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

A precautionary tale

A precautionary tale

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 […]

May 29, 2010 Continue Reading
Yours awesomely,

Yours awesomely,

“Wow, your blog is awesome. I literally just stumbled across it, but now I’m going to tell all my friends about it!”….“What a great site this is.  And let me tell you, the quality of your writing is awesome!!” Yes, since my Editor’s Comment was recently rebranded as Blog Spot it has become officially awesome. […]

May 21, 2010 Continue Reading
Anti-organic, moi?

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 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 […]

May 7, 2010 Continue Reading

Burt’s Bees CEO, John Replogle

Earlier this year Burts Bees CEO John Replogle addressed the One Young World Leadership Summit in London, a global forum for young people of leadership calibre. He talks here to Natural Products editor, Jim Manson about his Summit experiences and his ambitions for the Burts Bees brand in Britain and Europe. (more…)

April 18, 2010 Continue Reading
But is it art?

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 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…)

March 3, 2010 Continue Reading
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Raymond Blanc

When Raymond Blanc was seven his papa came in from the family garden one day with a handful earth and told him to look at it very carefully, sniff it, and then — yes — taste it. It was the lesson of a lifetime the celebrated chef and restaurateur tells NP editor Jim Manson. (more…)

February 23, 2010 Continue Reading
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This. Is. Wrong

Organic has taken a bit of a battering this year . UK sales seem to be down in many sectors: TNS reckon -14% year-on-year. The recession caused many light-green consumers to question the benefits they got from organic purchases and the FSA’s badly designed attack on nutritional benefits did not help. (more…)

December 20, 2009 Continue Reading
Nice Bentley, Mr Scabbins

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. Anticipating the likely response, Geoff quipped: “You’re probably thinking, hang on, there’s an escaped night club bouncer in the room”. (more…)

October 27, 2009 Continue Reading
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