Little Rock, AK—At the request of state leaders, Nourish America has mobilized to deliver aid in the wake of the recent tornadoes that hit six Southeastern states, killing 36 and injuring many others. To help provide said aid, the non-profit is reaching out for cash and product donations (like energy drinks, protein bars, multivitamins and more) from the natural products industry.

Hyattsville, MD—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released its latest data brief, and findings suggest some very curious results with regard to Americans and their approaches to complementary health.

Boston, MA—A Harvard University study provides new insight into the long-term link between coffee consumption and risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Washington, D.C.—Jarrow L. Rogovin, founder and president of Jarrow Formulas, Inc., had some strong words for the Natural Products Association (NPA) Board of Directors regarding the recent hiring of Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new executive director and CEO.

On the beautiful afternoon of April 8 in Washington, D.C., the Natural Products Association (NPA) held its 17th annual Natural Products Day. The event is designed to allow retailers and other natural products industry stakeholders to lobby their elected representatives on behalf of the industry’s interests.

In a move sure to stir up the sector, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has debuted Wild Oats, a line featuring low-cost organic food products. The move represents a partnership between Wal-Mart and Wild Oats, a preexisting brand, which will see around 100 products hit the shelves of every Walmart store that sells groceries.

Leicester, England—Soil in urban farming allotments is healthier, and therefore better for farming, than more intensively farmed soils, according to recent research. The study, conducted in the United Kingdom and published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, shows the benefits of local, small-scale farming.

Nunda, NY—Over 21,000 pounds of peanut butter were donated in April to the charity Feed the Children by seed and nut butter manufacturer Once Again Nut Butter. The 44 drums of peanut butter, weighing in at 480 pounds each, are being put to use in supporting victims of natural disasters in the Philippines and elsewhere.

Montpelier, VT—The Vermont legislature overwhelmingly passed a law requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to say so on the label. The state’s governor, Peter Shumlin, vowed to sign the bill, which will become the first to independently require GMO labeling in the country. Connecticut and Maine have passed similar laws, but those will only take effect once neighboring states also pass GMO-labeling laws.