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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. 

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.

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Hungarian Organic Food Market

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

Organic Food Market in the Czech Republic

In 2004, the market increased by 50 % (the year before by 16.6 %) and reached a total turnover of 9 million Euros.

EkoPlaza and Groenhof Passage: two large organic supermarkets open in Alkmaar (Part 2)

The organic pioneer Jos Kamphuys found the inspiration for EkoPlaza abroad in the large scale organic and natural food stores.

The Coop as the driving force behind organic marketing

Since the beginning of the nineties, Coop Switzerland has been playing a bigger and bigger role in marketing organic products.

Organic Retail Trade in France

For the specialist organic food trade, in France they use two descriptions that are not clearly defined: “magasin bio” and “magasin diététique”.

USA: Organic Trade Association (OTA) Envisions Organic Industry of the Year 2025

As its 20th anniversary year draws to a close, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), North America's voice for the organic business community, is predicting a robust future for organic products.

Monitoring for organic fruit und vegetables in Germany is big success

The German Organic wholesalers’ organisation Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN) Herstellung und Handel has introduced a system...

Certification company in the Balkans now accredited

Bulgarian organic certification agency Balkan Biocert Ltd. is now accredited and licensed, reports FiBL in Switzerland.

Greenpeace welcomes Kraft Food´s commitment

Greenpeace today welcomed the commitment from Kraft Foods, the second largest food producer in the world, to supply only non-GE food in China, starting from 1 January 2007.

Philippines: University wants farmers to start with organic agriculture

The state university, which is one of the recognized six centers of excellence in agriculture education in the Philippines, is advocating a shift from the conventional to organic farming.

No obligatory use of organic EU logo: new standards in preparation

The European Commission adopted on December 21st a proposal for a new regulation on organic production, which aims to improve clarity for both consumers and farmers.

IFOAM EU Group welcomes revision of organic regulation

The European Commission launched the European-wide debate on the future of organic agriculture end of December 2005.

Discontent Simmers Over Change in German Farm Policy

A row over new Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer's plans to cut backing
for ecological farming and pave the way for genetically modified crops continues.

Lidl is including organic products in its regular range

From the second week of 2006 organic products are to be available regularly in Lidl stores.

The specialist trade in Switzerland ready to take off?

The specialist trade in Switzerland is characterised by fairly small and medium sized businesses.

Bioitalia: The Mediterranean Heart of Organic

Bioitalia is a syndicate founded in 1994 which has been on the market with unique references for organic companies, thanks to their structure of distribution and marketing ahead of lines.

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