Here is this weeks round up of organic, gluten free and ancient grain news, including an interesting read about making cookies using ancient grains and more information on the opportunities opening up in Argentina - the country with the second largest chemical free surface area in the world, now with a new government which is pro exports and pro farmer.
More people are becoming aware of the health benefits of ancient grains and seeds, such as amaranth and chia seeds, but incorporating them into one’s diet is not always easy. That could change in the near future as Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists explore the physical properties of these foods, blending mixtures to make treats like sugar cookies that are tasty and good for your health.
Warning Psyllium Husk buyers:
According to Telam, after Australia, Argentina is the country with the biggest free of chemicals agricultural productive surface area in the world. Argentina exports 99% of the products it produces in this area to the United States and Europe. Highly difficult certification processes and ongoing audits support Argentina's international reputation.
JAIPUR/JAISALMER: Current spell of rain and hailstorm in parts of Rajasthan raised the fears of kharif crop loss among farmers. Crops of mustard, cumin and isabgol (psyllium husk) in Jaislamer, Jodhpur, Sikar and Jhunjhunu, have witnessed significant damages. With sudden change in weather, crops in Pokhran sub-division of Jaisalmer faced massive damages.
WASHINGTON - The Senate will grapple this week with perhaps the most contentious issue in the food industry: whether the government should require mandatory labeling on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. On Wednesday, the Senate is set to vote on a measure that would create voluntary national standards for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients.
by Monica Watrous ANAHEIM, CALIF. - Set to launch from Plum Organics, a business unit of the Campbell Soup Co., is a new line of organic cheddar crackers for toddlers called Mighty Dinos. In developing the product, Emeryville, Calif.-based Plum Organics leveraged the expertise of Campbell Soup's Pepperidge Farm unit, which manufactures Goldfish crackers.
Finsbury Food Group, the UK baker, has reported improved half-year results, boosted by the recent acquisitions of Fletchers Group and Johnstone's but also from the benefit of underlying growth. For the six months to 26 December, profit before tax was up 84%, or 22% on a like-for-like basis to GBP7.5m (US$10.6m).
A retailer has unveiled the world's most middle class spirit - vodka made out of 'super-grain' QUINOA. The grain, popular with foodies in super food meals, has been used by manufacturers to create an strong alcoholic Fair Trade drink trendy enough for hipsters to enjoy.
Time was, consumers trusted the producers who grew and processed the food they ate. Consumers, most of whom had ties to agriculture, knew how crops and livestock were grown and processed for the market.Not any more. The link between most consumers and agriculture has been severed. Consumers today ar