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Alter Eco

Dangers of Tweeting While Eating Thai Noodles and Pondering GMOs;  But Monsanto Still Sucks

Dangers of Tweeting While Eating Thai Noodles and Pondering GMOs; But Monsanto Still Sucks

A funny thing happened while reading the NY Times opinion page and eating my favorite noodle soup at King of Thai Noodles #2 on Clement Street.   (Which Yelp unfairly gives only 3.5 stars but that is an issue for another time). NBN tweeted about a NY Times piece detailing Monsanto’s efforts at convincing Vietnam […]

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods, Following Ouster of Scharffen Berger Chocolate, Requires Ethical Sourcing Audit for Coconut Water

  After removing Hershey owned Scharffen Berger Chocolates from its stores due to ongoing concerns over Hershey’s sourcing procedures and  child labor, BevNet reports that Whole Foods is now requiring all of its coconut water vendors to conduct ethical sourcing audits from a list of store approved 3rd party auditors. Another Hershey brand, Dagoba Chocolate, […]

Martha Stewart Goes Fair Trade with Alter Eco

Okay, folks: given our reputation among some as a cynical son-of-a-bitch, it might be hard to believe but we actually like Martha Stewart. Or said another way, we think she deserves a break. That she has gotten a bum rap, and more.  Even before her jail time for insider trading—something we think so many Hedge […]

Kill The Precedent: Fair Trade from Alter Ec

Okay we stole that edgy headline. It’s from Nate Mezmer’s new soul-ish, hip hop-ish album but NBN thinks that the title applies to the line of terrific fair trade products from the folks at Alter Eco.   Fair trade seeks to guarantee workers decent working conditions and revenues and to facilitate the development and steady growth […]