Stonyfield presents its new organic yogurt, which is fat-free, contains 50% less added sugar and is 100 calories per serving. This yogurt is said to be the first sweetened with organic stevia. The yogurt also contains a touch of cane sugar. Stonyfield donates 10% of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the planet.

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Farms that produce organic food are economically viable on a long-term basis, and are perhaps more profitable than conventional farms, according to new research. The study, conducted by the University of Minnesota and recently published in Agronomy Journal, analyzed 18 years of crop yields and other farm data. Findings included a lower risk of poor returns for organic corn and soybean crop rotations than for conventional rotations.

Atlanta, GA—Data on outbreaks of foodborne illness occurring in 2008 in the United States have been finalized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released in a report. Officially titled “Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks—United States, 2008,” and appearing in an edition of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the document indicates that for the most recent year with complete disease data, 1,034 separate foodborne outbreaks were reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has broader authority to levy fees for the re-inspection of imported food. The new fee structure comes as a result of certain sections of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and some parties fear it may result in burdensome fees for small companies and in higher food prices.

The road to good health starts during childhood when good habits for optimal wellness are formed. But, any parent can tell you that embedding these behaviors in a child isn’t always easy.

Lots of things are hard to do on an empty stomach, and thinking is foremost among them. For one thing, you can’t keep your mind off finding something to eat. Worse still is that without the proper dietary nutrients in sufficient quantities, the brain will have trouble doing much at all, period. For this reason, consumers are looking to power up their brains while they chow down.

Natural AloeWater and CocoWater have been introduced by Exotic Food Co., Ltd., and are distributed by Banner Wholesale Grocers. Made with real aloe vera pulp and juice, AloeWater is a natural detox drink that contains no preservatives, gluten or fat. CocoWater is made with green coconut and is rich in electrolytes, providing natural rehydration. Varieties include AloeWater plus Pineapple and CocoWater plus Mango.

Natural gingerbread cookies have been added to the Hannah’s Naturals line from Madrona Specialty Foods. Cutout gingerbread boy and gingerbread house shapes join a variety of other hand-decorated cookies. Each is designed with bright colors and eye-catching features, and can make festive gifts and great party favors, according to the company.