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The good earth

In the New Year the Soil Association is to get a rebrand. The most visible change will be the organic charity's new logo, which...

Starting where the people are

In her foreword to the Soil Association's new strategy paper The Road to 2020, the organic charity’s new director, Helen Browning, writes: “Over the last...

But is it art?

For many people in the natural healthcare field professor Edzard Ernst is sadly best known for his criticism of complementary medicine. So much so...

The future of retailing … or ungroovy uncle of an idea?

“A compelling combination of retail, food service and community” “The retail equivalent of your uncle trying to be groovy at a wedding and failing” Two rather...

Hardy ‘millennials’?

Forget the Baby Boomers and Generation X (oh, and the Echo Boomers and Generation Y). Here come the ‘millennials'. And just in case you’re thinking,...

Sweet spot

Last week I visited the brand new £225 million Pembury Hospital, just outside Tunbridge Wells. It's a genuinely state of the art building, and...

We need to keep the GM debate alive and urgent

In 2002 the pro-GM Labour Government held a national debate to test public opinion on GM food. When the findings of the GM Nation?...

Why real change is best served up on a plate

At the back end of last year the former director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden, undertook a coast to coast tour of the...

A note from the editor: You’re not alone

NPN editor Rosie Greenaway shares her thoughts on the rapidly changing situation the world now faces during the coronavirus pandemic.

Town centre ‘vision’ – or dark comedy?

The former Iceland and Wickes chief executive Peter Grimsey is the latest supermarket boss (ex in this case) to give a mauling to Mary...

Artisan, my a***

Two thoughts came to mind when I was casting around for something to write about this week. Thought 1. I’ve just got back from a...

So, you think you’re normal?

Deprived of the low-hanging fruit of medical research, the drugs industry now has to spend ever more vast sums of money to research and...

Appy New Year?

Industry analyst Organic Monitor has an intriguing New Year prediction. Not only will mobile technology be used by growing numbers of people in 2012...

Back to the earth

The philosopher Mary Midgley has written extensively about what modern thinkers can learn from Nature. She also suggests that we can all learn from...

Nice Bentley, Mr Scabbins

The keynote speaker at last Friday’s National Health Store Conference, Geoff Burch, cut a slightly unlikely figure for a gathering of natural products retailers....

Taking organic forward

 Last month four prominent Soil Association trustees who recently resigned from the charity accused it of disowning the ‘O’ word. They also warned that the...

Don’t leave it all to a few heroes

“Some people join associations to make problems go away. It’s not enough. You’ve got to engage.” How true and how right I can imagine quite...

Can technology be the making of community retailing?

Several health store owners I spoke with at last month’s Natural & Organic Products Europe told me that footfall had been significantly down over...

Goodbye to all that?

To delist, or not to delist, that was the question being asked earlier this week at the Ex-Factor Seminar at Natural & Organic Products...

Anti-organic, moi?

I felt almost nostalgic seeing John Krebs having a go at organic on last week’s IQ2US debate in New York (see story). It was...