natural food


Definition of natural food 

: food that has undergone minimal processing and contains no preservatives or artificial additives

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The artificial colors, preservatives, and GMOs most Americans think shouldn’t be in natural foods probably won’t be there. Leslie Nemo, Bon Appetit, "How the FDA's New Definition for "Natural" Food Could Affect Your Pantry," 30 Apr. 2018 That means people’s food is accessible when the bears’ natural food sources run out. New York Times, "As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble.," 4 May 2018 Coconut vinegar can be found in natural foods stores, such as Outpost. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 The groom is developing a natural food business called Quirk, which is to start up later in the year and is to have headquarters in New York. New York Times, "Cristina Caligiuri, Zachary Gazzaniga," 27 May 2018 Among the corporations under Unto Infinity was Golden Temple of Oregon, which built the Peace Cereal and Yogi Tea brands and was long a cornerstone of Eugene's natural foods industry. Maxine Bernstein,, "Judge dismisses lawsuit over rulership of Sikh business empire," 27 Apr. 2018 Like other food makers, Smucker is struggling to adapt its brands to consumers’ demand for fresher, more natural food, and the stock is off more than 20% in the past year. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 8 June 2018 And how will the state regulate people who want to grow hemp for CBD oil when there's already oil on shelves in gas stations and natural food stores? Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is on the brink of a hemp-growing industry. But first, the state gets to pick the players.," 26 May 2018 Environmentalists worry such activity will churn up sand, clouding the sea and disrupting the natural food chain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hundreds of Blue Whales Are Permanent Residents Off New Zealand’s Coasts," 18 May 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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