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This undated photo provided by Target Corp., shows a new organic and natural store brand called Simply Balanced.
The big-box retailer said the new brand, called Simply Balanced, will start with drinks and snacks like corn chips on Sunday.
Amanda Irish, senior director of Target's store brands, said the new line is in response to the growing popularity of organic foods. As such, the Minneapolis-based company also plans to announce next week that it will boost its organic food selection by 25 per cent by 2017. The rollout also reflects a broader push by supermarkets and big-box retailers to improve the image of their store brands. In addition to Archer Farms, for example, Target also offers a store brand called Market Pantry that is about 10 to 30 per cent cheaper than national name brands. The new Simply Balanced line, which will eventually include about 250 products over the next five months, will be priced more in line with Archer Farms and national brands. About half the items in the line are organic and three-quarters of it is free of genetically modified ingredients. So, before you plunk down your hard-earned money on a brand that you think you can trust, such as Earth’s Best “Organic” baby food, please reconsider.
Is this information (about the carcinogens and toxins in Hain Celestial Group foods) confirmed to be true?
How unfortunate that we can’t trust food companies (especially organic ones) to police themselves.
Remember the days when your babies would eat just about anything? They loved things like sweet potatoes and squash, or even raw onions and radishes! There are thousands of disgusting toxic ingredients lingering in packaged and processed foods available in grocery stores and in our kid’s public school lunches! I find it terribly confusing how so many people are still oblivious to the fact that the rate of sickness and disease has been on a constant incline because of our food, pharmaceutical drugs (including vaccines!) and our polluted environment.
Before I get going on another rant about the insane ignorance of real health and nutrition in our world today, and the lack of freedom parents actually have in some parts of the country – here are six perfectly healthy lunch ideas rounded up from health minded bloggers across the web. You can cut the skewers to fit your child’s lunch box, or even use toothpicks if you want to try mini kabobs. Along with these kabobs, add in some snap peas, some crunchy red peppers and cukes with a side of hummus.
Jana uses curry powder, salt and pepper, Greek yogurt and a little lime juice in her rolls. In addition to the cucumber roll-ups, you could add some frozen grapes, which my boys love! Seriously, this is such an easy and nutritious lunch idea that your kids will have fun with. In addition to the apple sammys, add some organic baby carrots with a side of hummus and as a bonus, throw in a CLIF Kit’s Organic cherry pumpkin seed bar. Then at 400 degrees, brush a little organic, cold pressed olive oil on the shell and put in the oven for about 5-7 minutes to get a little crispy.
But these pizza muffins, that gfe Shirley shows us how to make gluten and dairy free, make a great alternative to the beloved pizza pie.
In addition to the pizza muffins, add in some mixed raw veggies and a CLIF Kid ZFruit organic fruit rope for dessert. Heather’s dressing calls for light agave nectar, which you can find for free shipping here. The Lunchables from Kraft foods are extremely processed and you really just shouldn’t go there.
Get some organic salami from Applegate with no antibiotics, pesticides, synthetic additives, chemical preservatives, casein, gluten or dairy. There you have it – six ideas for busy parents who are trying to keep their kids the healthiest they can be! Many of the products you may trust and respect for their independence and social responsibility are now owned by big corporations that are going out of their way to hide their link to the small, socially responsible brands. Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive, a massive company with a revenue of approximately $11.4 billion. Kashi cereals was bought in July 2000 by Kellogg's, the 12th-largest company in North American food sales (but if you look at a box of Kashi's "Go Lean Crunch", for example, you will find not one mention of the fact that Kellogg's owns them.) Kraft Foods bought the natural cereal maker Back to Nature. Green and Black's organic chocolate was taken over in 2005 by Schweppes, the 10th-largest company in North American packaged-food sales. Marketing strategies have been fooling you, convincing you to trust that the niche brands continue to be small, environmentally conscious businesses with ecologically sound practices. For those of you still under the assumption that your Horizon organic milk, your Kashi crackers or your Green and Black’s chocolate was being churned out by a small farm or mom-and-pop shop nestled in a pristine valley, brace yourself for disappointment. Unfortunately, when multinational corporations create or purchase these natural health companies, they are looking to maximize their profits by turning out the largest amount of product for the least expense. And what you, the consumer, are left with is the misguided impression that you’re spending your hard-earned money on a product that adheres to a certain set of values, which have likely long since perished in the wake of corporate strategies. The Power of an IdeaOn the positive side, this trend is a clear sign that when you speak with your pocketbook and start demanding healthier food choices, America’s largest corporations have no practical economic choice but to respond.
With the involvement of large corporations, organic food has turned into a $16-billion business, with sales growing by as much as 20 percent per year.

So whereas many people are now getting the core message that organic is far healthier for you, they don’t stop long enough to make a distinction between raw organic food and processed food that contains organic ingredients.
Additionally, a significant element of the organic ideal is environmental sustainability and protection, but at least one study has found that the transportation of organic produce causes an environmental impact large enough to cancel out any of its environmental benefits. Phil Howard, an assistant professor of Community, Agriculture, and Recreation and Resource studies at Michigan State University, put together this revealing chart below, which shows the significant acquisitions and introductions of organic brands by major food corporations, as of January 2008. The unfortunate result of all this big business wheeling and dealing in organics, and acquiring small but popular organic brands is that you now have to be very wary when you see the term “organic,” as it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s any better for either you or the environment. There’s Something Even Better Than OrganicPersonally, I’m not surprised at this development; it was bound to happen. It’s mainly a matter of knowing where to find locally harvested organic foods and buying from sources you want to see thrive.
One look highlights the extent of corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector in the United States.
Howard first created his organic food industry chart in 2002, when the USDA’s organic food labeling standards were first implemented and the organic grocery sector really began taking off.
Click here to read chart author Phil Howard's comments and discussion in our forum - and make your own comment.
The line is an outgrowth of similar products within its existing Archer Farms store brand, which is positioned as a premium alternative to national name brands. Although they still account for less than 10 per cent of overall grocery sales, she said organic foods are growing at twice the rate of conventional groceries.
Store brands usually carry fatter profit margins for retailers than name brands and help lure shoppers with exclusive offerings to fend off competition.
Many now have tiered store brands, with a line intended as a cheaper alternative, as well as more premium lines that compete with or seek to be better than those made by companies such as Kraft Foods and General Mills. Target says it will eliminate all genetically modified ingredients from the line by the end of 2014. Not only that, but Celestial Seasonings tea, which is so popular and “healthy?” Well, hold onto your hats…. Does anyone know if there has been a reaction to this bombshell by the company, the USDA, FDA or Whole Foods? Especially when you have little ones in school and it seems impossible to avoid the hurry, rush-rush of daily life. They are all very simple to make, they won’t take much time and your kids should actually be excited to eat them!
And if time permits, have your kids help you the night before with the cookie cutter shapes. But you could also try garlic powder instead of curry powder, and hummus or mashed avocado instead of yogurt. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Cane Sugar, Celery Powder, Spice Extracts.
There’s something about them being frozen that makes them more like an ice cream treat. You just have to cut your apple in flat slices, spread on some almond butter (use peanut if you wish) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Take it out and add your pizza sauce, healthy cheese and toppings and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Ingredients: Organic Apple Puree Concentrate, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Natural Flavors, Malic Acid, Pectin, Colored with Fruit and Vegetable Juice. Ancient Grains makes their gluten-free Fusilli pasta with a special blend of Organic quinoa, amaranth, and brown rice. And don’t forget to like Natural Healthy Concepts on Facebook for more natural health tidbits.
But more recently, Burt's Bees products have appeared everywhere -- in grocery stores, drug stores, and big-box stores like Target and Wal-Mart.
Danone, the French conglomerate which also owns Brown Cow, has acquired a majority holding in Stoneyfield -- the same Danone that had to recall large quantities of its yogurt in 2007 after it was found to contain unsafe levels of dioxins. Almost as soon as Coca-Cola bought the company, it stopped selling the fresh-squeezed OJ that had made Odwalla famous and popular -- fresh squeezed can't last the days and weeks the juices are now in transit or on the shelf. Kraft is a subsidiary of Altria, which also owns Philip Morris, one of the world's largest producers of cigarettes. The reality is that many of your favorite organic products are owned and operated by the same corporations that make the worst kinds of highly processed junk foods on the market -- soda, potato chips, sugary cereals, candy, etc. What this means for much of America is access to more organic foods at lower prices – which is a great thing.
You still have the power to demand the real deal, and the fact of the matter is; true organic IS better. You also want to read the packaged food labels and not simply take the organic label at face value.
To really drive home how much consolidation has occurred in the industry, check out this animated graphic Howard created on organic sector consolidation between 1997 and 2007.
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It has been found to be laden with pesticides and known carcinogens, well above FDA standards.
While it is not on the list of tested products that were found to be mislabeled or contaminated, that doesn’t mean that it is what the company says it is.
Celestial Seasonings is Hain’s flagship brand and also one of its most profitable product lines.

Independent lab tests revealed that the Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal  Tea sample contained 0.26 ppm of Propachlor, a known carcinogen for which there is no safe harbor limit established under California’s Proposition 65. The FDA has issued two prior Warning Letters to Celestial Seasonings for quality control issues.
Hain markets Greek Gods Yogurt (responsible for an estimated 37% of its internal growth in 2012), as an ‘authentic’ Greek-style yogurt. Independent lab tests detected that multiple samples of DeBoles pastas, labeled ‘certified USDA organic,’ contained traces of MGK-264 and piperonyl butoxide, which are EPA Group C Possible Human Carcinogens associated with conventional pesticide use. Hain is currently defending against a class action lawsuit alleging that its personal care brands Jason and Avalon Organics are deceptively mislabeled as ‘organic.’ For example, in one Jason product labeled ‘organic,’ only 1 of 19 ingredients was actually organic.
In 2010 the FDA warned Hain because it was labeling its Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening as ‘cholesterol free’ when it was not. Hain has masked anemic internal growth through serial acquisitions and discontinued operations.
Hain’s estimated 7% internal growth rate in 2012 was driven primarily by Greek Gods Yogurt and Sensible Portions (Veggie Straws).
During the last 21 months, Hain CEO Irwin Simon took advantage of a temporary boost in Hain’s share price to dump $33 million of stock.
Then the challenge gets even bigger when you’re trying to avoid refined sugars, corn syrups, GMOs, preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, artificial colors and flavors, nitrates, antibiotics, MSG, hydrogenated oils, growth hormones, artificial sweeteners, casein, pink slime, mechanically separated meats, and everything else that ever touched Monsanto.
But, if you want to live somewhat of a long life without getting autism, diabetes, obesity, depression, arthritis, diarrhea, eczema, asthma, allergies, constipation, headaches, acne or so many other auto-immune or neurological disorders – then you ought to believe it! With a bit of precise peeling, you’ve got a perfect way to make a healthy wrap for your kids.
If you’re looking for a super simple alternative to pizza at home, find Food for Life gluten free tortilla shells. And Heather from Sage Amalgam shows us how to whip up a homemade dressing that’s also healthy and tasty. A handful of shelled roasted pistachios or raw almonds would make a great addition to this one as well! That’s because Burt's Bees is now owned by Clorox, a massive corporation that has historically cared very little about the environment.
Health Valley and Arrowhead Mills are owned by Hain Celestial Group, a natural food company traded on the NASDAQ, with H.J. It is time to question how much the ownership and neglectful marketing of these "pseudo" responsible brands warrant crossing them off your shopping list. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. In a new chart, Michigan State agriculture professor Phil Howard attempts to answer it by linking 25 major conventional food processors (brands such as Kraft, Con-Agra, Coca-Cola and Hershey Foods) with the organic brands or products that each conglomerate owns. Anyone using the information does so at their own risk and shall be deemed to indemnify Cyber-Help for Organic Farmers, from any and all injury or damage arising from such use. After all, if 91% of samples tested from the company’s “natural” tea products were found to be contaminated with high levels of pesticides, and several “organic” products were not exactly “organic,” how many more products that were not tested would fare the same? We believe this marketing to be deceptive because Greek Gods contains only one-third of the protein and 400% more fat when compared with ‘authentic’ Greek style-yogurts such as Chobani. If you back out acquisitions and accounting gimmicks, we estimate Hain’s sales averaged 3% internal growth between 2000 and 2011.
Worse still, Simon sold his stock in eleven tranches, all of which began within hours to 28 trading days after Simon appeared on CNBC to tout the growth prospects of his Company. They have no casein, no dairy, no gluten, no antibiotics or hormones and the animals are humanely raised. This could be a fun baking project to do with your kids over the weekend for their lunches during the week. And it is time to find products more in tune with your values -- at least until they, too, get bought out by a large conglomerate. Depending on where you live, finding a local farmer or food coop may seem unrealistic, but just as demand drove the rise of organic, it is driving the demand for locally grown foods.
The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. As consumers, we decided to verify such claims by sending eleven of the Company’s popular teas to Eurofins, an accredited and independent lab that is the global leader in drug and food testing.
Sales growth has imploded, we believe due to the launch of competing products and increasing consumer awareness of this product’s true nutritional value.
Excluding these products and the troubled Celestial Seasonings line, we estimate 2012 internal sales grew by only 1%, which is more comparable to a mature packaged goods company (3%-4% growth) than a leader in organic and natural foods (10%-20% growth). Or, any fruit with a thicker rind should contain less pesticides – like pineapple and mango. You can peruse this list of sustainable agriculture options to find like-minded people in your area who will know how you can connect with local food producers. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Also be sure to take advantage of farmer’s markets and roadside stands now as spring and summer approaches. Mercola encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products based on this content.

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