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Challenges and opportunities to developing organic farming under a new organic regulation

Europe Europe


Is the new EU Organic Regulation negotiated until June? Where are still sticking points? That was the topic on the second day of the IFOAM EU congress in the Netherlands. The 200 participants from 27 EU countries listened intently what the negotiators from Brussels brought up in the discussion. There are still some open issues, but the Dutch have indicated their objective of concluding the trialogue between the Commission, Council and Parliament, and to bring the new regulation by the end of its EU presidency on the way. With video documentation on BioMarktInfo Youtube.

UK’s Organic farmers fear the exit of the EU

Europe Europe

25.04.2016 Editor

The leading organic licensing body OF&G said being part of the EU gives organic businesses direct access to the world’s second largest organic market.

Members of the European Parliament want a ban on garden weedkiller

Europe Europe

19.04.2016 Editor

The existing license for glyphosate expires in June and the European Commission is set to decide whether to approve its use for another 15 years.

Chile and the EU sign agreement on organic products

Europe Europe

19.04.2016 Redaktion

The first EU bilateral recognition with a Latin American country has come to an end.

IFOAM EU Congress: how to transform the agri-food system

Europe Europe


In his welcome note for the 10th IFOAM EU European Organic Congress in Driebergen, Netherlands, re-elected IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes emphasized that this event would contain a high level of interaction with more than 200 participants. The goal was to look at different models to reach the vision and make Organic 3.0 concrete. Watch the video with statements of several stakeholders.

EU Parliament opposes re-approval of glyphosate for most uses

Europe Europe

14.04.2016 Editor

Breaking news from the European Parliament. Yesterday it voted for new regulations on Glyphosate including stopping pre-harvest use.

Wine, organic pact between the EU and Canada

Europe Europe

14.04.2016 Editor

Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan confirmed the expansion of scope for the EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (EUCOEA).

France intend to better animal welfare

Europe Europe

14.04.2016 Editor

The French Ministry for Agriculture has launched a four-year animal welfare strategy, a first for the country, which is far behind its European partners in this respect.

Europe: Organic Food Market should generate 39 Billion USD by 2020

Europe Europe

13.04.2016 Editor

Organic food and beverages market in Europe set to reach USD 39.04 billion by 2020, posting a CAGR of close to 7%, according to the latest market study released by Technavio.

IFOAM EU: change of directors, president re-elected

Europe Europe


Long-term IFOAM EU Director Marco Schlüter officially stepped down on Friday, April 8. Eduardo Cuoco who was responsible for Technology Research Platform for organic food and farming TPOrganics was appointed to be the new director. See the video-interview with the outgoing director Marco Schlüter and the new director Eduardo Cuoco.

Organic cosmetics to grow globally

Europe Europe

08.04.2016 Redaktion

The global market for organic cosmetics is growing, according to the Global Organic Cosmetics Market Forecast & Opportun­ities, 2021: TechSci Research Report.

The long way to sustainable palm oil

Europe Europe

07.04.2016 Redaktion

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has called on European countries to pay the premium for sustainable palm oil, affirms Eco-Business.

IFOAM EU: New board elected

Europe Europe

05.04.2016 Editor

Building on the strength of increasing influence and recognition for its strong advocacy work in Brussels, the IFOAM EU membership elected a new board at its 8th General Assembly in Amsterdam yesterday.

EU organic controls: quite good on paper, but...

Europe Europe

05.04.2016 Leo Frühschütz

In principle and on paper organic controls in the EU work quite well. However, in practice there is still a lot that could be improved in many countries. This is the conclusion we can draw from three reports presented by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU that have summarised the results of a large number of audits carried out by the staff of the FVO from 2012 to 2014.

France: retail is focusing on organic

Europe Europe

01.04.2016 Editor

French organic retailer committed to supporting organic farming and responsible consumption Biocoop has ended 2015 with a 17% increase in turnover, to 768 million Euros and 383 stores, according to Retail Analysis.

Markets have to adjust to Europe’s food safety legislations

Europe Europe

29.03.2016 Editor

In recent years, the food sector has been regularly hit by crises, according to the site Fresh Plaza.

Glyphosate: European Environment Commission votes against approval

Europe Europe

25.03.2016 Editor

The European Commission “should not renew the approval of the herbicide substance glyphosate on the EU market” voted the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI).

The extermination of Honeybees

Europe Europe

24.03.2016 Editor

For the last decade, honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate, says the site Consumer Affairs

IFOAM EU: only a few places left for European Organic Congress

Europe Europe

14.03.2016 Editor

In three weeks the IFOAM EU is celebrating its 10th European Organic Congress. From 4 – 6 April the congress will be in Driebergen, Netherlands. There are only a few places left – register before 18 March.

Glyphosate - an investigative film

Europe Europe

10.03.2016 Editor

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

Sustainable Foods Summit Europe agenda announced

Europe Europe

10.03.2016 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable ingredients, and approaches to tackle food losses & waste. The executive summit will be hosted in Amsterdam on 9-10th June 2016.

Glyphosate: EU postpones decision on continuing authorization

Europe Europe

09.03.2016 Editor

At the beginning of the week, the decision on extending the authorization of glyphosate was on the agenda of the representatives of EU member states in Brussels. A number of countries had refused to give their permission for renewal. Since no agreement was reached, the vote was postponed.


Happy Coco: start-up with organic, fair, raw and vegan products

Europe Europe

07.03.2016 Editor

The start-up Happy Coco trades in new, innovative coconut products. The firm was founded in October 2014 in Amsterdam by Arjuna van de Kooij and Hans-Marcus Röver.

UK: Organic market grows to 2,47 bn euros

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The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report launched on 23 February, reveals the organic market continued to experience steady growth of 4.9% in 2015. This is the third year of consecutive growth for the UK organic sector, now worth £1.95 billion (€2,47 bn).

Discussions on new EU organic regulation continue

Europe Europe

29.02.2016 Editor

In January 2016, the Dutch Presidency of the Council took over the role of steering the Member States through the trilogue negotiations with the Parliament and the Commission on the organic dossier. During the first three trilogue meetings not much progress was made and the key issues remain unresolved.

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