A group of hikers from the Dwivayez Hiking Club
A group of hikers from the Dwivayez Hiking Club

It makes sense for Dominica -- the Nature Isle -- to transition to a 'green' society that embraces natural foods and products, accepts herbal medicine and promotes organic industrial processes.

However, there's much work to be done in important areas, such as developing regulations and standards for herbal medicine and organic products, as well as bringing more stakeholders on board via communication, outreach, and training programmes.

Nevertheless, this is a good time to capitalise on high public interest in adopting a healthy lifestyle and move the nation away from synthetic products and processes while endorsing those that support ecological balance and conserve biodiversity.

Local pioneers in various aspects of natural living are making meaningful steps to establish a new, 'green' culture in Dominica. Yet the lack of appropriate 'green' standards, regulations and policies raises the risk of trying to go too fast too soon with negative consequences.

As the movement towards natural living and 'green' products gains momentum, The Sun has produced a special set of stories to look at what key advocates are doing to push the 'green' agenda forward and highlight their triumphs, issues and challenges.

Of course, the choice of a 'green' product or service is only as valid as the information on which that choice is based.

As the drive towards natural living continues, there might never be a better opportunity to put checks and balances in place to ensure that 'green' products and services are genuine, based on universally approved 'green' standards.

The articles should give readers a clear idea of some of the natural options in Dominica and enable them to make informed choices.