What we're reading this week 10/6/2015

 Oct 6, 2015 11:35:00 PM

Virginia, nation seeing increase in organic farming and sales

Augusta Free Press

 

More than 28,000 acres of Virginia farmland were used for organic production in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released findings of its most recent survey of organic farms onSept. 17. The survey found Virginia had 167 organic farms—139 USDA-certified and 28 exempt from certification requirements—that accounted for 28,412 acres of production last year. They produced $41.3 million in organic products. Read more >>

 

Jeff Moyer, new head of Rodale Institute 

Rodale Institute

 

Rodale Institute, the nonprofit organization devoted to organic gardening and farming, recently announced that it has a new leader at the helm. Jeff Moyer is the organization's new executive director, but while he's new to the job, he's hardly new to the institute. Read more >>

 

Beyond the pink package: Do women need different sports nutrition products than men do?

Nutrition Business Journal

 

Do women need different sports nutrition products than men do? It’s a question few bothered to ask before 1972, when the historic passage of Title IX (the federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in federally funded education programs) sparked a meteoric rise in women’s participation in high school and college athletics. More than four decades later, it’s still tough to answer with much scientific authority, as the vast majority of exercise physiology studies have been done on men. But as female participation continues to rise, even in sports like bodybuilding that were once nearly void of women, market researchers and entrepreneurs say the time may have finally come for a distinct category aimed distinctly at female athletes. Read more >>