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Here are few of the questions I have received from my readers:
Q: Can you tell me where to find coupons for health food and organic food?
A: Shoppers can visit the Web sites of their favorite organic food manufacturers and sign up for their e-mail newsletters that may include coupons. Check out my
You can also send e-mail messages to some organic food manufacturers through their Web sites and request that product coupons be mailed to you. Be sure to let them know how much you like their products and remember to include your mailing address. You can also call their 800 number (found on their Web sites) to request coupons from their customer service department.
You can also visit the printable coupon Web sites like boodle.com to find coupons for products like Stonyfield Farms frozen organic yogurt, Nutritious Living cereals, Sugar in the Raw, frozen Nutritious Living entrees and even the nontoxic Simple Green cleaners.
Q: Are organic products here to stay?
A: Without a doubt! Sales of organic food totaled $3.5 billion in 1996 and the market has grown at least 20% each year since. According to the Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Organic Trade Association, U.S. sales of organic foods exceeded $4 billion in 1997. Sales in 2000 were estimated at $7 billion. The Food Marketing Institute reports that 42% of mainstream stores carry organic produce, and that presently grocery sales represent only 1% of the total market which is expected to grow to 3-5% by the year 2008. Worldwide, there are now almost 600 organic producer associations in 70 countries. There are now over 10,000 U.S. farms engaged in commercial production of organic products.
Q: Do organic store-brands have to follow the same rules as private-label?
A: In conventional supermarkets, generic and private-label brands sometimes get a bad rap for being inferior. This isn’t the case for organic versions. Why? The certification process for growing and processing is the same for all organic food, name brand or not. Plus, there are still so few certified organic production facilities that many private-label organic products are made in the same processing plants as name-brand ones (and with just a few tweaks in the recipes). Look for store brands at markets like Wild Oats, Safeway, and Whole Foods.
Q: I am getting so irritated at all of the food labels I see that read "All Natural" only to read the ingredients and find a whole list of things I can't even pronounce. How can that be natural? Isn’t there some kind of guidelines for making claims about how "natural" a food is?
A: Consumers can be misled if they assume this term assures wholesomeness. The term "natural" on labels is not well defined and is sometimes used ambiguously to imply unsubstantiated benefits or safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate claims of "all natural." They might claim to, but in reality, they don't. Food companies can get away with using all sorts of non-natural processes and chemical ingredients in a food product that they claim is all natural.
For example, many weight-loss products claim to be "natural" or "herbal" but this doesn't necessarily make them safe. Their ingredients may interact with drugs or may be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions.
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