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Iris Bio – Passion for Pasta

The mission is: Working for our planet. And to produce the best organic pasta from grains supplied by organic farmers from all over Italy, who belong to the cooperative Astra Bio. For 40 years now, organic pioneer Maurizio Gritta is the driving force behind the company. Convinced by the idea that there is an alternative to the common economic model, he has established the Italian company. Now, he plans to bring the brand Iris Bio to the German specialist trade’s shelves. Watch the Video.

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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.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

BioFach global analysis: organic industry continues upward trend

The global organic market is nearing USD 90bn in turnover and is developing in the right direction with excellent future prospects. The growth rates are particularly high in North America and northern Europe.The analysis of sales in the USA and European countries shows a double digit growth in 2016. A bright future awaits the organic industry, explains NurembergMesse the organiser of the BioFach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. The organic industry will next come together at the exhibition that takes place in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018.

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Germany: organically managed land expanded by nearly 15% in 2016

In 2016, organically managed land in Germany grew by around 162,000 hectares to 1.25 million hectares, which equates to a rise of almost 15% compared with 2015. This growth is divided equally between pasture and arable land. The federal states of Saxony and Bavaria saw the greatest expansion. The biggest areas of organically managed land as a proportion of the total agricultural land were to be found in the federal states of Saarland, Hesse and Brandenburg. Lower Saxony had the smallest share of organic land (3.4%).

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

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Conventional food is considerably more expensive than organic food

For a long time the organic industry has been having a discussion about so-called externalized costs. But far from all consumers are aware of the fact that the low price of food is achieved at a cost because of the chemicals used in agriculture, factory farming and the severe consequences for the environment. Or they put it to the back of their minds. It’s high time to tell people the truth. This is the reason why Volkert Engelsman, head of the Dutch organic company Eosta, has launched the information campaign “The True Cost of Food”. Organic supermarkets have started to promote the campaign. The background and a video interview with Volkert Engelsman.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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.

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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 %.

 

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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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