Washington, D.C.—When President Obama signed the latest budget appropriations bill at the end of March, ensuring that the government would be funded through the end of fiscal year 2013, section 735 of that bill became law. Many sought to stop this 22-line provision, dubbed the “biotech rider” by opponents, on the grounds that it removes judicial authority over the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Two herb-focused groups took time out at Expo West to honor some important people in their circles.

Here are a few take-home points from educational sessions attended by WholeFoods editors.

The second annual Hall of Legends induction ceremony, honoring pioneers and influential figures in the natural products industry, was held after Expo West show hours on March 8. This year’s class of nine inductees included:

The Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace at Expo West hosted 23 companies showcasing new and interesting products, representing what the natural alcoholic beverage section of the industry has to offer from all over Europe and the United States.

New Chapter of Brattleboro, VT hosted a seminar to help clear up any rumors over the recent investment of Procter and Gamble (P&G) in the company. “We’re here to share our truth,” said Paul Schulick, founder of New Chapter, with CEO Kyle Garner nodding at his side.

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Here are a few environmental news updates.

Held on International Women’s Day, the 2013 Women in Naturals Networking Reception (sponsored by Reserveage Organics) brought together women of diverse backgrounds with a common love of natural.