Greenwashing a threat to Oz organic food industry: report

The latest Australian Organic Market Report has shown that our demand for organic produce has outstripped supply. The study, commissioned by Australian Organic, has shown that organic operations have grown five percent between 2015 and 2016 with 2,075 certified organic producers, 1,163 certified processors and 513 certified handlers in Australia in 2016. Researchers found there was a remarkable export growth of organic produce from Australia with exports seeing a phenomenal rise of 17 percent in 2016.

However, there are some threats to the industry, most notably the practice of “greenwashing”. Continue reading “Greenwashing a threat to Oz organic food industry: report”

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UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016

News Information Newsletter NewspaperAccording to the United Kingdom’s the Soil Association, sales of organic food in the country grew by 7.1 percent to £2.09 billion ($3.38 billion). The association’s Organic Report, published in February, found organic now accounts for 1.5 percent of the total UK food and drink market.

The strong growth reflects recent findings from research group England Marketing that showed 39 percent of British shoppers bought organic food and drink regularly and 80 percent said they had some knowledge of organic food and how it was produced. Continue reading “UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016”

Can fasting help reverse the symptoms of diabetes?

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Research on mice has suggested that a specialised fasting diet may help regenerate the pancreas to enable it to control blood sugar levels. The study — conducted by the University of Southern California — has major implications for diabetics, both Type 1 and Type 2, as it will potentially help reverse the symptoms of diabetes by allowing the pancreas to regulate high blood sugar levels by releasing insulin into the bloodstream.

Experts interviewed by the BBC said the findings were “potentially very exciting”.

For more information on this developing story see the report published in Cell Magazine and this BBC article.

Awareness and incomes driving spike in demand for world organic food

 

Latest findings from leading market consultancy firm Allied Market Research has found that demand for organic food and beverages will reach $327.6 billion by 2022 — an increase by a factor of three over the 2015 market. Continue reading “Awareness and incomes driving spike in demand for world organic food”