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Daniel von Meißner changes to Bio Development AG

Bio Development AG is seeking reinforcement: Daniel von Meißner will support the company in the future.

Switzerland: market grew to 2.25 billion euro

The Federal Office for Agriculture published the statistics 2017 for organic food. One in ten fresh food items sold in Switzerland last year was organic.

Germany: 1.4 million hectares organic land

The figures published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirm that many German farmers switched to organic farming in 2017. This is an opportunity for policymakers to achieve important sustainability goals, says the organisaton BÖLW. 

France: Carrefour´s seed inititative „Forbidden Market“ successful

Ninety per cent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died out in the 20th century, says FAO. The French retailer Carrefour joined producers in their fight to make fruit and vegetables grown from farmers' seeds available to consumers.

Rapunzel: 1.4 million euros for eco-social initiatives

Rapunzel Naturkost and Deutsche Umwelthilfe have been offering the Hand-in-Hand Fund for 20 years. During this time, almost 330 eco-social projects in 55 countries were supported with unbureaucratic help for self-help.

Companies campaigning for health and future food

The Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam showed that pioneers as well as the next generation in the organic industry think differently. Their attitude goes far beyond earning money with their products. They have the aspiration to include in their companies and products fairness, social outreach and sustainability in addition to health aspects and, of course, the ideas of organic agriculture. Interesting best practice and their different approaches were presented at the summit. Video interview with Caryl Levine, Lotus Foods.

Health Ingredients Europe presents Organic Spotlight

Fi Global, the organiser of Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) Europe will host the Health & Nutrition Week around the show.  

India: Bangalore Organic Mart - Savayeva Santhe

Bangalore is the organic hub of India and has the highest sales of organic food products as well as the largest number of organic outlets growing at the rate of 35-40% per year.

Human rights: Poor performance of German food retailers

The human rights organisation Oxfam has compiled numerous examples of human and labour rights violations in the supply chains of the major supermarket operators in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the USA. Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Rewe performed particularly poorly.

IFOAM EU: What will change with the new Organic Regulation?

IFOAM EU has put together a briefing on what the new Organic Regulation will change for farmers, processors and certifiers.

Aldi launched natural and organic cosmetics range

Face care, shower gel or body balm - beauty products have complemented the range of discounters for many years. Natural and organic cosmetics were previously only available from the German discount store Aldi as a timely limited special offer.

Italy: Bio Bank edition on organic catering and canteens

The Italian specialized publisher Bio Bank published a new edition of Focus Bio Bank. Hot topics are data and informations on the sector of organic catering and organic food in canteens.

Sustainable Foods Summit: Strategies for a circular economy

The 10th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit by Ecovia Intelligence took place in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. Speakers from all over the world presented a broad range of topics relating to the model of a future circular economy. The international audience consisting of stakeholders from all over the supply chain was seeking inspiration and sustainable solutions. The conference provided best practice models for sustainable cultivation, processing and packaging, but also for the reuse, recycling and avoidance of waste in order to conserve valuable resources. Watch the video interview with Erik Does, CEO Ekoplaza.

Switzerland: Shortage of Novodor due to potato beetle combat

BioSuisse, umbrella association of Swiss organic producers, reports that there is a supply shortage of the biological plant protection agent Novodor.

6th BioBorrel in Amsterdam: “Organic at a Crossroad”

The sixth edition of the event series BioBorrel had been attended by around 80 stakeholders from the organic sector, as the Dutch online magagzine Bio Journaal reports. For the first time, the presentations were held in English, as one Christophe Barnouin, CEO of the French organic company Wessanen, was one of the speakers at the event.

Nicaragua: Riots affect organic farms and social initiatives

In mid-April the riots began in Nicaragua. The people expressed their frustration after more than a decade of oppression. Since then, the Ortega regime has been crushing the people´s revolt with brutal force. There is a need for soldarity.

EXKI Nature’s Kitchen: First restaurant in Germany

The Belgian fast food chain EXKI, which is committed to healthy food and sustainability according to its own statements, opens its first restaurant in Cologne. Further restaurants are planned.

Poland: Warsaw University offers studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production”

The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”

USA: USDA to ban meat and dairy names for plant-based products?

The American meat and dairy industry requires the vegan food industry to stop using product names derived from animal food like ‘fillet’, ‘sausage’, ‘milk’ and ‘cheese’.

EU Commission criticises eco-control authority in Sri Lanka

The EU Commission has had an eco-control office in Sri Lanka checked and has come across massive grievances. These “undermine the credibility of the control system”, it says in the audit's report.

High-tech in organic agriculture: the Internet of Things

Robots, sensors and artificial intelligence: The Internet of Things is becoming more and more involved in agriculture. This also presents opportunities for the organic sector.


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