International_EN, Latin America27.06.2017 Kai Kreuzer
Ritter Sport likes to parade its green image. This German chocolate manufacturer does have an organic line in its product range, but it's not doing so well. Four years ago, Ritter wanted to withdraw from its organic business and convert to “sustainable raw materials”, although it didn't carry through its intention. Now, however, the decision has obviously been made. The company is demanding that 3,500 cocoa farmers in Nicaragua acquire UTZ or Fairtrade certification, which in effect will put an end to organic cropping on these farms.
International_EN, Latin America25.05.2017 Editor
BioFach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair is Brazil’s most important meeting point for the organic sector and a focal point for visitors and exhibitors from around the world. After its outstanding success in 2016, this year's fair will open its doors from 7 to 10 June 2017. The 13th edition will take place in the Biennial Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil.
International_EN, Latin America28.03.2017 Editor
Because of the growing demand for cacao the land under cultivation has expanded in tropical forest areas and monoculture has replaced agroforestry systems.
International_EN, Latin America08.03.2017 Editor
On 6 March 2017, the European Council adopted a decision on the signing of an agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products.
International_EN, Latin America08.02.2017 Editor
Organic or not organic? The issue is not clear in the case of mate tea. The EU Commission and the organic authorities in a number of federal states in Germany question whether certified organic mate tea from South America can be sold as an organic food item.
International_EN, Latin America03.01.2017 Editor
The Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready).
International_EN, Latin America07.12.2016 Editor
The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.
International_EN, Latin America06.12.2016 Editor
Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico.
International_EN, Latin America23.10.2016 Karin Heinze
The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.
International_EN, Latin America14.09.2016 Redaktion
On 27-29th January 2017, the Mexican Health Products Summit will take place in Puerto Vallarta.
International_EN, Latin America07.09.2016 Redaktion
Last year, the government of Venezuela passed the so called Seed Law, which intended to impose one of the worlds toughest regulations on GMO seeds.
International_EN, Latin America29.08.2016 Redaktion
In São Paulo, Brazil, an initiative of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) has opened an organic food store to increase access to healthy and ecological products.
International_EN, Latin America25.07.2016 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).
International_EN, Latin America07.06.2016 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.
International_EN, Latin America19.05.2016 Editor
This year, the Bolivian Embassy highlighted Fairtrade organic coffee grown by small-scale Fairtrade coffee farmers during the Open Day of the embassies in Washington DC that attracted over 30,000 visitors.
International_EN, Latin America06.05.2016 Editor
From 8 to 11 June 2016, Biofach America Latina - Bio Brazil Fair will be opening its doors for the twelfth edition of the event in the Biennale Pavilion of Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo.
International_EN, Latin America19.04.2016 Redaktion
The first EU bilateral recognition with a Latin American country has come to an end.
International_EN, Latin America22.03.2016 Editor
For the first time, a Latin American summit will tackle food losses & waste, encourage traceability in supply chains and the use of sustainable food ingredients.
International_EN, Latin America07.03.2016 Editor
Since the 1980’s, Tradin Organic have been active in sourcing organic cocoa and is developing new projects each year. In 2015, some of the new origins added to the project list were Peru and Sierra Leone.
International_EN, Latin America18.02.2016 Editor
The Government of Colombia and the European Commission announced the start of negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products.
International_EN, Latin America11.02.2016 Editor
Brazil has a market in the order of R$ 2.5 billion (640 Mio.$), including exports, with the expectation of growth of 30-35% in 2016. Around 11.500 organic producers were recorded 2015.
International_EN, Latin America29.09.2015 Karin Heinze
The Central American Coffee Import and Export GmbH, abbreviated to Mitka, imports fair trade coffee from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and, above all, Nicaragua. For 30 years Mitka has striven, maintaining direct contact with producers, to practise fair and sustainable trading with the producers.
International_EN, Latin America15.09.2015 Karin Heinze
Organic farming has slowly become established in Nicaragua. But the work of eco initiatives like Finca La Esperanzita and Sano y Salvo is being jeopardized by the increasing activities of so-called sustainability initiatives. Nicaragua’s core eco initiative Finca La Esperanzita is opposing this development.
International_EN, Latin America26.08.2015 Karin Heinze
Ola Verde means green wave and is an organic enterprise in Managua. Carla Fjeld launched an initiative for healthy living and nutrition, and her restaurant, adjoining shop and catering have proved to be a great success.
International_EN, Latin America15.04.2015 Redaktion
Brazilian consumers now have the power to help farmers in Brazil and developing countries build better futures for themselves, by choosing products with the Fairtrade Mark in stores across Brazil.