Europe, Germany23.11.2017 Editor
Rapunzel founder Josef Wilhelm was honored as „Entrepreneur of the Year 2017“. The award jury was particularly impressed by the social commitment of the organic food manufacturer from the Allgäu region and its worldwide activities with agricultural partners and suppliers.
Europe, Europe23.11.2017 Editor
The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation reached last June was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture on Monday and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture yesterday.
Europe, Denmark20.11.2017 Editor
At a dialogue event in Hamburg, organized by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the consultancy a’verdis, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food. In line with the event’s main focus, Kenneth Højgaard, Carmen I. Calverley and Bente Sloth gave an overview of the Danish off-trade catering market.
Europe, France20.11.2017 Editor
On the 8th of November 2017, the first Auchanbio store opened in Lille, Northern France. The new organic retail store of the company Auchan Retail France offers 4,200 organic products on a sales area of 450 sqm.
Europe, Sweden06.11.2017 Editor
On 15-16 November the Natural Products Scandinavia is taking place in Malmö Mässan, Sweden. The visitor will see innovations from 400 leading suppliers, ranging from the latest certified health products, to natural and sustainable personal-care cosmetics.
Europe, Great Britain20.10.2017 Editor
The comprehensive report The Organic Supply Chains 2017 was recently published by the British Soil Association. The report should serve as a guide for the organic industry to the challenges and opportunities in the UK.
Europe, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania26.09.2017 Karin Heinze
At the IFOAM EU Organic Congress in Tallinn representatives of the EU and of the organic sector discussed pro and contra of the new European Organic Regulation (video). After a record time of more than three years and 18 trilogues Regulation probably will be launched in June 2020, although neither the Council and Commission nor the Parliament and the stakeholders of the organic sector are fully satisfied with the compromise.
Europe, Netherlands14.09.2017 Editor
On Thursday, September 14, the Dutch importer of organic fruits and vegetables Eosta laid the foundations for the new sustainable office and logistics building in Waddinxveen in the Netherlands.
Europe, Switzerland23.08.2017 Editor
The “Verein zur Förderung der Qualitätsstrategie der Schweizer Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft“ (Association to support the quality strategy of Swiss agriculture and food economics) invites interested parties to its autumn conference about new methods of plant breeding taking place on the 8th of September 2017 in Bern.
Europe, Italy08.08.2017 Leo Frühschütz
Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.
Europe, Belgium04.08.2017 Editor
According to the Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, 2.9 million eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil, including organic eggs, produced on farms in Belgium and Holland arrived in Germany.
Europe, Russia20.07.2017 Editor
The Anti Fraud Initiative (AFI) in collaboration with IFOAM invites for the conference “Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains” in Odesa (Ukraine) on 21-22 September 2017.
Europe, Austria19.07.2017 Editor
The Austrian organic association Bio Austria is calling for a 60% share of organics in catering by 2025. The proportion of organic food in the offer of the catering sector is at present about 30 %.
Europe, Spain18.07.2017 Editor
The natural cosmetics firm Santaverde has for 30 years been synonymous with high-value Aloe vera products. As newcomers to the industry, Sabine and Kurt Beer developed the growing and processing of Aloe vera on their own finca in the south of Spain. They also organise regular seminars in Estepona at which specialist dealers and cosmeticians receive training. Our author Bettina Pabel attended one of these sessions.
Europe, Poland28.06.2017 Editor
On June 13th 2017, a group of determined individuals came together to support "The Charter for Real Food and Farming", whose special launch took place in the President's Palace, in Warsaw (Belweder).
Europe, Slovakia20.06.2017 Leo Frühschütz
A Slovak trader sent 2,000 tonnes of what was assumed to be conventional wheat to Germany via Italy. Analysis of the case reveals that the organic control system works, but that things can nevertheless go wrong.
Europe, Turkey30.05.2017 Editor
The Washington Post reports the case of three shipments of so-called organic corn and soy to the USA. After thorough research, it established the origin of the shipments and revealed organic fraud on a massive scale. After the article was published the Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Organic Program to thoroughly and immediately complete investigations of any reports of fraudulent imported organic livestock feed either alleged in the story or otherwise reported by trade.
Europe, Norway02.05.2017 Editor
Deep in the bowels of an icy mountain on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole lies a resource of vital importance for the future of humankind.
Europe, Balkan States17.02.2017 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.
Europe, Ireland01.02.2017 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.
Europe, Czech Republic03.11.2016 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.
Europe, Slovenia06.07.2016 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.
Europe, Finland05.07.2016 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.
Europe, Malta05.05.2016 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.
Fernand Etgen, the Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, released the latest statistics on organics in Luxembourg.
Europe, Greece27.02.2015 Karin Heinze
The project Data Network for Better European Organic Market Information - OrganicDataNetwork - aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market.
Europe, Hungary24.02.2015 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.
Europe, Portugal07.03.2013 Redaktion
A new concept was found to develop ecological strategies for preserving the old stands of cork oaks.