November 15, 2006 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been selling non-organic food products that were misrepresented as organic, according to a legal complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute alleges that Wal-Mart has been using "in-store signage" to misidentify conventional produce and dairy products as organic. Wal-Mart said the charges, coming from a group that has opposed Wal-Mart in the past, shouldn't be taken seriously.
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."
June 18, 2006 |
A middle-aged couple, each dressed in nothing but a thin sheet, stood on the riverbank and contemplated the rushing water of Parks Creek. From my spot on the nearby bathhouse deck, I could see the dry-erase board where someone had scribbled the water temperature: 40 degrees. The man dipped in a toe and yanked it back. Sensible folks would have retreated to the sauna. But then they would have been deprived of the full Stewart Mineral Springs experience.
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.
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.
June 15, 2000 |
Though impatiens are most valued for their ability to grow in complete shade, they do better with some sun--what many call dappled or "bright" shade. In these shady or semi-shady spots, impatiens can be planted at any time, even now. But if you are going to plant them where they will get more than an hour or two of direct sun, don't do so in the heat of summer. Wait for cooler weather, so they'll have time to acclimate.