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Which Corporations Own Your Favorite Organic Brands?

Which Corporations Own Your Favorite Organic Brands?

The latest issue of GOOD Magazine features a diagram of a few dozen top American natural foods brands and the corporations that own them. Many of the names on the list will probably surprise you.

March 17, 2008

Food Trends: 2008

Food Trends: 2008

2007 saw continued growth in the organic foods market, eco-safe fish hitting the shelves at Wal-Mart, and "locavore" voted word of the year by the Oxford American Dictionary. But can we expect ethical eating to fizzle out as a fad or become even bigger in 2008?

December 26, 2007

Not All Ethical Certifiers Are Equal

Not All Ethical Certifiers Are Equal

There has been some friction of late between ethical certifiers over differing standards for "fair trade" and "organic." With industry-backed labels like Utz and QAI joining the ranks of Transfair or NOP, questions are being raised about the effect that the entry of large corporations into the ethical products markets will have on the integrity of these products. Are we close to a day when we'll have to carry a wallet-sized chart of all the various ethical labels just to know which ones walk the walk?

November 13, 2007

Reverse Trick or Treating for Global Justice

Reverse Trick or Treating for Global Justice

This halloween, Global Exchange and several other groups are organizing a new kind of trick or treating to raise awareness for the conditions under which much of the world's cocoa is produced.

October 31, 2007

Fair Trade Labels Look to Replicate Organic's Success

Fair Trade Labels Look to Replicate Organic's Success

The growing consumer demand for ethical products has a lot in common with the organic food boom of a decade ago, including the difficultly ethical consumers face in figuring out which products actually live up to their lofty expectations. But while it is extremely unlikely that a government agency is going to step in anytime soon to create a similar set of requirements for "ethical products," independent certifiers like TransFair USA are stepping in to fill the need.

October 9, 2007

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