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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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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.

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Monsanto in court

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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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.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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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