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BioFach and Vivaness Congress offers more than 120 sessions

In four weeks, the international organic food and natural cosmetics sectors will kick off the year with their annual gathering in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018. This is when BioFach, the world’s leading fair for organic food and Vivaness, the international trade fair for natural and organic personal care, will again open their doors to an expected 50,000 and more trade visitors. The BioFach and Vivaness congresses combined represent the No. 1 knowledge transfer and networking event for the organic sector.

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Mission possible: a 100 percent organic world

Consumers are thronging shops, farmers’ markets, e-commerce portals and even organic farms for fresh, quality organic products. Farmers, too, are gradually distancing themselves from conventional cultivation, given the high costs and negative health impact associated with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Furthermore, Organic is now receiving policy support and has become an integral part of government programmes for agriculture. Therefore, the moment is ripe to initiate ‘Mission Possible: Organic as a Global Phenomenon’—a collective and multipronged endeavour to convert the world into organic, asumes the Senior Scientist Dr Arun K. Sharma, who has published "A Handbook of Organic Farming".

 

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IFOAM Organic World Congress: global meeting of the movement

It was a global organic event in India last month. Almost 2,500 delegates from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 day visitors attended the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC). More than 1,000 farmers joined the organic mega event in Delhi/ Greater Noida and discussed topics concerning agriculture innovations, techniques, trends, challenges, success stories and other key issues of the sector. The motto of the OWC was „An Organic World through an Organic India.“ Every fifth organic farmer in the world lives in India. Read the summary and watch a video with impressions and statements.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Sikkim: An organic vision becomes reality

Sikkim, a small northeastern Himalayan state between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that boarders China in the North, made an important decision in 2010. Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling had a visionary goal: he wanted to place the state’s entire agriculture land under organic management. To achieve his goal, Chamling launched the Sikkim Organic Mission and within 15 years, the entire agriculture process was converted to organic, and Sikkim was declared “Organic State“ in 2016. This is a worldwide lighthouse example for further conversion of lands towards a 100% organic status. Watch the Video.

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Alnatura cooperating with Edeka

Edeka, with 11,500 stores and turnover of 47.2 billion euros (2014), is Germany’s biggest retail network. It is now the new distribution partner of the organic company Alnatura.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Sustainable Foods Summit Highlighted Key Industry Concerns

The food industry needs to take greater steps towards sustainable development. This was one of the key messages from the Sustainable Foods Summit Europe. Soil fertility, carbon management, regulatory framework, and sustainable food production were stated as major areas of concern.

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Ökotopia 35 years old – the name says it all

Based on the title of the novel by Ernest Callenbach, the name Ökotopia came about 35 years ago. The theme of the book  is a society organized according to the tenets of environmental and social responsibility.This aim became firmly established in the corporate philosophy of this coffee and tea specialist.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Biocoop: premier driving force in France

Despite the existence of several successful network and franchise systems in the organic sector, Biocoop remains the biggest association of independent retailers in France. In 2014, turnover increased by 13.4 % to € 657m.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Supporting projects in developing and emerging countries

Launching a project abroad is often no easy undertaking. Facing this challenge are mainly companies that want to start, for example, a cropping and processing project in countries outside Europe.

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Organic market in France grows by 10 %

There is strong demand for organic food in France and the market is continually growing. In 2014, turnover grew by 10 % compared with 2013 and amounted to five billion euros (Germany 7.8 billion euros). Per capita expenditure in France was 75 euros and the equivalent figure in Germany was 95 euros.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Turkish control organization ETKO loses EU authorization

With the Implementing Regulation 931/2015 the EU Commission removed the Turkish Control Organization ETKO from “The list of recognized control bodies for the purpose of equivalence”. It is unclear what consequences these decisions have for supplies of cereals and seed that were certified by ETKO and sent to the EU but have not yet been processed or consumed.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Oslo: Norway’s organic industry ready to expand

When it comes to the production and consumption of organics, Norway is one of the countries lagging behind in Europe. Further evidence is the fact that we can’t get up-to-date organic data about Norway – this most western of the Scandinavian countries and also one that is not a member of the EU.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Bio-Planet: food retailer’s subsidiary an important player in Belgium

In April 2015, Bio-Planet’s fifteenth organic supermarket was opened in Halle, 20 km south-west of Brussels. 14 years ago in 2001, the first Bio-Planet store was launched in Kortrijk.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Natrue Membership Assembly was a big success

The Association for Natural & Organic Cosmetics Natrue hosted a highly successful Membership Assembly on 22 May. At the meeting new members were welcomed and old members were updated of the latest endeavours in the world of natural and organic cosmetics.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Crowdfunding: money via the internet

According to a current study by Ernst & Young and the Center for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge, crowdfunding and other alternative methods of financing are booming in Europe.

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Organic supermarkets in Belgium: Biocap has three stores

The specialist wholefood trade in Belgium lags behind countries like Germany and France. Large-scale specialist organic stores (over 200 m²) and organic supermarkets (over 400 m²) are far from being the standard in organic marketing. Three of the nearly two dozen Belgian organic supermarkets operate under the title Biocap.

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