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Health Conundrum: Pesticides in Tea

November 12, 2014 | By

Client News, Food and Agriculture, Food and Health, Natural, Organic & LOHAS Market Research & Trends, Sustainability


By Nikki McCord and Steven Hoffman

When companies sell non-organic tea produced with pesticides, what are consumers really sipping?

Tea, an ancient plant first discovered in China, is today arguably the most popular beverage in the world. Millions of people from every corner of the world drink tea primarily for its many health benefits and soothing, energetic and/or medicinal qualities.

Yet, many consumers may not … Read more »


Election Losses in Oregon, Colorado Disappoint GMO Labeling Advocates, While Big Win in Maui Places Moratorium on GMO Cultivation

November 12, 2014 | By

Commentary, Food and Agriculture, Genetically Engineered Food, GMOs


By Steven Hoffman

With more than $45 million poured in to defeat GMO labeling ballot initiatives in 2014, voters in Oregon and Colorado rejected ballot measures to label GMO foods. However, residents of Maui, HI, passed a ban on GMO agriculture by just over 1,000 votes.

GMO labeling advocates are rethinking national and state strategies after voters rejected ballot initiatives to label GMO foods in … Read more »


Social Media: Amplify Your Brand with Hashtags

November 12, 2014 | By

Social Media Marketing, Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business


Why are all the young folks using the pound sign?

First off, the kids are calling it a hashtag and not a pound sign. While pressing pound helps you get to the operator quickly when placing a phone call to a large corporation, the hashtag in social media is a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) that is used to … Read more »


The Heroes: Companies Supporting GMO Labeling Deserve to Be on Your Shopping List

October 28, 2014 | By

Food and Agriculture, Food and Health, Genetically Engineered Food, GMOs, Organic and Sustainable Business, Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business, Sustainability

CO-yes-on-105-headerIn Colorado, while multi-billion-dollar, multinational corporate opponents have pumped nearly $17 million into the state to try to defeat Prop. 105, the 2014 ballot initiative to label GMO foods, the grassroots Yes on 105 side has raised just under $1 million in campaign funding.

The Yes on 105 campaign is using these funds – contributed by hundreds of Colorado residents, and a small group of … Read more »


The Zeroes: Who Is Funding the Anti-GMO Labeling Side in Colorado?

October 28, 2014 | By

Commentary, Food and Agriculture, Food and Health, Genetically Engineered Food, GMOs, Natural, Organic & LOHAS Market Research & Trends, Organic and Sustainable Business

Yeson105Right2Know_CO_Logo copySeeking to crush a groundswell movement in America to label genetically modified foods, a small group of multi-billion-dollar pesticide, biotech and Big Food corporations have poured nearly $17 million into Colorado in September and October 2014 to try to defeat Proposition 105, a grassroots voter initiative to label GMO foods that has raised less than $1 million. These out-of-state corporations are literally outspending the underdog … Read more »