What kind of a business thrives without advertising, insists that its employees give away the company’s profits, offers healthful alternatives to snack foods, and supports sustainable agriculture? In this provocative conversation, business executive Nell Newman talks about the birth and business practices of Newman’s Own Organics. Organic doesn’t have to taste bad. In fact, her company’s motto is “Great Tasting Products That Happen To Be Organic.” All of us can participate in creating a better, healthier, world. The key is in knowing we choices, knowing where to find alternatives and committing to use them. What might seem inconvenient at first, can become an enjoyable and gratifying alternative to the mass produced, mass marketed fare thrust in front of us. From food for pets to investment alternatives, Newman describes how simple choices lead to big results. “Supporting sustainable agriculture, supporting family farms, and being able to donate the profits to charity are all extremely gratifying.” We all can share in the gratification by following Newman’s lead.
Nell Newman is the co-founder and Director of Product Development and Marketing at Newman’s Own Organics. She is the co-author with Joseph D’Agnese of The Newman’s Own Organics Guide to a Good Life: Simple Measures That Benefit You and the Place You Live (Villard New York 2003). Her web site is www.newmansownorganics.org.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can make choices that are good for you and good for the planet
- How you can find alternatives to mass produced and marketed products
- Why it’s important for you to support local businesses including family farms
- What is the difference between health food and organic food
- How any business can flourish using principles of sustainability
Program Number: 2985 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/7/2003