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Americans are devouring organic chickens as sales rise

New USDA data show sales of organic broiler chickens at $750 million last year—up 78 percent from 2015. That makes chickens one of the fastest-growing organic commodities. But organic milk remains the No. 1 single organic farm product. Read more at Bloomberg…

 

Online snack sales are soaring as more people eat healthy snacks during traditional meals

Shelf-stable, packaged goods lend themselves to online sales, so it’s no surprise that 61 percent of people who buy groceries online buy snack food, according to David Portalatin, food industry analyst at The NPD Group. Online sales of sweets and snacks have been about $215 million in the last year, according to One Click Retail, with strong growth in dried fruit, dried meat snacks and granola bars. Some experts expect Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods to expedite consumer adoption of online shopping. Read more at MarketWatch…

 

Why small, local, organic farms aren’t the key to fixing our food system

Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel argues that because small farms grow produce, which makes up only a small piece of the U.S. farmland pie, and are generally not near the people who eat their food, they are only a small part of a better food future. According to some agriculture experts, the solution to a healthier and more sustainable food system involves farms of all sizes and production methods. Read more at The Washington Post…

 

At bug-eating festival, kids crunch down on the food of the future

The Brooklyn Bugs festival was formed to educate children on the benefits of growing and eating insects for protein.  Read more at NPR…

 

Vivid, colorful Trix is returning to stores

It’s been two years since General Mills removed artificial ingredients from the sugary cereal, but it’s decided to bring them back. Some consumers prefer the classic vibrant colors, the company said, so a “Classic Trix” variety will appear alongside the current version, which doesn’t have artificial colors or flavors. Read more at StarTribune…

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