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Europa: number of farmers converting to organic is growing significantly

Europe, Europe

18.02.2017 Editor

The numbers of organic processors and importers in Europe show a double-digit growth in 2015. That was announced at the Biofach in Nuremberg.

 


Organic farming in Bulgaria

Europe, Balkan States

17.02.2017 Editor

Organic farming in Bulgaria has excellent production subsidies together with a favorable governmental policy and is driven by export demand in the EU market.


Germany: Minister presented future strategy of organic farming

Europe, Germany

17.02.2017 Editor

The future strategy of organic farming (ZÖL) by the Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, was presented at BioFach. On nearly 100 pages goals and measures are outlined to push the organic sector in Germany.


UK GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

Europe, Great Britain

03.02.2017 Editor

The UK government gave the final go-ahead for a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The planting will take place this spring.


Ireland: organic market grows by nearly 24 %

Europe, Ireland

01.02.2017 Editor

As the German Agricultural Market Information Company (Deutsche Agrarmarkt Informationsgesellschaft  - AMI) reports, in 2016 the Irish organic market grew by 23.7 % compared with the year before.


International Organic Seminar in Paris

Europe, France

30.01.2017 Editor

In the current context of strong growth in organic farming, Agence BIO is organizing its 12th international seminar on organic farming on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 in Paris.


Netherlands: Bio-beurs attracts 10,000 visitors

Europe, Netherlands

27.01.2017 Editor

The organic fair Bio-beurs in Zwolle on January the 18th and 19th counted nearly 10,000 visitors and participants. That was more than 8% more than last year.


Wessanen buys Spanish organic food company

Europe, Spain

25.01.2017 Editor

The Dutch food company Royal Wessanen bought a manufacturer and distributor of organic brands in Spain for €67m.


UK: 10 million Euro EU funding for the organic sector

Europe, Denmark

17.01.2017 Editor

Under the headline „UK Organic Sector backed by EU Funding“ the British Organic Trade Board (OTB) informed, that the OTB, in partnership with Organic Denmark, have been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the organic food and drink sector.


The Italian market: strong organic growth in 2016

Europe, Italy

16.01.2017 Editor

2016 could  be a boom  year in Italy in terms of both the production and consumption of organic products, explained Assobio, the National Association of Manufacturers and Distribution of Organic and Natural Products.


Swiss scientist: “We need to reduce the need for antibiotics“

Europe, Switzerland

16.01.2017 Editor

“We need to reduce the need for antibiotics in order to reduce their use”, that was one of the statements of Thomas Van Boeckel, author of frequently cited research on antimicrobial consumption in food animals.


Russia: Successful event for beauty bloggers at InterCharm

Europe, Russia

21.12.2016 Editor

The international community of beauty industry met end of October in Moscow for the largest perfumery and cosmetics exhibition, the InterCharm 2016. It was visited by 69 864 unique visitors within the 4 days.

 


Czech Republic: over 1 million Euro to promote organic products

Europe, Slovakia

16.12.2016 Editor

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales. The state will invest 30 million crowns (about 1.11 million Euro) in the initiative.


Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair successful

Europe, Sweden

25.11.2016 Editor

The Nordic region’s biggest co-located trade shows for natural and organic food and drink, health, beauty, eco-living and self-care products took place over 16-17 November. A record 4,912 attendees (a significant 25% increase for 2016) were out in force to see and sample the next-wave of new product innovations from 375 exhibiting companies.


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

Europe, Austria

22.11.2016 Karin Heinze

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)


Lithuania: big investment in organic agriculture

Europe, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

09.11.2016 Editor

Lithuania has a great organic agricultural potential. Its public opinion is also disposed to develop this, for the country, new type of agriculture. Lithuanians agree with to 74% to support an environment conscious agriculture, along with banning the use of any chemical fertilizers in agriculture.


German drugstore leader dm has more than 1000 organic products

Europe, Czech Republic

03.11.2016 Editor

The organic food range of the leading German drugstore dm continues to grow and has now reached around 1000 articles. This was announced by the company based in Karlsruhe at its annual press conference.


Poland: new food act comes into parliament

Europe, Poland

21.10.2016 Editor

The ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside worked hard to get a New Food Act, which support small farmers to be discussed on a political level.


Monaco: Veggie trend benefits wholefood manufacturer Linck

Europe, Belgium

27.09.2016 Kai Kreuzer

Vegan and vegetarian foods are on trend worldwide. “The younger generation of under thirty-year-olds in particular is buying animal-free products in ever greater numbers. This year we're anticipating growth in turnover of 120 % in this segment,“ says a delighted Jean François Ordureau, the man in charge of marketing and sales at the manufacturer Linck.


EU Commission no longer recognises organic salmon from Norway

Europe, Norway

22.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

From 1 January 2015 organic salmon from Norway has no longer been organic. That's the opinion of the EU Commission.  What the consequences are is not the least bit clear. The only thing that is clear is the fact the production conditions of Norwegian organic salmon farmers have not changed. What's going on here is to do with the legal situation– and diplomacy in agriculture.


Coup in Turkey: impact on the organic industry

Europe, Turkey

09.08.2016 Editor

Turkey is an important supplier of organic products. Many west European organic companies maintain close business relations with Turkey. The attempted coup and its consequences could therefore have far-reaching implications for the organic sector. Manufacturers and the trade should ensure that they are well prepared.

Video of the organic project Narköy.


Organic regulation negotiations, is the end near?

Europe, Slovenia

06.07.2016 Editor

Last Friday the Slovak Republic took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from the Netherlands, and is now the sixth Presidency in a row to work on the organic dossier.


Demeter International adopts leitmotif for future operations

Europe, Finland

05.07.2016 Editor

The Demeter International Members' Assembly was held from 13 to 18 June in Finland. In view of the challenges occurring in our time we need a paradigm shift in agriculture. The Demeter actors from all regions of the world saw in the biodynamic method a holistic model for societal change. Representatives of Demeter and biodynamic associations in 23 countries on five continents gathered to discuss and adopt strategies for taking forward agriculture and the food economy. There was also agreement that new gene technologies like CRISPR-Cas, Cisgenetics and TALEN have to be regulated, since they are technical interventions in cell and genome.


Malta strongly rejects accusations of organics fraud

Europe, Malta

05.05.2016 Editor

The Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture has strongly rejected claims that Malta was involved in a scam involving the fraudulent labelling of conventional grain as being organic.


Luxembourg: Organic sector growing slowly

Europe, Luxembourg

24.03.2015

Fernand Etgen, the Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, released the latest statistics on organics in Luxembourg.


Tutorial on the use of the OrMaCode

Europe, Greece

27.02.2015 Karin Heinze

The project Data Network for Better European Organic Market Information - OrganicDataNetwork - aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market.


Organic growth continues on the global level

Europe, Hungary

24.02.2015 Karin Heinze

The latest global data on organic farming has been presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BioFach fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The global organic market increased to 72 billion US Dollars, organic agricultural land worldwide is 43 million hectares.


Portugal: organic cork oak forests provide new jobs

Europe, Portugal

07.03.2013 Redaktion
A new concept was found to develop ecological strategies for preserving the old stands of cork oaks.

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