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Stavtrend: a cautionary tale of organic fraud

A Slovak trader sent 2,000 tonnes of what was assumed to be conventional wheat to Germany via Italy. Analysis of the case reveals that the organic control system works, but that things can nevertheless go wrong.

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Natural cosmetics: ”Quality and company development secure the future”

The first quarter of 2016 the market registered growth of roughly 10 %. Together with the turnover of nature-based cosmetics, natural cosmetics have achieved a market share of around 15 %, i.e. turnover of approximately two billion euros. A super result in view of the saturated cosmetics market. Looking at these figures, it's important to note that long-term commitment by the companies pays off, not only in financial terms but also in physical growth. We talked with natural & organic cosmetics expert Elfriede Dambacher about developments, concepts and the future.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

China – one of the top 4 organic markets worldwide

For years there were no official figures available for the organic market in the People's Republic of China, even though this huge country has for a long time been supplying a lot of organic products. According to the data we now have access to, catapulted China into fourth place in the worldwide ranking of organic markets. Karin Heinze has been travelling in China and at BioFach in Shanghai she spoke to the chairman of IFOAM-Asia Zhou Zheijang and Markus Arbenz, the managing director of IFOAM Organics International (Video and Gallery).

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Brexit – What's next?

The British voted by a  small majority to exit the European Union. That has consequences for the wider economy and for the EU. The wholefood industry has so far shown itself to be not particularly worried. Can that be right? After the British decision to leave the EU companies in other industries set up crisis management teams or at least working groups to assess the impact, but in the  wholefood sector most firms are operating the principle of 'business as usual'. In fact, there are many questions to be addressed, and they affect the organic sector too.

by Editor (comments: 0)

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What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

EU vote: German minister can ban glyphosate

It is likely that on 18 or 19 May the EU member states will vote on whether and under what conditions to approve the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate. An open letter calls on the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to vote against approval and thus to prevent further authorisation of glyphosate. The European Commission now wants to restrict the renewal of authorisation to 10 years. In its proposal at the beginning of March renewal was for 15 years. The Dutch Council Presidency had called for a reduction of five years, the Greens asked for a complete ban.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Challenges and opportunities to developing organic farming under a new organic regulation

Is the new EU Organic Regulation negotiated until June? Where are still sticking points? That was the topic on the second day of the IFOAM EU congress in the Netherlands. The 200 participants from 27 EU countries listened intently what the negotiators from Brussels brought up in the discussion. There are still some open issues, but the Dutch have indicated their objective of concluding the trialogue between the Commission, Council and Parliament, and to bring the new regulation by the end of its EU presidency on the way. With video documentation on BioMarktInfo Youtube.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

IFOAM EU Congress: how to transform the agri-food system

In his welcome note for the 10th IFOAM EU European Organic Congress in Driebergen, Netherlands, re-elected IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes emphasized that this event would contain a high level of interaction with more than 200 participants. The goal was to look at different models to reach the vision and make Organic 3.0 concrete. Watch the video with statements of several stakeholders.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

EU organic controls: quite good on paper, but...

In principle and on paper organic controls in the EU work quite well. However, in practice there is still a lot that could be improved in many countries. This is the conclusion we can draw from three reports presented by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU that have summarised the results of a large number of audits carried out by the staff of the FVO from 2012 to 2014.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

France: significant organic growth across the board in 2015

The organic market in France has been growing steadily for years. Turnover in the whole organic sector has now reached €5.5bn (preliminary estimate for 2015), which equates to growth of 10% compared with 2014. The number of companies in the organic industry, from organic farmers, processors and wholesalers to retailers, has risen to 42,216, a pleasing expansion of 7.2%.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Strong growth: The Swedish organic market 2015

The Swedish online portal Ekoweb Sverige has summarized the preliminary sales figures for 2015 for the Swedish organic food market.The summary shows that sales of organic food overall has increased by 39 percent to more than 21 billion SEK (2.3 bn €). The total turnover of the Swedish market for food and drink is about 280 billion SEK (30.3 billion Euro). Ekoweb is gathering the data every year. There is also a market report from KRAV the main certification organization of organic production in Sweden.

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Russia: consequences of the import ban

“Compared with a year ago, there has been a huge fall in the exchange rate of the rouble against the euro with the result that imported goods are now much more expensive,” says Tanya Lebedeva. She is the founder and CEO of LookBio, an important publisher of both a printed and an internet magazine for consumers and professionals in Russia. Tanya gives an overview of the problems for the organic sector. 

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

UK: Organic market grows to 2,47 bn euros

The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report launched on 23 February, reveals the organic market continued to experience steady growth of 4.9% in 2015. This is the third year of consecutive growth for the UK organic sector, now worth £1.95 billion (€2,47 bn).

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Continuing growth of the natural and organic cosmetics market in Germany

At the end of 2015, the role of natural and organic cosmetics as the driver of growth for the German cosmetics market was confirmed. According to the IKW the industry association for personal care products and detergents -  the turnover of cosmetics and toiletries in the German retail trade in 2015 came to about €13.4bn, an increase of 2.4 %.

 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

BioFach 2016: the feast for out-of-home catering

BioFach, the World's leading Trade Fair for Organic Food which takes place from 10 to 13 February, is the top event and t h e place to go for organic-loving professional chefs.

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Organic regulations: controversial issues in the planned revision of the law

The German lawyer Hanspeter Schmidt who is specialized on the organic industry explained news about the revision of the EU Organic Regulation.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

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