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Nature’s Ways to Keep Mosquitos and Bugs at Bay

By Allison Burch, May 2, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch

Girl scratching a mosquito bite.

Do you love the outdoors, but find that bugs and mosquitos love you more? Fortunately, nature and her beneficial botanicals, almost always provides a solution.

Here are a few traditional methods to keep mosquitos and other bugs from taking a bite out of your summer fun.

Taking B-complex vitamins and eating garlic and onions may make skin less tasty to mosquitoes.

Avoid floral scents and other sweet-smelling fragrances, whether artificial or natural, including dryer sheets.


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It’s Time for a Diaper Change

By Allison Burch, May 1, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers Did you know that in some low income families, a baby can spend an entire day in a single diaper?

Social service programs such as food stamps or WIC do not cover the cost of diapers, which can reach $100 a month for an adequate supply. Mothers who can't afford to buy diapers are left without good alternatives. A baby, especially a newborn, that spends too long or all day in a wet diaper can develop health concerns such as infections or diaper dermatitis.

Every child deserves basic necessities, and a pack of diapers can have a big impact on a family needing to choose between buying food and buying...

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Pack for Adventures Like a Pro

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, April 30, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Woman on the beach

It’s time for warm weather adventures! We’ve got you covered with packing lists of recommended bites, beverages and body care products, so you can spend less time preparing and more time having fun.


365 Everyday Value® Dill Pickle ChipsWarmer weather means...

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Helping to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

By Carrie Brownstein, April 29, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Carrie Brownstein

United States Coast Guard interdicts Mexican lancha

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. The impacts of IUU fishing are far-reaching, affecting the abundance of fish populations, fishing communities, the seafood industry and consumers.

Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood. 

H.R. 774 — The Illegal,...

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Our Meat: No Antibiotics, Ever

By Liz Fry, April 29, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Liz Fry

Photo by Liz Fry

As our Farm Animal Quality Standards Coordinator, Liz focuses intently on animal welfare. She works with farmers and ranchers, visiting farms all over the country and taking some awesome photos along the way.

When people ask me what’s different about the meat at Whole Foods Market, the first thing I say is: No antibiotics, ever! There are a lot of other differences but I always start the conversation with no antibiotics.

For a lot of us, we think about taking antibiotics when we are sick. That’s called therapeutic use. The antibiotic use in meat production is a bit different.

Yes, sometimes antibiotics are used to treat illness or infection (more on that later), but a...

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