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Showing organic spirit
Nominations are open for the 2007 Spirit of Organic awards, presented by New Hope Natural Media, publisher of The Natural Foods Merchandiser. Nominations should include contact information for nominators and nominees, as well as a description of who they are, what they've accomplished in the world of organics and why they should receive the Spirit of Organic award.

Nominations can be submitted at (where you'll also find more information about the awards) or e-mailed to Elaine Lipson, organic program director, at [email protected]. Nominations should be received by June 11. In addition to the community-nominated award winner or winners, one international Spirit of Organic award will be given by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and a farmer award will be given by the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Awards will be presented at a ticketed reception benefiting IFOAM and OFRF at Natural Products Expo East. Visit for event updates and ticket information.

Orange you glad you sell apple, too?
The news isn't good for orange juice drinkers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the newest numbers on orange production—and the winter has taken its toll. Figures for the 2006-2007 national citrus crop harvest have been revised down 9 percent from the previous forecast, which is 18 percent below last season's revised final production numbers. Florida's crop is forecast at 132 million boxes, down 11 percent from last year. California's crop numbers are even worse. Freezing temperatures in January caused the USDA to reduce its forecast by 20 percent. It estimates production of 37 million boxes—which is 39 percent lower than last year. The department reports that O.J. prices are up 19 percent this year, while the price for early and midseason oranges is up $.81 from last season.

Become a master of the naturals trade
The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston is now offering a Master of Applied Natural Products program. This part-time program was designed for natural products devotees and can be completed in five semesters. Academic instruction and training is given in herbal and dietary supplements, natural products informatics, functional medicine, pharmacognosy and phytopharmacology, and epidemiology. Interested candidates must have a prior baccalaureate health-professional degree. For more information about the program, contact Lana Dvorkin-Camiel, Pharm. D., at [email protected] or Tara Crawford at [email protected].

— B.E.

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