5-31-07

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