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Expo West ‘Greener than Ever’ Hosts 56,000 Attendees

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 15, 2010
File under: Business News, Economy, Health, Sustainable Products


Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural foods show in the country celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center in California where, a record 56,000 attendees sampled the latest in natural, organic, healthy, eco-friendly and fair trade products. Thirty years ago, the size of the natural products industry was estimated to be $2.4 billion and natural and organic products were sold mostly by independent retailers and co-ops.

These days, consumers can find healthy, environmentally conscious products in most retail channels in North America. According to the Natural Foods Merchandiser’s 2009 Market Overview, the natural products industry is now worth nearly $68 billion.At the 2010 trade show, thousands of booths were set wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling over five massive pavilions exhibiting every kind of food, health and household product imaginable.

“Natural Products Expo West has grown because it is the premiere show in the industry,” said Adam Andersen, the show manager for Natural Products Expo West.  “Hundreds of new product introductions at Expo West are proof positive of the strategic value surrounding in-person business events.” …read more of Expo West ‘Greener than Ever’ Hosts 56,000 Attendees here

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Drink No Evil

By Justin O'Neill
August 18, 2009
File under: Business Profiles, Green Practices, Health


I, for one, try to avoid evil at every opportunity.  Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to Adina Beverages, whose slogan is “Drink No Evil,” and specifically their newest line of drinks: Adina Holistics.

I’ve been a fan of Vitamin Water for a long time, but I can report that I’ve now found a healthy and great tasting alternative when I’m in the mood for something different.

Using the notion of “drinking no evil” as a mission statement of sorts, Adina set out to create a beverage that taps into the growing consumer acceptance and enthusiasm for holistic and natural health.

The Holistics line bases its healthy outlook on the 5,000 year old tradition of Ayurvedics, and is infused with an impressive variety of herbs and vitamins that include anti-oxidants, blood pressure stabilizers, and exotic sounding ingredients such as “eleuthero root extract, ashgwandha root extract, astragalus root extract, ginseng extract, and reishi mushroom extract.” …read more of Drink No Evil here

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“Does Asia really challenge the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy?!”

By Loretta White
July 2, 2009
File under: Business News, Business Profiles, Carbon Emissions, clean energy, Clean Tech, Consumer Awareness, Economy, Green Jobs, Green Practices, Health, Invest Green, Non-Sustainable Products, Waste


Our editor sent me a link to a Time Magazine article titled “Asia Challenges the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy”
I was enraged at the shallowness of this thought process. Having worked within global manufacturing for over fifteen years. I have seen the “new pink,” the buzz words that become the focus of corporations.

Spoken by the CEO’s to boards, stockholders and management; like “outsource,” ‘DIVERSITY,” “Supply Chain,” all of which have been great ideas that turned scapegoats; used for the purpose of getting a tax advantage, saving money, all about the stock price today. Nothing considered as to the long term ramifications. And this article is that one-dimensional.

With this knowledge, knowing others have similar insights I am throwing this out there to start a discussion. …read more of “Does Asia really challenge the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy?!” here

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Sweet Deception

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 19, 2009
File under: Business News, Consumer Awareness, Health


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA), a trade group representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry, claims that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has the “same natural sweetness as table sugar and honey.”

Many brand name foods and beverages, from soft drinks to tomato soup labeled “all-natural” contain a high level of HFCS.  An interesting take since HFCS is highly processed and refined with enzymatic processes that make use of synthetic fixing agents.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is thought to play a role in the onset of obesity and recent reports indicate that much of it has been tainted with mercury. While HFCS has never enjoyed much popularity among health-conscious consumers, CRA has launched a $30 million ad campaign to counter the current publicity surrounding HFCS.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the increased use of HFCS in the US mirrors the rapid increase in obesity. Scientists found that the digestion, absorption and metabolism of fructose differ from glucose. …read more of Sweet Deception here

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Killer Cosmetics

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 2, 2009
File under: Business News, Health


Increasingly, research scientists are concerned about the cumulative health effects of many of the compounds found in personal care products. Studies link chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. Although many industry experts say that the products are safe, some scientists and others outside the industry disagree.

The FDA has no authority to regulate the personal care products we use every day, and Federal health statutes do not require companies to test products or ingredients for safety before they are sold. As a result, the majority of body care products contain ingredients that have not been tested by any federal agency, or required to meet uniform safety standards.

Skin is permeable and everything we apply to it is absorbed into the body. Preservatives that prolong the shelf life of many personal care products are toxic and contain compounds that release formaldehyde. According to laboratory tests, chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products such as, phthalates, triclosan, musks, and parabens are capable of disrupting the body’s hormone system. …read more of Killer Cosmetics here

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