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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Washington, D.C.-After more scrutiny continued over several issues in the finishing of the Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved the bill on July 12th with a vote of 35-11.

Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its cousin fibromyalgia (FMS) only affect around 2–4% of the world’s population, their debilitating symptoms have caused concern in the medical world. CFS and FMS not only cause pain for its sufferers, but they also impair sleep, mental clarity and overall wellbeing. After a three-week study, published in The Open Pain Journal, conclusions yielded that supplemental D-ribose, a key element in the production of the “energy molecule” adenosine triphosphate (ATP), can improve all affected areas.

Washington, D.C.—American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met with the staff of Senator Richard Durbin, (D-IL) on July 13, addressing the senator’s about the dietary supplement industry’s compliance with the federal regulated current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs).

Chur, Switzerland—A new study published in Phytotherapy Research has found that saw palmetto (20 mg Prostasan from Bioforce USA) not only improves urinary problems, but also helps with erectile dysfunction.