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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
After opposition: Monsanto patent on tomatoes revoked
GM Watch - 12/22/2014.
Patent EP1812575 held by the US company Monsanto has been revoked by the European Patent Office (EPO) after the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! filed an opposition in May 2014. A further opposition was filed by Nunhems/Bayer CropScience. The patent covered conventionally bred tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis, which were claimed as an invention.
Natural and Organic Foods and Beverages in the U.S., 4th Edition
PRNewswire - 12/22/2014.
U.S. retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages rose 5.5% to nearly $53.5 billion in 2014, 53% higher than sales five years earlier, with the organic foods sector leaping ahead 12.5% in 2014. Amid this rapid growth, the marketplace is changing rapidly, with new plays by traditional retailers like Kroger, Walmart, and Target, and strengthening competition to Whole Foods Market from smaller natural food chains and independents. Meanwhile, lawsuits over alleged misuse of "natural" claims on food labels have skyrocketed in the past several years. "Natural" claims have also been slammed by the popular media, consumer advocacy groups, and even organic industry groups as being ill-defined and meaningless. The result has been a retreat from "natural" labels by many marketers, and confusion or avoidance on the part of consumers.
Organic industry challenges claims in certification report
The Packer - 12/22/2014.
By Andy Nelson - Organic grower-shippers and industry officials challenge claims made in a Wall Street Journal report on organic food certifiers that finds problems with the certification of organic crops and livestock.
Dispute over ‘organic’ label pits Michigan’s largest egg producer against family farm advocates
MLive (Michigan) - 12/22/2014.
By Jim Harger - Do the “porches” on the giant egg production facilities at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch near Saranac give it the right to claim the “organic” label?
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