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PFT Conference: European policies, local strategies and future

The European network Pesticide Free Towns invites interested parties to its conference on “European policies, local strategies and future”, which will take place on 27th September at the European Parliament.

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland. According to the Federal Office for Agriculture, organic food sales now account for 9% of total food sales.

Italy: Ramazzini Institute´s glyphosate research project

One of the leading cancer research organisations in the world is launching the most comprehensive independent study on glyphosate & glyphosate-based herbicides ever. Funding for the complete budget is needed.

Organic fashion: GOTS India Seminar 2018

GOTS India Seminar 2018 is the third event in India organized by the Global Organic Textile Standard organisation (GOTS). Earlier events in Mumbai and New Delhi were highly appreciated by participants and industry informs the organiser. The main topic this time will be sustainability.

Germany: Glyphosate debate takes effect

Three quarters of all Germans have heard of the topic "Glyphosate in food", according to the Consumer Monitor 2/2018 of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) an increase of 14% to 2017.

Pilot study shows adverse health effects from glyphosate doses considered safe

Jan Plagge elected President of IFOAM EU

The German President of the organic association Bioland and Board Member of BÖLW, Jan Plagge, who was also Vice President of IFOAM EU, was elected President of the IFOAM-EU Group yesterday evening.



USA: UW-Madison, Organic Valley celebrate longstanding partnership with endowed award

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honors pioneer and leader in organic dairy with an endowed award.

India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to labal all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

USA: smiley label for GMO foods introduced

GMWatch UK informed about the proposals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to label food that contains genetically engeneered ingredients. The drafts show smileys and sunny faces as labels.

Global protests: March Against Monsanto #MAM

The organisation March Against Monsanto #MAM announced that 2018 May 19th will be the date for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The global events will take place in hundreds of cities on six continents with the objective to further educate and raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and the increasingly toxic food supply, as well as its merger with the German pesticide, GMO and pharmaceutical giant Bayer.  

Packaging Congress: Germany says goodbye to the plastic bag

According to a survey by the Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V. dvi, the time of the plastic bag is over: Over 80% of German consumers bring their own shopping bags. ©

New London Festival: It’s time to GO! Organic

Taking place over the weekend of 8-9 September, Battersea Park will be transformed into a vibrant celebration of the very best in organic, sustainability and healthy lifestyles. 

USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.

Denmark generates organic record growth in 2017

New figures from Statistic Denmark show that the sale of organic food and drink has increased with 31% from 2016 to 2017. The organic market share of the total Danish food sale has now reached 13.3 %.

Natural & Organic Awards Europe: winners announced

The awards, which celebrate the standout brands, products and retailers of the year, were hosted by Natural Products News in association with the Soil Association.

 

Natural & Organic Products Europe 2018 ended very successfully

More than 10,000 attendees from 91 countries came to the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show at London ExCeL venue last week, on 22-23 April.

Tea in shortage

Drought, strikes and unrests limit the choice in the tea shelves. Rooibos and Darjeeling are particularly affected by the consequences. While the deficiency will continue for the also called bush tea or redbush tea, recovery is in sight for Darjeeling tea from India (see our earlier report).

 

GreenTech Amsterdam with Organic Farmers Fair

From 12-14 June 2018, the international fair GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 will be held at RAI Amsterdam. Forthe first time "The Organic Farmers' Fair (TOFF)", will be at the exhibition in a separate hall.

Swedish Midsona acquires the German company Davert

Midsona has own  strong brands within healthfoods, personal care and hygiene holds a leading position in the Nordic organic market. The acquisition strengthens Midsona’s presence in the attractive organic foodsegment. Davert’s premium brand and product portfolio are highly complementary to Midsona’s existing organic brands.

EU bans three bee-harming neonics

Following a proposal of the European Commission, the EU member states have banned three bee poisonous pesticides for outdoor use. Germany also supported the ban. However, for environmental associations, the new regulation does not go far enough.

Naturland demands fair wages for cocoa farmers

Cocoa is the main source of income for over five million smallholders, mostly from West Africa. At the fourth World Cocoa Conference from 22nd to 25th April, 1,500 players from the cocoa industry met to exchange views and also to discuss the working conditions for cocoa farmers. On this occasion, Naturland demanded the conference’s participants to take action by passing concrete resolutions in favour of cocoa smallholders.


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