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Organic diet protects children?s brains
Children who eat an organic diet are protected from exposure to at least two agricultural pesticides, according to the National Institutes of Health?s Environmental Health Perspectives.
In the study, 23 children aged 3 to 11 ate their normal diets for the first three days. For the next five days, they ate organic replacements of many foods in their usual diet. In the final week, the children resumed their conventional diets. Researchers found that all 23 had metabolites of malathion and chlorpyrifos in their urine when they enrolled in the study. However, as soon as they switched to organic diets, these metabolites remained at zero levels until conventional foods were reintroduced.
?We were able to demonstrate that an organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposures to organophosphorus pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production,? the authors wrote.

Chromium picolinate gets health claim
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will permit chromium picolinate products to carry a claim stating, ?One small study suggests that chromium picolinate may reduce the risk of insulin resistance and possibly type 2 diabetes.? The permitted language further states that ?the existence of such a relationship between chromium picolinate and either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes is highly uncertain.?


Three bakeries form Charter Baking Co.
Rudi?s Organic Bakery, The Vermont Bread Co. and the Adams Baking Corp. have merged under a single corporate parent, Charter Baking Co., which will be headquartered in Rudi?s home city, Boulder, Colo. Charterhouse Group, a private equity firm in New York, bought controlling interest in Rudi?s in August from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, adding it to the two other baking companies acquired by Charterhouse earlier in 2005. Terms weren?t disclosed.
Vermont Bread, based in Brattleboro, produces natural and organic breads and muffins. Adams Baking of Milford, N.J., makes breads, muffins, other baked goods and granola under The Baker brand.
The consolidation will give Vermont Bread and Adams Baking access to Rudi?s new production plant in Boulder and give Rudi?s access to Vermont Bread?s and Adams Baking?s facilities and direct store distribution in the East.
?We?ll provide one-stop shopping for the trade,? predicted Victoria Hartman, vice president, sales. Gary Sebek, president of Rudi?s, will become president of Charter Baking.


Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 10/p. 11

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