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Whole Foods sued over false 'all natural' claim on baked goods

6/18/2014 - The term all natural can easily be a rip-off slogan, slapped onto products posing to be all about consumer's health. Consumers are easily hoodwinked into paying extra for a product that is advertised as "all natural." Also, just because a product has a "natural" ingredient, doesn't necessarily mean...

GMO labeling an irreversible trend as more consumers demand clear labeling

6/12/2014 - Big agribusiness and biotech companies don't want it, but increasingly Americans - and people in countries all over the world - want food products that contain genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. Calls for GMO labeling come amid a backdrop of consumer regulations that already...

The Clean Food Movement explained: huge victory for consumers vs. corporate collusion and secrecy

5/18/2014 - While Natural News is one of the best-known voices of the Clean Food Movement, there are actually many millions of voices across the movement. But what is the Clean Food Movement exactly? In this article, I explain what it means and where it came from. The Clean Food Movement is decentralized, grassroots...

The Great Boycott: Monsanto and the GMA

5/15/2014 4:17:40 PM - Defying repeated threats of a lawsuit from Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), on May 8, Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, signed a historic bill requiring food manufacturers to label genetically engineered (GE) foods, and to drop the practice of labeling GE foods as "natural"...

FOODSNIFFER smartphone app will allow food safety testing by consumers everywhere

5/11/2014 - European researchers are working on developing a smartphone-embedded sensor that would allow consumers to scan food for the presence of contaminants -- from pesticides and allergens to foodborne infectious agents. The sensor is being developed under the name FOODSNIFFER (FOOD Safety at the point-of-Need...

Safeguard Organic Standards: 10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

5/6/2014 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), in a series of action alerts over the past month, has criticized the gradual erosion of organic standards by vested corporate interests in the organic products industry. OCA, a nationwide watchdog organization set up to safeguard organic standards 16 years...

General Mills, maker of metal fragment-filled Wheaties, announces changes to legal terms that make consumers bound to arbitration

4/27/2014 - Recent changes in the legal fine print of many popular General Mills products convey that merely downloading a coupon or clicking "like" on Facebook may keep consumers from having the right to sue. The change is based on the idea that a person who sues the company over products from a company in which...

Vermont says NO to GMO ignorance, oppression and slavery of consumers with new mandatory GMO labeling law

4/25/2014 - Most of you reading this have no idea how desperate the biotech industry has been to block GMO labeling laws: they've committed election money laundering crimes, hired negative P.R. trolls, paid major publishers to place character assassination hit pieces against activists, unleashed threatening phone...

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and 'Natural' Food Fight

4/18/2014 - After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory - mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted...

Corporate Clout Chips away at Organic Standards

4/6/2014 - Co-authored by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins. The Organic Consumers Association has a long history http://organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21845.cfm of defending the integrity of organic standards. Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporate...

Vegan protein consumers rush to low-metals products: Pumpkin Seed Protein the latest to test super clean

3/25/2014 - In the aftermath of the explosive revelation that vegan rice protein products contain significant concentrations of the heavy metals lead, cadmium and tungsten, the natural products industry has been scrambling to produce cleaner plant-based proteins that are substantially free of those metals. I am...

No consumers allowed at biotech industry's secret 'GMO consumer benefit'

3/4/2014 - The biotechnology industry has proven that it will stop at nothing to get genetically engineered foods into Europe, even if this means holding secret meetings with politicians and policymakers to scheme ways to thrust the technology onto an unwilling public. The independent research group Corporate...

Why Dr. Oz was right to warn consumers about lead in Shakeology Greenberry protein powder

3/3/2014 - The health industry is suddenly buzzing with more findings about heavy metals in protein products, and Dr. Oz is beginning to warn viewers about lead in some products. This is on top of Natural News finding substantial concentrations of the heavy metal tungsten in organic vegan rice protein products...

USDA seeks to poison consumers by contaminating almonds with neurological poison

11/2/2013 - Don't look now, but the federal Leviathan thinks all raw almonds - including those grown organically - are so dangerous for you, they should be cooked, even if it means using a known carcinogen. According to the Alliance for Natural Health, the state of California's Almond Board, in conjunction with...

Millions against Monsanto: 5 Lessons from the Battle against GMOs

11/2/2013 - Twenty years after the controversial introduction of unlabeled and untested genetically engineered foods and crops, opposition to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and Monsanto has created one of the largest netroots-grassroots movements in the U.S. There are arguably more important issues facing...

GMO pushers in desperation, trying to claim consumers no longer care about GM foods

10/2/2013 - While an Australian scientist from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been quoted saying that the heat has gone out of the genetically modified food debate and that people are now willing to eat GM food, particularly if they understand why the crop has been...

Scientific American discredits itself by insisting that consumers be kept in the dark about GMOs

9/20/2013 - What the public doesn't know won't hurt them. At least, that's the thinking behind the Scientific American's recent editorial, "Labels for GMO Food Are a Bad Idea." It argues, "Instead of providing people with useful information, mandatory GMO labels would only intensify the misconception that so-called...

Millions against Monsanto: On the Road to Victory

7/19/2013 - "The harder they come the harder they fall, one and all." Jimmy Cliff, reggae classic After enjoying a year of maximum profits, record stock prices, the defeat of a major GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling campaign in California, pro-industry court decisions, and a formidable display of...

Obamacare admits incomes of consumers won't be verified - Massive waste of handouts to follow

7/11/2013 - When President Obama was flying around the country stumping for his signature health care "reform" law in 2009-10, he said the plan would only cost about $900 billion over the course of a decade and would be "fully paid for." In May, however, the Congressional Budget Office - in examining the true...

Consumer Alert: Secret trade agreements threaten food safety, subvert democracy

6/18/2013 - If you think the U.S. government is doing a sub-par job of keeping your food safe, brace yourself. You could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don't meet even basic U.S. food safety standards. Under two new trade agreements, currently in negotiation, the U.S. Food and Drug...

Consumers poorly informed about emergency room costs, study finds

3/15/2013 - Emergency room charges vary so dramatically that it's impossible for consumers to know what kind of bill they're going to be stuck with, according to a study led by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and published in the journal PLOS ONE. For example, the out-of-pocket patient...

U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream

2/25/2013 - You probably already know that the FDA has declared war on raw milk and even helped fund and coordinate armed government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors. Yes, it's insane. This brand of tyranny is unique to the USA and isn't even conducted in China, North Kora or Cuba. Only in the USA...

Are Coca-Cola and Pepsi Lobbying the FDA for a GMO Labeling Law?

1/13/2013 - High-level executives from some of the U.S.'s largest food corporations are meeting with the FDA behind closed doors this week to lobby for a mandatory federal GMO labeling law. Could it be that bad press and consumer backlash have dulled the enthusiasm of these former biotech cheerleaders? Or is Big...

GMO food fight: Round two 2013

1/9/2013 - On November 6, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor's edge of passing the first statewide mandatory labeling law for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Prop...

Organic Consumers Association calls out Dr. Oz for 'flip-flopping' with high-profile attacks on organics

12/6/2012 - A few days ago, I sounded the alarm on Dr. Oz and his attack on organic consumers. In my article published here on Natural News, I called Dr. Oz a "sellout" for his labeling of organic consumers as "elitist" and "snobs" while lying by omission in his TIME Magazine article that failed to disclose the...

Recalibration: Why Dr. Oz is such a positive force for empowering health-conscious people

12/1/2012 - I have updated the story that originally appeared here with this account after having met Dr. Oz face to face and appeared on his show as a guest for a heavy metals research segment. This experience drastically altered my opinion of Dr. Oz, and in my view he has become more and more of an "activist"...

Natural brands betray consumers over GMO labeling: NaturalNews issues boycott of Kashi, Silk, Larabar and more

8/16/2012 - It's time to defeat evil in the food industry and stop the vicious betrayal of consumers by so-called "natural" brands. They're all conspiring right now to funnel millions of dollars into a disinformation campaign to try to defeat ballot measure 37, the "GMO labeling" initiative in California (http://www.naturalnews.com/036833_GMO_labeling_YES_on_37_California.html). Effective...

Natural and organic meat shopping is on the rise; consumers are waking up

7/30/2012 - Sometimes we Americans can be a little stubborn, a little too prideful or provincial when it comes to change. But slowly, surely, Americans are finally "getting it" when it comes to natural and organic foods, and we're buying more of them. New consumer research shows that while some grocery spending...

'Monsanto Protection Act' to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops?

7/15/2012 - While millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both...

The case for mandatory GMO labeling - even if you believe in limited government and the free market

6/18/2012 - Now that the GMO labeling ballot measure has been officially accepted onto the California ballot, Monsanto is gearing up its propaganda campaign that aims to convince people you don't need to know what you're eating! Trust us, we're the food companies! We never lie, do we? For the record, I'm an...

Drop the moneybomb on Monsanto - join the global fundraiser for victory on GMO labeling

5/4/2012 9:56:24 AM - Between May 1 and May 26, a broad coalition of food, farm, health, public interest, and environmental groups across the country, joined by leading organic food companies, will attempt to raise one million dollars to support the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, a citizens' ballot...

Is Vermont's Governor Surrendering to Monsanto?

4/21/2012 - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has less than two weeks to either stand with the 90 percent of his constituents who support a mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods -- or cave in to Monsanto's threat to sue the state if legislators pass H.722. If the Governor's words this past week...

Millions against Monsanto: The food fight of our lives

4/15/2012 - "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." -- Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994 "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our...

If the biotech industry is so proud of GMOs, why don't they tout GMOs on food packaging labels?

3/7/2012 - Genetically engineered foods will "feed the world," say Bill Gates and all the rest of the GMO pushers. GM crops are the result of "high-tech agriculture" and "advanced technology" created by super-smart agricultural geniuses who only enhance the properties of food crops. GMOs are better than God, better...

Whole Fraud: Exposing the myth of so-called 'natural' foods

2/14/2012 - On Jan. 31, organic and natural foods giant Whole Foods Market (WFM) once again attacked http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com Organic Consumers Association, the nation's leading watchdog on organic standards, as being too "hard-line" for insisting that retailers like WFM stop selling, or at least start...

Organic consumers rally at Whole Foods to demand GMO labeling

10/6/2011 - Whole Foods Market, a grocery chain with a reputation for bringing "natural" foods to consumers, has suffered substantial criticism in recent months due to its failure to identify products that contain genetically modified ingredients. The nonprofit Organic Consumers Association organized a demonstration...

Beyond Frankenfoods and Toxics: OCA's Ten Reasons to Buy Organic

8/22/2011 - Organic foods and products are the fastest growing items in America's grocery carts. Thirty million households, comprising 75 million people, are now buying organic foods, clothing, body care, supplements, pet food, and other products on a regular basis. Fifty-six percent of U.S. consumers say they...

Whole Paycheck and Organic Food Deserts: The Challenge

8/12/2011 - After decades of grassroots public education, battles to safeguard standards, and hard work, organic food and farming has become the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture. Organics have surged in popularity to become a $30 billion dollar industry in the United States, representing approximately...

Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath

7/27/2011 - "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994 After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous...

Organic Consumers Association boycott forces Silk soymilk to get honest with Non-GMO Project

6/29/2011 - The Silk beverage company, which is owned by the nation's largest dairy conglomerate Dean Foods, shot itself in the foot in 2009 when it quietly switched its line of organic soymilk beverages to conventional without changing its products labels (http://www.naturalnews.com/027450_food_foods_Dean.html). In...

Why people like processed foods

3/25/2011 - Certainly by now, most consumers (even those who prefer to bury their heads in the sand) know that when food is processed, it becomes less healthy. So why are foods so heavily processed when it makes them dangerous? Why do people keep eating them? Why do companies keep making them? Here are a few reasons...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard

2/28/2011 - More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, "local" as a marketing claim, has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number...

Monsanto nation: Exposing Monsanto's minions

2/9/2011 - My expose last week, The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now? (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm) has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves...

The Organic Elite Surrender to Monsanto - What Now?

2/1/2011 - "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and...

USDA deregulates GE alfalfa; opens door to new era of widespread genetic pollution of crops

1/28/2011 - After months of pretending to review public feedback on the issue of GE alfalfa, the USDA has announced a surprise lifting of all restrictions on the genetically engineered crop, effectively allowing anyone to plant GE alfalfa anywhere, without any restriction. This is the USDA's surrender to Monsanto,...

If given a fair choice, most consumers would choose alternative medicine over conventional health care

1/5/2011 - As a strong proponent of free market economics, I have long wondered why free markets don't seem to be operating in the health care industry. Today, it finally hit me with great clarity, and I'll share that with you here. But first, a primer on free market economics: As the free market theory says,...

Corn Industry Attempts to Hoodwink Consumers with HFCS Name Change

10/6/2010 - In the face of mounting consumer concerns about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and defecting food company clients, the Corn Refiners Association has come up with a solution: Instead of trying to give consumers a healthier product, they have petitioned the FDA to let them give HFCS a...

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) recall leaves food consumers wondering: What is this stuff?

3/8/2010 - Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) is one of most common soy-based food "fillers" used to make literally thousands of processed food products. It's found in veggie burgers, gravy mixes, soups and many other grocery products. Last Thursday, one of the largest producers of HVP in the United States, Las...

Dean Foods pulls bait-and-switch on "organic" Silk soymilk

11/10/2009 - Until early 2009, Silk brand soy milk was made using organic soybeans. But earlier this year, Dean Foods (owner of the Silk brand) quietly switched to conventional soybeans, which are often grown with pesticides. But they kept the same UPC barcodes on their products, and they kept the product label...

Join the Organic Consumers Association's national boycott of "organic cheater" brands

11/9/2009 - Many popular brands of personal care products use words like "organic" on their product labels or company names, but the products they're selling don't meet organic standards. So the Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org) has been waging a public campaign to expose "organic cheaters"...

Consumers Duped by Trans Fat Labeling

8/28/2009 - FDA food labeling rules make it possible for consumers to exceed their maximum recommended daily intake of trans fats even if they eat only foods labeled "zero trans fats" per serving. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated oils, are synthetically produced by adding hydrogen atoms to unsaturated...

FDA Declares Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safe for All

8/11/2009 - His mercury fillings were gray And he chewed on them every day. But the stuff reached his brain And it drove him insane Now he works for the FDA - by Mike Adams Any scientific credibility the FDA might have been clinging to in these last few years has now disintegrated with the agency's recent...

Why the Free Market Doesn't Work: Consumption vs. Conservation

4/23/2009 - I'm a big free market proponent. I love the "freedom" in it... the individual decisions of hundreds of millions of people coalescing into an "invisible hand" of efficiency improvements, quality of life enhancements and unlimited abundance. That's the Alice-in-Wonderland version of the free market economy,...

Book Review: The Ultramind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman Teaches Consumers How to Beat Depression, Anxiety and Brain Fog

1/8/2009 - Dr. Mark Hyman has done it again, nailing the solutions for a common set of health challenges facing the population today. His newest book, The UltraMind Solution delivers a powerful nutrition-oriented solution for depression, anxiety, mood and cognitive function. What's important about all this...

Your Beliefs Create the Marketplace

11/23/2008 - You've heard the phrase, "Vote with your wallet." Well the votes are in. Ethical consumers are putting their money where their values are. This quiet revolution based on information and idealism is changing the marketplace. Chances are good that you are one of those consumers. Do you prefer to dine...

Pharmaceuticals in the Water: Why Medication Contamination is a Danger to Our Health and the Environment (transcript)

11/10/2008 - Welcome everyone. I'm the Health Ranger, Mike Adams. Today we're talking about the dangers of chemicals in your tap water. The Associated Press has done a study, and they're reporting today that all kinds of chemicals are found in your tap water, and this time we're not talking about lead, mercury,...

Almond Growers Sue USDA to Halt Mandatory Chemical Fumigation of Raw Almonds

9/10/2008 - After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA's bizarre decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA in an attempt to repeal the requirements that all almonds...

FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods

8/23/2008 - NaturalNews has learned that the FDA is intentionally plotting to deceive consumers over the labeling of irradiated foods, attempting to eliminate any requirement for informative labeling or replace the word "irradiated" with "pasteurized." In a feature story published by NaturalNews yesterday, we...

Menstruation is a Disease (And Other Ridiculous Myths Believed by Mainstream Consumers)

8/5/2008 - As I was horrified to discover upon turning on the TV in a hotel room recently, drug companies are now pushing pills that promise women a significant reduction in the frequency of menstruation. The implication, of course, is that menstruation is a disease that needs to be treated with pharmaceuticals,...

Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco? Health Freedom Advocate Says Criminalizing Cigarettes is a Mistake

7/31/2008 - The U.S. Congress has just voted to categorize tobacco as a drug, handing the FDA regulatory authority to control the advertising, marketing and sales of cigarettes. This hilarious move, if approved by the Senate and signed by the President, would put the FDA in the position of approving the sale of...

Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit

6/5/2008 - The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children. While dismissing hundreds of studies showing a clear link between mercury amalgam fillings ("silver fillings") and disastrous neurological effects in the human body, the FDA denied the...

Efforts to Help Home Loan Consumers Blocked by Obscure Federal Agency

5/23/2008 - Predatory lenders had a partner in their crimes according to Eliot Spitzer. The Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners from egregious lending practices, choosing instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers as predatory lending...

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Sues Estee Lauder and Others Over "Organic Cheater" Labeling

5/7/2008 - Following the Organic Consumers Association's revelations that so-called "organic" or "natural" product brands were actually made with toxic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has sued numerous companies in the industry that it accuses of using misleading labeling to deceive consumers....

Heparin Contamination Fiasco Reveals Dirty Secret of Drug Industry: Their Pills are Made in China!

5/1/2008 - Remember a couple of years ago how the FDA warned Americans not to buy prescription drugs from Canada because they might be "contaminated by terrorists?" I'm not making that up: That was the official announcement of an FDA spokesperson, and it was part of their fear strategy for enforcing a monopoly...

Interview with Alan Friedman from Good Cause Wellness about Antioxidants, Agave Nectar and Chia Seeds

3/31/2008 - This is an exclusive interview with Good Cause Wellness founder Alan Friedman, who talks about antioxidants, superfood powders, agave nectar, chia seeds and his personal passion for health. Following the interview, I negotiated a discount for NaturalNews readers on one of Friedman's top-selling products....

How food companies fool consumers with food coloring ingredients made from petrochemicals

3/21/2008 - Have you ever wondered why companies use artificial colors? You might think it's because they want to make their food look good, but there's another reason -- a far deeper reason -- why companies use artificial colors to make their foods more appealing to consumers. Keep reading to learn what that is. Why...

Exclusive Interview with Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association, on 1,4-Dioxane Contamination of Organic Products

3/19/2008 - Want to know the latest news on the recent discovery of "natural" and "organic" products being contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane? Two days ago, I conducted an exclusive, live interview with Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association. It's a 30-minute interview, and it's...

Natural Consumer Products Found Contaminated with Cancer-Causing 1,4-Dioxane in Groundbreaking Analysis Released by OCA

3/15/2008 - A cancer-causing compound called 1,4-dioxane has been found in some of the most commonly used petroleum-based cosmetics by a study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association, including products from Kiss My Face, Nutribiotic, Jason, Ecover, Citrus Magic, 365, Alba, Lifetree, Giovanni, Seventh...

U.S. Supreme Court Poised to Strip Consumers of Right to Sue over Deadly Pharmaceuticals

2/25/2008 - In arguments and discussion for Warner-Lambert Co. v. Kent heard today, Justices are proposing that consumers should not be able to sue pharmaceutical companies for damages from side effects because some people might be helped by those same drugs. Forget all the technical legalities -- this argument...

Heparin Blood Thinner Drug Linked to Sudden Deaths; Cheap Ingredients Imported from Chinese Chemical Factory

2/15/2008 - In case you haven't heard, the popular blood thinning drug Heparin was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer (Baxter) after hundreds of reports surfaced linking the drug to sudden deaths and severe allergic reactions requiring hospitalization. Drug safety investigators have now confirmed "irregularities"...

Most Consumers of Snacks Unwilling to Give Up Taste for Enhanced Nutrition

2/11/2008 - Even among those who are seeking healthier snack options, taste is still a more important factor than nutrition in selecting a product, according to a survey conducted by Datamonitor. Datamonitor surveyed consumers in the United States and Europe, with 1,000 of the respondents in the United States....

Consumers Advocate Group Urges Ban on Marketing to Children

1/24/2008 - The Consumers International Congress (CI) was held in Sydney at the end of October with the theme 'holding corporations to account'. Two areas of the Congress that attracted media attention were 'Obesity and Food Marketing', and 'The Ethics of the Drug Promotion'. The Congress maintains that consumers...

FDA Plots to Disolve Labelling Requirement for Irradiated Foods

12/13/2007 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to relax its stance on food labeling to allow some foods which have been irradiated to be labeled as "pasteurized" instead. The proposed rule changes would allow companies to label food as pasteurized when the treatment of irradiation doesn't...

Herbal Consumers Show Need for a New Kind of Consumer Education

12/5/2007 - Nedra Alleman of Afton, Wyoming came up to me holding a bag of supplements that must have weighed three or four pounds. She was not selling me anything, rather she was asking me which of these I would use or recommend. One by one I went through the bag. Like every natural healer, I have a standard...

Processed Meat Unsafe For Human Consumption; Cancer Experts Warn of Dietary Dangers

11/25/2007 - World cancer experts have finally declared what NaturalNews readers learned nearly four years ago: That processed meats cause cancer, and anyone seeking to avoid cancer should avoid eating all processed meats for life. Hundreds of cancer researchers took part in a five-year project spanning more than...

Consumer groups join forces to reverse pasteurization ruling for raw almonds

10/22/2007 - The U.S. government is once again working closely with powerful corporations to knowingly deliver a nutritionally deficient food supply to the American people. This most recent example concerns the new rules by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and backed by the USDA to mandate the pasteurization...

Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation hit by class action lawsuits over "organic" milk labels

10/17/2007 - The Cornucopia Institute has announced a wave of class action lawsuits against the Boulder, Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation, which it says is engaged in, "the largest scandal in the history of the organic industry." The lawsuits allege that Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation, which supplies...

Smoothies rise in popularity as consumers choose healthier beverages

10/5/2007 - The sales of smoothies in the United States have increased dramatically during the past five years, according to industry analysis company Mintel, and have now "become a part of the American landscape." Mintel cites the fact that smoothies are quick, nutritious and portable as a reason for their popularity...

Consumer alert: Popular air fresheners found to contain toxic chemical

9/26/2007 - A test of air freshener products recently conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of 14 popular air freshener products contained a chemical known to be harmful to the health of humans. Phthalates, known to cause reproductive problems and hormone disruption in humans, were...

Bush / Big Pharma conspiracy? White House to oppose open disclosure of clinical drug trials

9/19/2007 - The White House is taking steps to kill the FDA reform legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives that would require drug companies to publicly post clinical trial results so that doctors, researchers and the public could review them. According to a report in Inside Health Policy, the...

Certain pomegranate juice products deceive consumers with dishonest labels and ingredients, reveals new consumer guide

9/11/2007 - A new consumer guide published on NaturalNews.com reveals that some pomegranate juice products sold in grocery stores are actually made with sugar water and "junk juice" blends. While pictures on the front of the juice products show pomegranates and blueberries, the juice inside the bottle is often little...

Pepsi admits Aquafina comes from tap water

8/2/2007 - It's a great marketing gimmick: A bottle of water with a clean, blue label showing images of snow-capped mountains and the claim, "Pure water, perfect taste." That's the image created by Pepsico's Aquafina brand of water, and many consumers leap to the incorrect conclusion that Aquafina is sourced from...

How food manufacturers trick consumers with deceptive ingredients lists

7/10/2007 - The myth: Ingredients lists on food products are designed to inform consumers about what's contained in the product. The reality: ingredients lists are used by food manufacturers to deceive consumers and trick them into thinking products are healthier (or better quality) than they really are. This article...

Why health freedom will ultimately overcome Big Pharma mischief and FDA corruption (opinion)

5/10/2007 - Do you find yourself frustrated with the lack of progress in the fight for consumer rights against Big Pharma and the FDA? Take comfort, my friends, in knowing that even though we did not achieve the victory we wanted in this latest legislative effort in the United States, we did stand up and be heard....

New LED lighting technology embraced by consumers, Total Cost of Ownership saves money over incandescent, fluorescent bulbs

5/10/2007 - The launch of our new LED lights from EcoLEDs (www.EcoLEDs.com) is already proven to be a huge success. Thank you to all the customers who have purchased our new LED light bulbs from BetterLifeGoods (www.BetterLifeGoods.com). In the first 24 hours, the sales of these lights greatly exceeded our expectations. The...

FDA drug safety bill passes in the U.S. Senate; health freedom advocates outraged at betrayal of American consumers

5/9/2007 - The U.S. Senate passed the FDA "drug safety" bill today (S.1082) with a 93-1 vote. A key amendment that would have called for genuine drug safety protections for consumers -- the Grassley amendment 1039 -- was defeated by a single vote (47 to 46). The new law deepens financial ties between Big Pharma...

28 Senators vote to maintain Big Pharma monopoly over U.S. consumers; Republicans oppose free trade for medicine

5/7/2007 - On May 3rd, 2007, U.S. Senators voted on an amendment to the 2007 Prescription Drug User Fee bill that aims to reform the FDA and enhance drug safety. This amendment, known as the "Dorgan Amendment No. 990," threatened to break Big Pharma's monopoly over pharmaceutical sales and allow U.S. consumers,...

Natural health community having a huge impact on Senate bill S.1082; consumers achieving important victories

5/4/2007 - We have good news to report on the Senate bill S.1082 that we've been covering all week. The grassroots efforts of citizens and advocates in the health freedom movement are making a huge impact on this legislative effort. We've already managed to delay the voting on the bill from early this week to...

Cornucopia Institute reveals agribusiness conspiracy to mislead consumers over almonds

4/9/2007 - The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes honest food and sustainable farming practices, has revealed details of the USDA's conspiracy with agribusiness interests to mislead consumers over the sterilization of almonds. A press release from the Cornucopia Institute, reprinted...

Almond Board of California changes its story following NaturalNews article

4/6/2007 - Following NaturalNews's original story about the Almond Board of California launching plans to falsely label pasteurized almonds as raw, the organization changed its story in emails being sent to consumers, and now claims the rules have nothing to do with the actual labeling of almonds. When NaturalNews...

Food Scam: Almond Board of California to falsely label pasteurized almonds as "raw"

4/5/2007 - The Almond Board of California, which oversees virtually 100 percent of the almonds grown and consumed in the United States and Canada, is now implementing plans to pasteurize all almonds at temperatures up to 158 degrees (F) and yet have them intentionally and falsely labeled as "raw." The decision...

Interview: Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummins tells the truth about organic milk that isn't

4/2/2007 - With consumer demand for organic products continuing to grow, more large corporations are entering the organic market. To maximize profits, some of these companies don't follow organic standards but still label products as organic. For example, Horizon Organic and Aurora Organic, sold by Wal-Mart and...

The health care reform legislation that Congress should pass, but won't

2/15/2007 - All of a sudden, everyone's talking about health care reform in the United States. From corporations like Wal-Mart to the newly-elected Democratic majority in the House, it seems that everyone -- business, government and the public -- recognizes our health care system is broken. And it is widely recognized...

Nutritionally unaware consumers guzzle down soda pop for breakfast

1/21/2007 - Consumption of carbonated soft drinks with breakfast has soared among U.S. consumers in the past 20 years, according to data from the New York-based consumer research firm NPD Group. Coffee consumption appears to have fallen accordingly. According to NPD executive Harry Balzer, consumers eating breakfast...

UK Consumers looking to natural food, not bars or shakes, for weight loss

1/19/2007 - Sales of weight loss foods in the United Kingdom have plummeted as consumers turn to healthier eating habits instead, according to a study released on January 11 by the market research group Mintel. The market for weight loss foods has dropped more than 25 percent in five years, from about $217 million...

Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummings discusses corporate greed and organic milk

11/28/2006 - Mike: I am here today talking with Ronnie Cummings, National Director of the Organic Consumers Association. That is at www.OrganicConsumers.org. We are going to talk today about organic milk. So what is the overview of this situation, Ronnie? Ronnie: Well, the good news is, there is such a huge demand...

Consumer fraud alert: Swiss Diamond non-stick cookware made with same chemical as Teflon

11/13/2006 - In the wake of health warnings about Teflon and non-stick cookware, health-conscious consumers are increasingly seeking safer, alternative cookware products that offer non-stick cooking without the worries of Teflon. As part of an investigative story for NaturalNews, I searched the web for Teflon alternatives...

Codex puts industry interests before consumers – again! (press release)

11/7/2006 - Forty-five countries and 24 international non-governmental organizations today completed a week of deliberations at the 28th session of the United Nations-backed Codex nutrition committee, held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This year’s meeting of the committee, relocated from its heartland in Germany,...

Copyright laws need serious overhaul to protect honest consumers in digital age, says think tank

11/1/2006 - When you copy CDs and DVDs that you purchased to your own portable electronic device, you are breaking the law if you are a British citizen. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is calling for a "private right to copy" of owned pieces of music in digital format, in an attempt to decriminalize...

Organic food market expected to surge over next five years as consumers demand chemical-free food

10/17/2006 - As more consumers vote for chemical-free food through their spending, the U.S. organic market is set to grow strongly in the next five years, according to consumer media and market research organization Mintel. The report states that the increased availability of organic foods in mainstream grocery...

Organic Consumers Association a staunch proponent of North American organic farming

10/4/2006 - With the recent announcement that mega-retailer Wal-Mart will begin selling and merchandising organic foods, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) fears the organic marketplace is at risk for complete dilution. They also fear the big-box store's practices will change the very definition of what constitutes...

Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People and Cost Billions of Dollars Annually (press release)

9/25/2006 - Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5...

Organic Consumers Association launches, "Millions Against Monsanto" grassroots activism campaign

7/27/2006 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently launched a grassroots campaign "to mobilize one million consumers to end Monsanto's global corporate terrorism." The "Millions Against Monsanto" campaign website says it seeks to end the Monsanto Corporation's intimidation of small family farmers,...

Mangosteen superfruit gains in popularity as XanGo urges consumers to stick to whole fruit products

7/18/2006 - -- Mangosteen -- a "superfruit" from a tropical evergreen tree in southeast Asia -- has experienced growth this year as food makers have begun including the healthy fruit in more and more products. However, XanGo, the maker of a dietary supplement juice derived from mangosteen, says consumers need...

Movielink to let consumers burn downloaded movies to DVD

7/17/2006 - The online movie service Movielink has announced a licensing deal with Sonic Solutions to use its DVD-on-Demand software to allow users to download movies from the internet and burn them to DVD. "This gives consumers a more flexible product while providing copyright holders with adequate protection...

'No Factory Farmed Organics'; Consumers Across the U.S. Tell the USDA to Not Allow Imposter Organics (press release)

7/10/2006 - Across the United States, thousands of consumers are responding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) public comment period on revisions to the National Organic Program (NOP). A number of the USDA revisions relate to the "access to pasture" requirement for organic dairies. The Organic Consumers...

The lawlessness of the FDA, Big Pharma immunity, and crimes against humanity (opinion)

6/29/2006 - June 30, 2006 is a day that will be long remembered as a dark milestone in the history of FDA and its campaign against health consumers. On June 30, an FDA "Final Rule" goes into effect, establishing a regulatory power grab of such scale and scope that it attempts to bypass all laws, the will of Congress...

Symantec to release security software that protects consumers during online transactions

6/26/2006 - A new security program should prevent personal data leaks when consumers are conducting online transactions, protecting valuable financial information. Some features of Symantec's Norton Confidential include the ability to detect and remove malware, which Symantic refers to as "crimeware," such...

New trans fat dietary guidelines proposed by American Heart Association, but AHA fails to suggest consumers should avoid all trans fatty acids

6/20/2006 - The American Heart Association (AHA) has released new guidelines that encourage consumers to limit their consumption of trans fats to less than 1 percent of their total calories. Though the AHA is the first major health group in the United States to specifically urge a reduction in dietary trans...

Protect your health freedom: Put an end to Codex and support the Health Freedom Protection Act

3/15/2006 - The United States has come to a decision point on nutritional supplements. Choice A is to continue participating in the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which could be hazardous to public health by setting limitations on supplements, and Choice B is to pass the Health Freedom Protection Act (HFPA),...

Amy's Kitchen offers consumers clean, MSG-free natural health foods

11/28/2005 - A lot of people mistakenly assume that any food product purchased at a health food store is automatically good for you. They think it must be natural and contain no chemical additives or taste enhancers. This simply isn't true. There are hundreds of products sold at health food stores and grocery stores...

The great direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising con: how patients and doctors alike are easily influenced to demand dangerous drugs

7/31/2005 - A cute, animated ball bounces around very sadly until he takes a magic potion; suddenly, it becomes happier than ever. No, that isn't the plot of a new children's movie. On the contrary, it's the storyline of a Zoloft commercial – yes, Zoloft, a powerful antidepressant drug. In the 1990s, direct-to-consumer...

Big Pharma: free market economics run amok

5/18/2005 - From a very early age, I was taught the theories of free market economics. As Americans, most of us are taught the same: that the free market is the best system in the world; that it produces more goods and services for consumers; that it raises the standard of living; that it works better than centrally-planned...

Soy cheese products deceive consumers, violate vegans

1/12/2005 - If you visit any natural grocery or health food store these days, you'll notice there are a lot of soy cheese products available. The implied message from the name of these products is that they are made with soy milk, not dairy products, and are therefore either healthier for you or appropriate for...

How statin drug makers lie to consumers in magazine ads

7/26/2004 - One of the most important ways for pharmaceutical companies to sell more prescription drugs is to alter the belief systems of patients so that they believe they absolutely need these drugs in order to achieve certain health goals. Here we're going to look at an advertisement for a statin drug that...

Health supplements assaulted by Consumers Union and the FDA; your freedom to choose nutritional supplements is being trampled

6/14/2004 2:50:24 PM - The Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, continues its attack on your freedom to choose health supplements with their recent announcement that nine out of ten Americans want dietary supplements to be proven safe before they are marketed. If the survey question is carefully crafted,...

Some consumers think naturally-raised beef should cost the same as corporate farm beef

1/22/2004 6:32:44 PM - It seems like virtually every food manufacturer wants to jump on the "natural" bandwagon, but as sharp consumers already know, the word "natural" on the label of a food product or meat package doesn't really mean much: tricky food marketers can use the word "natural" even on products containing...

Nutritional information on restaurant menus empowers consumers to make healthy food choices

11/7/2003 1:10:02 AM - In case you hadn't noticed, we have an obesity problem in this country. And while the responsibility for each person's body weight is ultimately up to that person, it certainly helps to have better information made available to consumers. Obesity is basically about eating too much while not expending...

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