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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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Basic: launch of its 28th organic supermarket

Basic’s 28th organic supermarket opened in Rosenheim on 21 November 2013 by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Copenhagen: modern market hall a magic magnet for customers

Thousands of customers stream through the halls of the Torvehallerne
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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. 
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