International_EN, Europe19.09.2017 Editor
September the 26-27 the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will open its doors in Berlin for the anniversary edition. The Conference will be held for the 10th time and will provide information about current topics of the natural cosmetics industry, presenting and discussing these from a critical point of view.
International_EN, Europe15.09.2017 Editor
Recently, the European Parliament predominantly raised an objection against the import approval of the genetically engineered soy-breed DAS-68416-4. Thereby, a GM plant which was made resistant against three pesticides at once was discussed for the first time.
International_EN, Europe14.09.2017 Editor
On Thursday, September 14, the Dutch importer of organic fruits and vegetables Eosta laid the foundations for the new sustainable office and logistics building in Waddinxveen in the Netherlands.
International_EN, Europe13.09.2017 Editor
About two weeks ago, the French government stated that France will vote against the re-authorization of the pesticide and thus, against the European Commission’s proposal for a renewal of the license for glyphosate.
International_EN, Europe12.09.2017 Karin Heinze
IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030 (Organic Vision 2030). The new launched "Organic Roadmap" should serve as an inspiration and source of ideas. (Video interview with IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes)
International_EN, Europe08.09.2017 Editor
Pukka Herbs, a British producer of organic herbal teas and health supplements, will be taken over by the British-Dutch group Unilever.
International_EN, Europe06.09.2017 Editor
To reach the Organic Vision 2030, IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap to Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Europe at the 11th European Organic Congress in Tallinn.
International_EN, Europe06.09.2017 Editor
The Anti-Fraud-Initiative (AFI), IFOAM and EOCC invite interested parties to their International Conference concerning the question “How to improve the securing of organic integrity of Eastern European organic exports?” taking place from 21st – 22nd September 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine.
International_EN, Europe05.09.2017 Leo Frühschütz
It is claimed that Monsanto paid an employeeof the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) tasked with pesticide evaluation to declare that glyphosate is not dangerous at a conference for toxicologists. This has come to light in the firm's internal emails that have been published in the course of legal action being taken against Monsanto in California. The organisation Testbiotech has called for clarification by the EFSA.
International_EN, Europe04.09.2017 Editor
Estonia holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of this year. At their meeting in Tallinn from 3-5 September the topics to be discussed by the EU ministers of agriculture will include the fipronil scandal.
International_EN, Europe29.08.2017 Editor
One of the most difficult issues associated with sustainable sourcing is whether companies should adopt third party standards or develop in-house schemes. Recent developments suggest the pendulum is swinging towards in-house sustainable sourcing schemes, says Ecovia Intelligence.
International_EN, Europe23.08.2017 Editor
The “Verein zur Förderung der Qualitätsstrategie der Schweizer Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft“ (Association to support the quality strategy of Swiss agriculture and food economics) invites interested parties to its autumn conference about new methods of plant breeding taking place on the 8th of September 2017 in Bern.
International_EN, Europe23.08.2017 Editor
The initial list of exhibitors for the 2017 Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair 2017 has recently been released. As the stand space has increased, 400 exhibitors from around the world, presenting the latest natural and organic innovations, will be featured by the event. Until now, over 75 percent of the exhibitors have already booked for the fair taking place at MalmöMässan in Sweden, on 15-16 November 2017.
International_EN, Europe22.08.2017 Editor
If the Swedish organisation KRAV takes up a proposal preferred by some people belonging to the Swedish organic community, the consequence would mean that products with the KRAV label could not be promoted as being organic any longer. According the EU rules, products not fully complying with the EU Organic Regulation are not allowed to be labelled as being ‘organic’.
International_EN, Europe22.08.2017 Karin Heinze
The biggest fair trade firm in Europe, domiciled in Wuppertal in Germany, is delighted with another good business year: in 2016 the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Partnerschaft mit der Dritten Welt mbH (GEPA) – The Fair Trade Company - recorded growth of around 7 percent and achieved turnover of 74 million euros. With the appointment of Peter Schaumberger the company is headed by two managing directors, with Schaumberger becoming the brand and distribution manager. He intends to increase the proportion of organics in the product range and concentrate his attention on sustainability and climate change. The company also involves itself in world economic and development policy issues.
International_EN, Europe16.08.2017 Editor
After the European egg-scandal, BASF stopps selling Fipronil as a pesticide. Recently, the North Rhine-Westphalian Department of Environment called back eggs polluted with the insecticide.
International_EN, Europe14.08.2017 Editor
Nowadays, working in the farming sector is very challenging due to extreme weather conditions and on-going climate changeoften resulting in harvest losses or the tremendous damage of natural resources. However, agriculture is also confronted with producing approximately 10 per cent of the EU’s total direct greenhouse gas emissions.
International_EN, Europe08.08.2017 Leo Frühschütz
Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.
International_EN, Europe08.08.2017 Editor
Tracing the movement of goods in the organic sector both within the EU and worldwide leaves much to be desired. Even with the EU's new electronic certification system TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) optimum traceability can't be achieved.
International_EN, Europe07.08.2017 Editor
For the first time, the French trade fair for ecogical and organic products, NATEXPO, is shining a spotlight on the latest developments dedicated to specialist organic retailers. The trade show is taking place from October 22 - 24 in Paris.
International_EN, Europe04.08.2017 Editor
The 11th European Organic Congress takes place in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 -7 September 2017. IFOAM EU Group has a clear agenda what they want for organic in Europe by 2030.
International_EN, Europe03.08.2017 Editor
The study „True Cost Accounting in Farming and Finance”, commissioned by the Dutch company Eosta, calculated the actual cost of producing food - an undertaking praised by Prince Charles.
International_EN, Europe02.08.2017 Editor
Since April 2017 a new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) has been operating in the EU. It will improve the monitoring of organic products imported into the EU from third countries.
International_EN, Europe28.07.2017 Editor
As the University of Hohenheim reports, the EU Commission has authorised new uses of the natural sweetener stevia. Hitherto only steviol glycoside, not the natural stevia leaves, was approved for use as a calorie-free sweetener in food and beverages.
International_EN, Europe27.07.2017 Editor
The wrangle over re-authorising glyphosate goes on and on. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, from the European Health and Food Safety Commission, has stated that this pesticide will be approved for a further 10 years only with the agreement of member states.