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People We Love: About Our Authors

Retail, the final frontier. These are the voyages of leaders we love. To boldy go where no man or woman has gone before, ignoring all sane counsel, working long hours for often little profit, making quality goods and not selling out. SO let us explain. At first we were going to call this column our […]

Memo To Congress: Look to Supplements, Stupid

DSEA Study Shows Possible $5 Billion Dollar Savings with Two Supplements A study commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance showed that the simple provision of two supplements to seniors, 65 and older would result in a whopping $5 billion dollar savings over 5 years.   The supplements studied were, omega-3 fatty acids and a lutein […]

Wal-Mart Canada Makes Us Blush—Retailer Begins Selling Sex Toys

While this has very little to do with our normal range of stories, well, we just couldn’t resist passing this on. According to a story in Canada’s newspaper, The Globe & Mail, Wal-Mart Canada will begin selling sex toys, or what the retailer euphemistically refers to as ‘sexually well being products’. As noted in the […]

Senate Proposes Changes on Organic Rules

Is It Like Putting the Fox in Charge of Guarding The Henhouse  More and more granola minded soccer moms are buying organic nut butters, gallons of Odwalla juices and Amy’s Organic frozen dinners at big box stores. No surprise here. In San Francisco, I know lots of folks who load up their Volvos at Whole […]

Kerry on Katrina, Bush and the Boy Scouts

John Kerry, from a speech delivered at Brown University:  “Katrina stripped away any image of competence and exposed to all the true heart and nature of this administration. The truth is that for four and a half years, real life choices have been replaced by ideological agenda, substance replaced by spin, governance second place always […]

NYC Union Expands Campaign Against Whole Foods

‘Right Wing’ Views Of WFM CEO To Be Publicized If you read NBN regularly, you know we love calling Whole Foods, America’s glitziest non-union grocer. When WFM’s second store launched on Union Square the site of many important battles in America’s labor movement, that the ghost’s of labor past were likely shaking their heads. Well […]

Memo To GW: It Isn’t A Blame Game It’s About Responsibility STOOPID

Please note:  the following is not directly related to natural business.  It is however very well written.  Additionally, given the fact that the increasingly pathetic state of American politics is threatening my own sanity, it had to be written.   To paraphrase that unforgettable line from the great movie ‘Network’, “I’m mad as hell and not […]

Politics Rule The Roost As Another FDA Official Resigns

The director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, Susan Wood, resigned Wednesday over the agency’s decision to postpone indefinitely a ruling on whether to allow the sale of the morning-after pill to be sold without a prescription. The pill, used as an emergency contraceptive device, was deemed safe and recommended for OTC sale, by […]