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Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative Makes November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 hours 48 min ago
  Backers of the Right to Know Colorado initiative to label GMO foods, Proposition 105, submitted nearly 125,000 valid signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State – nearly 40,000 more than the 86,105 required – to qualify for the November statewide ballot.   Read Text of Proposition 105 How will Colorado law will be amended? What Related laws will be affected by Prop 105? How will this law be enforced? How can I get...

Right to Know Colorado Turns in 167,950 Signatures to Place GMO Labeling Bill on November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 weeks 2 days ago
By the Numbers: Right to Know Colorado Turns in 167,950 Signatures to Place GMO Labeling Bill on Fall Ballot   Right to Know Colorado Hosted a Rally at the State Capitol in Denver on August 4 to Submit Almost Double the Amount of Signatures Needed for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Bill – Initiative 48 – to Qualify for the Fall Statewide Ballot.   Learn more about Colorado Right to Know GMO Labeling Campaign   DENVER (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a rally held at the...

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 | 3 weeks 20 hours 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 | 4 weeks 2 days 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 | 5 weeks 1 day 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 | 5 weeks 1 day 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 | 10 weeks 2 hours 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 | 12 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 | 16 weeks 1 day 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 | 18 weeks 1 day 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. “...