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Press Release: Nutiva is a Founding Supporter of the New Organic Center for Education and Promotion

Sebastopol, CA (September 5, 2003) – Nutiva, a Northern California manufacturer of organic hemp food products, today announced its $1,000 donation as a founding supporter of the newly formed Organic Center for Education and Promotion.

“In addition to its efforts to prove organic benefits through scientific research, the Organic Center will work to communicate those benefits to the widest possible audience,” said Theresa Marquez, President of The Organic Center. “The result will be a rapid rise in public awareness about organic,” she added. The Organic Center will also serve as a clearinghouse for organic research.

“We’re pleased to be able to support the Center and it’s goal of educating people about the many benefits of organic production,” says Nutiva founder and president John W. Roulac. Nutiva has been donating 1% of its sales to sustainable agriculture groups since its inception in 1999, and is projecting to contribute over $10,000 to various groups in the coming year. Other Nutiva 1% recipients include Bioneers, Ecological Farming Association, HIA, OTA, Organic Consumers Association, Organic Farming Research Council, Oregon Concerned Citizens for Safe Foods, VoteHemp.com and the Watts Garden Project.

Nutiva applauds Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s “1% for the Planet Campaign” (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org), which encourages companies to donate 1% of net sales to environmental groups. Ironically, Fortune 500 organic food brands’ donations to politicians that support “spray and erode” industrial agriculture often dwarfs any support given to support organic farming. “At Nutiva, we’re organic advocates who believe our actions demonstrate to our customers our commitment to a healthy and sustainable world for everyone,” adds Roulac.

NUTIVA – NOURISHING PEOPLE AND PLANET

Nutiva is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world for all, demonstrating its mission to nourish people and planet by using healthy organic ingredients, enriching the soil, and supporting worthy causes by donating 1% of sales to groups that promote sustainable agriculture. Founded in 1999, Nutiva offers nutritious organic hemp and flax food bars, hemp protein powder, hemp oil and oil capsules, and shelled hempseed nationwide through more than 1,800 natural food retailers, including Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats. Hempseed is the world’s most nutritious seed–a rich source of Omega-3, GLA, vitamin E, and protein. For more information, visit http://www.nutiva.com or contact us at (800) 993-4367.

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