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Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

The weather and rising demand are driving up the price of vanilla pods. The spice is not yet worth its weight in gold, but a kilo is currently much more expensive than silver. A natural substitute doesn't exist, and quickly raising production levels is not an option.

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Germany: organically managed land expanded by nearly 15% in 2016

In 2016, organically managed land in Germany grew by around 162,000 hectares to 1.25 million hectares, which equates to a rise of almost 15% compared with 2015. This growth is divided equally between pasture and arable land. The federal states of Saxony and Bavaria saw the greatest expansion. The biggest areas of organically managed land as a proportion of the total agricultural land were to be found in the federal states of Saarland, Hesse and Brandenburg. Lower Saxony had the smallest share of organic land (3.4%).

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

OWC: biggest organic farming event on the planet

The Organic World Congress (OWC) is a global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. It is coming to India for the first time in 40 years and will take place from 9-11 November 2017 Greater Noida, New Delhi. The event will play a critical role in strengthening the world organic farming movement and tilting India’s agricultural. According to the organizers the OWC will welcome around 3,000 delegates from 110 countries. As a parallel event BioFach India together with India Organic Trade Fair will take place at the same venue.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Monsanto in trouble

Monsanto is in trouble for many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year. More and more weeds are resistant to Roundup. Monsanto’s ‘solution’ to this problem, another very toxic herbicide Dicamba, turns out to be a complete failure. The Monsanto Tribunal last fall in The Hague and court cases have been exposing the way Monsanto works, and this helps to inspire others to show the true cost of Monsanto’s business. Films and books were released too.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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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.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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)

Germany: Reformhaus health food stores on track for success

Neuform-Reformhaus stores have increased their turnover by over 8% by Redaktion (comments: 0)

France: an accelerating organic sector!

The number of organic consumers is rising and food produced by environmentally friendly method become more popular.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

France: continuous growth in the specialist trade

For years the organic industry in France has been growing by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Dennree: efficiency and service are the priority

Dennree is one of the biggest and oldest wholefood wholesalers in Europe. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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