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Pink eggs are back: No Pens, Happy Hens! Check your local store today!

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 8 hours 47 min ago
Your favorite local farmed eggs are back! After a successful molting season and adding two new mobile hen houses on his farm, Matt Kautz, owner/operator of Cottonwood Creek Farms is again delivering "Pink Eggs" to many front range Natural Grocers locations.     Click the pink to see retail and farmers market locations for Cottonwood Creek farms true pastured eggs.  Not at your favorite Front Range Natural Grocers? Ask us to bring them in!      ...

Denver Post ends media boycott of GMO labeling initiative with common sense editorial by Alicia Caldwell

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 1 week 1 day ago
It took almost a decade, but The Denver Post has finally acknowledged that its readers may have some interest in the debate over GMO labeling.  GMO is shorthand for "genetically modified organism" and refers generally to agricultural systems invented by global chemical companies to sell more of their patented herbicides.    For Colorado Voters, the decision in November voting will be to require food producers to acknowledge the that the seed, plants, processed...

New Statewide Survey Says 75% of Registered Colorado Voters in Favor of Mandatory GMO Labeling

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 weeks 13 hours ago
For Immediate Release     Contact: Rick Ridder, RBI Strategies & Research, tel 303.832.2444, rick@rbistrategies.com Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Marketing, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com     New Statewide Survey Says 75% of Registered Colorado Voters in Favor of Mandatory GMO Labeling   An independent survey of 500 registered Colorado voters conducted by Denver-based RBI Strategies shows strong, broad support for requiring foods made with...

Will Moms and Pops be KO'd by GMO's?

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 weeks 13 hours ago
Small businesses -- and even not so small business -- have valid concerns about how regulations can harm their business in unanticipated ways. We have seen this most vividly in the federal food safety rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. Designed and written by big business concerns, the rules work well for companies that can afford expensive testing, hire additional staff to manage compliance, and survive the occasional legal or regulatory challenge.    It's a lot...

Federal Medicare Ruling Levels Playing Field Among Nutrition Professionals and Registered Dietitians in Hospitals

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 6 days ago
Medicare Ruling Levels Playing Field Among Nutrition Professionals and Registered Dietitians in Hospitals Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists Center for Nutrition Advocacy  Link to Press Release on PR Web June 11, 2014   CHICAGO, IL—A landmark federal ruling that all qualified nutrition professionals—not justRegistered Dietitians—may order therapeutic diets in hospitals, has leveled the playing field between nutrition...

Associated Press: Natural Grocers Tells Farmers "Let Cows Graze"

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 9 weeks 4 days ago
Via AP -- Natural foods retailer to farmers: Let cows graze   That’s the position of a Colorado-based grocery store chain that recently announced it will carry only dairy products from farms where cows graze in pastures.   Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of cows, consumers and the environment, and it hopes to expand an ongoing, national debate over how to best care for livestock.   Full article and pics here.     Natural...

NATURAL GROCERS WILL PULL ALL CONFINEMENT DAIRY PRODUCTS

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 13 weeks 17 hours ago
NATURAL GROCERS WILL PULL ALL CONFINEMENT DAIRY PRODUCTS Will Sell Only Products from Pasture-Based Dairy Expands Market for Products That  “Match the Images in Consumers’ Minds”   DENVER, CO (April 29, 2014) – Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage® (NYSE: NGVC), the natural foods chain that has changed many a customer’s life with its nutrition education, higher standards and more affordable prices, today announced that its nearly 90...

Biotech and Chemcial Hatchet Squad Forced to Disclose Secret Propaganda Tactics

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 15 weeks 16 hours ago
"In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. “...

Coloradoan Biotech Commentor Skips Her Fact Checking on GMOs

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 15 weeks 2 days ago
"Thanks to advances in GMO technology, we are now experiencing increased crop yields, crop resistance to pests and diseases, reduced costs for food and drug production, enhanced food quality, greater food security, and numerous contributions to the field of medicine. -- Grace Boatright, the Coloradoan, January 7, 2014.     If only it were so, Ms. Boatright.   As we have seen many times, the biotech lobby has again found a willing mouthpiece to print its unsupported talking...

Petitioning Under Way to Place Colorado I-48 Right to Know GMO Labeling Initiative on November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 15 weeks 3 days ago
After clearing several legal challenges from the big food and biotech lobbyists, Colorado I-48 GMO Right to Know labeling initiative has been cleared by the Colorado Supreme Court.  Petitions have been printed and circulators are now collecting signatures at various Colorado locations.    The campaign for Colorado I-48 requires about 90,000 valid signatures from registered Colorado voters to be approved by the Secretary of State. Colorado Right to Know officials estimate that all...