Judy Blatman, CRN

Bloggers and the Information Domino Effect

Someone on my staff keeps sugar in the freezer because that’s what her mother told her to do. She does it, her mother does...

Aloe Vera Products: The Importance of IASC Certification

Recent class action lawsuits for aloe vera products may have retailers rethinking the importance of third-party certification for the products that they sell—just ask...
Karen Howard, Organic & Natural Health Association, GMO Labeling Act

From “Dark Act” to “Disappearing Act”

The GMO Labeling Act legislation is now federal law. It seemingly defies every criticism that our do-nothing-Congress is gridlocked and unable to pass legislation...
The International Probiotics Association, IPA, Probiotics

What to Expect of Probiotics in Pregnancy

Pregnant women want the best for their babies: no more alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances. Healthy meals and exercise are a given. When...
SENPA, Natural Products Association, Southeast Natural Products Association, Michelle DuFresne

Ordinary or Extraordinary

Our marketplace is changing…what feels like daily. Natural and organic offerings are exploding in places you would have never thought as consumers look for...
NPA East

Is Joining a Trade Association Going to Make Any Difference to Your Business?

Only if you want to stay in business! If you think you’re up against it now, see what happens if there is no one...
NPA East

The News of Our Death is Greatly Exaggerated

Many (many) years ago I began my career in this industry as a retail manager. The fact that the chain (once among the largest)...

The Time is now, or (very likely) never!

Let’s start by saying this as early and forcefully as I can. In my 25 years as a member of the natural products industry,...
Karen Howard, Organic & Natural Health Association, GMO Labeling Act

Fight Fire with Proof

The Organic & Natural Health Association is taking a proactive approach, launching a consumer education campaign and nutrient research agenda, starting with peer-reviewed, published research on the power of vitamin D. 

2016: Let’s Be Proactive on Research

In the month of January, I will hear myself say “Happy New Year” 300 times, at least. As a pathological optimist, I welcome this...