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What’s in your milk?

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Friday, March 21, 2014

OK, before you read this you should know I’ve researched this topic since 1997 and believe truth in labeling is one of the most important issues for consumers. People can choose the products they want, however they should know what they’re buying. It’s been my experience that companies not using controversial ingredients will tell you, usually right on the package (i.e. GMO free), while companies using controversial ingredients most likely won’t tell you.

So read on my friends and learn about rBGH, an ingredient that you may not know you’re consuming.

Using landfills to help grow tomatoes? Brilliant!

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Local. Sustainable. Organic. As a produce buyer in Minnesota, these three adjectives are most often used to describe tomatoes grown only in the middle of August when it is 95 degrees and sunny. So why, in the dead of winter, am I talking about sustainable, organic and local tomatoes?

Just a few miles across the border in Lake Mills, Iowa, sits the Perfect Circle greenhouse. Since March 2008, Perfect Circle has been growing organic greenhouse tomatoes and distributing them to local retail outlets.

The organic vs. local smack down

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Monday, June 25, 2012

The other day I was at lunch with four of my Twin Cities natural food retailer friends and we were talking about the organic vs. local debate.

“Organic is better.”
“Local is better.”
“Organic grown and local is better.”
“Who cares? Only local beer matters.”

And on and on this debate went throughout my mostly organic lunch that just happen to have local tomatoes and cheese, with a local beer on the side. Very good I might add.

Top 10 secrets to optimal health

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The natural food industry knows things - secret things that some people are just discovering will turn their health around. For example, I’m sure you’ve heard recent claims that “sugar is a toxin.” The natural food industry has known this about sugar for decades, but if it’s breaking news for you, then you probably aren’t loading your grocery cart with natural and organic foods.

I’ve been in the natural food business for more than 30 years, listening to and being mentored by hundreds of natural health food experts. I’m not a nutritionist, but I have studied holistic nutrition and learned the basic secrets to natural foods.

I’m not making health claims - just telling you what I’ve learned over the years that works for me. And as always, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before making changes to your health regime.

FREE Monthly Organic and Natural Magazine

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Friday, February 24, 2012

Every month we publish our Organic and Natural magazine and offer it to our customers for FREE. The magazine is always loaded with new item information, health and wellness articles, terrific recipes, and we showcase more than 30 organic and natural brands that are on sale for the entire month.

Here’s just a little of what I got out of this month’s issue:

  • Did you know that tangerines contain a flavonoid called ‘tangeretin’ that may help protect against heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and cancer?
  • New items we have on sale all month: Mamma Chia, Liberte 0% Greek Yogurt, Q.bel Wafer Bars, Talbotts Teas, evol Flatbreads, Natures Organic Freeze Dried Fruit
  • Garlic helps lower cholesterol and fight inflammation, plus a super easy recipe called Easy Roasted Garlic that is a delicious topping on baked potatoes

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