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[email protected]: USDA releases guidelines for labeling meat as non-GMO | Following up with a legacy vegan company

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USDA loosens rules on labeling meat, poultry as non-GMO

The GMO labeling bill signed into law this summer excludes meat, poultry and egg products from mandatory disclosure of genetically modified ingredients, but new guidelines from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services explain how companies can make claims that such products are made from animals not raised on GM feed (if they are certified by a third party). Read more at Bloomberg...

Follow Your Heart has been quietly selling vegan food for more than 40 years. Now VCs are backing fast-growing competitors

Life has changed for this plant-based food company, which put out an eggless mayo in the 1970s. Today, it's fighting for market share with trendy, young, VC-backed companies. “I think it’s a mistake to react to that and much more important to make the best products we can," says cofounder Bob Goldberg, who has turned down proposals from would-be investors. Read more at Forbes...

Americans love genetically modified mosquitos much more than other GMOs

More than half of Florida residents support releasing male mosquitos engineered to produce non-viable offspring in the Florida Keys to mate with Zika-carrying females, according to a new poll. Read more at Grist...

Urban farming is revolutionizing our cities

With urban populations growing and a widespread renewed interest in local food, it's no wonder urban agriculture has taken off. A Johns Hopkins study found potential climate benefits from urban farms, as well as some limitations. Read more at EcoWatch...

Organic entrepreneur grows business, fresh food in Ripon

Ernessi Organics, a hydroponic farm in Wisconsin, supplies 16 grocery stores with fresh greens and is about to expand to double its production. Read more at Star Tribune...

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