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Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

The US-research agency DARPA is funding a research program that uses insects to release GM-viruses that can alter the genome of crops in the field. Scientists warn that such a system can be used as a biological weapon.

Ecovia Intelligence: Sustainability Beauty Award Finalists announced

In a press release, Ecovia Intelligence announced the finalists of the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards, which will be co-hosted alongside the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe on 6th November.

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

The run-up to the Swiss referendum on the Fair Food Initiative has shown that people want more sustainability and transparency with regard to the origin and production of food. FiBL has developed the "SMART tool" to make such achievements visible.

Slovenia: Supermarkets AreThe Main Market Players, But Specialist Outlets Are Growing

There are some 20 organic/health food shops in Slovenia, mostly situated in the capital Ljubljana, but also in other cities all over Slovenia.

Organic farming does not tolerate GMO contamination

On the occasion of the Agriculture Council discussion about the Commission’s proposal to revise the organic regulation, the IFOAM EU Group underlines that the organic movement does not tolerate GMO contamination of organic products.

Premiere: ”Best of Bio” Organic Chocolate Award

More than a hundred guests were thrilled with the entertaining event in order to present the “Best of Bio Award” 2005.

Switzerland: Wholesale in transition

At the beginning of the 90s in Switzerland (7.4 million inhabitants) there were approximately a dozen organic food wholesalers.

The Emergence of Organic Supermarkets in Britain

The UK market for organic food & drink is the third largest in the world, valued at EUR 1.85 billion in 2004.

And Where Are The Organic Companies?

The UK organic food industry enjoyed exceptionally high growth rates between the mid 1990s and 2002.

Organic Wholesalers in Great Britain

Like other sectors of the British organic food industry, the wholesale structure has undergone rationalisation in recent years.

Italy: Organic media, initiatives, associations and trade fairs

Greenplanet natural network was established in October 1995 by Proscenio, a no-profit association whose aim was promotion of a sustainable culture.

Organic Farming in Spain

The Iberian Peninsula covers 505,988 sq km and has a population of 44.1 million inhabitants.

Whole food Wholesale Trade in France

The whole food wholesale trade presents a very varied picture in France - very big general wholesalers operating nationally next to small specialists and regional players.

Organic Agriculture in Portugal

Portugal is located in South-West Europe and has a coastline of around 800 km, occupying one fifth of the Iberian Peninsula that it shares with Spain.

Italy: Fresh Produce is Traded Separately

In Italy the wholesale trade with fresh products, in particular fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products, cheese and bread, is carried out mainly by specialist traders or the producers themselves.

Czech Republic: Specialised Natural and Organic Retailers Achieve 30 % Market Share

The Czech retail sector has dramatically changed during the last 10 years.

Malta: A Long Way To Go

They were regarded with suspicion by the customs officers. 'We felt as if we were importing drugs.'

Czech Republic: Natural and Organic Manufacturers See Their Business Growing

There were 116 certified organic processors at the end of 2004.

Greece: Wholesalers build up Retail Chains/ Greece 1

The major routes through Athens are dominated by the smell of exhaust fumes and by noise.

Hungary: Specialised Organic Shops Only in Budapest

The marketing structure of organic products has gained a new profile over the last five years.

Hungary: with Declining Export Opportunities Domestic Market Grows

At the end of the 1990s, the significance of domestic processing of organic products in Hungary increased dramatically.

Germany, Denmark

Hungarian Organic Food Market

About 90 % of organic products produced in Hungary are exported.


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