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David Bronner
David is a grandson of Dr. Bronner and has been President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps since 1998. He pioneered the use of 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles for the liquid soaps and a hemp/recycled paper blend to package the bars. Under David’s leadership, in 2003, Dr. Bronner's was one of the first brands to certify their soaps, lotions and balms under the USDA National Organic Program. Today Dr. Bronner’s is coordinating certified fair trade projects for all major ingredients, including olive oil from the West Bank and Israel, coconut oil from Sri Lanka, and palm oil from Ghana. David was the main coordinator of the Hemp Industries Association’s successful multi-year litigation against the Drug Enforcement Administration to protect sales of Hemp foods and body care in the United States (2001-04). He is a board member of both the HIA and Vote Hemp, and is working to bring back hemp farming in the US. During high school and college summers, David worked for his father Jim’s consulting company, Bronner Chemical. David graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University in 1995, and was a mental health counselor afterward in the Boston area for two years, before joining Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in 1997. Born in Los Angeles in 1973, he now lives in Encinitas, California with his wife Kris and daughter Maya. He enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team and dancing late into the night.

Entries by David Bronner

Why Dr. Bronner's Supports the Organic Check-Off Program

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:43 PM

When I first heard that there could be a $30 million-plus annual war chest to build expertise and capacity for organic farming in the United States, and educate consumers about organic food and farming, via the Organic Trade Association's Organic Check-Off program, I thought this sounded like a...

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GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle

(131) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils"

The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled "Give Soils Their Due" abridged in relevant part:

"We are not paying enough attention to the world's...

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Dr. Bronner's Year-End Report from the Front Lines of the Fight for Cannabis Reform and GMO Labeling

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Both cannabis policy reform and the movement to label genetically engineered foods in the United States made huge strides in 2014. Major battles were won, some narrowly lost, but ultimately victory is inevitable. Our company Dr. Bronner's has devoted significant financial, staff and other organizational resources to both movements, and...

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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 2:38 PM


by David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's

Michael Specter's recent articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ("Seeds of Doubt"and "The Problem with G.M.O. Labels") are the latest...

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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

(68) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight

Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels, 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to...

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Why I Support the Drug Policy Alliance's 2014 California Measure to Regulate and Tax Marijuana

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado in 2012 is already having enormous national and international impact, and legalizing in Oregon and Alaska in 2014 will further fuel this fire. We are also excited by the prospect of cannabis reform this year in Washington, DC, our nation's capital and...

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5 Reasons to Get on the Soapbox for GMO Labeling

(16) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 9:46 AM

On Nov. 5, citizens in Washington State will vote on whether to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Win or lose, The Washington Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is driving the national push on GMO labeling in states around...

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Fair Trade Palm Oil From Ghana: The Difference Fair Trade Makes

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Palm oil is an ingredient in half of all products sold in grocery stores throughout the United States. To supply the massive demand for this ostensibly cheap oil, rainforests from Brazil to Borneo are destroyed by industrial clear-cutting and strategic burning, to create arable land...

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Why We Should Label Genetically Engineered Food

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 11:28 AM

I've recently been activated on the genetically engineered food, or GMO, issue: If nothing is done, any crop or animal with significant market volume will be genetically engineered within the next 10 to 20 years, and consumers won't know. The main arguments for labeling are:

1) American consumers...

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Why We Donated $100,000 to Prop 19

(42) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:04 PM

I am President and co-owner of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a 60-year-old company founded by my German-Jewish grandfather, Emanuel Bronner in 1948. Our family and over 60 employees in California produce the best-selling natural brand of soap in the United States. We use certified organic and fair trade...

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Going Fair Trade

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 11:17 AM

The Organic Consumers Association has launched the Fair World Project to promote fair trade in commerce, especially in organic production systems in developing countries as well as at home, and to protect the term "fair trade" from dilution and misuse for mere PR purposes. This new organization fills the critical...

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Bring In the Organic Police

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 1:55 PM

I am President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a 60-year-old family company founded by my German-Jewish grandfather, Dr. Emmanuel Bronner in 1948. We produce the best-selling natural brand of liquid and bar soap in the United States from formulas that have been in my family for over 150 years.


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