It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

GreenBiz wonders if the UK report that claimed that organics are no better than conventional foods will end up changing the way that organics are marketed.

The debate on the nutritional merits of organic food has been reignited, this time by the U.K.'s Food Standard Agency (FSA) which stated organic food is no more nutritionally dense than conventional food, based on an independent study.

As one might expect, the blogs were abuzz with organic supporters criticizing the study as well as the British media response to it. But is this fight about superior nutritional quality, or how the organic industry markets its products?

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A few weeks ago I told you that Congress wanted organics investigated because many people believe the organic rules are getting too lax. The Washington Post reports that Senate has approved the funding for it.

The Senate approved a spending bill Tuesday providing $500,000 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector general to broaden an investigation of the department's National Organics Program.

 Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), author of the federal law that established the organics program, proposed the Senate funding and has been in discussions over the past month with Secretary Tom Vilsack about needed reforms.

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The Whole Foods CEO made a PR snafu when he told The Wall Street Journal that his stores sell a bunch of junk. The Guardian reports the problem.

When Whole Foods arrived in the UK two years ago it was hailed as a mecca for those determined to follow a healthy diet. But today the struggling US store's chief executive will probably want to eat his words after admitting that, alongside the organic carrots and bags of granola, the shops "sell a bunch of junk".
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Finally, MNN’s Lifestyle blogger Siel has a review of Navitas Naturals' Trail Power mixes – an alternative to traditional M&M, peanut & raisin mixes. Does she recommend them? Check out her review and see for yourself.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Friday food news roundup 8/7/2009
Food news from around the web for your weekend reading.