OTA's U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a survey of more than 1,200 households in the United States with at least one child under 18, found that eight out of ten American families have bought organic products one or more times in the past two years. In nearly half of those families, concern about their children's health is a driving force behind that decision.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently announced the results of its Today’s Podiatrist survey, which measures the public’s attitudes toward foot health. The study, which surveyed 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found the majority of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent), but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist.
Not all learning takes place in the classroom. As schools close for summer break, museums will be appealing to parents and organizations like day camps, to increase traffic and promote learning of a different kind. The Educational Value of Field Trips, a study published in Education Next by Jay Greene, a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, shows the positive impact of an art museum visit on a child. These field trips improve a child’s critical thinking and also increase the likelihood that the child will return to the museum, often with family members.
Restaurants are shifting their business practices to introduce a greater number and wider variety of claims that reflect trending food concerns. According to Mintel Menu Insights, while the use of the term “organic” has declined, claims like “gluten free” are appearing more frequently on restaurant menus, posting a 200% increase between Q4 2010–13. And as operators try to signal that their offerings are unique, “signature” as an ingredient marketing claim grew 34%.
Stevia is quietly gaining traction with consumers, and alongside that, usurping the traditional pecking order of more established sweeteners. Industry analysts predict the value of stevia as an additive for use in food and beverage will reach $275 million by 2017. Demand is driven by growing consumer concerns over sugar intake; the desire for sweetened food and drink products suggests good opportunities for intense sweeteners.