California Proposition 65 was passed in that state by voters in 1986, to protect the safety of drinking water and reduce toxic substance exposure in consumer products by requiring companies to place warning labels when these toxins are present. According to Gretchen DuBeau, executive director of Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), Prop 65 is not playing out exactly as it was intended.

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Part of Whole Foods Market’s success has come as a result of its efforts in engaging customers, and much of this happens through social media. At a seminar titled “What’s Behind Whole Foods Market’s Social Media Strategy?”, Whole Foods Market digital marketing manager Ryan Amirault shared some insight into how his company’s social media outreach has developed.

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WholeFoods editors attending many of the educational sessions at Expo East 2012. The following are a few of the highlights.

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Baltimore, MD—Natural Products Expo East brought together a strong educational program and a large tradeshow of 1,550 exhibits at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 19–22, 2012. According to show organizers, over 21,000 industry members were in attendance. The tradeshow featured several newcomers to the natural channel, including 36% of all exhibitors.

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Women who dream of being leaders have a new resource at their disposal, thanks to the D.A.W.N. (Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals) Network.

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An extensive study into the buying habits of organic shoppers has found some surprises about the current state and the future of the organic industry, according to Maryellen Molyneaux, president of the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) in “State of the Organic Industry.”

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Rockville, MD—While many Americans have been cutting back their spending during the recession, nutritional supplements are one area that has not been affected. In fact, according to the report released by Packaged Facts, Nutritional Supplements in the U.S., supplement sales increased 7% to $11.5 billion in 2012, and are projected to reach $15.5 billion by 2017.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Stanford, CA—Findings from a recent Stanford University study have caused a stir in the organic industry. According to the study’s data, organic foods may not be any more healthy or nutritional than their conventionally grown counterparts.

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