The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been mighty busy lately. WholeFoods reports in this issue about their legal square-offs against companies like POM Wonderful over contentious marketing claims. The agency is also finding time to set its sights on all the “greenwashers” out there in marketing land. “Greenwashing” is a term some use to describe marketing efforts that exploit the eco-friendly trend, even when the product being marketed may not be so eco-friendly.

Did you know that honey has been used for thousands of years for its nutritional and medicinal properties? Apiculture, the practice of beekeeping, dates back to 700 B.C., proving that honey was an established confectionary way before refined sugar came onto the scene. Honey was a prized and expensive commodity for its sweetness and rarity. Today, cute bear-shaped honey bottles contain a versatile product with confectionary, nutritious and medicinal uses.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just agreed to new Qualified Health Claims for selenium. The law firm of Emord & Associates announced on September 28 that a partial settlement with FDA has been achieved following the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in ANH v. Sebelius.

Before the baby boom generation (1946–64), when most work was physical and lifespan shorter, society didn’t consider the concept of optimal health. Securing food, shelter and safety took up most of our waking energy. The mass-agriculture and industrialization triggered by World War II gave Americans the ability to consistently meet and afford these basic human needs for the first time.

When it comes to rest and relaxation, almost everyone can agree that spas are great places to spend a little down time. However, with this economic recession, consumers may be a little strapped for cash and a pricey trip to the spa may be out of the question.

There is no denying that everyone wants to look their best; how our skin, hair and nails look on the outside is a direct indication of what’s going on inside of our bodies. Fortunately, we can do our part to contribute to beauty by eating healthy and taking supplements that may promote beautiful skin, flowing hair and strong healthy nails.

A new report from BCC Research shows that the worldwide nanotechnology market will reach about $15.7 billion this year and will grow to $27 billion by 2015 (1).

From pharmaceuticals to certain fabrics to some sunscreens, nanotechnology is all around us. The question is, how might it affect the organic food manufacturers and suppliers?

Invisible dangers lurk around every corner: on every doorknob, in each innocent handshake. Bacteria and pathogens are an inescapable fact of life. Sometimes, though, the enemy comes from within. Sometimes, to avoid the pitfalls of illness and disease, we must simply seek a better balance. The health of our immune systems is in large part predicated on the presence of key nutrients and helpful bacteria in ideal proportions within our digestive tracts as well as our blood streams.

Here’s a fact that even mainstream food companies can’t sugarcoat: sales of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are slumping while the sweetener category as a whole is stable and growing.