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Biobased Mulch Added To USDA National Organic Program

USDA has amended the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances maintained by the National Organic Program (NOC) to allow biodegradable biobased mulch film to be used in organic production with restrictive...more

Organic Internet Growth: New .ORGANIC Domain Names Launch

If an organic standards body has approved you or your product, you are likely eligible to register an .organic domain name. Interested brand owners should apply as soon as possible and before the sunrise period closes on...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2014

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Food industry opposes trans fat bar, proposes setting limitations. Major...more

Agrihoods: The New “Farm-To-Table” Homebuilding Trend

Imagine driving down the paved street of a suburban community. Children are riding their bikes toward a neighborhood playground. Couples are walking on the sidewalk with tennis gear headed toward the local tennis courts....more

No Non-Organic Mushrooms Welcome Here! - Hokto Kinoko Co. and Hokuto Co., Ltd. v. Concord Farms, Inc.

Addressing the issue of whether an importer of non-organic mushrooms from a Japanese producer infringed a trademark owned by the U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese producer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

California Appellate Court Holds That Federal Law Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claims Tied to Organic Label

In a case of first impression in the state courts, a California appellate court delivered an early Christmas present Dec. 23 to beleaguered food and beverage companies facing an avalanche of lawsuits under California’s Unfair...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - November 2013

In This Issue: - Government Shutdown Disrupts And Delays Various Trade Agency Functions - China Launches Pilot Free Trade Zone In Shanghai - "Reshoring" Gaining Momentum Among U.S. Manufacturers - News Of...more

Are California Courts Cooling on ‘All Natural’ Suits?: Naturally Beyond Belief

California’s District Courts have, of late, become the go-to jurisdictions for plaintiffs bringing ‘natural’ labeling lawsuits against national food manufacturers. This is due, in large part, to California’s...more

Barbara’s Bakery and Naked Juice Settle GMO Class Actions and Agree to Third-Party Substantiation of Non-GMO Labeling

Class actions challenging “all natural” labels on products allegedly containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are all the rage in California. The jury is still out on how these claims will ultimately hold up, but some...more

Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Somewhat lost in the hubbub over the Supreme Court's ruling in AMP v. Myriad was the Federal Circuit's decision, just a few days earlier, in Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. That case is the latest windmill...more

Seed of Patent Infringement Germinates Between Organic Farmers and Monsanto

In a significant legal decision with a connection to Vermont’s farming community, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that organic farmers cannot obtain a judicial declaration to prevent...more

Episode 97 – Santiago Cuenca-Romero Discusses Artisana’s Raw, Organic Foods June 21, 2013

In Episode 97 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on May 18, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Santiago Cuenca-Romero, CEO of...more

Defining “Natural”: The National Organic Program Offers Guidance That May Impact Organic and Nonorganic Food Producers Alike

The USDA’s National Organic Program (“NOP”) recently issued draft guidance that organic and nonorganic food manufacturers alike should be aware of. In addressing what is required to certify a product as “organic,” the NOP has...more

Episode 86 – Interview with Plum Organics CEO & Founder Neil Grimmer

In Episode 86 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on December 8, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Neil Grimmer, CEO and founder...more

Agribusiness Alert: Minnesota Court of Appeals Allows Trespass Claim for Pesticide Drift

Pesticide overspray drift to a neighboring property in Minnesota may now qualify as a trespass, thanks to the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Johnson, et al., v. Paynesville Farmers Union Cooperative Oil Co.,...more

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