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Limited resources for natural cosmetics

Raw materials for natural cosmetics are in great demand. The supply is limited, the number of interested parties and the quantity required are increasing. Many ingredients have become expensive - and there is no end in sight.

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Mission possible: a 100 percent organic world

Consumers are thronging shops, farmers’ markets, e-commerce portals and even organic farms for fresh, quality organic products. Farmers, too, are gradually distancing themselves from conventional cultivation, given the high costs and negative health impact associated with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Furthermore, Organic is now receiving policy support and has become an integral part of government programmes for agriculture. Therefore, the moment is ripe to initiate ‘Mission Possible: Organic as a Global Phenomenon’—a collective and multipronged endeavour to convert the world into organic, asumes the Senior Scientist Dr Arun K. Sharma, who has published "A Handbook of Organic Farming".

 

IFOAM Organic World Congress: global meeting of the movement

It was a global organic event in India last month. Almost 2,500 delegates from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 day visitors attended the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC). More than 1,000 farmers joined the organic mega event in Delhi/ Greater Noida and discussed topics concerning agriculture innovations, techniques, trends, challenges, success stories and other key issues of the sector. The motto of the OWC was „An Organic World through an Organic India.“ Every fifth organic farmer in the world lives in India. Read the summary and watch a video with impressions and statements.

Sikkim: An organic vision becomes reality

Sikkim, a small northeastern Himalayan state between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that boarders China in the North, made an important decision in 2010. Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling had a visionary goal: he wanted to place the state’s entire agriculture land under organic management. To achieve his goal, Chamling launched the Sikkim Organic Mission and within 15 years, the entire agriculture process was converted to organic, and Sikkim was declared “Organic State“ in 2016. This is a worldwide lighthouse example for further conversion of lands towards a 100% organic status. Watch the Video.

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Austria: 100% organic food supply is possible

A 100% supply of Austria with domestic, organically produced food is possible. This is the result of a new study carried out by the Centre for Global Change at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). By the study, the authors show the economic advantages and positive consequences for health and the environment. The study was presented by the initiative Mother Earth as well as Greenpeace as part of the key subject 2018 “Look where your food comes from!”

Sustainable Foods Summit: Strategies for a circular economy

The 10th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit by Ecovia Intelligence took place in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. Speakers from all over the world presented a broad range of topics relating to the model of a future circular economy. The international audience consisting of stakeholders from all over the supply chain was seeking inspiration and sustainable solutions. The conference provided best practice models for sustainable cultivation, processing and packaging, but also for the reuse, recycling and avoidance of waste in order to conserve valuable resources. Watch the video interview with Erik Does, CEO Ekoplaza.

High-tech in organic agriculture: the Internet of Things

Robots, sensors and artificial intelligence: The Internet of Things is becoming more and more involved in agriculture. This also presents opportunities for the organic sector.

Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.

Cocoa conference: Hunger prices for cheap chocolate

"The cocoa sector will only be sustainable when farmers earn a living." This was stated in the Berlin Declaration adopted at the end of the 4th International Cocoa Conference that took place recently in the German capital. The three-day meeting of around 1,500 cocoa industry players focused on the continuing catastrophic living conditions of cocoa producers, particularly in West Africa. We took a closer look on the cocoa industry and on the organic sector.

Germany: more and more organic eggs from factory farming

The size of poultry houses for organic laying hens has once again become an issue in the German media: there is an increasing trend to big poultry houses. It's not possible to see where this will lead because the new EU Organic Regulation approves the current practice in Germany and a number of other EU countries of keeping 30,000 and more organic hens in one poultry house. When consumers buy their eggs they have no information regarding the size of a particular poultry house.

Tea in shortage

Drought, strikes and unrests limit the choice in the tea shelves. Rooibos and Darjeeling are particularly affected by the consequences. While the deficiency will continue for the also called bush tea or redbush tea, recovery is in sight for Darjeeling tea from India (see our earlier report).

 

Bengt Anker of Oatly: “I feel like an ambassador for the organic sector”

Bengt Anker, co-founder of Oatly, the Swedish brand for oat milk alternatives, has recently retired. As Sales Manager, he made significant contributions to the success of the company, which now, almost 30 years from its establishment, sells its products throughout Europe. Anker spoke to organic-market.info about his retirement, which he considers an “extended holiday period”.

Germany: 20% organic acreage until 2030?

Almost six months after the election of the new German government last September, the governing coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD is now in place. One of the agreed goals of the two parties is to achieve 20% organic cultivation land by 2030. Julia Klöckner (CDU), new Federal Minister of Agriculture and Food, is about to implement the announcements for sustainable agriculture.

Organic India: shape of things

A strong regulatory framework and multiple policy initiatives lay the foundation for the rapid development of the organic foods sector in India in the coming years. With the surge in demand for organic foods, and the subsequent influx of new products into the market, organic certification has become crucial to ensure quality and prevent fraud and mislabelling. Certification develops confidence amongst consumers about the product’s genuineness as Organic. It also certifies that the product does not contain any non-organic ingredients and that it complies with the organic production standards laid out by regulatory authorities. Let us take a look at the certification processes in India for organic products.

E-commerce and natural cosmetics: challenge and opportunity

Ramon Stroink is Managing Director of the natural and organic cosmetics division at Weleda for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also on the advisory board of Vivaness and the German industry association for cosmetics, detergents and cleaners IKW. We talked to him about the development of the natural and organic cosmetics market in the German-speaking area and the growing challenge of digitization and its opportunities.

Swedish organic sales increased by 9.3 % in 2017

The total food market was valued at approximately SEK 300 billion (€30 billion) in 2017, including retail, Foodservice and Systembolaget. According to Statistics Sweden, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), food prices rose by about 2 percent in 2017. Ekoweb has summarized the preliminary sales figures for the organic food market for 2017 which shows that organic food sales increased by 9.3 percent in 2017.


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