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Ritter Sport: "sustainability " more important than organic

International_EN, International_en

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.


Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merge

International_EN, International_en

26.06.2017 Editor

The two sustainability seals Rainforest Alliance (RFA) and UTZ are joining forces. In the course of this year the two sustainability certification organisations intend to become one company that will continue operations under the name Rainforest Alliance.


OFS as model and living laboratory

International_EN, International_en

23.06.2017 Editor

Organic food systems are regarded as a model of sustainability and they can provide examples of continuous improvement and the integration of science and research. The OFSP is helping to share the benefits of organic methods with interested initiatives and across the whole of society.


UK: OF&G White Paper addressing the challenges of global food production

International_EN, International_en

23.06.2017 Editor

The British Organic certifier OF&G (Organic Famers and Growers) published a White Paper about the Future of Farming. This paper addresses the challenges of global food production.


Global SolutionSearch Contest names 10 finalists

International_EN, International_en

22.06.2017 Editor

Solution Search announced the ten finalists for the worldwide contest in sustainability, conservation and development. People can vote daily online for their favorites.


Sekem founder Ibrahim Abouleish dies

International_EN, International_en

21.06.2017 Editor

Ibrahim Abouleish, the founder of the Sekem initiative, has died at the age of 80. His death was announced by his family last week.


Amazon acquires Whole Foods Market

International_EN, International_en

19.06.2017 Editor

Friday June 16 Amazon and Whole Foods Market annouced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for approximately $13.7 billion.


Pesticide-Free Cotton in Ethiopia

International_EN, International_en

19.06.2017 Editor

Tadesse Amera, Director of PAN Ethiopia, reports that since 2013 they have been working to support cotton farmers in Southern Ethiopia to adopt safer and more sustainable methods of growing pesticide-free cotton.


Organic textiles: big brands commit to sustainable cotton

International_EN, International_en

16.06.2017 Editor

Thirteen of the world's biggest clothing and textile brands have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

 


Organic Milk Market Report 2017

International_EN, International_en

16.06.2017 Editor

The 2017 edition of the OMSCo Organic Milk Market Report highlights strong growth worldwide for organic dairy, driven by a common consumer focus on health and wellness.


Biofach India and Organic World Congress: two international events in Delhi

International_EN, International_en

15.06.2017 Editor

Biofach India together with India Organic from 9 – 11 November will this year be a very special occasion. At the same time the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress will be held in the halls of the India Expo Mart (IEML) in Greater Noida near New Delhi.


Trip to BioFach India for professional buyers

International_EN, International_en

15.06.2017 Editor

As we have seen in the last four years, in 2017 professional buyers are again being offered a trip to BioFach India (held from 9 – 11 November in Delhi) together with the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress.


One World Award: winners selected

International_EN, International_en

12.06.2017 Editor

The fifth One World Award (OWA) prizes and the OWA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at a festive gala on 8 September 2017 in Legau in southern Germany at the Rapunzel headquarter.


Japan: Organic Lifestyle Expo with more space and exhibitors

International_EN, International_en

12.06.2017 Editor

The  second "Organic Lifestyle EXPO" / OLE will be held in Tokyo from July 28 (Friday) to 30 (Sun) at the Tokyo International Forum in central Tokyo, connecting to the contents and themes of OLE 2016.


France: NATEXPO trade show will reflect the booming market

International_EN, International_en

06.06.2017 Editor

Organic products have never been so popular in France. This will be reflected at the international trade show NATEXPO on
22-24 October 2017. All of the sectors of the organic market will gather in Paris Nord Villepinte.


March against Monsanto around the world

International_EN, International_en

02.06.2017 Editor

The wolrdwide sixth annual March against Monsanto attracts again 10,000s of people on Saturday, May 20. News reports a picture of solidarity against what’s come to be known as the most evil corporation in the world.


A positive balance for Fairtrade Austria

International_EN, International_en

02.06.2017 Editor

Austria is among the top 5 Fairtrade countries worldwide. 92 percent of the population know what the Fairtrade organisation does, 41 percent buy products carrying its label regularly and 81 percent at least occasionally.


Takeover of Monsanto forces Bayer to sell assets

International_EN, International_en

30.05.2017 Editor

From media reports we learn that, in order to get the green light from the cartel authorities for mega merger by the end of the year, the German corporation Bayer must divest a part of its plant protection business.


Fraud cases in the US: how conventional became organic

International_EN, International_en

30.05.2017 Editor

The Washington Post reports the case of three shipments of so-called organic corn and soy to the USA. After thorough research, it established the origin of the shipments and revealed organic fraud on a massive scale. After the article was published the Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Organic Program to thoroughly and immediately complete investigations of any reports of fraudulent imported organic livestock feed either alleged in the story or otherwise reported by trade.


10 years of Natrue: 5,000 products carry the label

International_EN, International_en

22.05.2017 Editor

Natrue was founded in 2007 by pioneers of the Natural and Organic Cosmetics industry order to establish an internationally uniform standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics and eliminate confusion among consumers.


Goa Organic

International_EN, International_en

04.04.2017 Editor

Goa’s melting-pot, culturally diverse population and ‘Popular Vacation Destination’ status have made it home to an ebullient organic community. Its golden beaches, verdant landscape, and languid pace serve as a befitting backdrop to the many organic and eco friendly enterprises that are being promoted by residents—mostly expats. From organic restaurants to organic textile boutiques, organic groceries and even an organic urban farming initiative, the state has plenty to offer on the organic spectrum. First published in Pure & Eco India,


Birkenstock: newcomer to natural cosmetics

International_EN, International_en

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.


Weleda: stable sales in 2016

International_EN, International_en

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.


Business Delegation to the Chinese Organic Market

International_EN, International_en

07.03.2017 Editor

Biofach China 2017 will be held in Shanghai from May 25 - 27, 2017. NürnbergMesse China has arranged a business delegation to support interested delegates with valuable information about the Chinese organic market.


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