From Kenya, Ajiri Tea Company black tea is high in antioxidants. It is pungent, coppery in appearance, rich in body and possesses a distinct flavor. After local farmers handpick the tea, it is produced at the Rainforest Alliance Certified Nyansiongo Tea Factory, a co-op of small-scale farmers. Local women then create individually designed packaging labels using dried banana bark. All profits go to the Ajiri Foundation, a non-profit that gives educational support to orphans in western Kenya.

Manna Organics introduces Bavarian-style sourdough bread in three flavors: whole rye, multigrain flax and sunny sourdough. Each one is organic, has no added yeast, and is an excellent source of whole grains and fiber. They are under 150 calories per slice and are also great sources of calcium and iron. With less than five grams of fat per slice and up to six grams of protein, these breads are a great well-rounded source of nutrition.

Brattleboro, VT—More American families than ever before are adding organic products to their weekly shopping lists, says the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In the 2011 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study by the OTA, 1,300 families were polled about their feelings and buying habits when it comes to organic products. Four in 10 families said they are buying more organic foods than they were in the year prior. Of these families who have made the switch, three in 10 are brand new to the market.

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Brattleboro, VT—More American families than ever before are adding organic products to their weekly shopping lists, says the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In the 2011 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study by the OTA, 1,300 families were polled about their feelings and buying habits when it comes to organic products. Four in 10 families said they are buying more organic foods than they were in the year prior. Of these families who have made the switch, three in 10 are brand new to the market.

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Elmwood Park, NJ—After an investigation that began in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has come down hard on some defendants that made weight-loss claims for the herb, hoodia. FTC claims the group claimed its ingredient could treat obesity (an unsubstantiated health claim), suppress appetite, reduce caloric intake and more; the ingredient didn’t always contain authentic Hoodia gordonii.

Washington, D.C.—In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) urged inquiry into whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is effectively implementing dietary supplement safety legislation passed in 2006.

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