Edinburgh, Scotland—Scottish rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead announced genetically modified crops would be formally banned, saying that the move will help preserve Scotland’s “clean, green status.”

New York, NY—Results from Mintel’s recent Snacking Motivations and Attitudes 2015 report show that more Americans are snacking than ever before—but are also making smarter snacking choices.

Hadley, MA—According to data published in a recent issue of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology, an annatto-based tocotrienol ingredient may be able to reduce some markers of inflammation.

Chicago, IL—The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) hosted its 75th conference in Chicago, IL, boasting 1,000 exhibiting companies. Four overarching themes tied together many of the new launches and applications on display on the tradeshow floor.

Arlington, VA—Whole Foods Market has teamed up with PBS KIDS, based here, to provide a line of eco-friendly PBS KIDS-branded school supplies for the back-to-school season.

Baltimore, MD—Natural products professionals are preparing for this year’s Natural Products Expo East, being held at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 16–19.

Chiba, Japan—Following previous research suggesting potential applications in the field of cognitive health, results from a new study suggest that lion’s mane mushroom (hericium erinaceum) may be able to alleviate depression by lowering levels of certain inflammatory markers.

Redmond, WA—A recent study from Diabetes Care has found that the daily consumption of a branded L. reuteri probiotic (ATTC strain SD-5865 from Nutraceutix, as BIO‐tract tablets) “enriches human gut microbiota and modifies gut production of protein factors that increase insulin secretion,” according to a press release issued by the company.

Houston, TX – Whole Foods Market will begin selling the products from their first craft brewery, Whole Foods Market Brewing Company, at the company’s 10 stores in the Houston area on Saturday, August 8, according to a press release issued by the company.