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Sonnentor committed to a grandchildren-friendly Austria

The herbal specialist Sonnentor has initiated an association for the promotion of an Austrian environment suitable for grandchildren. This association is committed to agriculture free from pesticides and wants to support organic farmers whose crops have been contaminated by pesticide drift.

Unpacked: Glass instead of plastic silos

For all those who want to offer unpacked goods in their shop, grain mill manufacturer Hawos has developed glass silos. They offer advantages over frequently used plastic silos.

Call for moratorium on gene drives from UN conference

Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.

Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

83% of German consumers are familiar with the topic of microplastics in food and 56% of them are therefore worried. The BfR determined this in its current consumer monitor.

Critical look at new additives

Glycerin, E 551, E 476, sodium hydroxide, potassium polyaspartate and E 965: EGTOP, the EU Commission's advisors on organic food issues, give their opinion on additive applications.

IFOAM EU meets business: Bringing the organic food industry together

On 30th October 2018, IFOAM EU, its Interest Group of Organic Processors and Traders (IGOP) and food companies will meet in Brussels at „IFOAM EU meets business – bringing the organic food industry together“.

New EU Organic Regulation: Large henhouses still possible

The detailed provisions of the new EU Organic Regulation in the poultry sector will be more detailed and cover more areas than before. However, organic farms with 30,000 or more laying hens remain possible.

Johannes Gutmann: “Satisfied customers are not enough”

In an interview with organic-market.info, Sonnentor founder Johannes Gutmann reveals why the industry needs more movement, what crowdfunding can do for it and who his best creative minds are.

Pure Taste Group Germany: New managing director

Hans-Ulrich Schatz is the new face in the management of the Pure Taste Group GmbH & Co. KG. This was announced by the organic manufacturer last week.

Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

The US-research agency DARPA is funding a research program that uses insects to release GM-viruses that can alter the genome of crops in the field. Scientists warn that such a system can be used as a biological weapon.

Ecovia Intelligence: Sustainability Beauty Award Finalists announced

In a press release, Ecovia Intelligence announced the finalists of the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards, which will be co-hosted alongside the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe on 6th November.

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

The run-up to the Swiss referendum on the Fair Food Initiative has shown that people want more sustainability and transparency with regard to the origin and production of food. FiBL has developed the "SMART tool" to make such achievements visible.

Nestlé and Unilever: Action for more animal welfare

Food companies Nestlé and Unilever have formed the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) together with five international catering companies.

Oliver Gothe of Fair Squared: „Increasing digitalisation will determine the commerce of the future”

In the run-up to the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, Oliver Gothe talked to organic-market.info about the chances brought by digitalisation as well as the challenge of dealing with greenwashing by competitors from the conventional market.

Agro genetic engineering: Nothing new on the fields

Recently, mainly new genetic engineering methods have been discussed. However, genetic engineering companies continue to rely on plants that are resistant to herbicides and insect pests using classical genetic engineering methods.

Lidl Belgium: Discounter supplies Ghent's households by bicycle

In the Belgian city of Ghent, discounter Lidl has recently started offering its customers a bicycle delivery service for around 400 fresh foods. The goods can be ordered online via the pop-up web shop “Simpl”.

Natural cosmetics as a future market

The cosmetics market is very dynamic and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. This was emphasised by Elfriede Dambacher at the 11th Natural Cosmetics Conference in Berlin. In her presentation, she presented current figures and data on the national and international market.

Study analyses the German organic poultry market

Market share, price and distribution channels: The German association Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) has published a study on the German organic poultry market.

New Fair Trade Charter: How world trade can work for all

The global Fair Trade movement has published a new International Fair Trade Charter. The charter determines the values of Fair Trade and defines a vision for implementing of the UN sustainable development goals.

12th EOC: Who pays the true costs of food production?

At the 12th European Organic Congress organic stakeholders could have patted themselves on the back with complacency. Instead, the participants discussed fairness, honest prices and the CAP.

Future Policy Award: Champions in Supporting Agroecological Approaches shortlisted

The Future Policy Award 2018 will celebrate policies advancing a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems.


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