Before the ballots open on California Prop. 37 on November 6, there are numerous factors and perspectives with which to be familiar. The fate of the proposition that would mandate labeling in the state on all food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is in the hands of voters. The result will likely carry policy implications for the rest of the country, and has the potential to make an immediate impact on the entire food industry due to the size California’s consumer base.

It is common knowledge that organic food products have endless benefits, ranging from nutrition to the environment. For some, these benefits are well worth the switch to an organic lifestyle. For others, the advantages aren’t clear. But while deciding how organic could play a role in your lifestyle, it’s key to understand how the organic food system works.

Warning! Some readers may have their vitamin E knowledge foundation seriously “adjusted” by this provocative discussion. A few readers may be disturbed or even shocked by the “growing gorilla in the room,” suggesting that the most common form of vitamin E in supplements (alpha-tocopherol) may detrimentally interfere with other natural forms of vitamin E. As the body of science grows about the forms of vitamin E, surprises occur. Dogma must adapt to discovery. The objective is to utilize the new information to obtain even greater health benefits.

In 1980, you couldn’t find yogurt in a supermarket. By the early 1990s, Peter Roy and John Mackey of Austin, TX-based Whole Foods Markets were “rolling up” the largest independent natural products retailers around the U.S. to form the first national chain of “supernatural” supermarkets. By the 2000s, every conventional supermarket of any size was carrying not only yogurt, but also all natural foods categories and capturing significant natural market share.

WILD Flavors, Inc. has a new line of flavor creations: Flavor Fusion. The natural flavors include aloe berry, superfruit fusion, lime tea cola, pear berry, mango mint, honeydew hibiscus, grape limeade, strawberry lemon, tea jasmine, fantasy citrus, dragonfruit lime, peach spice, aloe melon, thai dragonfruit and black cherry chili.

American Ingredients, Inc. (a division of Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc.) is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for Pomanox natural pomegranate extract (developed by Probeltebio of Spain). The organic-certified pomegranate extract is manufactured with a patented ultrapure water-based extraction process and produced without any organic solvents.

Frutarom has launched an immune health portfolio that includes highly bioavailable forms of minerals such as copper and zinc as well as Echinacea EFLA 894 (a dry-pressed herb juice) and Pelargonium EFLA 956 (a root extract from Pelargonium sidoides DC). Both are produced in Frutarom’s Swiss facility, under strict PIC-GMP certification guidelines and in line with ecological principles.

Newport Beach, CA—Research published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging indicates that an oral collagen combination ingredient may reduce signs of aging.

New York, NY—A study has found citicoline (as Cognizin by Kyowa Hakko USA, based here) improves cognitive function.