5@5: Gluten-free theory wrong, corn-bee connection, how to grow a food business

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Each day at 5 p.m. we'll collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy to catch up on today's most important industry news. On today's natural news docket: Gluten-free doc says he was wrong; corn-bee connection; and food inflation.

Doctor Who Started Gluten-Free Fad Says He Got It Wrong

Doctor Who Started Gluten-Free Fad Says He Got It Wrong May 22, 2014 · ABC News · Peter Gibson says a new study finds real issues are indigestible sugars. 02:53 | 05/23/2014 Related Links: Watch: Is a Gluten-Free Diet Really Helpful? Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Asks, 'What Is Gluten?' Watch: Will A Gluten-Free... Open this article

U.S. faces higher food price inflation in 2014, led by meats: USDA

May 23, 2014 · Reuters · By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON Fri May 23, 2014 11:00am EDT Customers wait to be served at Casey's Market in Western Springs, Illinois, April 25, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes (Reuters) - The severe drought in California... Open this article

Beyond Artisanal: How to Grow a Niche Food Business

Beyond Artisanal: How to Grow a Niche Food Business May 22, 2014 · Forbes · Except that with all of the demand for niche foods, supply is struggling to keep up. How can that be, with all these new brands and companies sprouting up all the time? It’s simple: Current... Open this article

Is corn dust killing bees?

Is corn dust killing bees?May 23, 2014 · harvestpublicmedia.org · Listen to this story Click image to view slideshow Bees at these hives near a corn field in Cherokee, Iowa, must pass through a yellow plastic trap that scrapes off a bit of pollen. Researchers... Open this article

CSU Board of Trustees Approves State-wide Sustainable Food Policy

May 22, 2014 · www.realfoodchallenge.org · As the state of California struggles with record droughts and wildfires, today the California State University Board of Trustees, including Governor Jerry Brown, approved a long-awaited sustainable food policy will govern the more than $100...Open this article

Thursday

Sprouts Beating Whole Foods in Price War, Analysis Shows

May 22, 2014 · Businessweek.com · By Leslie Patton May 22, 2014 Sprouts (SFM:US) Farmers Market Inc., one of Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM:US)’s fastest-growing competitors, is undercutting the prices of its larger rival by about 13 percent, according to analysis... Open this article

Whole Foods Market Needs More than Price-Tinkering

May 22, 2014 · Harvard Business Review · by Rafi Mohammed | 11:09 AM May 22, 2014 Whole Foods has a bad taste in its mouth – it recently had to revise both its sales growth and earnings for the third time in... Open this article

Whole Foods Can Take a Lesson Or Two From Starbucks

Whole Foods Can Take a Lesson Or Two From Starbucks May 21, 2014 · Forbes · Comment Now Follow Comments Whole Foods Market WFM -0.13% (NASDAQ:WFM) and Starbucks SBUX +1.43% are in different businesses — Whole Foods is in the organic grocery business while Starbucks is in the coffee business. But... Open this article

Michel out as Mrs. Green's CEO

May 22, 2014 · supermarketnews.com · May 22, 2014 Jon Springer Related Media Audio Slideshow: Mrs. Green's New Jersey store tour Advertisement Natural Markets Food Group, parent of the Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets chain, is expected to name a new CEO... Open this article

Small-Business Owners Love What They Do, Despite the Economy

Small-Business Owners Love What They Do, Despite the Economy May 22, 2014 · www.nationaljournal.com · A new Gallup poll shows that eight of 10 small-business owners would do it all again if they could. Navigate to the Next Story in this Section (Mario Tama/Getty Images) By Matt Vasilogambros Follow on... Open this article

Wednesday

Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops

May 21, 2014 · NPR.org · Voters in two southwestern Oregon counties voted to ban genetically modified crops on Tuesday.

"It's a great day for the people of Oregon who care about sustainability and healthy ecosystems," the advocacy group GMO Free Oregon said on its Facebook page. Open this article

 

Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades

Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades May 21, 2014 · kunc.org · But in a historic move, the 2014 farm bill allowed hemp cultivation in areas where state laws have legalized the crop. Kentucky, California and Colorado are among states that have welcomed its return. Currently 12 states have legislation on the books that would allow cultivation of hemp as laid out in the recent Farm Bill. Open this article

Age of the mega-slaughterhouse: How massive meat recalls became our new normal

Age of the mega-slaughterhouse: How massive meat recalls became our new normal May 21, 2014 · www.salon.com · Our oversized food processing system is creating an enormous public health risk. That such a staggering amount of meat could be a threat to public health shouldn’t come as a surprise, says journalist Christopher Leonard. In fact, Leonard, whose recent book exposes the meat industry’s dangerous and exploitative practices, told Salon, “These large recalls are now the norm for the industry.” Open this article


Sprouts CEO: Selection, staff key to winning natural shopper

May 21, 2014 · supermarketnews.com ·

The trend toward healthier eating is making product attributes more powerful than brands, favoring specialty retailers with deeper selections of such items and a staff knowledgeable about them.

That’s according to Sprouts Farmers Market CEO Doug Sanders, speaking at an investor conference Wednesday in New York. Open this article

 

'There are no dead bodies because of health food stores' (video)

'There are no dead bodies because of health food stores' (video) May 21, 2014 · SooToday.com · More extraordinary is the fact he is not afraid to disagree with his colleagues in the powerful medical establishment when it comes to certain health matters.

“I believe if there‘s a natural remedy, why not try that first before you go to prescription drugs, which are always more dangerous than natural remedies,” Gifford-Jones told SooToday.com.

“There are no dead bodies because of health food stores, but every year 100,000 North Americans die from prescription medication and another 700,000 are seen in the emergency wards for unintended consequences from drugs, so why not try a natural remedy? Open this article

 

Tuesday

FTC Charges Green Coffee Bean Sellers with Deceiving Consumers through Fake News Sites and Bogus Weight Loss Claims first promoted on The Dr. Oz Show

May 20, 2014 · www.imperialvalleynews.com · The Federal Trade Commission has sued a Florida-based operation that capitalized on the green coffee diet fad by using bogus weight loss claims and fake news websites to market the dietary supplement Pure Green Coffee. Popularized on the syndicated talk show The Dr. Oz Show, green coffee bean extract was touted as a potent weight loss treatment that supposedly burns fat. Open this article

Reserveage Nutrition™ Responds To Reservatrol Report In "JAMA: Internal Medicine": Calls Study Inconclusive

May 20, 2014 · www.prnewswire.com · Resveratrol, a polyphenol compound found in certain plants, red wine grapes, Japanese Knotweed and chocolate that has been lauded for its antioxidant properties among other natural health benefits, came under fire in an exploratory study conducted by the University of Barcelona and Johns Hopkins University in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

"This new Resveratrol study is an exploratory study, and by no means definitive. This study is suggestive and not indicative of the potential health benefits of Resveratrol specifically in supplement form," says Whittel. Open this article

Total fructose linked to high premature death risk

May 20, 2014 · www.foodconsumer.org · A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating fructose may increase risk of death from all causes in men and women.

N Tasevska at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona and colleagues conducted the study and found  all-cause death risk was 13%, 10% and 7% higher among those who ate highest amounts of total sugar, total fructose, and added fructose in women respectively, compared with those who ate the lowest amounts.  In men, those who ate highest amounts of total fructose were 6% more likely to die from all causes.

The increased risk of all-cause mortality was found associated with sugars from beverages, but not solid foods. Open this article

Connecticut B-Corp Legislation Likely to Benefit Free Trade Coffee Organization

Connecticut B-Corp Legislation Likely to Benefit Free Trade Coffee Organization May 20, 2014 · NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly · The third time was a charm. After two unsuccessful previous attempts, the Connecticut legislature has finally based legislation authorizing the creation of benefit corporations. According to Elizabeth Kim, the Stamford Advocate reporter covering the story, the legislation is the green light for “companies [that] take on the mission of helping society or the environment while also carrying out the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profits.” Open this article

Can Millennials and social networking lead us to a sustainable future?

Can Millennials and social networking lead us to a sustainable future? May 20, 2014 · GreenBiz.com · If you had to bet on the future, would it you bet on a dystopia of competing self-interest or a world mobilized and capable of staving off the great challenges of our time by proactively investing in a better future?

Let's see if we can stack this very real bet in our favor.

By definition, the future is the most uncertain element of our day-to-day existence. One thing we do know: a sustainable future requires change from business-as-usual. While the required change has been slow at best, today we think two forces are worth betting on: The rise and connectedness of the social web, and an increasing desire for sustainability and better self-governance amongst the Millennial generation. Open this article

Monday

Q&A: The future of our food: flavored vegetables, cricket powder, and violet water

Q&A: The future of our food: flavored vegetables, cricket powder, and violet water May 16, 2014 · SmartPlanet · Food scientist Kantha Shelke discusses two of her industry’s hottest topics: flavor and protein.

At just three years old, Kantha Shelke knew what she wanted to do with her life.

"I wanted to feed the world," she says. "My idea for my future was to teach and educate people about food, and also to create foods that would be good for them."

Today Shelke works and teaches at the intersection of food science and its applications for health and wellness. A principal of the food science and research firm Corvus Blue LLC, she previously held senior positions at Ben & Jerry's, Continental Baking Company and ACNielsen. She's also a popular speaker and has shared her expertise at both national and international conferences focused on food. Open this article

COOL hearing set for Monday

May 19, 2014 · feedstuffs.com · The stage is set for another debate on the first amendments rights of mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat products. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a ruling provided March... Open this article

Almond growers look to recycled water for survival

Almond growers look to recycled water for survival May 19, 2014 · www.thepacker.com · Stewart & Jasper Orchards, a 66-year-old almond grower, handler and processor, was using sustainable farming practices for decades before they were in vogue. But the recent statewide drought and accompanying water cutbacks have prompted the... Open this article

A Sea Change for Bumble Bee

A Sea Change for Bumble Bee May 18, 2014 · Voice of San Diego · Bumble Bee’s opposition to genetically modified ingredients is far less about our products as it is about the overall issue of GMO. Scientifically there’s never been a study that shows genetically modified foods have caused... Open this article

Kings gears up for local produce program

May 19, 2014 · www.thepacker.com · Kings Food Markets knows how to move quickly with its local produce program. The Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer is entering its third year of its 24 Hour Just Picked Promise program, which brings in local produce... Open this article

 

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