Organic Foods

  • Voice Choices

    May 14, 2014
  • Dining

    April 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Bloomer Creek Wines Make Finger Lakes Hallowed Ground

    Kim Engle pauses mid-sentence as his eyes drift to the window. Looking uneasy, he peers through the foggy pane at his vineyards: "Sorry, the rain made me lose concentration; it makes me nervous." For four summer days, the rain had been driving down in unseasonably high quantities; that morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Experts Take on the Two Sides of the GMO Debate

    A standout among the Brooklyn Food Book Fair's more agreeable events -- a talk about the Midwest's culinary identity, a conversation on social entrepreneurship -- was a contentious panel discussion on genetically engineered foods, presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Two scientists, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

    With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Where To Get Your Farm-To-Table Turkey in NYC

    T-two weeks until Turkey Day, which means it's (probably past) time to start thinking about, well, turkey, especially if you're hoping to nab a sustainably raised bird that's neither mass-produced nor factory-farmed. We've compiled a list of local butchers and grocers selling organic, heritage, and ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Forget the Farm Bill: New York Legislators Push for GMO Labeling

    In case you missed it: Twin bills are currently moving through the New York Senate and Assembly requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. After Proposition 37 was shot down in California last year, New York's might seem like a fruitless effort against a monolithic biotech lobby, but it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Are Organic and Biodynamic Wines Worth It?

    Last week I attended a panel about biodynamic and organic agriculture and its influence on the wine industry. Roger Cohen's recent op-ed in the New York Times was a hot topic -- the one in which he enthusiastically (and myopically) applauded a study by Stanford University that concluded organic food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    What's the Point of Organic Food?

    Scientists at Stanford University have concluded that organic fruits, vegetables, and meat are not significantly more nutritious than the same conventionally-grown foods. But was anyone under the impression that "organic" stood for "nutritious"? I'm not sure I know anyone paying the extra money fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Research Suggests That Organic Food Actually Isn't Healthier

    So that extra two dollars you're spending on organic produce might not actually be worth it. According to some researchers at Stanford University, organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic food. "People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived heal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Is Your Definition of Organic the Same as the USDA's? Cornucopia Institute Declares an Organic Watergate

    The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute is one of the country's leading preservers of the organic flame - a think-tank and advocacy group that benefits the small, family-owned farms that were once in the vanguard of the organic movement. Of course, big agribusiness has long since infiltrated (some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    EU and U.S. Sign Agreement over Organic Food

    ​ The European Union and the United States announced yesterday that starting this summer, they will consider each other's standards for organic certification equivalent.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Organic Farmers Challenge Monsanto Patents in NY Court Hearing

    A U.S. District Court hearing in downtown New York today could determine the eventual fate of several organic farmers from across the country, including some in upstate New York. The hearing centered on a "pre-emptive" suit led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA), against agr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Marcus Samuelsson Talks Urban Farming

    ​Marcus Samuelsson has recently penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post, in which he implores readers to think deeply about food policy during the upcoming elections.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Rare Ladybug Found in New York After 29 Years

    The 9-spotted ladybug is a rare, rare thing. Rarer than a four-leaf clover or a rent-stabilized apartment, the 9-spotted ladybug resulted in an entire "citizen science project" being launched nationwide by Cornell University after that ladybug and her 9 spots seemed to have simply disappeared from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Organic Food Is Often Grown With Organic Pesticides

    Muffet/FlickrBummer.​Well, here's a bit of news guaranteed to make shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op a little less smug: turns out that even organic produce can contain commercial pesticides.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Gouge Alert: Tomatoes at Farmers' Market Reach $6.99/lb

    ​Wow! $6.99 per pound is a lot to pay for tomatoes. We've seen them selling anywhere from $3.99 to $5.99 per pound over the last several weeks -- hothouse-grown tomatoes at farmers' markets in Unions Square, Abingdon Square, Tompkins Square, and St. Marks Church.

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2011


    A raw talk on all things fresh

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    GustOrganics Brings Midtown Its First All-Organic Food Cart

    Photo courtesy of GustOrganicsBoth organic and mobile.​While organic restaurant owners have to work hard to convince diners to pay more money for organic foods, Alberto Gonzalez has apparently worked hard enough to take his act on the road. Crain's reports the owner of GustOrganics Restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Camp BP: A New Story Angle Bubbles Up From the Bowels of the Gulf

    ​From AOL's MyDaily, we've learned of a cracked-out summer camp that's actually more like jail and will supposedly continue its mission "for as long as it takes." Nope, it's not fat camp -- too much lousy processed food in the cafeteria -- it's BP's clean-up camp! Let's peek into this odd litt ... More >>

  • Art

    June 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Greek Wines Are No Longer a Tragedy: Here Are Five That Are Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Drink

    Baby Bacchus drinks Greek wine. So should you.​Most people's first experience with Greek wine is pine-y, syrupy retsina -- that country white so ancient even Homer himself may have sipped it while composing his epics (poetry and booze being the classic combo that it is). But the cradle of wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    An Organic Market for Bed-Stuy?

    ClatieK/flickrMmm, organic.​ Some entrepreneurs are scouting a location for an organic market in Bed-Stuy: the Bed Stuy Blog reports that the folks at Organic Bed-Stuy, Inc. are conducting a survey -- which can be found on the blog -- to figure out where neighborhood residents would most like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    USDA Closes Its Organic Milk Loophole

    markhillary/flickr​Back in 2002, the USDA instituted a set of organics rules that stated that cows must have access to pasture. This created a whopping loophole that allowed big producers to sell so-called organic milk from cows who weren't fed much -- if anything -- in the way of actual pastu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Legal Complaint Filed Against Dean Foods for Trying to Pass Off Non-Organic Soy Milk as Organic

    ​Back in the early days of 2009, Dean Foods, the manufacturer of Silk soymilk, quietly changed the soybeans in Silk from organic to conventional without altering the product's packaging and barcodes, perhaps hoping that consumers wouldn't notice or care. Now, the Cornucopia Institute, a nonpro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Starting Tomorrow, Aldea Does Lunch

    ​Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio was a big fan of the arroz de pato (duck rice) at George Mendes' Iberian-inspired Aldea. You'll be able to order it for lunch as of tomorrow, but not as part of the $20.09 prix fixe, which features a choice of Skate "a la Planxa" or Organic Chicken Breast. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Jell-O as the Perfect Recession Food; The High Price of Cheap Food

    ​Could Jell-O be the perfect food in these tough economic times? At $1.09 for a box of Jell-O or $1.59 for a box of unflavored Knox gelatin, it's cheaper and easier than many desserts. [Salon] The recent comprehensive review of organic food that resulted in the conclusion that it's not more n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Get Ready for Puerto Rico's The Taco Maker; You May Not Recognize Sam Sifton After All

    ​The Organic Center in Boulder is refuting claims made by a widely covered British study that found organic foods are not more nutritious than conventional. The Organic Center's own 2008 report showed that "organic foods were, on average, 25 percent higher" in nutrients. [BizJournals] Just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Obama Drinks Bud; Astoria Noisiest Hood in Queens

    ​Obama decided to deal with the Henry Louis Gates situation by inviting the Harvard professor and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley over to the White House for a beer. The president said he would have a Budweiser, while Crowley prefers Blue Moon, and Gates drinks Red Stripe or Becks. [Slate] ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Michael Pollan on Julia Child and Our Culinary End of Days

    The imminent release of Julie & Julia has so far launched about five thousand articles, and this weekend, Michael Pollan will bring us one more. The film has inspired Pollan to pen over 8,000 words in the New York Times Magazine about, among other thing, the rise of cooking as a spectator sport, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    A Meh Day for Organic Food

    nautical2k/flickr​Organic food is not having the best PR week. Yesterday, Business Wire published a study released by the industry research firm IBISWorld which found that a cart full of organic groceries is 18 percent more expensive than a cart filled with its commercially branded counterparts, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Unilever to Cut Trans Fats; A Cocktail for Each Borough

    ​In response to popular demand from consumers, margarine maker Unilever has decided to remove all partially hydrogenated oils -- or trans fats -- from its soft-spread brands, including I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Country Crock. [USA Today] Some 22 percent of restaurants in the city we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Save Yourself from Salmonella: Overcook Your Meat; This Summer, Do a Pizza Crawl or a Hot Dog Schlep

    More farmers markets are equipped with terminals allowing them to accept food stamps, which have now gone paperless since the government replaced the paper coupons with debit cards in 2004. The state of New Jersey started giving the terminals to farmers this month. [NY Times] The Food Safety Enhanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Top 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat While Driving; Say Hola to Pecsi

    Is organic food always better for you than "conventional"? Sure, fresh organic produce may be more nutritious than fruits and veggies grown using pesticides. But organic milk doesn't necessarily come from cows raised in lush pasture. Large dairies keep the animals in lots and truck in their feed. [N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Sensa Makes Food Smell Better, More Satisfying; US & Canada Reach Organic Trade Agreement

    Before you drop a dollar in that busker's open guitar case, be forewarned: Dunkin' Donuts has hired a dozen street musicians to play around Manhattan. The faux buskers are making $20 per hour in the "Breakfast NOT Brokefast" campaign, which promotes eating a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast instead of donat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Organic Farmers Suffer Losses; Prisoners Excercise Their Green Thumbs

    Organic farmers are feeling the sting of the organic food trend slowing. Dairy farmers, especially, are suffering, and many have been told to cut milk production by up to 20 percent. The slowdown, combined with the high cost of transporting organic feed from the Midwest has caused 32 dairy farms in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    The Governor Bans Bottled Water; Guactacular Winners Announced

    Bagless vacuum cleaner inventor James Dyson has filed a US patent application for "cubist" kitchen appliances, designed to take up less space than round, jug-shaped ones. [New Scientist] Governor Paterson has signed an executive order to phase out the purchase and use of all bottled water at govern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Why Does Bacon Taste So Good? It's All About the Maillard Reaction

    Atkins dieters may be disappointed to discover that a high-protein diet may not be as healthy as once believed. A recent study conducted on rats suggests that a diet high in protein combined with a lot of fat increases the risk of diabetes. [Forbes] Meanwhile, British scientists have pinpointed the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Popcorn Gets Booze Flavoring

    An enterprising University of Missouri student has created a line of alcohol-flavored popcorn called Pub Corn.[CNN]According to figures from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the cube steak is experiencing a resurgence in popularity.[NY Times]Noting that the Texas and Georgia peanut produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    First Lady Paterson Greens the Mansion, Enjoys Thai Food

    Having come to the Governor's mansion in, ahem, less than ideal circumstances, Michelle Paige Paterson is moving forward with several healthy eating initiatives that make considerably more appetizing headlines. Today, Paterson announced that she would continue the local and organic food program th ... More >>

  • People

    December 5, 2006

    Grub Love

    Talking with food activist Anna Lappé

  • People

    November 1, 2005

    Beyond Organic

    Farmers say the O word is not what it used to be

  • NYC Life

    September 13, 2005

    Grease Is Good!

    Are lard, eggs, and fish tacos the new health foods?

  • NYC Life

    March 29, 2005

    Natural Selection

    Organic wine sticks it to the man

  • Books

    July 30, 2002

    Toxic to the Tongue

    How Big Business Feeds You Hazardous Food

  • News

    March 19, 2002

    Feeding Frenzy

    From Celebrity Chefs to Gourmet Guerrillas, Americans Confront the Hazards of the Food World

  • Books

    January 29, 2002
  • News

    March 21, 2000

    Pure Poison

    Natural American Spirit’s Clean Carcinogen

  • News

    September 21, 1999

    Gangsta Rule

    Keeping a Piece of the Action