As a new manager in my 20s, I found myself responsible for a dozen inside-sales staff and a half-dozen field salespeople at the natural products distributor Stow Mills, a predecessor company to United Natural Foods. While I had worked various jobs since age 16, this was my first time managing others. The wholesale business, much like retailing, moves rapidly. The pace set by daily operations—receiving products into the warehouse, order deadlines, picking, packing, delivering on-time, in-stock, and correctly to hundreds of stores every day—is like running an Olympic 10K race all day, every day.

Even though our mothers wouldn’t let us forget it years ago, it seems Americans need to be reminded that “There are starving children in Africa!” Only 60% of the food made in the United States ever gets eaten, according to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Titled Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm To Fork to Landfill, the report estimates the economic value of the food we throw away annually at $165 billion.

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Conventry, U.K.—Fluoride isn’t the only cavity fighter in town. According to scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, digested coconut oil may act as a natural antibiotic to fight off tooth decay.

Washington, D.C.—In an analysis of previous studies that included almost 70,000 people, researchers from Greece concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is not significantly correlated with reduced risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke. The study, published in the September 12 issue of JAMA, has provoked a response from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other groups, which urge consumers to remain confident in the benefits of omega-3s.

Stanford, CA—Findings from a recent Stanford University study have caused a stir in the organic industry. According to the study’s data, organic foods may not be any more healthy or nutritional than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Stockholm, Sweden—With Halloween and candy season right around the corner, for once we might be encouraging men to indulge. A recent study in Neurology, by Susanna C. Larsson with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows that men who consume more chocolate may have lower risks of stroke.

Washington, D.C.—Two of the major forces in the organic agriculture and products industry will now merge together under one roof. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will assume administrative responsibilities for The Organic Center, which will move its headquarters here from Boulder, CO. The Organic Center has traditionally been a scientific voice for the merits of organic agriculture, while the OTA serves its members by advocating for the values, benefits and regulatory standing of organic products in the media and in government.

New York—Attorney general of the state of New York Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas in July to leading energy drink makers PepsiCo, Inc., maker of AMP; Monster Beverage Corp. and Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-hour Energy drinks, the Wall Street Journal reports. The accuracy of these companies’ marketing and advertising on behalf of these products is being called into question.