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McDonald’s Answers Food Questions and Whole Foods Announces a New Rating System

Guest blog post by Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer   In our previous column, we discussed changing consumer expectations and the announcement by Walmart that they were implementing a four-legged program to enhance the sustainability of the food that they sell as well as efforts by McDonald’s to address the issue of antibiotic use…  Read more

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NFU at the International Summit of Cooperatives

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today discussed the role of family farming and co-operatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada. New England Farmers Union is a regional chapter of National Farmers Union. “Family farms and ranches worldwide…  Read more

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New Local Food Directories Will Help Farms Reach More Customers

Are you a manager, operator, or owner of an on-farm market, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise, a food hub, or a farmers market?  The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making it easier for your organization or business to reach more customers.  They offer four directories to help local food businesses connect with buyers.  Building…  Read more

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Family Farming and the Local Economy: Connecting Farmers and Consumers

By Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President Local and regional food systems are important parts of America’s and the world’s movement towards increased sustainability within the food sector. Defining sustainability is difficult, but I will use it to mean a system of food production that encourages locally marketed food that directly connects farmers and consumers,…  Read more

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GMO Labeling: Good for You

Consumers are consistent in expressing their desire to be able make informed food choices. Recently, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine have passed laws requiring labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in foods. Now Massachusetts is considering H. 3996, The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, which would require the conspicuous labeling of food produced with…  Read more

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