Study „Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

International_EN, Asia

17.10.2017 Editor

The Soil Association’s recent report about GM cotton in India was launched at the Textile Exchange sustainability Conference in Washington DC last week. 

India: GMOs in GOTS-certified organic cotton

International_EN, Asia

11.10.2017 Editor

With GMO cotton first having been grown in India in 2002, its share of all cotton is now well over 90 percent. Now, the Swiss magazine Saldo has carried out research in India and has had GOTS-certified organic yarn tested. A German laboratory revealed a high level of GMO contamination.

Strike in Darjeeling settled – consequences expected until 2018

International_EN, Asia

10.10.2017 Katrin Muhl

The strike of tea pickers in the famous tea growing region Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal has come to an end after 104 days. Organic quality tea from Darjeeling is highly regarded all over the world. We asked organic tea firms about the impact the strike is having. Many organic tea manufacturers have sufficient stocks for 2017. But the fact is that bottlenecks in supply could continue into next year and also that the strike has caused great financial damage. Impressions from Darjeeling and a video interview with tea garden owner Gautam Mohan

An Indian organic journey: Namu & Misha´s reunion

International_EN, Asia

03.10.2017 Editor

When old school friends Namu Kini and Misha Gill reunited as young mothers in their 30s, both decided to chuck up their corporate jobs and embark on an organic journey together. They took the decision to quit their high powered careers to dive into their true passion - creating an organic food company which would offer people healthy, tasty and pure food. Thus was happyhealthyme (HHM) conceived.

Arla Foods: organic milk brand for the Middle East

International_EN, Asia

02.10.2017 Editor

Arla Foods has launched its first branded organic milk in the Middle East: Arla Organic® Milk is now available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Middle East is the company's biggest strategic growth market outside Europe.

Sikkim Organic State – a best practice example for other states

International_EN, Asia

26.09.2017 Editor

According to The Hindu online the Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, informed that the government is increasingly focusing on organic farming to boost production of nutritionally rich agri produce.

Ageing population & food safety driving organic sales in Asia

International_EN, Asia

19.09.2017 Editor

The Asian organic market will witness 10% annual growth till 2020, largely owing to an increasing ageing population with greater life expectancy than before, as well as, widespread food safety concerns due to a slew of food scandals that have come to light in recent years.

This article is first published in the magazine Pure&Eco India and can be published in due to a fruitful cooperation of our magazines. 

India: World Bank invests into organic

International_EN, Asia

13.09.2017 Editor

The Indian enterprise Suminter India Organics is working together with the Wold Bank arm IFC and will be supported with an investment of $25 million to source products from an additional 14,000 farmers.

Thailand: BIOFACH SOUTH EAST ASIA starting in 2018

International_EN, Asia

08.09.2017 Editor

As the seventh member of the BIOFACH-family, the new BIOFACH SOUTHEAST ASIA fair will open its doors from 12th – 15th July 2018 at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Nonthaburi, Bangkok.

India: Biowaste-driven cold storage project by Fraunhofer UMSICHT

International_EN, Asia

07.09.2017 Editor

As developing and emerging countries usually lack the infrastructure for transporting, processing and refrigerating the food they produce, about a third of it is lost through spoilage. At the same time, inadequate waste disposal means that hygiene is a big issue for people in these countries. Collaborating with the Indian cooperation partner Nupur Technomy, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed a technological concept that addresses the two problems of waste disposal and reliable refrigeration for food. The solution lies in creating a cold storage for food by making use of biowaste.

India: Central government’s ultimate decision on GM mustard likely in September

International_EN, Asia

24.08.2017 Editor

The question whether the commercial rollout of GM mustard will be allowed in India is still unacknowledged. As India’s sowing season usually starts in October, the central government, located in New Delhi, plans to make its final decision on GM mustard by September.

Sustainable Foods Summit comes to Asia

International_EN, Asia

02.08.2017 Editor

Ecovia Intelligence is taking the Sustainable Foods Summit to Asia. The premier Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will hone in on organic market potential, food fraud & authenticity, sustainable ingredients, and marketing best-practices.

BioFach India: Buyers´Delegation for sourcing

International_EN, Asia

28.07.2017 Editor

As in previous years, the Indian organisation ICCOA is offering a program for sourcing organic from India at BioFach India. The international trade fair will be held from 9 – 11 November 2017 in Noida/Delhi, running parallel with the IFOAM World Congress.

India: FSSAI issues draft regulations for organic food products

International_EN, Asia

25.07.2017 Editor

Seeking to ensure that organic food products really are organic, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released a draft regulation for organic food.

BioFach China with more exhibitors and visitors

International_EN, Asia

13.07.2017 Editor

The  eleventh  BioFach China end of May counted more  exhibitors  and  visitors and was more international too.

Organic World Congress: Pre-conference on animal husbandry

International_EN, Asia

11.07.2017 Editor

On 7 and 8 November 2017, the conference "Role of livestock in sustainable agriculture" will take place as a preconference of the Organic World Congress in Dehli, India.

India: 5,000 farmers in a organic farming project

International_EN, Asia

27.06.2017 Editor

The State Government has identified 10 clusters across nine districts of Assam for implementation of the centrally-sponsored Mission Organic Value Chain Development for the north-eastern region (MOVCD).

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

International_EN, Asia

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, Asia

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.

Switzerland and China: collaboration agreement signed

International_EN, Asia

27.05.2017 Editor

Recently, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences established the new Sino-Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Center (SSOARC) in China. With this new institute, FiBL and IGDB will provide a wide range of services in the field of knowledge transfer and research.

India: organic fraud

International_EN, Asia

03.05.2017 Editor

An article in the Telegraph, Calcutta (, draws attention to the issue of organic fraud in the domestic market in India.

Indian organic food sector: Promising investment destination

International_EN, Asia

02.05.2017 Editor

Until recently, India’s organic food industry has relied, to an extent, on export demand issuing from overseas markets such as the US, Europe, Japan and the Middle East. But now the domestic market, previously branded as niche, is finally taking wings

Both rich and poor embrace organic in Maharashtra’s Pune

International_EN, Asia

25.04.2017 Editor

Customers from all walks of life queue up at the farmers’ markets selling organic fresh produce. (Article first published in Pure & Eco India).


BioFach China: Denmark is Country of the Year

International_EN, Asia

19.04.2017 Editor

From 25 to 27 May everything in the Shanghai World Expo Convention Center (SWEECC) will once again revolve round the organic theme.

India: Kolkata's first organic restaurant

International_EN, Asia

15.04.2017 Editor

India's Economic Times reported recently that the West Bengal government has set up its own organic restaurant in Kolkata's eco park.


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