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Chile: new organic label launched

International_EN, Latin America

07.12.2017 Editor

All organic agricultural products marketed in Chile or abroad will carry the new Chilean organic label in future.


Brazil: Natura finalizes The Body Shop deal

International_EN, Latin America

24.11.2017 Editor

Natura Cosmeticos, the Brazilian leader in the cosmetics industry has finalized the acquisition of The Body Shop from French group L’Oréal after achieving permission by the competition watchdogs.


Argentina: Argencert founder Laura Montenegro passed away

International_EN, Latin America

02.11.2017 Editor

On Saturday October 28 Laura Montenegro passed away in Buenos Aries, Argentina. She was one of the international leaders of the organic sector. She pioneered third party certification in Argentina and built up her company, Argencert, into one of the significant certifying bodies.


Illegal cultivation of GM soya: a threat to Mexican beekeepers

International_EN, Latin America

10.10.2017 Editor

The illegal cultivation of GM soya beans in Mexico poses a threat to the livelihood of the indigenous Mayan beekeepers on the Yucatan peninsula. Mexican delegation seeks supporters in Germany – visit to Naturland.


Unilever takes over Brazilian organic producer Mãe Terra

International_EN, Latin America

05.10.2017 Editor

 By its own account, Unilever has announced to take over the Brazilian organic food producer Mãe Terra for an unknown sum.


Brazil: Natura acquires The Body Shop

International_EN, Latin America

01.08.2017 Editor

Brazil´s biggest company for phyto and natural cosmetics Natura Cosmeticos is acquiring the British cosmetics cpmpany The Body Shop owned by L´Oréal for 1 bilion Euro.

 


Ecovia: Latin American Summit tackles food fraud & ethical sourcing

International_EN, Latin America

21.07.2017 Editor

The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will focus on food fraud, ethical sourcing, and sustainable ingredients. Organized by Ecovia Intelligence the executive summit will take place in São Paulo on 18-20th September.


Brazil´s organic trade fairs with significant growth

International_EN, Latin America

07.07.2017 Editor

From 7 to 10 June the 13th Biofach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair saw around 35% more than visitors than the previous year (25,664) and 167 purely organic exhibitors (2016: 117).


Ritter Sport: "sustainability " more important than organic

International_EN, Latin America

27.06.2017 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.


BioFach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair 2017

International_EN, Latin America

25.05.2017 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.


FiBL trial in Bolivia: comparing cacao in agroforestry and monoculture

International_EN, Latin America

28.03.2017 Editor

Because of the growing demand for cacao the land under cultivation has expanded in tropical forest areas and monoculture has replaced agroforestry systems.


EU-Chile: organic trade agreement to be signed

International_EN, Latin America

08.03.2017 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. 


EU organic law opposes organic mate tea

International_EN, Latin America

08.02.2017 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.


Argentinia: Federal Prosecutor requests ban on GMO crops

International_EN, Latin America

03.01.2017 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).


German Minister for the Environment opposed to the release of organisms with a 'gene-drive'

International_EN, Latin America

07.12.2016 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'.


Moratorium on new genetic extinction technology at UN convention

International_EN, Latin America

06.12.2016 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. 

 


Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

International_EN, Latin America

23.10.2016 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.


4th Mexican Health Products Summit

International_EN, Latin America

14.09.2016 Redaktion

On 27-29th January 2017, the Mexican Health Products Summit will take place in Puerto Vallarta.


Venezuela’s Seed Law at Risk

International_EN, Latin America

07.09.2016 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.


Brazil Landless Workers’ Movement opens Organic Food Store

International_EN, Latin America

29.08.2016 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.


Sustainable Foods Summit Europe and Latin America: Major Outcomes

International_EN, Latin America

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).


Sustainable Foods Summit - Latin America

International_EN, Latin America

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.


USA: First World Fairtrade Challenge campaign

International_EN, Latin America

19.05.2016 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.


BioFach America Latina - BioBrazil in Sao Paulo

International_EN, Latin America

06.05.2016 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.


Chile and the EU sign agreement on organic products

International_EN, Latin America

19.04.2016 Redaktion

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


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