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BASF wants to stop selling Fipronil as a pesticide

Europe, Europe

16.08.2017 Editor

After the European egg-scandal, BASF stopps selling Fipronil as a pesticide. Recently, the North Rhine-Westphalian Department of Environment called back eggs polluted with the insecticide.


New publications: organic farming and climate change report and brochure for students

Europe, Europe

14.08.2017 Editor

Nowadays, working in the farming sector is very challenging due to extreme weather conditions and on-going climate changeoften resulting in harvest losses or the tremendous damage of natural resources. However, agriculture is also confronted with producing approximately 10 per cent of the EU’s total direct greenhouse gas emissions.


Databases to combat organic fraud

Europe, Europe

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.  


Traceability: different systems round the world

Europe, Europe

08.08.2017 Editor

Tracing the movement of goods in the organic sector both within the EU and worldwide leaves much to be desired. Even with the EU's new electronic certification system TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) optimum traceability can't be achieved.


France: Natexpo shows latest trends for for organic retailers

Europe, Europe

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.


IFOAM EU: aims of the 11th European Organic Congress

Europe, Europe

04.08.2017 Editor

The 11th European Organic Congress takes place in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 -7 September 2017. IFOAM EU Group has a clear agenda what they want for organic in Europe by 2030.


Eosta: recording all the damage caused by food production

Europe, Europe

03.08.2017 Editor

The study „True Cost Accounting in Farming and Finance”, commissioned by the Dutch company Eosta, calculated the actual cost of producing food - an undertaking praised by Prince Charles.


TRACES: electronic certification for organic imports to prevent fraud

Europe, Europe

02.08.2017 Editor

Since April 2017 a new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) has been operating in the EU. It will improve the monitoring of organic products  imported into the EU from third countries.                 


EU: risks involved in the authorisation of stevia

Europe, Europe

28.07.2017 Editor

As the University of Hohenheim reports, the EU Commission has authorised new uses of the natural sweetener stevia. Hitherto only steviol glycoside, not the natural stevia leaves, was approved for use as a calorie-free sweetener in food and beverages.


Glyphosate: extending authorisation only if EU states say yes

Europe, Europe

27.07.2017 Editor

The wrangle over re-authorising glyphosate goes on and on. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, from the European Health and Food Safety Commission, has stated that this pesticide will be approved for a further 10 years only with the agreement of member states.


Brexit: imports of Fairtrade products continue to be duty free

Europe, Europe

27.07.2017 Editor

The Fairtrade Foundation is relieved that the British government has promised that Fairtrade products can be imported duty free after Britain has left the EU.


New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

Europe, Europe

25.07.2017 Leo Frühschütz

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.


EU Pesticide Report available

Europe, Europe

24.07.2017 Editor

This overview report describes the results of a project of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety to evaluate the official controls for pesticide residues in organic production.


Ukraine: register for Anti Fraud Initiative Conference

Europe, Europe

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.


EU: vote on importing new GM soya

Europe, Europe

20.07.2017 Editor

In mid July a vote was taken in Brussels on further approval by the EU of imports of genetically engineered soya beans.


EU Organic regulation: compromise taken off the agenda of the EU Agriculture Ministers’ meeting

Europe, Europe

19.07.2017 Editor

According to IFOAM EU Group in Brussels,the expected provisional endorsement on the outcomes of last trilogue was taken off the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 18 July 2017. This is seen as a chance to make the text workable.


Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

Europe, Europe

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.


EU: environmental footprint stated on food

Europe, Europe

17.07.2017 Editor

By 2020 at the latest uniform labelling across the whole of Europe will provide information about the environmental impact of food items.


FiBL Europe celebrates its opening

Europe, Europe

14.07.2017 Editor

The leading research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s sound scientific knowledge on organic farming and the policy-making processes taking place in Brussels.


Austria: Sonnentor's turnover up by 12%

Europe, Europe

14.07.2017 Editor

In the financial year 2016/2017, the Austrian organic firm Sonnentor recorded an outstanding increase in sales of around 12 % and total turnover of 40.2 million euros.


Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Europe, Europe

11.07.2017 Karin Heinze

 

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets. From January to April this year, total sales (food, drinks, pet food) increased by 3.7%, up from 0.5% in 2016. The share of organic food in the total food sales increased from 2% in 2013 to 3.4%. Italian consumer purchases in supermarkets have more than tripled since 2009. Also traditional specialized organic shops are growing. 83% of Italian households bought organic products in 2016.

 


Natural & Organic Cosmetics Association: 10 years of NATRUE

Europe, Europe

07.07.2017 Editor

The NATRUE Association has seen steady growth over the past 10 years, with a total of more than 60 Members from over 20 countries worldwide. The Association celebrated its 10th anniversary and the annual member meeting.


EY pilot study: "True Cost Accounting"

Europe, Europe

05.07.2017 Editor

Accountants Ernst & Young (EY) and sustainability consultant Soil & More have developed a method for small and medium size businesses in the organic industry to calculate these unseen costs with the help of a practical dashboard.


Sustainable Foods Summit: Major Outcomes from European Edition

Europe, Europe

04.07.2017 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit drew to a successful close in Amsterdam on 1-2nd June. Over 100 senior executives from the food industry debated sustainability issues over the two-day summit.


EU: Environment Committee in favour of neonicotinoid ban

Europe, Europe

04.07.2017 Editor

In a vote taken last Thursday the Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected with a big majority a resolution of the Conservatives and populists not to ban the three neonicotinoids that are regarded as particularly dangerous to bees.


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