FDA re-appropriates the term ‘milk,’ to potential benefit of dairy industry

July 20, 2018 by  
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In a potential blow to almond and soy milk producers, the FDA plans to crack down on the usage of the term “milk” to refer to nondairy products. Current federal standards regarding the term’s usage were changed in April 2017 in an attempt to boost sales of dairy products, but the standards have not been strictly enforced. Now, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is saying that “plant-based dairy imitators” popular among vegetarians and health-conscious individuals violate the organization’s official definition of milk: “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” According to the Gottlieb, “an almond doesn’t lactate.” The FDA has moved forward with the change despite the fact that several lawsuits are expected. Those protesting the distinction argue that various dictionary definitions cite milk as coming from both nuts and animals , with the earliest records that contain the name ‘almond milk’ dating back to the 16th century. The Food and Drug Administration has argued that it is protecting consumers who may be misled into buying the alternatives while in search of a dairy product. Related: Unreleased internal FDA emails show glyphosate weedkiller residue in almost every food tested Dairy manufacturers have been losing business to their counterparts in the nut industry, which might explain why they’re happy about the change. The worth of the dairy-alternative industry is projected to grow to over $34 billion in the next five years, while dairy producers have been facing falling prices and global oversupply. Chris Galen, a spokesperson for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), expressed the group’s support for the FDA’s tightening of the reins on “dairy imitators (who) violate long standing federal standards.” While the FDA will have to take public comment and develop guidelines before it enacts the change, it seems that big dairy may already have gotten what it wanted. Via Treehugger Images via Shutterstock

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Skip the Plastic Wrap: 4 Food Wrap Alternatives

July 9, 2018 by  
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Food wrap choices have long focused on petroleum-base options, but … The post Skip the Plastic Wrap: 4 Food Wrap Alternatives appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Infographic: Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Bottles

May 27, 2018 by  
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So you want to ditch your single-use plastic bottles, but … The post Infographic: Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Bottles appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Get Unstuck! 7 Nonstick Cookware Alternatives

May 21, 2018 by  
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Unless you’ve been living under a pile of perfluorochemical-coated pots … The post Get Unstuck! 7 Nonstick Cookware Alternatives appeared first on Earth911.com.

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9 Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Straws

April 24, 2018 by  
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Single-use plastic straws are an environmental problem that few people think … The post 9 Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Straws appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Installing solar power and paying it forward

September 20, 2016 by  
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GRID Alternatives brings solar energy to low-income households by using volunteers to cut labor costs. I joined the volunteer crew at VERGE 16.

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The $520 million White House bid to widen access to solar

July 15, 2015 by  
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Citigroup, GRID Alternatives, SunEdison and NRG are just some companies partnering with the White House to open up solar to low income residents.

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Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

October 9, 2014 by  
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While there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of java to start your day out and give you that morning jolt of energy, drinking too much coffee throughout the day isn’t great for your health. Coffee does have its own particular benefits when consumed in moderation, but drinking more than three cups per day can cause a host of unwanted health problems . With fall in full swing and winter approaching, hot beverage season is upon us. If you’d like to cut your caffeine consumption but don’t want to give up your morning ritual, you’re in luck: here are some very tasty and healthy coffee alternatives that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternatives , beverage , cacao , chicory root , chocolate , cocoa , coffee , coffee alternatives , coffee substitute , dandelion , dandelion tea , drink , ersatz coffee , green , green tea , healthy , hot , hot chocolate , hot cocoa , hot lemon water , Japanese Green tea , lemon , lemon water , maca , maca root , matcha , matcha tea , substitute , tea , tisane , water issues

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How to bring solar power to the poor

March 16, 2012 by  
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GRID Alternatives has found a way to bring solar roofs to low-income people using subsidies, donations and volunteers. It plans to install 1,000 solar roofs in California this year and has signed partnerships with SunPower and Yingli to bring solar to up to 600 roofs in Colorado — and to provide hands-on work experience for thousands of green job seekers.

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EPA OKs First Green Alternatives for Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

December 16, 2011 by  
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The agency has approved three new hydrocarbons for use in home and small commercial refrigerators as part of its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

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