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|4/27/2015 - After repeatedly declaring that homeopathic remedies are just inert water and no better than a placebo, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suddenly had a schizophrenic moment and decided that homeopathy is now imminently dangerous! That's right -- the same agency that says pharmaceutical...|
|4/24/2015 - After more than two decades of sweetening its sodas with aspartame -- a chemical sweetener that more and more consumers equate with a neurological poison -- PepsiCo has announced it's dropping the chemical and replacing it with sucralose.
The dropping of aspartame from its sodas is yet another monumental...|
|4/16/2015 - Despite the fact that people have turned to homeopathic remedies for hundreds of years and enjoy their health-boosting benefits to this day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on such products, issuing safety alerts and encouraging people to report any side effects.
|2/20/2015 - On a Page County farm in southwest Iowa, farmers have adjusted their crop methods to meet the demand of food-conscious consumers, and that demand is for non-GMO crops. A six-generation farm is switching over to non-GMO corn to cater to the more food-conscious markets in a direct-to-consumer way. Could...|
|2/14/2015 - Genetically modified apples have been approved by the industry-corrupted USDA, a federal regulator that accomplishes for the biotech industry the same thing the FDA achieves for Big Pharma: unlimited profits, lax regulation and a ready willingness to accept fabricated "science" as fact.
|10/29/2014 - As suspected by many health food advocates who are pushing for GMO labeling laws in various states, the alarm that labeling GMOs would drastically increase food prices is bogus. But it works on the unthinking masses who don't really care enough about what they eat to send them to the polls, voting against...|
|8/7/2014 2:36:57 PM - An increasing number of people in the world today are becoming intolerant to gluten, which is a specific protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Sensitivity to the gluten protein now affects roughly 18 million Americans. This growing problem has given rise to an ever-expanding industry of "gluten-free"...|
|7/11/2014 - The editorial board for The Oregonian is against GMO food labeling, justifying their position by saying that the FDA feels that "there is simply no scientific or nutritional basis to do so."
Once upon a time, the federal government said that lead-based paint and leaded gasoline were safe, only to...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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"...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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).
|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...|
|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"...|
|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).
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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).
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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"...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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....|
|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...|
|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....|
|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.
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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"...|
|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....|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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....|
|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.
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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.
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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),...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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
|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
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|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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