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New plant varieties needed

While in southern Bavaria frost and snow at the end of April caused the fruit blossom to freeze, farmers in other regions in Germany were moaning about drought. And that's just the start – coming down the line is climate change and it's imperative that the food industry adjusts to what is on the way.

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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.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Showcase projects: organic tea in China

In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.

by Editor (comments: 0)

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Bio Company: double-digit growth and further expansion

In 2014, the German Bio Company continued to consolidate its position as the major organic supermarket operator and market leader in the Berlin‐Brandenburg region. Across the whole of Germany this Berlin chain is now among the top three in terms of the number of stores.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Berlin: organs on track to grow in the metropolitan region

Total turnover in the regional specialist trade in the metropolitan area of Berlin-Brandenburg was well over 350 million euros in 2014. This equates to growth of at least 8 %.
by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Current developments in the Russian organic market

In Europe, Russia is considered to be one of the worst performing countries in terms of the turnover of organic food. According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, in 2012 sales of organic food in Russia amounted to 148 million US dollars, which represents growth of 7.8 % compared with 2011.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

German enterprise Alnatura increases turnover by 16 %

Even after 30 years since it was founded Alnatura has once again impressed us all with a record result: in the last financial year 2013/2014 ending on 30 September 2014, the company’s turnover came to €689m net. Compared with the year before, this translates into a rise of 16 %. 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Poland: New stores, more organic farmers

€143m - €155m (PLN600m - PLN650m) - this is the estimated value of the present Polish organic food market.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Sweden: Organic shops in Stockholm and growth in the catering sector

Organic sales in large retail stores in Sweden grew tremendously in the first months of 2014

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ISO for natural cosmetics – there’s a problem here!

There have been discussions for some time about creating an ISO standard by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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)

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