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News for January 19, 2010

Canadians trust natural over organic: poll

Almost half of Canadians believe it is more important a food be labelled natural than organic, even though organic foods are more heavily regulated, a new survey suggests.

Sixty per cent of Canadian consumers believe it's important a new product be made from "all-natural ingredients," while 45 per cent have "greater trust" in natural products than those labelled organic, the poll by BrandSpark International suggests.

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2 Northern WI Co.'s Receive Money From Buy Local, Buy WI Grant

Governor Jim Doyle announced $222,700 will be provided for nine projects to increase local food sales and grow the state’s economy.

The funding is from the state’s “Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin” grant program aimed to keep food spending in local communities.

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SRA Awarded $98 Million Contract from Food and Drug Administration

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SRA International, Inc. , a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations and commercial clients, today announced that, on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of the Interior/National Business Center/Acquisition Services Directorate-Herndon has awarded SRA the Mission Accomplishment and Regulatory Compliance Services (MARCS) Integration Contract (MIC). The single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a total ceiling value of $98 million over a five-year period of performance.

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Sharemilking, An Opportunity For Missouri’s Dairy Future

"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work."

Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, dairy economist, quoted a famous banker, as he explained the concept of Sharemilking to hundreds of participants gathered in Joplin for the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference in July.

Horner believes that the future of some Missouri dairies may lie in the adoption of a career path similar to the traditional New Zealand system, involving sharemilking leading to ownership.

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An FDA Ban On Genetically-Engineered Milk Is 20 Years Overdue

In May 2007, I and four other leading national experts on genetically-engineered, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) milk filed a Petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "Petition Seeking the Withdrawal of the New Animal Drug Application Approval for Posilac-Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)."

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Food safety bills reach too far, cost too much

When I made my omelet on a recent morning, I didn’t worry about the safety of the mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, eggs or cheese. I knew that all of those ingredients came from farmers whose production and food safety practices I could trust.

But microbial contamination of food has become a visible issue in recent years, and the federal government is appropriately seeking to protect the nation’s food safety through new legislation and regulations. Farmers and consumers alike benefit from well-crafted food safety regulations, but finding the right balance of regulatory oversight is proving difficult.

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Niman Ranch raises meat so naturally that even vegetarians may want a taste

Can eating meat be every bit as eco-friendly — if not even more so — than subscribing to a vegetarian lifestyle? If you’re eating meat from Niman Ranch, the answer could possibly be, “yes”.

Niman Ranch started out as a small family farm when elementary school teacher Bill Niman moved from Minnesota to the small town of Bolinas, Califo. He purchased the ranch for $18,000 and began a part-time pig, goat, and chicken farming operation.

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E. coli alert: Calif. company recalls 864,000 pounds of beef

MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California meat-packing firm has recalled some 864,000 pounds of ground-beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.

The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that no illnesses have been reported from the products sold by Montebello-based Huntington Meat Packing under the Huntington, Imperial Meat and El Rancho brands.

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