In her foreword to the Soil Association’s new strategy paper The Road to 2020, the organic charity’s new director, Helen Browning, writes: (more…)
Over the past few months the Soil Association’s new director, Helen Browning, has been consulting widely on how best to take both the organisation and the wider organic movement forward (see story). (more…)
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 the country’s first all-single room (512 in all) NHS hospital. (more…)
Two thoughts came to mind when I was casting around for something to write about this week. (more…)
So, Mary Portas, Queen of Shops, has been drafted in by Coalition ministers to lead an independent review into the state of British retailing. (more…)
Several health store owners I spoke with at last month’s Natural & Organic Products Europe told me that footfall had been significantly down over the first few months of this year. So, when another retailer corroborated these reports I wasn’t all that surprised. What did take me slightly aback was his next comment: “But, do […]
Two or three years ago (just like their UK counterparts) America’s biggest retailers started slimming down their inventories and clearing aisles for a cleaner, more appealing store look. (more…)
How many scientists does it take to change a climate sceptic’s mind? No, not a joke, a question posed by New Scientist last week. (more…)
At the back end of last year the former director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden, undertook a coast to coast tour of the United Sates meeting with leading thinkers and activists from the American sustainable food movement. (more…)
Environmental campaigners have for decades argued in favour of the ‘precautionary principle’. When the possible consequences of something are simply too serious to risk — say, global warming — the responsible action is to take steps early, not wait until you are up to your ears in seawater, waving for help with your hard evidence […]
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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 just like the old days. One minute the former head of the Food Standards Agency was flamboyantly declaring he was “absolutely not anti-organic”, the next he was launching into what must […]
To delist, or not to delist, that was the question being asked earlier this week at the Ex-Factor Seminar at Natural & Organic Products Europe. (more…)
For many people in the natural healthcare field professor Edzard Ernst is sadly best known for his criticism of complementary medicine. So much so that I usually feel the need to preface any mention of him with the word ‘controversial’ (as in “the controversial professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University …”). (more…)
In her opening speech at last week’s Biofach exhibition and Congress, IFOAM president Katherine DiMatteo commented that organic’s future success lay “not with standards and seals but with the authenticity and application of its values”. (more…)
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 develop ever more hit or miss drugs. (more…)
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. Anticipating the likely response, Geoff quipped: “You’re probably thinking, hang on, there’s an escaped night club bouncer in the room”. (more…)
OTB welcomes new general manager
July 7, 2020 Rosie Greenaway
Last month saw the appointment of Cristina Dimetto as the OTB’s new general manager, who joins ahead of this year’s Organic September campaign.
Urgent wake up call to Government to ‘fix the failings of food’
The Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment has published a report questioning the affordability of the recommended healthy diet.
News in brief
New kids’ food start-up Mia & Ben has launched with four organic fruit and vegetable combinations in pouches created using HPP technology.
Naturalife Bridport celebrates 20 years
Hannah Bourne, assistant manager at Naturalife Bridport, reflects on the store’s history as it marks a significant anniversary.
Know the drill
June 16, 2020 Dominique Ayling
Discovering everything from ‘naked gum’ to toothpaste tabs, Dominique Ayling cuts her teeth in the natural oral care market.
The art of healthy baking
Rosie Greenaway roots through her store cupboard to learn how the therapeutic benefits of baking can be merged with the nutritional perks of superfoods.
Inflammation: the silent assassin
Chronic inflammation is a factor in myriad chronic health conditions but sometimes symptoms are invisible says Jane Wolfe.
A problem for Brits at the best of times, sleep issues are being exacerbated due to the pandemic, leaving many feeling exhausted, reports Jane Wolfe.
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