England—Organic crops and the foods made from them have significantly higher amounts of certain antioxidants, less frequent occurences of pesticide residue and lower levels of a toxic heavy metal than conventionally grown crops, according to the findings of a recent report. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls it a landmark study, and one that should settle the debate about the benefits of organic.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been heating up with several large transactions over the past few weeks.

Washington, D.C.—The importance of bone health not only relies on weight-bearing exercises and eating healthy foods, but also adding calcium and magnesium supplements to keep our bones strong.

Boston, MA—Findings in a new study published in Osteoporosis International show that calcium supplementation (more than 1,000 mg/day) did not increase a woman’s the risk of cardiovascular disease(CVD).

London, United Kingdom—Archer-Daniels Midland(ADM) is set to acquire Swiss-German ingredient maker Wild Flavors in a $2.99 billion deal, the company’s largest deal ever. 

Cincinnati, OH—Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the United States, plans to buy online retailer Vitacost.com Inc. for $280 million, giving the grocery giant a new inlet into the healthy-living channel. This merger comes on the heels of its purchase of the Harris Teeter supermarket chain for $2.5 billion this past January.

New YorkA bustling Summer Fancy Food Show, hosted by the Specialty Food Association at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City for the second straight year, featured over 2,730 exhibitors from 49 countries. The show, held June 29–July 1, was expected to host 28,000 buyers.

Washington, D.C.—Members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) came together in the Capitol to ask Congress to pass the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014.

Burlington, VT— As expected, Vermont’s passage of a law requiring genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to be labeled has been followed by a lawsuit. The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers have collectively sued the state in federal court, alleging that the new law is unconstitutional.