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Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

The weather and rising demand are driving up the price of vanilla pods. The spice is not yet worth its weight in gold, but a kilo is currently much more expensive than silver. A natural substitute doesn't exist, and quickly raising production levels is not an option.

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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)

OWC: biggest organic farming event on the planet

The Organic World Congress (OWC) is a global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. It is coming to India for the first time in 40 years and will take place from 9-11 November 2017 Greater Noida, New Delhi. The event will play a critical role in strengthening the world organic farming movement and tilting India’s agricultural. According to the organizers the OWC will welcome around 3,000 delegates from 110 countries. As a parallel event BioFach India together with India Organic Trade Fair will take place at the same venue.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Monsanto in trouble

Monsanto is in trouble for many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year. More and more weeds are resistant to Roundup. Monsanto’s ‘solution’ to this problem, another very toxic herbicide Dicamba, turns out to be a complete failure. The Monsanto Tribunal last fall in The Hague and court cases have been exposing the way Monsanto works, and this helps to inspire others to show the true cost of Monsanto’s business. Films and books were released too.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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Continuing success of international natural cosmetics markets

Not only in Germany but on the international stage too the trend in the natural and organic cosmetics industry continues to be very positive development. In the leading market in Europe, the German market, demand shows no sign of slowing. According to Naturkosmetik Verlag, about nine million consumers buy natural cosmetics several times a year and their purchasing behaviour caused turnover in the first half of this year to grow by around two percent.  The “Green & Clean” trend is to be seen everywhere in neighbouring countries with robust market development and also internationally. However, manufacturers and the trade are having to confront a number of challenges.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Strike in Darjeeling settled – consequences expected until 2018

The strike of tea pickers in the famous tea growing region Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal has come to an end after 104 days. Organic quality tea from Darjeeling is highly regarded all over the world. We asked organic tea firms about the impact the strike is having. Many organic tea manufacturers have sufficient stocks for 2017. But the fact is that bottlenecks in supply could continue into next year and also that the strike has caused great financial damage. Impressions from Darjeeling and a video interview with tea garden owner Gautam Mohan

by Katrin Muhl (comments: 0)

Ageing population & food safety driving organic sales in Asia

The Asian organic market will witness 10% annual growth till 2020, largely owing to an increasing ageing population with greater life expectancy than before, as well as, widespread food safety concerns due to a slew of food scandals that have come to light in recent years.

This article is first published in the magazine Pure&Eco India and can be published in www.organic-market.info due to a fruitful cooperation of our magazines. 

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Bribed science: Monsanto and EFSA

It is claimed that Monsanto paid an employeeof the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) tasked with pesticide evaluation to declare that glyphosate is not dangerous at a conference for toxicologists. This has come to light in the firm's internal emails that have been published in the course of legal action being taken against Monsanto in California. The organisation Testbiotech has called for clarification by the EFSA.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

WALA – building for the future

A great deal has been packed into WALA's new laboratory building – far more than just the very latest analysis and environmental technology. The organically structured glass building in Bad Boll is sending out a signal. The objective of this manufacturer of medicines and natural cosmetics is to build a bridge to scientific research in order to create a joint approach to solving important medical issues, to research phytoactive agents and to develop new ideas. The company thinks long-term and is investing in the future. Get some impressions from Bad Boll from this video.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Databases to combat organic fraud

Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.  

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Fall in the price of cocoa – but not of organic cocoa

The producer price of cocoa has fallen by 40 % within one year. It is currently hovering between 1,800 and 1,900 US dollars per tonne. That's 1,600 to 1,700 euros – not enough for the cocoa farmers to live on. Do organic producers get more? Organic-Market.info asked organic cocoa importers and suppliers this question.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

The natural cosmetics firm Santaverde has for 30 years been synonymous with high-value Aloe vera products. As newcomers to the industry, Sabine and Kurt Beer developed the growing and processing of Aloe vera on their own finca in the south of Spain. They also organise regular seminars in Estepona at which specialist dealers and cosmeticians receive training. Our author Bettina Pabel attended one of these sessions.

by Editor (comments: 0)

Italy: posts new record in organic sales

 

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets. From January to April this year, total sales (food, drinks, pet food) increased by 3.7%, up from 0.5% in 2016. The share of organic food in the total food sales increased from 2% in 2013 to 3.4%. Italian consumer purchases in supermarkets have more than tripled since 2009. Also traditional specialized organic shops are growing. 83% of Italian households bought organic products in 2016.

 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

The Amazon - Whole Foods deal: searching for the Holy Grail

The internet giant Amazon has made a takeover bid for the American retail food chain Whole Foods Market. This constitutes a direct attack on the established retail food corporations. Looking at the deal from a European and German perspective, it is unlikely that the reaction will be takeover bids for German organic supermarkets.

by Jochen Bettzieche (comments: 0)

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.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Fraud cases in the US: how conventional became organic

The Washington Post reports the case of three shipments of so-called organic corn and soy to the USA. After thorough research, it established the origin of the shipments and revealed organic fraud on a massive scale. After the article was published the Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Organic Program to thoroughly and immediately complete investigations of any reports of fraudulent imported organic livestock feed either alleged in the story or otherwise reported by trade.

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