Daabon Grouphas achieved the first-ever Fair Trade USA certification of a palm oil product for Hain Celestial’s Spectrum Organic All-Vegetable Shortening which comes from rural, small scale farmers in the Magdalena Region of Colombia.

Back to Nature Foods Companyannounced that 70 products, about 80%, have been Non-GMO Project Verified since beginning the verification process in January 2015. “We understand how important it is for our consumers to know how their food is sourced and we want them to feel confident about the ingredients in our products,” said Vincent Fantegrossi, president and CEO in a press release. “That’s why we’re committed to transparent ingredient sourcing and working towards obtaining Non-GMO Project Verification for all of our products by the end of 2016.”

Hain Celestial’sAlmond Dream and Coconut Dream non-dairy yogurts have earned Non-GMO Project Verification. “Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts have always been made with high quality ingredients, and the verification from the Non-GMO Project provides an additional level of assurance to our consumers and customers,” said Basel Nassar, chief operating officer of Hain Refrigerated Foods Division.

Heavenly Organics, manufacturer of 100% organic, raw honey has partnered with Care2 on a petition to raise awareness about the destruction of bee colonies from pesticides and mobilize action against this threat. The petition calls on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban harmful pesticides and chemical antibiotics contaminating the food supply and destroying bee colonies. “We know that through this partnership, people will stand with us in fighting against the use of pesticides and chemical antibiotics to prevent the negative impact they are having on human health, the environment, and bee colonies worldwide. We need to make this change before it is too late,” said Amit Hooda, CEO of Heavenly Organics in a press release.