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The packaging problem and the search for an ecological solution

When it comes to packaging, the conventional food industry and the organic sector are not very far away from each other.

Organic Food Iberia 2019: Major new organic trade fair in Madrid

According to event organiser Diversified Communications, the new trade show Organic Food Iberia will open at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid in 2019.

Innatex: Network platform for green fashion brands

The summer edition of the Innatex, International Trade Fair for Sustainable Textiles, recently came to an end. New was the network platform for green fashion brands and conventional retail.

BioFach America in September

From 13th to 15th September 2018, the BioFach America – ALL THINGS ORGANIC will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The exhibition provides visitors with a varied program.

Bingenheim Seed Day: Impulses for organic breeding and organic food trade

Around 350 actors recently met in Bingenheim to further develop the vision of independent organic farming.

Chile as first Latin American country to ban plastic bags

After the successful approval by the Chilean congress and the initiative of new state president Sebastián Piñera, Chile has now banned plastic bags as the first country in Latin America.

Organic farmers are also suffering from drought

Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The recently introduced European project Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems (RELACS) has just launched its new project website.

FiBL: Open day in Frick

On 19th August 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm, FiBL Switzerland invites interested parties to an open day in Frick, Canton of Aargau in Switzerland.

Massive criticism of the Belgian eco-control system

The EU's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety has identified massive shortcomings in the Belgian eco-control system in 2017. The report has only just been published.

Call to Action: GFGF European Days of Action in October

The Good Food, Good Farming Movement invokes citizens and stakeholders from the organic sector to contribute to their new campaign European Days of Action 2018 in October.

L'Oréal acquires Logocos

L'Oréal becomes the new owner of Logocos. This has been announced by Logocos Naturkosmetik AG.

Human induced climate change likely to have caused current heat wave

According to reports by The Guardian and BBC Online, the current heatwave in Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change caused by human behavior, scientists state.

Spain: Specialised organic shops lost their power - but are reacting

According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, organic sales in Spain increased by 12.52% in 2016 to a volume of €1.686 million. The market report by EcoLogical focused on the development of sales channels. The specialised and independent channel is undergoing a restructuring process.

PAN Europe: New report on alternatives to glyphosate published

PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some EU member states on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.

IFOAM EU: Annual Report 2017 published

Recently, IFOAM EU has published its Annual Report 2017. The report aims at informing IFOAM members as well as the wider public about the organization and what it does to make Europe more organic.

Diversity in Beauty: Key topic at the Natural Cosmetics Conference

"Diversity in Beauty" is one of the main topics of the 11th international Natural Cosmetics Conference, that the organizers specifically highlight. The congress will take place from 25th to 26th September 2018 in Berlin.

FOODprint action: 100,000 people want food without genetic engineering

For ten months, organic food producer Rapunzel, supported by 30 companies and associations from the organic sector, has collected confessions against genetic engineering in the field and on the plate.

EU: New genetic engineering methods considered genetically modified

The European Court of Justice has ruled that new genetic techniques like CRISPR/Cas should also fall under Europe’s genetic engineering law including risk assessment as well as labelling.

Vietnam: Organic exports for the global market

Annually, people in Vietnam eat organic food worth about 1.7 million euros as the Vietnam Organic Agriculture Association (VOAA) as agroberichtenbuitenland.nl reports. As yet, the EU has certified almost 80 national companies producing organic food and beverage goods, among others, TH True Milk, Luong Quoi rice, Betrimex, Vinamit and Vinamilk, ST24 rice.

Spain: Double-digit growth of the organic market

With more than two million hectares Spain has for the first time taken the lead in Europe concerning certified organic land. This is one of the results of a new report by the organic consultancy EcoLogical. The organic market is developing well, the main reasons being increasing demand, better availability and investment on the part of producers. The report  has been compiled from a number of sources and provides data on the current situation in the Spanish organic sector.

Rapunzel: New criteria for HAND IN HAND program

Rapunzel Naturkost has revised the criteria for its Fairtrade programme HAND IN HAND (HIH). The HIH program has been in existence for 25 years.


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