natural food


Definition of natural food

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Sales have since started to level out to a 40% increase year-over-year in conventional, mass market grocery stores, while in natural food retailers, sales have increased 26% in the last 12 weeks compared to this time last year. Rachel King, Fortune, "Plant-based food sales see greatest gains yet as meat shortage fears grow," 15 May 2020 The trend represents a stark reversal from the national gravitation toward more natural foods in recent years, which had benefited products viewed as healthier. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Americans are 'craving comfort food' during coronavirus: Cereal, snacks, baked goods fly off shelves," 9 Apr. 2020 The multiplier effect of successive generations would decimate the natural food supply, including the mast a forest depends on for regeneration. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "Hunting With Dogs is the Best Way to Bag Late-Winter Squirrels," 15 Jan. 2020 Supermarket bankruptcies have spread, claiming Tops Market, Southeastern Grocers, A&P, Fairway, and just this week, Earth Fare, a natural foods chain with 50-plus stores in the Midwest and Southeast. Nathaniel Meyersohn And Alicia Wallace, CNN, "How a beloved organic grocery chain collapsed," 7 Feb. 2020 Feral hogs also will eat anything, including the food sources used by native animals — robbing those creatures of their natural food sources and possibly leading to population declines. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Feral Hogs 101: Seminar in Woodlands teaches about invasive swine," 6 Feb. 2020 That decision followed a move by Kroger, the country's largest grocer, to sell its stake in the natural foods chain founded in 2003. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Earth Fare grocery chain closing all its stores in 10 states," 3 Feb. 2020 Kean said the operation will continue until natural food resources and water are once again readily available. TheWeek, "Operation Rock Wallaby is delivering vegetables to hungry animals affected by the Australian bushfires," 12 Jan. 2020 Mondelez has tried to follow the shift toward fresher, more natural foods in the U.S. by buying niche brands that offer healthier or gluten-free snacks, such as Enjoy Life Foods and Tate’s Bake Shop cookies. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Mondelez Will Raise Prices Next Year," 29 Oct. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2020

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“Natural food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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