Organic News

Pipeline Foods Breaks Ground on New Grain Terminal in North Dakota

Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, recently announced it is building a new state-of-the-art grain terminal in Bowbells, North Dakota. Construction is underway in preparation for a late summer opening in 2018.

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Thanks to Big Ag, that “organic” label might not mean what you think

Francis Thicke, an organic farmer and former member of the National Organic Standards Board, warns that the integrity of the organic standards is in jeopardy with organic Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, certified organic hydroponically produced vegetables, and pressure from big business.

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Should ‘USDA Organic’ animals be treated more humanely? The Trump administration just said no.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently ruled that livestock, including chickens, cows, and pigs, raised using organic agricultural practices do not have to be treated more humanely than animals raised in conventional farming. For years, the USDA had been developing organic requirements guaranteeing animals minimums of space, light and access to the outside. The requirements had wide support in the organic community and among consumers. The Organic Trade Association has vowed to fight the USDA’s decision.

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Mercaris announces 30% increase in certified organic grain acreage for 2017

In its 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Acreage Report market data firm Mercaris reports that US acreage for organic grains—corn, wheat, oats, and soy—increased by more than 30 percent over 2016 estimates.

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