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EXKI Nature’s Kitchen: First restaurant in Germany

International_EN, Europe

22.06.2018 Editor

The Belgian fast food chain EXKI, which is committed to healthy food and sustainability according to its own statements, opens its first restaurant in Cologne. Further restaurants are planned.


Poland: Warsaw University offers studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production”

International_EN, Europe

21.06.2018 Editor

The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”


EU Commission criticises eco-control authority in Sri Lanka

International_EN, Europe

20.06.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The EU Commission has had an eco-control office in Sri Lanka checked and has come across massive grievances. These “undermine the credibility of the control system”, it says in the audit's report.


ProVeg: The V-label for cosmetics

International_EN, Europe

19.06.2018 Editor

The internationally protected V-label quality label now also identifies vegetarian and vegan foods as a consumer orientation aid for cosmetics without ingredients from animals.


Sustainable Food Awards - winners announced

International_EN, Europe

15.06.2018 Editor

At the end of the first conference day of the Sustainable Food Summit Europe the inaugural Sustainable Food Awards reception was hosted at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre on 7th June 2018.


EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

International_EN, Europe

14.06.2018 Editor

According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

International_EN, Europe

12.06.2018 Karin Heinze

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.


Tritordeum: new cereal wins Sustainable Food Awards

International_EN, Europe

12.06.2018 Editor

Tritordeum is a new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits. It has won the first prize in the category Sustainable Ingredient in the Sustainable Food Awards 2018 by Ecovia Intelligence.

 


Insect mortality: EU Commission to take action

International_EN, Europe

07.06.2018 Editor

According to the EU Press Office, the following new measures are proposed: a new indicator to improve monitoring and data and better coordination of EU action in different sectors and policy areas to counter the social and economic impact of the decline in pollinating insects.


EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

International_EN, Europe

05.06.2018 Editor

According to a proposal by the EU Commission, ten disposable plastic products are to be withdrawn from the European market.


Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"

International_EN, Europe

04.06.2018 Editor

An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.


Ukraine: organic porridge record

International_EN, Europe

31.05.2018 Editor

At the largest agricultural exhibition of Eastern Europe, Agroport West Lviv 2018, held in the Ukraine, a new record was set.The biggest amount of cereal porridge was cooked from the certified organic products only.


India-produced organic shrimp will cater for EU market

International_EN, Europe

25.05.2018 Editor

During the India International Seafood Show held in Goa in January 2018, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with M/s Coop Cooperative, Switzerland, for the development of organic aquaculture in India with an objective to tap the growing EU market for organic marine products.


Fairtrade: German GEPA looks back to a positive year 2017

International_EN, Europe

24.05.2018 Editor

The German fair trade pioneer GEPA continued its stable development in 2017 with wholesale sales of 72.4 million euros (minus 1.9 %). Consumers bought the company's products for around 114 million euros (sales at retail prices).


Monsanto met with contempt by media

International_EN, Europe

24.05.2018 Editor

First results of Ramazzini Institute´s Global Glyphosate Study were presented officially in a press conference at the European Parliament. Sustainable Pulse commented Monsanto has committed an epic fail.


EU: new organic farming rules adopted

International_EN, Europe

23.05.2018 Editor

In a press release the Council of the European Union informed that on 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products.


Germany: more and more organic eggs from factory farming

International_EN, Europe

22.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The size of poultry houses for organic laying hens has once again become an issue in the German media: there is an increasing trend to big poultry houses. It's not possible to see where this will lead because the new EU Organic Regulation approves the current practice in Germany and a number of other EU countries of keeping 30,000 and more organic hens in one poultry house. When consumers buy their eggs they have no information regarding the size of a particular poultry house.


Italy: Ramazzini Institute´s glyphosate research project

International_EN, Europe

21.05.2018 Editor

One of the leading cancer research organisations in the world is launching the most comprehensive independent study on glyphosate & glyphosate-based herbicides ever. Funding for the complete budget is needed.


Natural & Organic Awards Europe: winners announced

International_EN, Europe

09.05.2018 Editor

The awards, which celebrate the standout brands, products and retailers of the year, were hosted by Natural Products News in association with the Soil Association.

 


Natural & Organic Products Europe 2018 ended very successfully

International_EN, Europe

08.05.2018 Editor

More than 10,000 attendees from 91 countries came to the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show at London ExCeL venue last week, on 22-23 April.


Swedish Midsona acquires the German company Davert

International_EN, Europe

04.05.2018 Editor

Midsona has own  strong brands within healthfoods, personal care and hygiene holds a leading position in the Nordic organic market. The acquisition strengthens Midsona’s presence in the attractive organic foodsegment. Davert’s premium brand and product portfolio are highly complementary to Midsona’s existing organic brands.


EU bans three bee-harming neonics

International_EN, Europe

04.05.2018 Editor

Following a proposal of the European Commission, the EU member states have banned three bee poisonous pesticides for outdoor use. Germany also supported the ban. However, for environmental associations, the new regulation does not go far enough.


Acrylamide: New requirements for minimization

International_EN, Europe

26.04.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The new EU Acrylamide Regulation came into force in April. The new regulation aims at a further reduction of the harmful substance, which is mainly found in fried, roasted and baked products and is considered carcinogenic in animal experiments.


IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

International_EN, Europe

26.04.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture). Because of the high risk of adventitious presence of GMOs at different steps of the production chain and the consequences, there is a huge effort and high expense for measures to avoid contamination. The study aims at identifying coexistence strategies of non-GM and organic supply chain actors to ensure GMO-free products and estimate the coexistence costs.


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