Launch of New Similac Organic Formula Milk for Infants
Abbott, a leading brand of infant formula have just announced
the release of their first organic infant formula called Similac.
This is the first launch of a certified USDA organic infant formula
from a leading brand.
The amount of mums that want to use organic products to give
their children the best start possible is increasing. But until
now, there has been no organic formula available from any major
This new organic product is called Similac Organic, and it
has been produced to answer the demand from health-conscious
mums who want to feed their children organic food etc. Their
has been research carried out that indicates a link between pregnancy
and a greater attention to health and nutrition. A recent survey
conducted by the Hartman Group, the leading expert consultant
agency, and this survey shows that more than half of the mums
aged 25 to 45 are using or, are open to using organic products.
Having children seems to be a big reason why some people start
buying organic products. Many of the Mum's say that they want
to be more proactive in providing better nutrition and a healthier
lifestyle for their children. This launch of the first organic
formula milk to be produced by a national brand is paving the
way for more to follow. Which can only be a good thing!
The demand for organic food and products is rising dramatically,
and families are increasingly choosing some organic options as
part of their, and their families healthy lifestyle. In the US
consumer research shows that the sale of organic food is rising
at a rate of 15% to 25% annually. Also two-thirds of US consumers
have bought organic products, and more than a quarter purchase
organic products on a daily or weekly basis.
this new Similac Organic is created using a blend of wholesome
organic milk plus other ingredients with the trusted national
benefits of Similac Advance, including DHA and ARA for brain
and eye development. Similac Organic is now available at food,
drug and discount stores nationwide, with a suggested retail
price of $14.99 for the 12.9 oz powder, $27.99 for the 25.7 oz
powder, and $29.99 for the 30.8 oz powder. For more information
on Similac Organic, please visit http://www.SimilacOrganic.com
or check out http://www.e-MediaRoom.com/Similac
Supermarkets - Organic Friend or Foe?
Last year consumers bought £1.6bn worth of organic food
- 30% more then last year. Due to this organic food boom, supermarkets
are putting pressure on organic food watchdogs to lower their
standards, so that they can exploit the growing industry.
There have been disputes in the Soil Association regarding
the growing fears that organic farming is falling victim to commercial
pressures to abandon key principles. A pioneer of the organic
movement, Lawrence Woodward, has said that many producers are
taking advantage of the grey areas in the organic regulations,
and this is leading to the public being conned.
Mr. Woodward, who is now chief executive of an organic food
research foundation, said, "here are lots of loopholes in
the regulations and in practice these are being heavily exploited.
Organics is increasingly becoming industrialised and the consumer
will one day wake up and see this stuff is not what they think
The issues of lowering standards had caused a split in the
Soil Association, especially over the licensing of salmon farming
Speaking for the first time since his resignation from the
Soil Association, Peter Kindersley, who runs an 800-hectare (2,000-acre)
organic farm in Berkshire, has said, "It was a complete
betrayal of everything organics has stood for on every level.
Salmon farming breaches all the basic principles drawn up by
the founders of the organic movement; animal welfare, biodiversity,
recycling of pollution and the avoidance of agripesticides."
Mr. Woodward, who was responsible for drawing up the original
guidelines that set the parameters for the organic movement,
has said that the certification of salmon farming as organic,
was a "monumental symbol" of the way the principles
of organic production were being dumbed down.
Claims of the relaxing of key principles in the organic movement
come amid pressure from Sir Terry Leahy, the Tesco chief executive,
for the British organic movement to become more "professional".
Sir Terry said this week the failure of British producers to
keep up with demand for organic food meant he had to source 70%
of his organic range from abroad. The UK approach restricted
production, he said.
Mr Woodward said Sir Terry's remarks were akin to those made
by Justin King, the chief executive of Sainsbury's.
Yesterday the Soil Association confirmed that there was intensive
lobbying from supermarkets to drop standards. However, Patrick
Holden, the director of the Association has denied that it was
succumbing. "If anything we are getting more rigorous,"
he said. He went on to defend the move to certify salmon farming,
saying it was in the public interest for his organisation to
improve the industry, given that half the fish consumed in the
world was farmed.
In Britain 10 regulatory bodies certify organic farmers and
producers, but the minimum standards are drawn up by EU regulations
and controlled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Mr Woodward said examples of "lowering standards"
were the large numbers of "derogations", or get-out
clauses, allowing farmers to be awarded organic licenses even
though they do not meet the correct standards. These include
the use of conventional feed for poultry, the continued practice
of slicing the beaks off chickens to prevent them mutilating
each other, and the sale of organic chicken from flocks of 2,000
and more, even though the association recommendation is 500.
Richard Jacobs, the director of Organic Farmers and Growers
Ltd, said: "What was a niche market is now becoming mainstream
and that requires that it is run in a commercial and professional
manner. I don't think that's the industrialisation of organics
or dumbing down. It is the realisation of a fast-growing market."
A spokesman for Sainsbury's denied that it was pressing for
a lowering of standards. A Tesco spokesman said: "It is
nonsense to suggest we are putting pressure on anyone to reduce
Thank you to the Guardian for this article.
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