Last month I told you why I think it’s very hard to take the USDA dietary guidelines very seriously. In fact, I think the whole notion of looking to the government for guidelines on eating is ludicrous. 

vitamin B12

A new study published in PLOS ONE has been able to correlate low vitamin B12 levels in the brain with age, autism and schizophrenia. The researchers collected postmortem brain samples from 43 control subjects ranging in age from 19 weeks of gestation to 80 years, as well as 12 autistic subjects (4-9 years of age) and nine schizophrenic subjects (36-49 years of age).

Rose Weitzner, Vegan Trade Council

The importance of sustainable and ethically-produced goods is growing in demand in the vegan, organic, and natural foods marketplace. Retail TouchPoints, an online publishing network for retail executives, recently released a new report entitled, Retail Sustainability in an Omnichannel World – Embracing Technology and Data to Educate the Socially Conscious Consumer, which cites a number of studies that further evidences this growing trend.

GFCO

No doubt you have seen the Certified Gluten-Free label on many of your products. This label had become crucial for people and families with gluten intolerances to easily and reliably find products that will not make them ill. This e-book allows you to get to know the Gluten Intolerance Group's mission, the certification process of the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, some of the brands it represents and the people behind the organization's success.

Are we at a point in history in which a protocol, mostly and exclusively utilized as a solution to various testing parameters, has now become a necessity for not just preventative health, but to even live up to our current life expectancy?

USDA

Washington — On Monday, February 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers to go toward research or extension projects aimed at helping producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease as it is more commonly known. According to Secretary Tom Vilsack, this disease has affected over 75% of Florida citrus crops and continues to threaten production across the United States.

Mother's Market & Kitchen

Costa Mesa, CA-based Mother’s Market & Kitchen has decided to partner with Mill Road Capital in an effort to expand its business.

Editors Note: WholeFoods Magazine recently reported on a new partnership between Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Mill Road Capital investment firm. Our very own merchandising editor Jay Jacobowitz provides some insight on the potential of this new partnership and what it means for the supernatural retail space.

Fairway Group Holdings, Fairway Market

In a quarterly 10-Q SEC filing on Friday, Fairway Group Holdings, corporate parent of Fairway Market, revealed if the company’s financial performance does not improve or financing from an additional third-party is not obtained, the company may fall out of compliance with financial covenants at the end of its fiscal year in April.