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

So, where are all the bodies?

A new 200-page report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers concludes that nutritional supplements were the cause of zero deaths in the US...

Prepare for the organic surge!

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. The...

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 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...

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...

Organic naysayers at it again

This week we’ve seen a few news outlets grabbing eagerly onto another story knocking organic farms. The two highlights of this story, based on research...

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...

Patrick Holden — Natural Products Outstanding Achievement Award winner

Patrick Holden, the Soil Association director, was named the winner of the 2010 Natural Products Outstanding Achievement Award at last week’s Natural & Organic...

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...

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...

GM potato? I prefer blight-resistant beauties

I love the look of these potatoes and their healthy interesting purpleness. They have just had their own launch in London at the sustainable London restaurant,...

Kinetic energy

Alexander and Kim Barani are two of the health food trade’s biggest personalities, while their company Kinetic is one of the best known names...

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...

Signed, sealed and jiggered?

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....