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Opinion

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

These bio fools are killing us

Bio-fuel subsidies cost the US taxpayer $6 billion – for an end product that uses 70% more energy from fossil fuels to produce than...

Pay us your $3bn fine – we’ll start a nutritional revolution!

This week global drugs industry giant GSK was hit with an eye-watering $3 billion fine after pleading guilty to healthcare fraud. Why not give...

Organic and Green? It’s our bling.

Residents of Tunbridge Wells are usually acutely aware of their ‘disgusted of’ reputation. We live each day as a national joke (yes, I speak...

Give yourselves a sporting chance this summer!

Robert Taylor – vice president at Vitabiotics and HFMA Council member – urges health food retailers to make the most of the opportunity presented...

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...

How a downfall in organic sales is good for independent retailers

In March the Soil Association released their Organic Market Report 2012 . The headline figure (seized on by the media) was  that sales of...

Can I get my NHS no-claims bonus?

Isn’t it amazing that the ‘hippy diet’ the authorities once warned would corrupt a generation is now officially endorsed by the medical establishment, says...

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...

Hippy days are here again

Isn’t it amazing that the ‘hippy diet’ the authorities once warned would corrupt a generation is now officially endorsed by the medical establishment, says...

Still making waves

As Rainbow Warrior III sets sail Craig Sams congratulates Greenpeace on being a pain in the bum for evildoers the world over In 1977 Greenpeace...

Environmentally challenged

I wonder if George Osborne might come to regret the slightly self-satisfied way he told the House of Commons last week "we are not...

Ängavallen: Making a case for kindness

Ängavallen Farm in southern Sweden, 20km south of Malmö, has been a model for a kinder and more ecological way of farming for nearly...

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...

Confessions of an organic vegetarian

Meat Free Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and…) There is nothing more illogical than an organic vegetarian, but that is what...

Setting a course for the future of organic

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...

Legal, decent, thruthful and honest? Oh, come off it!

Major airlines and detergent brands runs rings round the ASA while the small guys get hauled up on pedantic points of detail, writes Craig...

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...

Guest blog: Amarjit Sahota from Organic Monitor

Leading natural beauty brands are taking their products worldwide in search of future growth, writes Amarjit Sahota, president of Organic Monitor. But where are...

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...

There’s only one option with nuclear. Get rid of it.

Nuclear power threatens everything that all living plants and creatures have struggled for since the miracle of life began, writes Craig Sams. I had a...