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Opinion

Here we bring you the thoughts of the natural and organic products industry’s leading commentators and opinion formers.

Food for (psychiatrists’) thought

In-fighting among psychiatrists over what constitutes mental illness has hit new levels. Craig Sams offers to diagnose their dysfunctional behaviour. Stop the press! The American...

Company profile: Palm & Sole

For Kathy Webb, founder of beauty specialists Palm & Sole, being natural means more than just offering a one-product-suits-everyone philosophy. “Because we’re hand-blended we can...

Sugar – are you a user or an abuser?

As experts flail around not solving the global obesity crisis Craig Sams ponders the merits of establishing a new category of crime – Food...

Only organic can rescue our dried out planet

Water trumps everything. Water is food. But the worldwide well is running dry. Only organic can rescue our desiccated planet, says Craig Sams In March...

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

Tesco’s horsemeat media confessional continues. First there was the visually stark yet otherwise strangely chatty We Apolgise advertisement. “You’ve probably heard or read that we...

Serious about sustainability, having fun along the way

Dr Julia Wright reports from the recent Biofach event on why organic organisations make good partners for those serious about sustainability. As mainstream agriculture in...

A beautiful mind

Ahead of her appearance at Natural & Organic Products Europe, Elizabeth Barbalich from Antipodes explains how a beauty philosophy born in New Zealand is offering...

No place to hide

The internet is the most powerful tool for transparency ever invented. There literally is no place to hide for the perpetrators of food scandals,...

Horst Power

In the run-up to his eagerly-anticipated appearance at Natural & Organic Products Europe, Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher reveals his thoughts on the natural beauty industry. Horst Rechelbacher...

Owen Paterson doesn’t get it

“Some companies seem to think consumers will keep taking it on the chin because we accepted being spoon fed this stuff for so long...

GM – Dream or nightmare?

The American people are going to be very, very angry when the truth about GM food finally comes out, writes Craig Sams When Mark Lynas...

Civilising influences

The ancient Mayan civilisation collapsed over a thousand years ago, but its people lived on and are now part of a new ‘civilisation’ –...

Regulatory threats … and opportunities

“Next week”, announced the dulcet-toned Charlotte Green, “Radio 4 will broadcast the first in a two part-series in which Lord Gus O'Donnell makes a...

Festishistic? No, just enjoying food and having fun

You Aren’t What You Eat takes pot shots at fetishistic ‘foodists’ while eulogising genetic engineeringists. Craig Sams can only despair at its author’s warped...

It’s independents who are growing organic sales – let’s support them!

Independent retailers are organic's true believers and best promoters. Let's use the powerful 'Organic. Naturally different.' campaign to support them, says Charles Redfern An old...

Do as I say, not as I do

Our democratically elected leaders have a nasty track record of forcing GM food on their citizens while quietly eating organic at home, says Craig...

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...

Who gives a toss about tiny differences in vitamins and minerals?

The fixation with tiny nutritional differences between organic and non-organic is a silly distraction from the real issues, writes Craig Sams. I’m having a bit...

These GM protests were 10,000 years in the making

I'm not sure when the phrase 'reconnecting people with their food' was first coined (it began cropping up in the media around the time...

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,...