SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements, Health & Nutrition - North AmericaEU edition

News > Suppliers

Read more breaking news

 

 
Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

By Hank Schultz , 19-May-2014
Last updated on 19-May-2014 at 17:26 GMT2014-05-19T17:26:11Z

"If we are going to make millions of dollars or tens of millions, we can't do it on the backs of the poor," Chris Kilham says.

There is much talk about sustainability in the dietary supplement ingredients marketplace, but what does it mean exactly? Consultant Chris Kilham, known as The Medicine Hunter, makes a strong case for using the term to mean a marketplace in which all prosper, including the indigenous cultures where many ingredients are sourced.

“Business is people all the time engaged in transactional relationships. Whether it’s goods or services, it’s always for people,” Kilham said.

“In a sustainable system all parts of the system have to prosper. We have to work with people in such a way that allows them to advance in whatever way they want to,” he told NutraIngredients-USA at the Vitafoods trade show in Geneva, Switzerland recently.  

Sustainability ambassador

Kilham puts his actions into words in his role as the Sustainability Ambassador for Naturex.  He works to help forge and maintain relationships with indigenous peoples, whether they are farmers or wildcrafters.  Part of maintaining robust relationships with suppliers is making sure those people’s needs are met, both in terms of pay and other support.

“This to me is the most meaningful part of the equation. Most people in agriculture, with a few notable exceptions, live in poverty. If we are going to make millions of dollars or tens of millions, we can’t do it on the backs fo the poor,” Kilham said.

So, with all the work he and others have done on this idea, is it gaining traction?  In Kilham’s view, there is still lots of work to be done.

“With the expanding world population, I think there is as much exploitation as there ever has been. (Sustainability) hasn’t gained as much momentum as I’d like it to, but it is definitely a converstaion out there in the marketplace,” he said.

Related products

'Social retailing' model used to popularize fiber/probiotic blend

'Social retailing' model used to popularize fiber/probiotic blend

Regular Girl, a prebiotic-probiotic blended product, is debuting on the market via a “social...

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

There is an opportunity for companies to use bioavailability enhancement to differentiate their products,...

Research on holes in diet informed Dr Low Dog's formulation of new line of Megafood multis

Research on holes in diet informed Dr Low Dog's formulation of new line of Megafood multis

Multivitamin manufacturers are all about differentiation.  How do you stand out from the multitude?...

Ingredient supplier applies Ayurvedic principles to new line of finished products

Ingredient supplier applies Ayurvedic principles to new line of finished products

The principle of synergy embodied in Ayurveda figured into the formulation of a new...

At Expo West 2016, RiceBran Technologies launches NukaCha smoothie

Expo West 2016 Debut: RiceBran Technologies launches smoothie-on-the-go NukaCha

Riding the wave of smoothie enthusiasm, Arizona-based RiceBran Technologies launches… powder in a bottle?

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic principles and ingredients are increasingly accepted in North America among product formulators. But...

GNC’s CEO: Raw material GMPs are “absolutely a great solution for the industry”

GNC’s CEO: Raw material GMPs are “absolutely a great solution for the industry”

Supplement heavyweight GNC’s industry initiative to boost supply chain integrity and defend consumer confidence...

Protein could give endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods

Protein could give products for endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods Ingredients

A new fast absorbing protein from Arla Foods Ingredients could help crack open the...

Firm has automated solution to ease GMP documentation burden

Firm has automated solution to ease GMP documentation burden

Complying with the paperwork required by full GMP compliance has proved to be a...

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

A paradigm shift is needed to force delicate women’s health issues like vaginal infections...

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

The quest for alternatives to animal-derived proteins has led to a huge amount of...

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

Professor Gregor Reid

Chair , University of Western Ontario & Human Microbiology and...

UK researcher backs supplements for omega-3 intakes

UK researcher backs supplements for boosting omega-3 intakes

Philip Calder

Professor, University of Southamption

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against...

Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher

Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher

Sophie Killer

Doctoral researcher, Loughborough University

Caffeine in small doses and during training may boost performance

Caffeine taken during training and even in small doses may boost sports performance: Researcher

Sophie Killer

Doctoral researcher in exercise metabolism and performance nutrition

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Professor John Cryan

Chair and head of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience,...

Algatech: Functional food on astaxanthin horizon

Algatech: Functional food on astaxanthin horizon

Israeli firm Algatechnologies will work towards gaining approval for its astaxanthin as a novel...