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Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk. Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies […]

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk.

Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies are sourcing their DHA and ARA from Martek Bioscienes Corporation.)

This is all fine and good except for the fact that Martek’s DHA and ARA are synthetic and something antithetic to everything that certified organic stands for.

At the recent USDA/National Organic Standards Board meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the issue of DHA and ARA was discussed and voted on. Needless to say, the decision was a big loss for organic consumers. Read more »


Study: Organic Ketchup Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants than Conventional Ketchup

Study: Organic Ketchup Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants than Conventional Ketchup

Last year, I wrote about a groundbreaking study from Washington State University that said that organic strawberries have higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid than conventional strawberries. This research was the subject of much conversation in the organic industry because now we could point to objective, independent research that validated the superiority of […]

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Last year, I wrote about a groundbreaking study from Washington State University that said that organic strawberries have higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid than conventional strawberries.

This research was the subject of much conversation in the organic industry because now we could point to objective, independent research that validated the superiority of organic.

Well, for those who still don’t believe that organic is a better option, maybe a recently released report from Spain will make them think differently.

In a study performed at the University of Barcelona Science and Technology Centres and reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ketchup made from organic tomatoes proved to have higher levels of polyphenols than ketchup made from conventional tomatoes. (Polyphenols are biomolecules with antioxidant properties and protective effects in the human body.) Read more »


Cafe Gratitude is Closing its Northern California Locations – A Punch in the Stomach to Organic Restaurant Fans

Cafe Gratitude is Closing its Northern California Locations - A Punch in the Stomach to Organic Restaurant Fan

While the title of this blog post may seem overly dramatic to most people, it isn’t to me nor to the countless number of Cafe Gratitude die-hard fans. Because of an impending lawsuit by former employees that is too costly to fight, owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have made the tragic decision to close all […]

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While the title of this blog post may seem overly dramatic to most people, it isn’t to me nor to the countless number of Cafe Gratitude die-hard fans.

Because of an impending lawsuit by former employees that is too costly to fight, owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have made the tragic decision to close all of Cafe Gratitude’s locations in Northern California.

Why would a restaurant’s closing elicit such a response from me and so many other individuals?

If you’ve been there, you know.

If you haven’t been there and are not an organic food lover, you probably don’t know but let me try to explain.

Aside from the fact that Cafe Gratitude is one of the most well-known organic restaurants in the country, it is just a very, very special place. Read more »


Dave’s Gourmet Wants to Pay You up to $1,000,000 for Your Amazing Homemade Sauce

Dave's Gourmet Wants to Pay You up to $1,000,000 for Your Amazing Homemade Sauce

The maker of one of my absolute favorite organic pasta sauces, Dave’s Gourmet, whose sauces have won best in the industry awards two years in a row, is running a very interesting contest right now. Instead of offering someone a few thousand dollars for a great recipe, Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge is taking it to […]

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The maker of one of my absolute favorite organic pasta sauces, Dave’s Gourmet, whose sauces have won best in the industry awards two years in a row, is running a very interesting contest right now.

Instead of offering someone a few thousand dollars for a great recipe, Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge is taking it to a whole new level.

If Dave’s Gourmet thinks that your pasta sauce, dip or salsa is that unique, the company will manufacture and sell it, and you could earn up to $1,000,000 in royalties for the first six years.

According to Dave Hirschkop, founder of Dave’s Gourmet, “I know that somewhere, someone is home making their own sauce because they know it’s better than anything they can get at the supermarket. Well, I want that sauce. I want to manufacture it and bring it to people around the world. The only problem I’ve had in that equation was how to find it.” Read more »


My Analysis of Starbucks’ $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

My Analysis of Starbucks' $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry. Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and […]

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Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry.

Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and non-organic pressed juices in retail locations on the West Coast.

This acquisition by Starbucks is just the first step of a large strategic initiative to tap into the growing health and wellness sector. Read more »


The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it. We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible. […]

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For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it.

We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible.

We know that food is medicine.

Yet, there are too many people out there who are just not that concerned about the food that goes into their bodies. They largely assume that since our government allows it on the shelf, it is safe.

Well, maybe the recent news will make them think otherwise. Read more »


Survey: 78% of U.S. Families Say They Purchase Organic Foods

Survey: 78% of U.S. Families Say They Purchase Organic Foods

Recently, I wrote about a USDA report that said more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers buy organic products at least occasionally and 28% buy organic products weekly. Well, the favorable news just keeps pouring in. In partnership with KIWI Magazine, the Organic Trade Association polled nearly 1,300 U.S. families about their attitudes and behaviors relating […]

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Recently, I wrote about a USDA report that said more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers buy organic products at least occasionally and 28% buy organic products weekly.

Well, the favorable news just keeps pouring in.

In partnership with KIWI Magazine, the Organic Trade Association polled nearly 1,300 U.S. families about their attitudes and behaviors relating to organic food.

Highlights of the study include: Read more »