Natural health brand BetterYou has unveiled its Better Planet Project – an initiative through which the brand is seeking to reduce its environmental footprint and reliance on non-sustainable resources.
While they are revered in ‘clean-eating’ circles, spinach and kale are ranked second and third respectively (and the highest for all vegetables) in the latest Dirty Dozen pesticide residue ranking from US non-profit the Environment Working Group (EWG).
Delegates at the Royal Society of Medicine have heard that the true extent of pesticide use is at odds with the claims of the pesticide industry.
Dangerous levels of neonicotinoid insecticides have been found in 75% of the world’s honey samples, reveals a new study.
In the largest ever field study investigating the impact of neonicotinoids on bees, researchers found that exposure resulted in a 24% decline in numbers.
The annual European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on pesticide residues in food has had an overly positive interpretation by the European body, according to Greenpeace and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-Europe.
UN experts call for new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming
The EU should increase investment in organic agriculture and use it as a field ‘laboratory’ for the development of sustainable and healthy food production.
Aldi is making a further push to steal customers away from the big US natural food retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe.
Bayer and Syngenta have been criticized for not publishing research that found high doses of their neonicotinoid pesticides cause serious harm to honey bee colonies.
After its emergency application to use neonic seed treatments on oilseed rape this autumn was rejected by Defra, the NFU has submitted a second request.
According to newly published documents, Bayer and Syngenta were involved in a crucial meeting in May to decide if the EU-wide ban of their neonicotinoid pesticides should be overturned in the UK, The Guardian has reported. The record of the meeting with the Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) was previously supressed, says the paper, and […]
Following the UK Government’s decision to temporarily lift the ban on neonicotinoids last week, Friends of the Earth (FoE) has said that it is taking legal steps over the move. The environmental group has written a judicial review pre-action letter to Liz Truss, secretary for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as […]
Pesticide campaign group PAN UK is launching an initiative aimed at ridding public parks in Britain of toxic herbicides and pesticides – starting with Brighton & Hove. PAN UK says there is a growing body of evidence about the harmful effects of pesticides on human health and the environment. Just a few weeks ago the […]
The French biodynamic winemaker fined earlier this year for refusing to spray his crop with insecticide has had his conviction overturned. In April, Emmanuel Giboulot was found guilty by a French court of illegally defying an official order to treat his vineyard against the leafhopper, an insect believed to be responsible for the spread of […]
Jamie Oliver has warned that a controversial trade deal between the EU and US could open the door to food imports containing growth hormones and banned pesticides. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement is being presented by big business as a way to remove trade barriers and make business easier. But others warn […]
The organic movement’s original aim of making good food available to all has been derailed, says the restaurateur Raymond Blanc. Instead, he says, organic food has become the preserve of the well off. In an interview in the Daily Telegraph, the longtime organic supporter says that the industry has “shot itself in the foot by […]
A NEW study by scientists in Australia shows that eating an organic diet fort just one week can reduce pesticide levels in adults by 90%. The study, carried out at RMIT University, is the first to compare the differences in pesticide residues in adults who consume organic and conventional food. Published in the journal Environmental […]
The amount of food contaminated with pesticide residues has nearly doubled in a decade, a new report from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) reveals. Pesticides On A Plate, which uses official government data on pesticides (last updated in 2011), shows that half of all fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues – rising to 98% for […]
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an organic industry advertisement did not mislead consumers about pesticide exposure. (more…)
NPE: ‘The window to the future’
April 18, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
Dubbed ‘The window to the future’ by independent retailer John McKee – director of Hanover Health Foods – Natural & Organic Products Europe has announced a 3% rise in attendance figures for 2019, with an attendance of 10,298 over the two-day show at ExCeL.
Infinity Foods issues statement on plastics
Sussex-based co-op Infinity Foods has released a statement around its stance on plastic packaging to offer a detailed answer to the question it is frequently asked: why is its own label range not packed in biodegradable or compostable material?
Wessanen €885MN buyout bid offers ‘longer-term horizon and stability’
On Wednesday (10 April) Wessanen announced a conditional agreement on a recommended all-cash public offer by a consortium of PAI Partners SAS and Charles Jobson of €11.50 per issued and outstanding share of the healthy food company.
New investment leads to refreshed Conscious Chocolate
Conscious Chocolate officially relaunched last weekend at Natural & Organic Products Europe, following new investment from Fortissimo Group.
Sparking the passion, naturally
February 19, 2019 Sharna Waid
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s a momentous time of love and lust. With a broadening range of sexual wellbeing products on the market, Sharna Waid looks into which natural remedies retailers should be exploring to support and empower their female customers’ confidence in the bedroom
A nation on the move
Kate Miller looks at the main aggravators of joint pain and uncovers how the public’s well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions can often lead to injuries come spring
The power of sour
While not yet mainstream, and certainly not new, fermented foods were heralded as one of the big trends of 2018 and continue to work their way onto the shelves of independent retailers up and down the country. Hayley Coristine investigates the qualities that are helping this ancient food technology gain wider appeal (more…)
Best bar none
With small chocolate producers choosing to trade directly, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the rise in artisan bean to bar chocolatiers who are putting cocoa farmers’ welfare before profit
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 […]
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Over the past few years Hemp and its CBD-rich extracts have made a stunning entrance to the nutraceutical business. More and more people are now commenting on the wonderful health benefits of supplementing their diet with natural phytocannabinoids and new CBD oil brands pop-up regularly as a result.