Opinion

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

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...

Beware of cluttered thinking on store layout!

I’m not sure which consumer behavior experts were being referenced in your May editorial who concluded that “the messier and more confusing a shop...

It’s the system, Mary

So, Mary Portas, Queen of Shops, has been drafted in by Coalition ministers to lead an independent review into the state of British retailing. Straightaway...

Can technology be the making of community retailing?

Several health store owners I spoke with at last month’s Natural & Organic Products Europe told me that footfall had been significantly down over...

Could your store do with a spot of re-cluttering?

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,...

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...