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EU: hardly any pesticide contamination in organic products

International_EN, Europe

28.04.2017 Editor

In the EU significantly fewer pesticide residues are found in organic food than in conventional products.


Natural & Organic Products Europe: More visitors than ever before

International_EN, Europe

18.04.2017 Editor

Over 700 exhibitors, 70 speakers and 10,571 attendees from 92 countries: this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe attracted more people than ever before (a rise of 13% since 2015) and got rave reviews and huge endorsement by exhibitors and visitors alike.


EU: Member states still reject GM agriculture

International_EN, Europe

06.04.2017 Editor

At the end of March IFOAM EU published a press statement explaining the rejection by the EU member states of GMO for the second time this year.


EU: renouncing palm oil?

International_EN, Europe

17.03.2017 Redaktion

Sustainable production and export criteria for palm oil and gradually  abandoning the promotion of biofuel are intended to create better protection of the rainforest and the threatened species that live therein.


IFOAM EU: European Voluntary Service project

International_EN, Europe

13.03.2017 Editor

IFOAM EU is looking for motivated people (age 18-30) from Austria, Bulgaria*, Germany, Poland and Spain to spend one year in our office in Brussels as part of a European Voluntary Service (EVS) project.


Birkenstock: newcomer to natural cosmetics

International_EN, Europe

10.03.2017 Editor

Birkenstock, the traditional company we associate with healthcare footwear, has ventured into new territory – the manufacture of natural cosmetics – and it presented the Birkenstock Natural Care range at Vivaness.


Euromonitor released data of organic and free from market

International_EN, Europe

09.03.2017 Editor

According to a new research, foods and beverages offering health benefits, such as free-from and organic , drove sales in 2016 with around 7%.


Weleda: stable sales in 2016

International_EN, Europe

09.03.2017 Editor

For last year Weleda AG has reported consolidated provisional; turnover of 389.6 million euros. This stable year-end result is down to its sales of natural cosmetics.


EU-Chile: organic trade agreement to be signed

International_EN, Europe

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: trialogue continues under the leadership of Malta

International_EN, Europe

08.03.2017 Editor

After a three-month break, the negotiations on the revision of the EU Eco-Regulation under the Maltese Presidency of the Council continue today. The German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, has also contributed to this with his vote but opposite to the decision of the federal states and other European Member States.


Vivaness review: markets, brands and a lot of innovations

International_EN, Europe

07.03.2017 Karin Heinze

Vivaness, that was held parallel to BioFach in Nuremberg, is increasingly the international location for the natural cosmetics scene.The markets for natural cosmetics are developing dynamically, both in Germany and worldwide. At the trade fair you could see interesting concepts, new brands and start-ups. The German market was not able to maintain the speed with which it had been growing, but the percentage growth in sales is still significantly higher than that of the total cosmetics market.


EU CAP: organisations call for a radical reform

International_EN, Europe

07.03.2017 Editor

Over 150 European civil society organisations from 25 EU countries have called on EU leaders to carry out a radical reform of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and related policies.


Approving eco plant protection products to become simpler

International_EN, Europe

06.03.2017 Editor

The EU Parliament intends to speed up the authorisation procedures for bio pesticides. The portal euractiv.de reports that the members of parliament are calling on the EU Commission to make the corresponding changes to the law.


EU Agricultural policy: citizens can submit proposals

International_EN, Europe

02.03.2017 Editor

EU Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, has launched a survey to find out the opinions of citizens on the future of EU agricultural policy after 2020.


EU: ban for British GM crops?

International_EN, Europe

27.02.2017 Editor

As a leaked report by the European Parliament shows, there are plans to ban British products if they are contaminated with genetically modified organism.  


France: organic farmland and market are growing fast

International_EN, Europe

21.02.2017 Editor

At BioFach the Pavillon France “Made in France with Love” was once again the biggest foreign country participation with 104 companies in over 1200 sqm of exhibition space. Recent market data show a dynamic development.


Europe: number of farmers converting to organic is growing significantly

International_EN, Europe

18.02.2017 Editor

The numbers of organic processors and importers in Europe show a double-digit growth in 2015. That was announced at the Biofach in Nuremberg.

 


Organic farming in Bulgaria

International_EN, Europe

17.02.2017 Editor

Organic farming in Bulgaria has excellent production subsidies together with a favorable governmental policy and is driven by export demand in the EU market.


European organic market grows by double digits in 2015

International_EN, Europe

17.02.2017 Karin Heinze

For organic farming worldwide, 2015 could go down in its history as a record-breaking year. Also the organic markets in Europe showed a very good performance. Almost all the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates. The European organic market increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros, the memberstates of the European Union reached 27.1 billion Euros. At BioFach the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the Agricultural Market Information Company AMI presented the 2015 data of the European organic sector.


The US provide strong impulses for worldwide growth

International_EN, Europe

16.02.2017 Editor

In the ranking of global organic markets the United States gained a market share of 47% in 2015, according to the survey „World of Organic Agriculture launched by Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International. The data were presented at BioFach in Niuremberg.


Organic worldwide 50.9 million hectares and market exceeds 80 billion US Dollars

International_EN, Europe

15.02.2017 Karin Heinze

The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, reflected in the significant market growth. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 179 countries report organic farming activities, as shown in the 2017 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2015). The statistical yearbook is published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International and launched at BioFach on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 4.00 to 4.45 pm in Hall Shanghai, NCC East. A summary with many graphics you can find here.


Ukrainian National Pavilion at Biofach 2017

International_EN, Europe

14.02.2017 Editor

17 exhibiting companies in total will be presented at the Ukrainian National Pavilion in 2017 in hall 5 booth 255.


Corporations launched „Food Reform for Sustainability and Health“

International_EN, Europe

10.02.2017 Editor

Arla, Bayer, Danone, Nestlé, Unilever and other global corporations announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos their commitment to change the global food system in terms of sustainability and health.


Testbiotech criticises experiments to create chimeric embryos

International_EN, Europe

09.02.2017 Editor

Testbiotech, the Institute for Independent Impact Assessment of Biotechnology is highly critical of experiments attempting to create chimeric embryos by inserting human embryonic cells into embryos from animal species.


EU organic law opposes organic mate tea

International_EN, Europe

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.


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