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A gap in fair trade

On the high seas fair working conditions are not always adhered to. In the cargo of transport ships there may be a container with fair trade goods and, given the working conditions, they can no longer be called fair. For a number of years two seafarer unions have wanted to introduce a fair transport logo. The response has been lukewarm.

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Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Showcase projects: organic tea in China

In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.

by Editor (comments: 0)

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Ekoplaza - a rising star in the organic market in Holland

Erik Does has been in the organic business for over 20 years by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Alnatura – highest turnover in the history of the firm

Alnatura is continuing on the path of sustainable growth by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Sustainable growth in international organic markets

The organic sector is thriving. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Soil Association Conference: Focus on innovation and good food for all

On 9-10 October, the Soil association annual conference took place in London. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Natexpo: More professional, new activity areas and product innovations

The specialist trade fair Natexpo took place in Paris from 20 to 22 October. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

25th anniversary: Sana pleased with surge in visitor numbers

The Italian exhibition of organic and natural products celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Successfully marketing organics in Slovenia

In the past few years, the organic sector has been gaining ground in Slovenia.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Mádara: Nordic active agents as success factor

The natural cosmetics of Mádara are exported to 25 countries. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Organic market in Russia: organic expands without certification

For years the Russian government has been tinkering with legally-binding regulation of the organic sector. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Helsinki: good offer in specialist stores and wholefood stores

It’s easy to get an overview of the country’s organic shops, stalls at weekly markets and internet shops. 
by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Slovenia: The organic sector is gaining ground

Organics are getting more and more popular in Slovenia.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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