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Nature & More: ‘Faces of the Sustainable Development Goals’ campaign

International_EN, Europe

25.04.2018 Editor

Nature & More, the "trace & tell" consumer trademark and online transparency system of the Dutch organic food distributor Eosta, has recently launched its ‘Faces of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ campaign. The initiative aims at raising awareness of the UN’s SDGs across the whole fresh produce sector.


Ecovia: Blockchain to build a sustainable food industry?

International_EN, Europe

23.04.2018 Editor

Blockchain is taking off, with a growing number of food companies and retailers experimenting with this new technology. Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) sees blockchain bringing many sustainability benefits to the food industry. This will be one of the topics at the Sustainable Food Summit in Amsterdam in June.


European Parliament’s plenary adopts the new EU organic regulation

International_EN, Europe

19.04.2018 Editor

Today, the European Parliament adopted the text for a new organic regulation, as preliminarily agreed by the Council and the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture in November 2017. The voting was very clear: 466 MEPs voted in favour of the new regulation and only 124 against.


UK: Natural and Organic Products Expo next weekend

International_EN, Europe

19.04.2018 Editor

Nearly 400 exhibiting companies from 42 countries will be showcasing their latest food and drink innovations to expected more than 10,000 trade buyers and retailers. The Natural & Organic Products Europe wll take place in London ExCeL on 22-23 April.

 

 


New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

International_EN, Europe

18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".


Ecovia Intelligence launches Sustainable Food Awards

International_EN, Europe

17.04.2018 Editor

Ecocia Intelligence has launched the first awards in the international food industry that are dedicated to sustainability.


IFOAM EU: General Assembly and final SOLMACC Conference in May

International_EN, Europe

11.04.2018 Editor

Next month, IFOAM EU will host its 9th General Assembly as well as an anniversary reception for its members on 15th May. Following these two members-only events, IFOAM EU also invites interested parties to attend the final conference of the SOLMACC project on 16th May. Both events will take place in Brussels, Belgium.


Belgium: Brussels government takes Commission to EU Court over glyphosate

International_EN, Europe

26.03.2018 Editor

The government of the Brussels region has decided to file a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its decision to re-authorise the pesticide glyphosate in Europe. Belgium was among the nine member states that voted against the renewal of the controversial chemical substance.


EU CAP reform: IFOAM EU calls for a clear framework

International_EN, Europe

26.03.2018 Editor

There was no agreement on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform for 2020 at the last meeting of the Agriculture Ministers on Monday 19 March. They were unable to agree on common conclusions on the Commission communication on "The future of food and farming", an important milestone in the discussion. 


Natexpo Lyon: 600 exhibitors and special spaces

International_EN, Europe

23.03.2018 Editor

The next edition of the French organic trade fair Natexpo will be held on 23 and 24 September 2018 in Lyon. The show for organic professionals now takes place annually, to provide the keys to success in a booming economic sector.


EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

International_EN, Europe

23.03.2018 Editor

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision. And Germany plays an inglorious role in this.


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

International_EN, Europe

21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


Sustainable Foods Summit Europe: impacts, ingredients, green marketing

International_EN, Europe

21.03.2018 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will take place in Amsterdam on 7-8th June 2018. The summit comprises four conference sessions.


E-commerce and natural cosmetics: challenge and opportunity

International_EN, Europe

20.03.2018 Karin Heinze

Ramon Stroink is Managing Director of the natural and organic cosmetics division at Weleda for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also on the advisory board of Vivaness and the German industry association for cosmetics, detergents and cleaners IKW. We talked to him about the development of the natural and organic cosmetics market in the German-speaking area and the growing challenge of digitization and its opportunities.


GMO: EU General Court strengthens the precautionary principle

International_EN, Europe

20.03.2018 Editor

Last week the General Court of the European Union confirmed the right of civil society organisations to submit legal cases concerning the health risks of genetically engineered plants.


EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

International_EN, Europe

14.03.2018 Editor

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months.


OPTA: How to achieve 100% organic until 2050?

International_EN, Europe

09.03.2018 Editor

The Organic Processing and Trade Association Europe (OPTA) discussed at Biofach about the question how a complete transformation of food and farming towards the organic standards can be achieved in the coming decades.


BASF in exclusive talks with Bayer to acquire vegetable seeds business

International_EN, Europe

08.03.2018 Editor

The German based chemical corporation BASF is in exclusive talks to acquire Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhems®. Bayer intends to divest this business in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto.


Ukraine at BioFach: combining innovations and traditions

International_EN, Europe

06.03.2018 Editor

There is an urgent need to change the attitude to Ukraine as a raw material zone and create the image of Ukraine as a country which produces quality innovative products. The Ukraine Pavilion contributes to that goal.


Genome editing: Legal expert criticises opinion of Attorney General of the EuCJ

International_EN, Europe

05.03.2018 Editor

On 18 January, the Attorney General of the EU Court of Justice (EuCJ) published his position on whether or not so-called genome editing must be regulated under current EU GMO legislation. On behalf of Testbiotech, expert Professor Ludwig Kraemer has analysed the position and says that there is no doubt that the new methods of genetic engineering must be regulated under the current EU Directive 2001/18.


Breeding: Organic right from the start

International_EN, Europe

01.03.2018 Editor

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Public benefits of organic farming need formal recognition

International_EN, Europe

28.02.2018 Editor

The public benefits offered to the UK by organic agriculture need to be properly recognised and rewarded by government post-Brexit, according to leading organic certifier OF&G.


Vivaness: German natural cosmetics market by far the biggest in Europe

International_EN, Europe

27.02.2018 Karin Heinze

More and more consumers are purchasing natural cosmetics. Over the last two years their number has increased by 1.2 million. The winners benefiting from this trend continue to be the drugstores; the losers include the specialist trade. The turnover of natural cosmetics grew by around 1.2 billion euros. As well as providing the latest market data, Vivaness presented many product innovations on the 275 stands in Hall 7A, on the joint German Newcomers Stand and in the Breeze exhibition area. In our article you find details on market data, trends and many photos.


Mediterranean countries with almost 7 million ha organic area

International_EN, Europe

23.02.2018 Editor

The Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network (MOAN) collects and disseminates data on the organic sector in the Mediterranean region.


European organic market grows to over 33 billion euros

International_EN, Europe

20.02.2018 Editor

The European Union is the world's second largest single market for organic products after the United States.In 2016, organic retail sales in Europe rose by 11.4 percent to 33.5 billion euros, while organic sales in the EU member states significantly exceeded the 30 billion euro mark and reached 30.7 billion euros. The figures were traditionally compiled by the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and partners and presented at the Biofach.


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