organics market

food + cooking

Spiders in Grapes

These eight-legged creatures provide great natural pest control in vineyards—but they’re also starting to show up in the supermarket at an alarming rate.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Yogurt without Guilt

A new initiative allows consumers to recycle yogurt containers—and is expected to keep one million pounds of trash out of landfills this year.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Too Good for Their Own Good?

The venerable Niman Ranch ran out of cash this week, making it the second major natural-foods company to do so in 2009.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Bitter Truths

The “Certified Organic” label for honey is virtually meaningless, schools test out grass-fed beef, and more.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Market Forces

Whole Foods asks a small-scale competitor to divulge its trade secrets—and failure to comply could land its CEO in jail.
food + cooking

Koeze’s Peanut Butter Revolution

The trials of taking an industrial-scale food business back to its artisanal roots.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Substandard Seafood

The USDA proposes criteria for organic fish that will confuse customers and undermine a $23-billion-plus industry.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: A Dirty Trick, and the Problem with Plastic

Concentrated animal feeding lots will be free to contaminate waterways, and a compound in plastic bottles might not be safe after all.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: An Organic Loophole, and an Outdated Recall

A proposed rule requires organic cows to graze outdoors, and the FDA covers up an oversight by backdating a recall on contaminated cookies.
travel + culture

The Town That Food Saved

Hardwick’s economic future was dim, until a chain of events turned it into one of the most important food towns in America.
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