Natural Products Expo East Exposed to New Options
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:33
Baltimore, Maryland, September 2014—The natural products industry converges at the sold-out Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center in September. The trade show, held this year from September 17 through 20, long dwarfed by its big sister Expo West, is developing into a show in its own right. More than 1,200 exhibitors show products at this sold-out event in Baltimore’s beautiful Convention Center. 

Attendance is up at both shows.

Expo West attracts attendees from all over United States and world. Expo East has become more of an Eastern region show, drawing from the Southeast by being in Baltimore.

The increase in exhibitors and attendees can be attributed to consumers’ insatiable demand for natural, organic, and healthy products. In addition to growing interest in healthy eating and special diets, other notable trends include GMO-free and transparency in labeling.
No Place for GMOs
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:15
Everywhere, USA, September 2014—Celebrate Non-GMO month during October with these four food and beverage companies that are dedicated to creating products without harmful GMOs:
Important Anniversary
Monday, 25 August 2014 20:02
The lifestyle of your editors, which has always been healthy and active, began to soar this time last year. And since it’s been awhile that we talked about it, we thought perhaps this would be a good time to provide an update.

Our important anniversary coming up is September 23. It was on this date last year when we were introduced to Zija, an all-natural, made-in-the-USA product derived from the Moringa Tree. The person introducing it was a client, but not one of our health and wellness accounts. He was (is) just a smart guy who had done his due diligence and was using the product to lose about 50 pounds and keep it off. And eight months later, he did, but has lost 80 pounds. Most importantly, everything else in his system improved. Today he looks like a new man, and not necessarily a six-footer who had just rid himself of 80 pounds.

Like most anyone we were somewhat skeptical, but something from the past caused a bell to ring when he began talking about the product: We had done an article on the Moringa Tree about two years ago, reporting on its efficacy.
If you Love Coffee, You’ll Adore This
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:46
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, August 2014—There’s a revolutionary new consumer product out there called VitaPerk, the first branded nutraceutical specifically designed to use in coffee.

It was created to address an American diet that is becoming more and more unbalanced. We have on-the-go lifestyles and an over-abundance of foods low in nutrients and high in fat, sodium, and added sugars to thank for it. 

Vitaperk to the rescue! Consumers now have the ability to conveniently add a full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals to their coffee. With a market of 183 million coffee drinkers in the U.S. and over 400 million cups consumed daily, VitaPerk is in the right place at the right time.
The Future of Fuel Cells
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:23
Everywhere, USA, August 2014—Fuel cells have been around awhile, but are still little more than science fiction at our fingertips. Is driving a car loaded with these babies really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars?

A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many analysts now think otherwise.

These futuristic cars run on hydrogen fuel and emit only heat and water vapor. The drive train is powered by electricity generated by mixing on-board hydrogen with airborne oxygen. No greenhouse gases are emitted. The renewable fuel can be produced domestically. Environmentalists love them. 
It’s Getting Easier to be Green
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:09
Los Angeles, California, September 2014—America’s top sustainability radio show, Green is Good, plans to partner with Green Festival, the large, long-running sustainability and green living event series. Green is Good is hosted by John Shegerian and airs every Saturday at 5 p.m. ET to nearly 40 million registered listeners nationwide on iHeartRadio’s America’s Talk channel.

The partnership will involve a sharing of resources and a collaborative, multi-disciplinary roll-out of cross-promotional branding opportunities by Green Festival and Green is Good Radio. Green Festival events this coming up this year are set for Chicago (Oct. 24-26), and San Francisco (Nov. 14-16). Green is Good will also be taking its show on the road for the first time, to record interviews at the Green Festivals.
A Loverly Bunch of Coconuts
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:54
Bali, Indonesia, August 2014—Big Tree Farms has announced that their unrefined, organic Coconut Sugar line has received Fair Choice certification from Control Union Certifications.

The acquisition of this certification makes Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar the first and only fair trade coconut sugar on the market. As a pioneer in the fast-growing coconut sugar segment, Big Tree Farms’ certifications extend beyond Fair Trade, including USDA Organic, Non-GMO and Low Glycemic Certifications. All certifications will be featured on Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar packaging going forward, allowing shoppers to see a clear difference in coconut sugars.
Is Antarctica Really Melting?
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:31
Literally Everywhere, USA, August 2014—We’ve heard a lot of talk and read many articles about the warming of our planet. Here’s an update on this vitally important question and what impact it might have on coastlines around the world:

The Antarctic continent is roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined and is composed of rock covered by glaciers some 16,000 feet thick. The glaciers form from fallen snow, compacting into successive layers of ice. Then they move downhill toward the coasts and “calve” into the ocean as icebergs. Eventually, they melt out into the sea. Antarctica and Greenland combined hold about 99 percent of the globe’s freshwater ice.

According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, the result of the entire Antarctic continent melting completely would be a sea level rise of about 200 feet around the world, which would lead to untold devastation.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:16
Everywhere, USA, August 2014—Is it true that much of our food is actually over-fortified with excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals that can be dangerous to our health? Here’s an update on the facts, and a suggestion to be cautious.

Added nutrients in the processed foods we eat can indeed be too much of a good thing, especially for kids. Nearly half of American children aged eight and under consume potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc and niacin because of excessive food fortification. This is according to a report from non-profit health research and advocacy group Environmental Working Group (EWG). Outdated nutritional labeling rules and misleading marketing tactics used by food manufacturers add to the problem. EWG’s analysis for the “How Much Is Too Much?” report focused on two frequently fortified food categories: breakfast cereals and snack bars.
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