USDA

Washington — On Monday, February 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers to go toward research or extension projects aimed at helping producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease as it is more commonly known. According to Secretary Tom Vilsack, this disease has affected over 75% of Florida citrus crops and continues to threaten production across the United States.

natural sunscreen products, NPA, FDA

In two recent public filings, the Natural Products Association (NPA) encouraged FDA to adopt standards that would result in the availability of more natural ingredients in sunscreen for consumers.

alfalfa

Fort Collins, CO—A new study published in PLOS ONE by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Washington has found evidence of genetically modified alfalfa contaminating feral populations of the plant.

Omega-3s Thwart Preterm Birth

A new meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology suggests omega-3s may prevent preterm births.

High Fiber, Respiratory Health

Omaha, NE—Data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) suggest that a fiber-rich diet supports respiratory health, specifically reducing the risk of lung disease.

salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the import and sale of AquAdvantage Atlantic salmon, the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

Pines International

Lawrence, KS—Pines International, based here, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as a pioneer in the green foods industry.

vitamin world acquired

Ronkonkoma, NYAccording to StreetInsider.com, NBTY, Inc., sold its Vitamin World retail business to private equity firm Centre Lane Partners for $25 million. The transaction may close as early as mid-February 2016.

Lakewood, OH—In many stores, a job opens up, applications come in, new employees are selected, they’re briefly trained and away they go. In some stores, training goes a step further to maybe a monthly educational seminar. Nature’s Bin, based here, takes training 10 steps further, however, by making it the store’s mission to hire, train, mentor and support employees with a variety of disabilities.