NEWS & RESOURCES

August 2, 2018

Flexitarian Eaters Spur Machinery Maker To Action

On a recent trip to Silicon Valley, Horsch Manufacturing founder Michael Horsch took his children and senior management on a quest. They had three objectives: Learn about the latest in change management. Study how artificial intelligence is advancing. And probe the eating habits of California’s tech professionals. Horsch smiles as he recounts walking into office kitchens, opening refrigerators and taking…

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July 9, 2018

Five Tips To Enter The Local Food Scene

[caption id="attachment_2428" align="alignright" width="225"] Jeffrey Cramer and his wife, Tara, launched a grass-fed beef business this spring to serve local customers in and around their hometown of Tennille, Ga. Source: Tara Cramer[/caption] If you are a farmer growing row crops, you might be skeptical about the ease of starting to serve up food to farmers market shoppers. But the transition…

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June 19, 2018

Meat-Free Menus Take Off

You and your fellow Americans can help prevent catastrophic sea-level rise, devastating droughts and other predicted consequences of climate change, says Kaj Török, chief reputation officer and chief sustainability officer at Sweden-based restaurant chain Max Burgers. Begin by reducing your annual beef consumption approximately 95%, he says. That equates to per-person beef consumption of 2.8 lb. annually, compared to 55.7…

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June 7, 2018

PepsiCo Champions Farmer Economic Security, Sustainability

The word “sustainability” doesn’t give too many farmers the warm fuzzies, admits Margaret Henry, PepsiCo director of sustainable agriculture. She gets it. Henry grew up on a Kentucky dairy farm. But here’s why she thinks the concept is important: In her view, it allows the food system to speak with a common language that resonates with consumers. If used properly,…

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May 30, 2018

Partnership Aims to Improve Animal Welfare with Genetics

Dehorning could soon be a thing of the past thanks to alliance formed by two genetics companies based in the U.S. and Canada. Recombinetics, a Minnesota company specializing in livestock genetic editing, has partnered with Canadian semen distributor Semex to help bring more polled genetics into dairy cattle breeding. The alliance will help utilize precision breeding in an effort to…

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May 30, 2018

Alliance Intends to Improve Water Sustainability in Beef Production

A partnership between the Nature Conservancy, Nestlé Purina and Cargill will launch a three-year program to improve water sustainability across the beef production chain. Irrigation of row crops dedicated to cattle feed accounts for more than 50 percent of water use in U.S. beef production. To start out the project will begin in Nebraska and focus on row crop irrigation…

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May 29, 2018

Want to Turn Off Consumers? Label Food ‘Vegan’

A survey of 2,200 U.S. adults suggests labeling food with terms such as ‘vegan,’ ‘diet’ and ‘sugar free’ makes them less likely they’ll end up in shopping carts, according to a story published by Newsweek. Some 35% of those surveyed says labeling a food as ‘vegan’ made it unappealing to them, the highest negative rating of those terms surveyed. ‘Diet’…

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May 29, 2018

Organic Meat And Poultry Sales Jump 17.2% In 2017

The Organic Trade Association says sales of organic meat, poultry and fish reached $1.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 17.2%, the first time the category has broken through the $1 billion sales mark. Overall, U.S. organic food sales totaled $45.2 billion in 2017, up 6.4%. That compares with an 8.4% increase in 2016 to $43 billion, the first year…

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May 29, 2018

Implementing Healthy Lifestyles In Tennessee Classrooms

States in the southeastern part of the U.S. are often at the bottom of the list for healthiest communities. Some rural Tennessee towns are trying to reverse the trend by building a culture of health with the help of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Charles Denney from the UT institute Of Agriculture shows how partnerships are encouraging fitness and better…

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May 29, 2018

NAICC: How We Start To Explain GMOs

There is much talk about foods containing GMOs. Are they safe? Should they be labeled? They aren’t real and natural foods, right? Non-GMO is always better, right? These are questions we hear at work; in the store; and at family gatherings, church and many other places. There is one thing for certain: people have a lot of questions about GMOs.…

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