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PFT Conference: European policies, local strategies and future

The European network Pesticide Free Towns invites interested parties to its conference on “European policies, local strategies and future”, which will take place on 27th September at the European Parliament.

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland. According to the Federal Office for Agriculture, organic food sales now account for 9% of total food sales.

TP Organics: Call for Innovations 2018

TP Organics calls for innovations in order to compile solutions contributing to the transformation of European food & farming systems based on organic and agroecological principles.

Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Data collected by Nielsen confirm a positive trend in the Italian organic market. The numbers presented at the shareholders' meeting of AssoBio, show that organic food sales within large-scale retail exceeded 1.5 bn euros.

Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.

Alnatura now at Supermarchés Match in France

Alnatura products are now also available in France. According to the company, over 400 Alnatura brand articles are listed in around 30 stores of the supermarket and supermarket chain Supermarchés Match.

Amsterdam: Next BioBorrel in September

On 26th September 2018, the seventh edition of BioBorrel will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam at 6 pm.

Control authority audit: Any residue is suspicious

In January 2018, the auditors of the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety reviewed a control body operating in the Dominican Republic. By their criticism, they overshoot the mark.

Sana: 30th Edition in Bologna

For the 30th time, Sana, the international exhibition of organic and natural products, will take place at Bolognafiere from 7th – 10th September 2018 in Bologna.

Sonnentor: New sales plus in 2017/18

The accounting year of 2017/18 went well for Sonnentor: The organic herbal specialist once again recorded an increase in sales and invested in the future.

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman alleged the company of misleading consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News.

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

Fruit growing, animal husbandry, processing: European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme. Seven of the eleven projects are funded by the German Government's organic and sustainability programme BÖLN.

CRISPR is not free from risks

Nature Biotechnology reported CRISPR could cause mutations and genetic damage. This new method of genetic engineering has been hyped as one of the most important breakthroughs in modern science. 

Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.

The packaging problem and the search for an ecological solution

When it comes to packaging, the conventional food industry and the organic sector are not very far away from each other.

Organic Food Iberia 2019: Major new organic trade fair in Madrid

According to event organiser Diversified Communications, the new trade show Organic Food Iberia will open at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid in 2019.

Innatex: Network platform for green fashion brands

The summer edition of the Innatex, International Trade Fair for Sustainable Textiles, recently came to an end. New was the network platform for green fashion brands and conventional retail.

BioFach America in September

From 13th to 15th September 2018, the BioFach America – ALL THINGS ORGANIC will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The exhibition provides visitors with a varied program.

Bingenheim Seed Day: Impulses for organic breeding and organic food trade

Around 350 actors recently met in Bingenheim to further develop the vision of independent organic farming.

Chile as first Latin American country to ban plastic bags

After the successful approval by the Chilean congress and the initiative of new state president Sebastián Piñera, Chile has now banned plastic bags as the first country in Latin America.

Organic farmers are also suffering from drought

Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The recently introduced European project Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems (RELACS) has just launched its new project website.


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