Natural cosmetics: ”Quality and company development secure the future”

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16.08.2016 Karin Heinze

The first quarter of 2016 the market registered growth of roughly 10 %. Together with the turnover of nature-based cosmetics, natural cosmetics have achieved a market share of around 15 %, i.e. turnover of approximately two billion euros. A super result in view of the saturated cosmetics market. Looking at these figures, it's important to note that long-term commitment by the companies pays off, not only in financial terms but also in physical growth. We talked with natural & organic cosmetics expert Elfriede Dambacher about developments, concepts and the future.

Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

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11.08.2016 Editor

Together, the IFOAM Organics International, Navdanya, Organic Consumers Association, Biovision and many more are organizing The People’s Assembly as well as The Monsanto Tribunal, 14 -16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Tp Organics: call for organic innovations

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10.08.2016 Editor

Innovation is crucial for the development of the organic sector. By launching a Call for Innovations, TP Organics invites farmers, researchers and companies from the organic and other sectors to propose innovative solutions.

Monsanto Tribunal: Vadana Shiva´s Call to Action

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01.08.2016 Editor

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Dr. Vandana Shiva calls to action and explains the background.

Sustainable Foods Summit Europe and Latin America: Major Outcomes

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25.07.2016 Editor

Some of the pressing sustainability challenges facing the food industry were debated at the recent editions of the Sustainable Foods Summit hosted in São Paulo (29-30 June) and Amsterdam (9-10 June).

People4Soil expected to launch this September

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18.07.2016 Editor

"It's time to save the soils of Europe" says the citizens' initiative People4Soil that is expected to be launched this September. More than 300 organisations ask EU a common legal framework to counteract land take, soil degradation and contamination.

Textile Sustainability Conference 2016 taking place in Germany

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16.07.2016 Editor

Textile Exchange (TE) has announced details of its annual Textile Sustainability Conference which this year takes place in Hamburg, Germany from the 4th to 7th of October.

Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly

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14.07.2016 Editor

Navdanya is co-organizing the Monsanto Tribunal and a People’s Assembly for the future of food, the future of the planet from 14th-16th October 2016 at The Hague.

India: ICCOA offers organic workshop on Organic Agri-preneurship

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08.07.2016 Editor

International Competence Center for Organic Agriculture ICCOA in partnership with The Green Path Organic State  announced a 3 day workshop on "Organic Agri-preneurship: Leadership – Organic Integrity – Best Practices" in Bangalore.


Demeter International adopts leitmotif for future operations

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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.

Controversial Topics at the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference 2016

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30.06.2016 Editor

The Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will again focus on various current topics that affect the entire cosmetics industry.

Natrue Membership Assembly 2016

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28.06.2016 Editor

The international association for natural and organic cosmetics Natrue welcomes 14 new members and presented the first Natrue Annual Report at the General Assembly in Berlin.

China: First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum

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21.06.2016 Editor

Almost 130 participants, speakers from around the world and a regional group of TIPI in China founded: The first Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in China at BioFach China 2016.

LLOOF project launch in Ireland

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14.06.2016 Editor

Delegates from 14 different European countries attended the launch of LLOOF – Living and Learning on Organic Farms - at Organico in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland, on Monday 23 May.

Sustainable Foods Summit - Latin America

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07.06.2016 Editor

The 2nd Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will focus on sustainable ingredients, food traceability, and tackling food waste, announced the official site of Sustainable Foods Summit.

New horizons for eco-labels and sustainability

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06.06.2016 Editor

Sustainable ingredients, food waste and marketing developments will be featured in the European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam from the 9th to the 10th of June.

Amarjit Sahota: visionary of worldwide organic development

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31.05.2016 Kai Kreuzer

Fifteen years ago the now 44-year-old Sahota founded a management consultancy in London. Nobody suspected at that time what the little firm called Organic Monitor would one day become. Now this modest Englishman of Indian descent and his exceptionally dedicated team organize a large number of congresses all over the world. Watch the video interview.

IFOAM Organic World Congress: Call for papers

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24.05.2016 Editor

Every three years sector stakeholders come together at the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering.

Fair week in Germany

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23.05.2016 Editor

The 15th Fair Week will take place from 16 to 30 September 2016. This year, the event will focus around the effects of fair trade.

Conventional food is considerably more expensive than organic food

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17.05.2016 Karin Heinze

For a long time the organic industry has been having a discussion about so-called externalized costs. But far from all consumers are aware of the fact that the low price of food is achieved at a cost because of the chemicals used in agriculture, factory farming and the severe consequences for the environment. Or they put it to the back of their minds. It’s high time to tell people the truth. This is the reason why Volkert Engelsman, head of the Dutch organic company Eosta, has launched the information campaign “The True Cost of Food”. Organic supermarkets have started to promote the campaign. The background and a video interview with Volkert Engelsman.

Bulgarian companies represented at biggest natural products show in Europe

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29.04.2016 Editor

On Sunday the 17th of April, the Minister Lukarski visited the Bulgarian stand at Natural and Organic Products Europe 2016.

Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2016

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28.04.2016 Editor

The winners of the coveted Natural and Organic Awards Europe 2016 were announced Monday the 18th of April at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show.

SFS Europe: Future direction for sustainable sourcing

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26.04.2016 Editor

Sustainable sourcing has become fashionable in the food industry, with a growing number of companies making such commitments. The increasing number of sustainability schemes raises questions about long-term developments that will be discussed at the Sustainable Food Summit.

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

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26.04.2016 Karin Heinze

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.

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

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19.04.2016 Karin Heinze

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.

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