The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts.
Britain’s chefs can play a key role in raising public awareness about the stealth statics being used to sneak GMOs onto restaurant menus.
Nielsen has published a new report – What’s in our food and on our mind – based on the results of its Global Health and Ingredient-Sentiment Survey.
A public consultation is launched by the European Food Safety Authority on its Draft Guidance on Allergenicity Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants.
Leading organic brands and retailers – Doves Farm, Neal’s Yard, Pukka Herbs, Viridian Nutrition and As Nature Intended – are joining campaign group Beyond GM on the UK leg of Canadian rocker Neil Young’s latest world tour. Young’s 2016 UK/EU tour continues with the ecological and anti-corporate themes explored in his latest albums, The Monsanto Years […]
New genetic engineering techniques must not be allowed to bypass EU laws governing GMOs, says IFOAM EU. The European organic grouping warns of “severe economic consequences” if some of these techniques are deregulated by the European Commission. “New techniques bearing the same potential risks as the GMOs currently on the market should not be used […]
Russia has signalled its intention to become a global “organic superpower”, reports Russia Today. In September, Russia announced that it would ban genetically modified organisms in crops and in food products. Now, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has signalled the country’s desire to become the world’s biggest producer of “ecologically clean”, non-GM and organic food. […]
Germany has initiated a move to ban the cultivation of GM crops using an opt-out contained in a new EU Directive. Under new rules on GM, individual states can unilaterally ban GM crops even in the case of those officially approved by the EU. In a statement, the German agriculture minister, Christian Schmidt, stressed that Germany […]
Nearly 70% of the public do not trust the independence of experts featured on BBC programmes about GM. That’s the main finding of an open access survey which looked into the impartiality of the BBC when it comes to the reporting of genetically modified food and farming. The survey, set up by the GM campaign […]
Well-known figures from the natural products world have been getting behind a new initiative that aims to give ordinary people a louder voice in the intensifying debate on GM foods. The GM Free Me initiative takes the form of a ‘visual petition’ where people upload a photo of themselves holding the downloadable GM Free Me […]
MEPs have voted to strengthen the hand of EU countries who want to be able to ban GM crops at the national level. In June, the European Commission agreed a draft Directive that would provide a legal basis to allow individual member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs already authorized, or under […]
Non-GMO sales in the US “skyrocketed” last year, according to data gathered by Nutrition Business Journal and New Hope Media. NBJ’s research shows that products containing no GMOs – verified by the Non-GMO Project or certified organic – grew 80% in 2013, confounding sceptics who have suggested that the non-GMO movement had peaked. The biggest […]
More than 150 businesses and organisations – including leading organic brands Amy’s Kitchen and Clif Bar – want the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to halt controversial trials of genetically modified crops. The group has written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to express concern over the discovery this summer of unapproved genetically engineered wheat in […]
In a compelling session at the Natural Products Live talks (part of Natural & Organic Products Europe), organic food pioneer Craig Sams announced the shocking news that World War III was upon us. But this was a world war we should all welcome, said Sams – this was a world war against climate change, which, […]
Next month (October) more than 580 natural food retailers across the US will take part in the first ever Non-GMO Month. The event, aimed at “celebrating consumers’ rights to choose to buy food and products that do not contain GMOs”, coincides with the launch of THE “NON-GMO Project Verfied” seal on retail products. (more…)
Vegans warned about ‘unwittingly supporting animal exploitation’
January 22, 2018 Jim Manson
UK-based Ethical Consumer magazine has warned vegans that they could be “unwittingly supporting animal exploitation” as the companies behind many of the Britain’s leading vegan brands also have a heavy involvement in the meat and dairy industry.
British Homeopath Society takes NHS to court over CAM funding ban
The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) is taking the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to court over a recent decision to ban public funding of homeopathy and other alternative medicines.
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
Soft drinks brand Juiceburst has reformulated and rebranded across its entire portfolio, as well as creating two new additions to its core range.
OTB receives £1.73m in funding
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) is to receive a loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank, to help grow organic sales in the UK in 2018 and beyond.
November 21, 2017 Jane Wolfe
With mounting research emphasizing the crucial part the microbiome plays in preventing and fighting disease, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the best ways to optimize gut health (more…)
Food of the gods
Regularly consuming a little of what you love could have long-term health benefits – even where chocolate is concerned, discovers Rosie Greenaway (more…)
A significant rise in job insecurity since the UK’s decision to leave the EU means people are loath to take time off work – and with an increase in colds and flu, this is leading to higher demand for OTC remedies. Jane Wolfe reports (more…)
Let’s do lunch!
Sharna Waid has been taking a look at how natural products retailers and brands are maximizing the crucial two-hour lunchtime selling period (more…)
Natural beauty made in Cyprus
Sharna Waid has been finding out how passionate producers in Cyprus are using the fruits of the land to create natural beautifying cosmetics. According to the ancient myth, Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, pleasure and procreation – was born out of the waves off the coast of Cyprus. Aside from attracting three […]
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]