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Minimalism is it

Package overkill? No thanks! Zero waste? Yes, please! This, in short, is the major goal for a new kind of corner shop offering refill of dry or liquid bulk products. The founders are mostly women, often without a retail background but all of them with a strong aversion to packaging piling up and turning into waste soon after shopping.

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Refugees welcome!

The biggest challenge of all is what we call “everyday life” – including when receiving and integrating refugees. There are many hurdles and forms to fill out – but also committed helpers. Among them are many actors in the organic industry. After all, behaving with social responsibility is one of the basics in the organic sector. Examples from Germany reveal how you can become an active participant and what that can achieve in people's daily lives. 

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Pural: “active for 20 years in the wholefood industry“

In the 20 years since   it was founded, Pural Vertriebs GmbH is one of the few wholesalers that has developed into a powerful sales partner for the wholefood trade nationwide. The ongoing extension of the product range with exclusive brands and innovative labels, the takeover of regional distribution companies and the resulting expansion and, not least, the arm of the business dealing with the health food and orgnic trade, including abroad, contributed to the dynamic development of the Pural group of companies. Another contributing factor is that second-generation family members with great commitment have entered the business. Ulrike and Heinz Claus explain the development of their company and  their view of  loyalty to the specialist trade. (Video interview with Ulrike Claus)

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Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.

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Germany: Natural Cosmetics Conference visualises future scenarios

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EU Organic Regulation: significantly less criticism in France

In France the industry is predominantly in favour of acceptance of a new version of the EU Organic Regulation. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

SuperBiomarkt grows to 22 stores

On 28 August 2014, SuperBiomarkt opened its fourth store in the Schadow-Arkaden  in Düsseldorf. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

IFOAM World Congress: From Bla-bla to Do-do!

The 18th IFOAM World Congress began on 13 October in the ICC in Istanbul by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Reformhaus Engelhardt: socially responsible expansion

Reformhaus Engelhardt is a well known business in Hamburg by Redaktion (comments: 0)

The gold One World Award goes to South Korea and India

The One World Award sponsored by Rapunzel Naturkost was presented for the fourth time in Germany by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Helsinki: good offering in specialist shops and wholefood stores

In December 2013 and June 2014, the two most recent specialist wholefood stores were opened by Ruohonjuuri. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Sales of organics booming in Sweden

Large retail chains are reporting enormous growth rates for the first half of 2014.

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Italy: strong organic growth and interesting new initiatives

In large Italian supermarket chains packaged organic food has increased by over 17% in the first five months of 2014. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Italy: Sana closes with record figures

Sana took place in Bologna on 6 - 9 September 2014.

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IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014 in Istanbul

The Turkish organic movement invites us to the biggest organic event of the year from 13 to 15 October 2014 by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Significant rise in organics in canteens in France

Between 2009 and 2013, the turnover in the catering sector in France almost doubled. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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