Last month I told you why I think it’s very hard to take the USDA dietary guidelines very seriously. In fact, I think the whole notion of looking to the government for guidelines on eating is ludicrous. 

vitamin B12

A new study published in PLOS ONE has been able to correlate low vitamin B12 levels in the brain with age, autism and schizophrenia. The researchers collected postmortem brain samples from 43 control subjects ranging in age from 19 weeks of gestation to 80 years, as well as 12 autistic subjects (4-9 years of age) and nine schizophrenic subjects (36-49 years of age).

Are we at a point in history in which a protocol, mostly and exclusively utilized as a solution to various testing parameters, has now become a necessity for not just preventative health, but to even live up to our current life expectancy?

USDA

Washington — On Monday, February 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers to go toward research or extension projects aimed at helping producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease as it is more commonly known. According to Secretary Tom Vilsack, this disease has affected over 75% of Florida citrus crops and continues to threaten production across the United States.

Mother's Market & Kitchen

Costa Mesa, CA-based Mother’s Market & Kitchen has decided to partner with Mill Road Capital in an effort to expand its business.

Editors Note: WholeFoods Magazine recently reported on a new partnership between Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Mill Road Capital investment firm. Our very own merchandising editor Jay Jacobowitz provides some insight on the potential of this new partnership and what it means for the supernatural retail space.

Fairway Group Holdings, Fairway Market

In a quarterly 10-Q SEC filing on Friday, Fairway Group Holdings, corporate parent of Fairway Market, revealed if the company’s financial performance does not improve or financing from an additional third-party is not obtained, the company may fall out of compliance with financial covenants at the end of its fiscal year in April.

natural sunscreen products, NPA, FDA

In two recent public filings, the Natural Products Association (NPA) encouraged FDA to adopt standards that would result in the availability of more natural ingredients in sunscreen for consumers.

alfalfa

Fort Collins, CO—A new study published in PLOS ONE by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Washington has found evidence of genetically modified alfalfa contaminating feral populations of the plant.