March 30, 2008 |
My bathroom is a key area in my crude-reduction quest. All manner of petroleum- and natural gas-derived soaps, lotions, perfumes, medicine, plastic bottles and instruments of hygiene (nail files, toothbrushes, etc.) cycle through there regularly. "The extent to which oil and gas is involved in everything is breathtaking," Post-Carbon Institute President Julian Darley said. I find that especially true in my bathroom. Let's consider aspirin.
June 14, 2007
HOW DOES A retailer that controls about 10% of a market and is competing with much larger players become a monopolistic threat? That's a question the Federal Trade Commission needs to answer before it blocks the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and the struggling Wild Oats Markets natural foods chain. The FTC warns that the deal, which aims to create a company with sales of $6.8 billion a year, would "tend to create a monopoly in the operation of premium natural and organic supermarkets."
January 9, 2011 |
The beauty industry is no stranger to organic ingredients, and a multitude of hair- and skin-care companies claim to be eco-friendly, all-natural or certified organic. More recently, hair color companies have joined the eco-revolution, advertising nontoxic, ammonia-free, all-natural or organic formulas. But can hair color truly be green and effective? The debate over the dangers of hair color has percolated in the United States for more than 50 years, with studies both supporting and refuting the notion that hair dyes cause cancer.
October 14, 1998
Submit your business questions and they could be answered by keynote speakers at the Los Angeles Times' Small Business Strategies Conference this weekend. Saturday's keynote speakers and their topics: * Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea on how to balance your life with activities other than work. * Business consultant Jack Trout on the need for simple business strategies in an increasingly complicated world.
December 10, 2008 |
The rotten economy is eating into sales of organic foods as fewer Americans put these often costly groceries on their plates. Retired school administrator John Frantz recently lost his appetite for organic fruits and vegetables after watching the value of his 401(k) plummet to its lowest level in two years. "I'm probably spending 10% to 15% less on groceries than six months ago," said Frantz, 58, of Chicago. Likewise, Julie Hennessey of West Bloomfield, Mich.
March 16, 1999 |
General Mills on Monday said it is ready to begin shipping Sunrise, an organic cereal that marks the company's first venture into the fast-growing, $4.5-billion organic foods market. The Minneapolis-based cereal company's new product will be certified by Oregon Tilth, an industry organization that sets policies and standards for the organic products industry. Sunrise was introduced Monday during the Natural Products Expo West meeting in Anaheim.
July 16, 2006 |
Organic ales, lagers and pilsners are increasingly squeezing their way into retail coolers alongside non-organic beers. When Jon Cadoux launched his line of ales under the Peak Organic label this spring, he figured making them organic would distinguish them from the multitude of other beers on the market. At the same time, he wanted to put out a product that he believes is healthier for people and the planet. Cadoux, founder of Peak Organic Brewing Co.
June 6, 2012 |
The roughly 20 million workers involved up and down the American food chain make up a sixth of the country's entire workforce -- a fifth if you exclude public employees. But they're not treated especially well, according to a new report. The Food Chain Workers Alliance interviewed some 700 workers and employers in food production, processing, distribution, retail and service sectors for its study. That includes employees at farms, slaughterhouses, warehouses, grocery stores, restaurants and more.
July 8, 1993 |
Twenty-five years ago, the typical consumer at Erewhon, the Los Angeles natural foods store, was a stereotype: a sandal-wearing, long-haired, turquoise-bedecked flower child seeking a spiritually and physically balanced diet as a means to a calmer, more peaceful life. Erewhon started as a store dedicated to macrobiotic foods, the Zen-inspired system of eating healthfully, centered mostly around vegetables, whole grains and seaweed.
July 24, 1999 |
Fear and confusion about the health effects of antibiotics, pesticides and hormones used to treat and feed dairy cows have fueled a sales boom for producers of organic milk in the last two years. Once relegated to the shelves of natural foods stores, organic milk has pushed into mainstream supermarkets and the homes of consumers who never before have sought out organic products.