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GfK Germany: specialised trade’s customers

Europe, Germany

21.09.2017 Editor

Over the last ten years, the expenditure on organics as a proportion of total expenditure on food and beverages in Germany has almost  doubled. While average buyers discover organic products in conventional retail markets, specialised trade shops are mostly visited by one group of customers.


10th Natural Cosmetics Conference: Ensuring future success for the industry

Europe, Europe

19.09.2017 Editor

 

September the 26-27 the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will open its doors in Berlin for the anniversary edition. The Conference will be held for the 10th time and will provide information about current topics of the natural cosmetics industry, presenting and discussing these from a critical point of view.

 


Northern Ireland: opposition against proposed mega pig farm

Europe, Great Britain

15.09.2017 Editor

Due to the potential of spreading antibiotic resistance, a planned mega farm for pork in Northern Ireland has received tough criticism.


Eosta: new sustainable company building

Europe, Netherlands

14.09.2017 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.


IFOAM EU Congress: Roadmap for making Europe more organic

Europe, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

12.09.2017 Karin Heinze

IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030 (Organic Vision 2030). The new launched "Organic Roadmap" should serve as an inspiration and source of ideas. (Video interview with IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes)


Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair: preview of exhibitors 2017

Europe, Sweden

23.08.2017 Editor

The initial list of exhibitors for the 2017 Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair 2017 has recently been released. As the stand space has increased, 400 exhibitors from around the world, presenting the latest natural and organic innovations, will be featured by the event. Until now, over 75 percent of the exhibitors have already booked for the fair taking place at MalmöMässan in Sweden, on 15-16 November 2017.


Swiss quality strategy association: Invitation to a conference on new breeding methods in Bern

Europe, Switzerland

23.08.2017 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.


Databases to combat organic fraud

Europe, Italy

08.08.2017 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.  


France: Natexpo shows latest trends for for organic retailers

Europe, France

07.08.2017 Editor

For the first time, the French trade fair for ecogical and organic products, NATEXPO, is shining a spotlight on the latest developments dedicated to specialist organic retailers. The trade show is taking place from October 22 - 24 in Paris.


Germany: organic eggs also contaminated with insecticide

Europe, Belgium

04.08.2017 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.


Ukraine: register for Anti Fraud Initiative Conference

Europe, Russia

20.07.2017 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.


Austria: 60% share of organics in gastronomy

Europe, Austria

19.07.2017 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 %.


Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

Europe, Spain

18.07.2017 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.


Poland: The Charter for Real Food and Farming

Europe, Poland

28.06.2017 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).


Stavtrend: a cautionary tale of organic fraud

Europe, Slovakia

20.06.2017 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.


Fraud cases in the US: how conventional became organic

Europe, Turkey

30.05.2017 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.


Denmark: Consumers buy more organic food

Europe, Denmark

13.05.2017 Redaktion

The Copenhagen Post reports: Sales of organic food in Denmark have increased during 2016.


Norway: the 'Doomsday' gene bank

Europe, Norway

02.05.2017 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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