Broomfield, CO—Ending a process that began in late 2012 with an IPO that raised $368 million, WhiteWave Foods Company has finished its spin-off from parent company Dean Foods. WhiteWave is itself owner of the brands Silk Soymilk, Horizon Organic, International Delight and Alpro, among others.

Hartford, CT—Lawmakers in Connecticut overwhelmingly passed a bill on June 3 that would require foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” It became the first state to pass such a law, but there is a multiple part catch. The law will only go into effect if and when any four states not including Connecticut, including at least one bordering Connecticut, and including states in the Northeast region with a combined population of at least 20 million, pass similar GMO labeling laws.

cocoa powder

L’Aquila, Italy—A study recently published by the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry revealed that regular consumption of cocoa polyphenols could help to maintain brain health and even offer neuroprotection against age-related cognitive degeneration.

herbicide health effects

Cambridge, MA—Are herbicides only killing weeds? Recent research published in Entropy suggests that they do more damage than eliminating weeds.

kroeger's recycle

If you are looking for examples of large-scale eco-friendly initiatives, you’ll want to pay attention to supermarket giant Kroger over the next few months. The company, which owns the most conventional grocery stores in the country, will begin funneling some of its food waste to its distribution center in Compton, CA, where it will be converted into clean energy to help run that facility.

red palm oil

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—In mid-May, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) organized a two-day conference, held here, all about red palm oil-derived tocotrienols and carotenoids. 

Hartford, CT—With a 35–1 vote, the Connecticut Senate reportedly passed a bill that would require foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled. It became the first state Senate to do so, but the bill’s prospects in the Connecticut House of Representatives remained unclear. The bill states that the labeling requirement would not take effect in Connecticut until July 1, 2016, unless three other nearby states passed similar legislation. In that case, it would take effect July 1, 2015.

oklahoma tornado

Moore, OK—Some 16 southern Oklahoma counties are still reeling from the catastrophic tornados that ravaged the area on Monday of this week. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, leaving thousands of Oklahomans with nothing.

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