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South Australia votes to keep GM crop ban in place

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30.11.2017 Editor

South Australia is set to extend its ban on growing genetically modified crops until 2025, after a Bill proposed by Green members in the state government was passed by a single vote this week.

BioFach global analysis: organic industry continues upward trend

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28.11.2017 Editor

The global organic market is nearing USD 90bn in turnover and is developing in the right direction with excellent future prospects. The growth rates are particularly high in North America and northern Europe.The analysis of sales in the USA and European countries shows a double digit growth in 2016. A bright future awaits the organic industry, explains NurembergMesse the organiser of the BioFach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. The organic industry will next come together at the exhibition that takes place in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018.

Successful: Natural Products Scandinavia & the Nordic Organic Food Fair

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28.11.2017 Editor

4724 attendees from across the world visited the Natural Products Scandinavia & the Nordic Organic Food Fair last week at MalmöMässan in Sweden. 

Asia making strides in global organic food market

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28.11.2017 Editor

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence shows that some Asian country markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach US $10 billion in the coming years.

Breaking: EU renews glyphosate licence for five years

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It´s hardly to believe! Germany voted yes for a five years renewal for the weedkiller glyphosate - this ensured the qualified majority for the approval.While massive protests took place the member states disregarded the citizens requirements. 


India: Organic & Millets 2018- International Trade Fair

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27.11.2017 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.

Brazil: Natura finalizes The Body Shop deal

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24.11.2017 Editor

Natura Cosmeticos, the Brazilian leader in the cosmetics industry has finalized the acquisition of The Body Shop from French group L’Oréal after achieving permission by the competition watchdogs.

Rapunzel founder honored as „Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017”

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23.11.2017 Editor

Rapunzel founder Josef Wilhelm was honored as „Entrepreneur of the Year 2017“. The award jury was particularly impressed by the social commitment of the organic food manufacturer from the Allgäu region and its worldwide activities with agricultural partners and suppliers.

OWC India: OWA winner Chamling celebrated in Delhi

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22.11.2017 Editor

On the occasion of the Organic World Congress of IFOAM – Organics International, which was held in Delhi from 9th to 11th of November, Honorable Chief Minister Pawan Chamling of the Indian State of Sikkim was felicitated at the opening session of the congress in the presence of  the global organic movement.

IFOAM: Neuer Weltvorstand gewählt

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16.11.2017 Redaktion

Am 12. und 13. November 2017, unmittelbar nach dem Organic World Congress (OWC) in Indien, trafen sich die Mitglieder der IFOAM – Organics International zur General Assembly. Der Präsident und ein neues World Board wurden gewählt.

IFOAM: new elections at the general assembly in India

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16.11.2017 Editor

On the 12th and 13th November 2017, subsequent to the Organic World Congress (OWC) in India, the members of IFOAM – Organics International gathered at their triannual general assembly. As we recently have announced, a new president as well as a new World Board for next three years has been elected at the meeting.

OWC India: Winners of Organic Farming Innovation Awards 2017

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15.11.2017 Editor

On 10th November 2017, the winners of the OFIA were announced at a ceremony held during the Organic World Congress in New Delhi, India.

Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

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14.11.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

The weather and rising demand are driving up the price of vanilla pods. The spice is not yet worth its weight in gold, but a kilo is currently much more expensive than silver. A natural substitute doesn't exist, and quickly raising production levels is not an option.

IFOAM: organic agriculture to combat climate change

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14.11.2017 Editor

At the moment, presided over by the Government of Fiji, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, is still ongoing. With reference to the event, IFOAM – Organics International calls upon the participating parties to concentrate on mitigating the consequences of climate change people have to face who actually contributed least to the problems.

Ecofruit conference 2018: call for papers

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07.11.2017 Editor

From 19th – 21st February 2018, the 18th International Conference on Organic Fruit Growing (Ecofruit) will take place at the University of Hohenheim in Germany. Among others organized by Foeko e.V., Ecofruit aims at bringing together European researchers and consultants working on topics related to organic fruit growing.

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

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06.11.2017 Editor

On 15-16 November the Natural Products Scandinavia is taking place in Malmö Mässan, Sweden. The visitor will see innovations from 400 leading suppliers, ranging from the latest certified health products, to natural and sustainable personal-care cosmetics.

India: PGS supporting organic

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02.11.2017 Editor

The Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) is a locally focused quality assurance system built on trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. In the South of India there are some interesting examples.

IFOAM: new President and new Executive Director coming

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31.10.2017 Editor

On the General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International in New Delhi, a new World Board and a new President will be elected. Half a year later, there will be also a change of Executive Director. Succession planning is ongoing.

OWC: biggest organic farming event on the planet

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The Organic World Congress (OWC) is a global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. It is coming to India for the first time in 40 years and will take place from 9-11 November 2017 Greater Noida, New Delhi. The event will play a critical role in strengthening the world organic farming movement and tilting India’s agricultural. According to the organizers the OWC will welcome around 3,000 delegates from 110 countries. As a parallel event BioFach India together with India Organic Trade Fair will take place at the same venue.

AFI: verifying organic farming practices to prevent fraud

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30.10.2017 Editor

In September, the International Conference "Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains" took place in Odesa, Ukraine. One important result of the conference is a demand for more transparency.

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

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27.10.2017 Editor

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics do not take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE.

2017 Sustainable Beauty Award Finalists Announced

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25.10.2017 Editor

The finalists for the 2017 Sustainable Beauty Awards have been announced by Ecovia Intelligence. Over 100 international entries were received this year, from operators in various sectors of the beauty industry.

Countdown for the Organic World Congress

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24.10.2017 Editor

The countdown for the 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM Organics International is running. From 9 - 12 November it will take place in Noida (New Delhi).

Monsanto in trouble

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Monsanto is in trouble for many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year. More and more weeds are resistant to Roundup. Monsanto’s ‘solution’ to this problem, another very toxic herbicide Dicamba, turns out to be a complete failure. The Monsanto Tribunal last fall in The Hague and court cases have been exposing the way Monsanto works, and this helps to inspire others to show the true cost of Monsanto’s business. Films and books were released too.

Report: international organic fruits and vegetables markets till 2020

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23.10.2017 Editor

The international market research Markets & Markets says in a recent study that the global market for organic fruits and vegetables is projected to reach USD 62.97 Billion by 2020.

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