Food News: Courtesy Sustainable Food News

By Carol McCracken (Post # 623)

Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced yesterday that it plans to expand its chain of organic food stores by two stores within the next several years. One store will be opened by late next year in London and the other will be in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Glasgow store will open in late 2011 with a 22,000 square foot store and the on London (on the Thames) will open in 2013 with 20,000 square feet of space.

This Texas based retailer, the largest for organic and natural foods – said it iss comitted to supporting Scottish producers and will be selling a host of products sourced locally. The new store will provide jobs for around 150 local people. With this announcement comes the first expansion in the UK since it opened its Kensington store in 2007. Currently, the retailer has five stores in the Greater London area.

In other organic food news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it plans to allow the planting of genetically enginered sugar beets next year. The agency has evaluated three options and has decided to “authorize production of RR sugar beets under strict conditions.” The public has until December 6th to comment on the agency’s proposal in order to determine whether to grant the supplemental request for partial deregulation. This proposal is printed in a Federal Register notice – Docket No. APHIS-2010-0047.

This proposal is almost certain to met with a lawsuit from environmental group, the report from Susatainable Food News reported. This on-line daily news service is published by Dan McGovern, a Hill resident. For more information on subscriptions, etc. please contact him at 749-5249 here in Portland.