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GMOs: IFOAM releases Position Paper

International_EN, International_en

24.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM - Organics International has released a position paper that  is proposing a number of measures to be put in place to further fortify and enhance the organic sector’s available genetic resources in order to safeguard organic integrity and to ensure organic food will continue to meet the highest consumer expectations in this challenging situation.


Ecovia Intelligence: new growth phase for sustainable foods and cosmetics

International_EN, International_en

19.01.2018 Editor

In line with Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods Market, a new growth phase for the organic and sustainable products market has been initiated according to Ecovia Intelligence. The research, training and consulting company predicts the market’s distribution developing towards online retailing and home delivery schemes mainly implemented by mobile apps.


BioFach and Vivaness Congress offers more than 120 sessions

International_EN, International_en

16.01.2018 Editor

In four weeks, the international organic food and natural cosmetics sectors will kick off the year with their annual gathering in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018. This is when BioFach, the world’s leading fair for organic food and Vivaness, the international trade fair for natural and organic personal care, will again open their doors to an expected 50,000 and more trade visitors. The BioFach and Vivaness congresses combined represent the No. 1 knowledge transfer and networking event for the organic sector.


PGS: initiatives in more than 60 countries

International_EN, International_en

11.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International is collecting worldwide data on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in a bi-annually global survey. PGS are recognized in a national organic regulation Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico and India.


Nature Bio Foods India: Organic plus Fairtrade

International_EN, International_en

09.01.2018 Editor

Nature Bio-Foods Ltd (NBF), a pioneer in organic food grains since 1997, has taken great initiative to bring sustainability to small and marginal farms through organic agriculture production in combination with the world’s highest ethical standards from Faitrade International, Germany and their FLO-Cert Fairtrade standard. It has been promoting organic agriculture in India for the last 20 years and placed India on the international list of leading standard organic food and ingredients suppliers in line with countries like Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Middle Eastern countries. Watch the video interview with Nature Bio Foods CEO Tapan Ray.


India: Organic & Millets 2018- International Trade Fair

International_EN, International_en

09.01.2018 Editor

Organic & Millets 2018 trade fair will take place on 19th - 21st January 2018 in Bangalore South India. The exhibition from leading companies in organic agribusiness and state goverments offers B2B Meetings, B2C events, international and domestic Buyers Delegation, International Conference and Farmers Workshop.


BioFach Indien und India Organic: Info- und Business-Plattform

International_EN, International_en

08.01.2018 Karin Heinze

Die BioFach India mit India Organic (BIIO) fand parallel zum IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) vom  9. bis 11. November 2017 im Messezentrum India Expo Mart (IEML) in Greater Noida, bei Neu Delhi, statt. Damit war die Doppelmesse ein herausragender Treffpunkt für die internationale Bio-Branche. Die 184 Aussteller der 9. BioFach begrüßten 9.645 Fachbesucher auf dem dreitägigen Event. Sowohl Aussteller als auch Besucher profitierten von den Synergieeffekten der gleichzeitig stattfindenden Veranstaltungen und machten sie zu einem internationalen Bio-Mega-Event. Im Video erleben Sie das Messegeschehen und die Interviews informieren über die Entwicklung des Marktes.


The European Glyphosate battle

International_EN, International_en

08.01.2018 Editor

The European permit for the world's best-selling herbicide glyphosate was set to expire in December 2017. The EU Commission´s proposal to renew it for another 15 years caused a storm of protest. In a review of the last year the Monsanto Tribunal organisation reports about this European battle.


Monsanto Tribunal: review 2017

International_EN, International_en

05.01.2018 Editor

2017 has been the year of a great and ever growing opposition to Monsanto and the poison companies that try to control our food system. The legal opinion of the Monsanto Tribunal was a highlight, says the Tribunal newsletter in its review.


Singapore: First Sustainable Foods Summit Asia-Pacific successful

International_EN, International_en

04.01.2018 Editor

The premier Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit drew to a successful close in Singapore a few weeks ago, bringing together about 100 senior executives from the regional food industry. Discussions centered on sustainability developments, organic market potential, health impacts, and food ingredients.


GOTS: GMO testing method project conceptualised

International_EN, International_en

03.01.2018 Editor

According to the GOTS newsletter the Global Organic Textile Standad organisation determined through a limited round-robin exercise that test results for GMO presence showed inconsistency and were unreliable in cotton fibre In 2016.


Indian Food Security Authority released unified regulation on organic foods

International_EN, International_en

02.01.2018 Editor

During the 19th Organic World Congress the Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh formally launched the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations 2017, along with the ‘Jaivik Bharat’ Logo and “Indian Organic Integrity Database Portal.”


Mission possible: a 100 percent organic world

International_EN, International_en

02.01.2018 Editor

Consumers are thronging shops, farmers’ markets, e-commerce portals and even organic farms for fresh, quality organic products. Farmers, too, are gradually distancing themselves from conventional cultivation, given the high costs and negative health impact associated with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Furthermore, Organic is now receiving policy support and has become an integral part of government programmes for agriculture. Therefore, the moment is ripe to initiate ‘Mission Possible: Organic as a Global Phenomenon’—a collective and multipronged endeavour to convert the world into organic, asumes the Senior Scientist Dr Arun K. Sharma, who has published "A Handbook of Organic Farming".

 


India: BIIO showed many business opportunities and a market overview

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28.12.2017 Karin Heinze

BioFach India together with India Organic (BIIO) took place parallel to the IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) from 9 to 11 November 2017, at the India Expo Mart (IEML) in Greater Noida, near New Delhi. The organic fair duo was an excellent meeting place for the international organic sector. The 184 organic exhibitors at the 9th organic trade fair welcomed 9,645 visitors at the three days´event. Exhibitors as well as visitors benefited from the unique cooperation and synergy of the organic events. Watch the video with impressions and interviews.


Apparel: sustainability by circularity

International_EN, International_en

28.12.2017 Editor

There are many publications on circular business models and commitments to circular economy, but only a few apparel brands/retailers or upstream suppliers are re-designing their business towards circularity. This phenomenon is what C&A Foundation has identified as the “Implementation Gap”.


USA: Campbell completed acquisition of Pacific Foods

International_EN, International_en

22.12.2017 Editor

According to Campbell Soup Company (CPB) the acquisition of Pacific Foods of Oregon (Pacific Foods) for $700 million in cash, is now completed. This was announced last week.


IFOAM Organic World Congress: global meeting of the movement

International_EN, International_en

21.12.2017 Karin Heinze

It was a global organic event in India last month. Almost 2,500 delegates from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 day visitors attended the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC). More than 1,000 farmers joined the organic mega event in Delhi/ Greater Noida and discussed topics concerning agriculture innovations, techniques, trends, challenges, success stories and other key issues of the sector. The motto of the OWC was „An Organic World through an Organic India.“ Every fifth organic farmer in the world lives in India. Read the summary and watch a video with impressions and statements.


Mintel: key trends for 2018

International_EN, International_en

20.12.2017 Editor

Mintel has identified five key trends set to impact the global food and drink market in 2018. They include transparency, traceability, self-care, and scientifically engineered ingredients.


Ethiopia: first International Green Fair by NABU

International_EN, International_en

19.12.2017 Editor

The German environment and nature protection organisation NABU is hosting the first International Green Fair and field visits in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve in South-West Ethiopia.


Global warming may increase pests - organic system more resilient

International_EN, International_en

19.12.2017 Editor

A recent study published in the Journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has found that organic systems may be more resilient to pest pressure as global temperatures increase.


USA: Natural Cosmetics Masterclass focuses on food ingredients

International_EN, International_en

15.12.2017 Editor

Taking place in San Francisco on 1st February, this new Natural Cosmetics Masterclass will discuss the growing use of food ingredients in cosmetic & personal care products.


Organic competence for smallholders in Africa and India

International_EN, International_en

14.12.2017 Editor

IFOAM Organics International, Naturland and FiBL are working together to build up organic competence in selected Green Innovation Centres.


Walmart`s plans for 2018

International_EN, International_en

11.12.2017 Editor

The world´s biggest retailer Walmart has some important tasks on its agenda for 2018. According to media reports Walmart plans to grow sales by 3 % and reinvest $ 11 billion. Most of the investment goes into e-commerce.


Chile: new organic label launched

International_EN, International_en

07.12.2017 Editor

All organic agricultural products marketed in Chile or abroad will carry the new Chilean organic label in future.


Sikkim: An organic vision becomes reality

International_EN, International_en

05.12.2017 Karin Heinze

Sikkim, a small northeastern Himalayan state between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that boarders China in the North, made an important decision in 2010. Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling had a visionary goal: he wanted to place the state’s entire agriculture land under organic management. To achieve his goal, Chamling launched the Sikkim Organic Mission and within 15 years, the entire agriculture process was converted to organic, and Sikkim was declared “Organic State“ in 2016. This is a worldwide lighthouse example for further conversion of lands towards a 100% organic status. Watch the Video.


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