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Vitamin D for babies
Breast-fed infants may need vitamin D supplementation. A recent study, published in the June Archives of Pediatric Medicine, found children breast-fed as infants were 10 times more likely to suffer a vitamin D deficiency than those bottle-fed. In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that nursing babies should receive vitamin D supplementation, and the Institute of Medicine recommends 200 IU of vitamin D daily for most infants, children and adolescents. Many argue that this number is too low and suggest more research.

PC conference to premier in the Big Apple
T he latest natural and organic personal care conference is making its debut: Grayson Associates-sponsored Ride the Next Natural/Organic Wave conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, Oct. 21 to 22 with a focus on ingredients and technology. For more information, contact [email protected] —A.S.

CROPP and Dakota Beef partner to meet demand
The U.S.’s largest farmer-owned co-op and a leading certified organic beef company announced a partnership in June that will expand the nation’s organic beef supply. CROPP Cooperative will supply beef cattle to Dakota Beef in a move that will allow CROPP to increase its farmer membership and Dakota Beef to meet growing consumer demand. CROPP, which has 1,200 members in 32 states, supplies organic meat, dairy, eggs, juice and soy to private labels and sells some organic foods under its own labels, Organic Prairie and Organic Valley.

“By combining our efforts … we will ensure a strong supply of organic beef through the end of the year and all of 2009,” Dakota Beef CEO Scott Lively said. —Jessica Centers

Survey: Good nutrition is just wishful thinking
Consumers’ good intentions frequently don’t carry over to their dietary habits, according to a recent survey.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration collaborated with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to track changes in American attitudes, awareness, knowledge and behavior regarding nutrition and physical activity. A total of 1,221 adults completed the Health and Diet Survey.

At least seven in 10 adults in all age groups are trying to lose weight and are making healthier choices than they were six months ago, according to the research. But body mass index scores show that adults are actually less fit than they believe themselves to be. The survey reported that the older people are, the more seriously they consider nutrition while grocery shopping. —J.O.

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