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Business Delegation to the Chinese Organic Market

International_EN, Asia

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.


Tea Promoters India: organic future for Darjeeling

International_EN, Asia

28.02.2017 Karin Heinze

Darjeeling, a region in the Himalayas, is synonymous with good tea. During the colonial era the British introduced tea growing and Darjeeling became famous for its tea. Today, tea still determines the work and lives of the people in the towns and villages in the mountains of West-Bengal on the border with Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. But now, contemporary approaches to tea cropping are called for. Organic, fairtrade and sustainability are for the company Tea Promoters India just some of the strategies for taking Darjeeling forward to an organic future (video).


Korea: controversial discussion on new GMO rules

International_EN, Asia

24.02.2017 Editor

As Korean media reported the government's new rules on genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling on products are into effect since beginning of February. The rules are revised by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.


China Day at Biofach in Nuremberg

International_EN, Asia

26.01.2017 Editor

Under the motto "Organic 3.0. in China" the China Day takes place during the BioFach in Nuremberg on Thursday, February 16, from 9:30 to 12:30 in NCC West, Room Venedig.


India: e-commerce with organics is well underway

International_EN, Asia

17.01.2017 Karin Heinze

In 2016 India had about 160 million online shoppers. According to a study by US market research company eMarketer, they generated turnover of the equivalent of more than 23 billion US dollars. Compared with 2015 that was a rise of almost 76%. Forecasts of double-digit growth by 2020 show the potential that online trade offers in this emerging country. Many online retailers have invested in selling organic products, natural cosmetics and natural textiles and their businesses has proved to be successful. Two examples are OrganicShop and BigBasket.


India: promising development of the domestic market

International_EN, Asia

10.01.2017 Karin Heinze

The positive development on the Indian domestic market and the continuing professionalisation of companies were apparent  once again at BioFach India / India Organic. The trade fair brought together 177 exhibitors and over 3,700 visitors. Many companies are no longer relying just on exporting but are now happy to turn their attention to the promising home market. Market actors are convinced the domestic market will continue to grow rapidly. The reasons are the expanding middle class and the increasing awareness of health. Watch the video interviews


Organic cotton from India designed in New York

International_EN, Asia

05.01.2017 Karin Heinze

The organic enterprise Suminter India Organics® runs a fair trade organic cotton project with 5,500 farmers in the state of Gujarat, India. The cotton is the raw material for Satva Atheleisurewear - watch the video interview. 


China: Heilongjiang province bans GMOs

International_EN, Asia

02.01.2017 Editor

According to several sources China´s top grain producing province Heilongjiang has decided in December to prohibit to grow GMO crops. The regulation will become effective on May 1,2017.


ChemChina further extended takeover offer to Syngenta

International_EN, Asia

29.12.2016 Editor

The absence of regulatory approvals has forced the Chinese chemical company ChemChina to extend its takeover offer to the Swiss seed and crop protection company Syngenta once more.


Equivalence between China and New Zealand

International_EN, Asia

16.12.2016 Editor

China and New Zealand have concluded an historic equivalence agreement. The countries agreed to recognize each other's certified organic products as such. This means that a Chinese certificate is valid in New Zealand and vice versa.


BioFach China 2016 show report released

International_EN, Asia

12.12.2016 Editor

16,546 visitors from all over the world came together with 337 exhibitors at the Shanghai World Expo Convention Center (SWEECC), for the tenth Biofach China. The next event will take place on May 25 – 27 at the same venue.


Bangladesh: first national GOTS seminar highly successful

International_EN, Asia

05.12.2016 Editor

Participants from whole organic textile supply chain deliberated on the business case for sustainability with organic textiles. Brands committed to increase their share of GOTS certified textiles.


China: e-commerce and cross-border model are on the rise

International_EN, Asia

22.11.2016 Editor

With rising demand for foreign products and a fast growing e-commerce sector new platforms for cross-border consumption are growing dynamically. The government is pushing the trend.


Food knowledge in danger of extinction

International_EN, Asia

18.11.2016 Editor

To Chinese the food culture is crucial. It has existed for centuries and has an important place in their daily life. Nevertheless Chinese have never taken a real interest into the origin of their food.


Criticism of Thailand's organic control

International_EN, Asia

17.11.2016 Editor

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU audited a control organisation authorised to control organic imports from Thailand into the EU - and it was very critical of its work.


Indian Start-up Exports Organic Produce to Germany

International_EN, Asia

14.11.2016 Editor

Germany should get more organic food imports from India. The Bangalore start-up back2basics should be become a frequent supplier for Germany. The startup was founded when corporate executive, S Madhusudhan, turned farmer.


Swiss GMO program in India in spite of their own ban

International_EN, Asia

07.11.2016 Editor

India is heavily relying on its agriculture and when the harvest is not good the consequences can be catastrophic for their farmers. The garbanzo bean is one of the most popular crops of produce, particularly in northern India.


India: Terra Greens expands its organic base

International_EN, Asia

03.11.2016 Editor

Terra Greens, a Hyderabad-based start up engaged in organic food business, has announced its move to adopt 4000 farmers in Tamil Nadu to meet the growing need for organic staples and encourage organic food cultivation.


India: organic market in Kolkatta

International_EN, Asia

02.11.2016 Editor

The government launched its first market for organic products in the city of Kolkatta. It also will support a project for organic roof top gardens.


IFOAM Organic World Congress 2017 in India

International_EN, Asia

28.10.2016 Editor

The registration for the 19th Organic World Congress is open. It will take place in November 2017 in Delhi, India. People and organisations who would like to present at the 19th OWC, have time until 30 November 2016 to submit a paper.


EU boosts Armenia’s organic agriculture

International_EN, Asia

26.10.2016 Editor

The three year project OASI was founded by the EU and aims to support Armenian organic agriculture. The project has a budget of 3.3 million Euros. A big part of the project's support will go directly to Armenian producers and processors.


Korea’s organic cosmetics after 400 victims of a toxic disinfectant

International_EN, Asia

24.10.2016 Editor

South Korea is known for having a very self-conscious youth. By some estimates, the country has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita in the world. In South Korea 980,000 recorded operations took place in 2014.


Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

International_EN, Asia

23.10.2016 Karin Heinze

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.


Showcase projects: organic tea in China

International_EN, Asia

18.10.2016 Karin Heinze

In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.


How Switzerland invests in organic farming in Central Asia

International_EN, Asia

17.10.2016 Editor

Jalal-Abad, a major city located in the western part of Kyrgyzstan, close to the Uzbek border, held a forum on organic products within the BioCotton project.


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