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Rub-a-Scrub-Scrub A Costco store in neighboring Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, reports a 10% increase in sales of [conventional detergents], and the running joke is, Don't tell me. You're from Spokane, right? RESIDENTS OF SPOKANE COUNTY, WASHINGTON, ARE SMUGGLING DISHWASHING DETERGENTS CONTAINING PHOSPHATES, EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTY HAS BANNED THEIR SALE IN ORDER TO PREVENT POLLUTION OF LOCAL WATERSHEDS WHAT

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A Costco store in neighboring Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, reports a 10% increase in sales of [conventional detergents], and the running joke is, “Don't tell me. You're from Spokane, right?”
— RESIDENTS OF SPOKANE COUNTY, WASHINGTON, ARE SMUGGLING DISHWASHING DETERGENTS CONTAINING PHOSPHATES, EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTY HAS BANNED THEIR SALE IN ORDER TO PREVENT POLLUTION OF LOCAL WATERSHEDS

“WHAT MILK PRODUCT DID THE U.S. AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT PROPOSE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEAT IN SCHOOL LUNCHES IN 1996?”
Question posed by Yoke's Fresh Market as part of “Brain Food,” a weekly, food-related trivia competition running on the retailer's website

“WHILE IT MAY MAKE GOOD MARKETING SENSE, PROMOTING ANTIBIOTICS AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE FACING A CRISIS OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE DOES NOT MAKE GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH SENSE.”
Anne Gershon, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, warning that supermarket pharmacies should stop offering free antibiotics

“IT'S THE CAGE-FREE EGGS THAT AREN'T FREE RANGE; IT'S THE CANNED CORN LABEL THAT THEY NEVER CHANGE; IT'S THE CEREAL SHAPED LIKE A LITTLE MAN; IT'S THOSE GREAT TOMATOES FOR JUST A DOLLAR A CAN…”
Lyrics from a music video by Carl Willat, currently airing on YouTube, that sings the praises of Trader Joe's

Where the Growth Is

The most optimism is swirling around those products that possess a value beyond price, products that are seen by consumers as necessities in their lives, whether due to a medical condition or a deeply held ethical belief. Two of the best examples are gluten-free and kids meals, but there are others, too.
— AN OBSERVATION BASED ON THE NUMBER OF EXHIBITORS AT THE RECENT NATURAL PRODUCT EXPO WEST SHOW

Shaking Up Salt

People need to understand why it's potentially harmful, and what they can do beyond simply buying low-sodium products. Otherwise, they'll just resent the fact that their frozen lasagna tastes different.
— A CALL FOR NEW CONSUMER EDUCATION EFFORTS AS HEALTH EXPERTS CRITICIZE THE FOOD INDUSTRY FOR HIGH SODIUM LEVELS

“THE ODDS OF GAINING MEANINGFUL ACCEPTANCE FROM THE TRADE OR CONSUMER FOR FRIVOLOUS AND PERCEIVED OVERPRICED PRODUCTS ARE QUITE SLIM. IF THE INDUSTRY IS TO MAINTAIN CREDIBILITY, INTEREST AND SUBSEQUENT GROWTH, DISCRETION SHOULD BE EXERCISED WHEN INTRODUCING NEW ITEMS.”
Reader comment criticizing the lack of worthwhile and innovative products currently in the organic industry

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