S&P 500 stock shares of Dean Foods spiked 34% on August 8th, when the company announced it would put forth an IPO for 20% of its WhiteWave Foods division, which houses the Horizon Organic milk and Silk Soy brands.

Washington, DC—Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are working together to support and pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.

Tampa, FL—Fermented wheat germ extract, known in the immune health category, has given researchers reason to study its other potential benefits.

In the view of Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and a filmmaker and ocean explorer himself, the oceans are the circulatory system of the earth, and an ailing one at that. As the founder and executive director of Plant a Fish, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to restoring ocean ecosystems and marine life in tandem with coastal communities, he seeks positive momentum in the fight to save the oceans.

United States—One of the most devastating droughts in recent history is ongoing in the Midwest United States, and it is causing concern throughout the organic produce industry.

Washington, D.C.—Industry members have had some positive things to say about a new bill aimed at stopping the manufacturing, selling and marketing of illegal anabolic steroids masquerading as supplements and similar imitation drugs.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market (WFM) had an impressive third-quarter increase, according to a financial report (ending July 1) released last week by the grocery chain giant.

Recent studies into the claims of sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and the UK’s most popular drink, Lucozade, have found that many of those claims may be false. Even more pressing is that sports drinks could possibly have more negative effects than positive, depending on the situation.

Halifax, NS, Canada—Some have shied away from omega 3-rich krill oil with the belief that krill fishing endangers the ecosystem. A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology, however, found otherwise through an assessment of krill harvesting and processing.