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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe: Major Outcomes

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12.12.2017 Editor

About 140 senior executives from the beauty industry convened in Paris for the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit last month. Discussions over the three days centered on green formulations, sustainable sourcing, social impacts, and sustainable fragrances.


5th Organic Processing Conference: final program online

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05.12.2017 Editor

The program of the 5th Organic Processing Conference „Improving Organic: Making it happen - Digital opportunities for organic processors“ taking place on 16-17 January 2018 in Zwolle, The Netherlands, is now final.


BioFach 2018: the "next organic generation"

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04.12.2017 Editor

According to the motto "Next Generation", the world’s leading trade fair for organic food products BioFach in Nuremberg opens its doors from 14th – 17th February 2018 for professional visitors working in the organic sector.


EU Organic Regulations confirmed

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21.11.2017 Editor

On 20 November 2017 member states represented in the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) endorsed the deal on the overhaul of existing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.


Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

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20.11.2017 Editor

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, organized by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the consultancy a’verdis, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food. In line with the event’s main focus, Kenneth Højgaard, Carmen I. Calverley and Bente Sloth gave an overview of the Danish off-trade catering market.


TRACES: electronic certification system now compulsory

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01.11.2017 Editor

The new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System), which has been operated in the EU since April 2017, is now compulsory.


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.


Monsanto in trouble

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24.10.2017 Karin Heinze

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.


Groundbreaking research results: glyphosate persists in soil

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19.10.2017 Editor

A new research study shows that 45% of Europe’s top soil contains glyphosate residues. Glyphosate persists in soils affecting not only soil fertility and crop quality, but also human and environmental health.


Ecover and Method acquired by S.C Johnson

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18.10.2017 Editor

The US corporation SC Johnson & sons, one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products, signed an agreement to acquire the biobased cleaning products companies Ecover and Method.


Continuing success of international natural cosmetics markets

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17.10.2017 Karin Heinze

Not only in Germany but on the international stage too the trend in the natural and organic cosmetics industry continues to be very positive development. In the leading market in Europe, the German market, demand shows no sign of slowing. According to Naturkosmetik Verlag, about nine million consumers buy natural cosmetics several times a year and their purchasing behaviour caused turnover in the first half of this year to grow by around two percent.  The “Green & Clean” trend is to be seen everywhere in neighbouring countries with robust market development and also internationally. However, manufacturers and the trade are having to confront a number of challenges.


IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

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06.10.2017 Editor

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan.


US / EU: Soilless cultivation - organic or not?

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02.10.2017 Editor

The discussion basically concerns the possibility to grow organic products not in the soil but in substrates. In the USA this has not been regulated until now. It is not explicitly forbidden. And in the regulatory void hydroponic companies were certified organic. 


IFOAM Organics International launched Policy Toolkit

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27.09.2017 Editor

For the first time ever, a complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled, and tools for advocates and policy-makers are now available in the ‘Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’.


Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit: Future Outlook for Bio-Based Surfactants

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27.09.2017 Editor

For the second year Ecovia organizes the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in Paris. On 8-9th November the summit invites stake-holders in the cleaning products industry including manufacturers, ingredient companies, packaging companies distributors, retailers as well as industry organisations, researchers and consultants.


The new Organic Regulation – status quo and outlook

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26.09.2017 Karin Heinze

At the IFOAM EU Organic Congress in Tallinn representatives of the EU and of the organic sector discussed pro and contra of the new European Organic Regulation (video). After a record time of more than three years and 18 trilogues Regulation probably will be launched in June 2020, although neither the Council and Commission nor the Parliament and the stakeholders of the organic sector are fully satisfied with the compromise.


IFOAM EU Congress: Roadmap for making Europe more organic

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12.09.2017 Karin Heinze

IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030 (Organic Vision 2030). The new launched "Organic Roadmap" should serve as an inspiration and source of ideas. (Video interview with IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes)


Sustainable Farming: IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap

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06.09.2017 Editor

To reach the Organic Vision 2030, IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap to Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Europe at the 11th European Organic Congress in Tallinn.


Important details in marketing Kamut

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29.08.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

For a number of years Kamut has been a trend food. It's a grain that can be easily marketed because there's something mystical about it. What many people don't know is that the term Kamut applies only to Khorasan wheat grown on specific croplands. The word comes from ancient Egyptian and means “wheat”. Because it comes from a dead language, the American Quinn family was able to have it registered as a trademark. This means that anyone using the word Kamut must identify it as a registered trademark.


Organic World Congress: Integrity Software Workshop by Organic Services

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21.08.2017 Editor

As part of the 19th Organic World Congress, taking place from 9th – 11th of November 2017 in New Delhi, India, Organic Services invites the congress’ participants to a workshop regarding integrity software for grower groups and small, local certifiers.


WALA – building for the future

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15.08.2017 Karin Heinze

A great deal has been packed into WALA's new laboratory building – far more than just the very latest analysis and environmental technology. The organically structured glass building in Bad Boll is sending out a signal. The objective of this manufacturer of medicines and natural cosmetics is to build a bridge to scientific research in order to create a joint approach to solving important medical issues, to research phytoactive agents and to develop new ideas. The company thinks long-term and is investing in the future. Get some impressions from Bad Boll from this video.


Titanium dioxide: a dangerous substance?

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14.08.2017 Editor

The discussion around nanoparticles and their effect is currently somewhat overshadowed by other issues, but researchers are  trying to bring more transparency to the impact of various nanomaterials.


Nanoscale particles of anti-caking agent cause damage

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11.08.2017 Editor

The additive silicium dioxide E 551 is used as an anti-caking agent in dry food so that, for example, powdered soup or spices stay free-flowing. Silicium dioxide has been considered safe.


Databases to combat organic fraud

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08.08.2017 Leo Frühschütz

Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.  


Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference looks at packaging

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08.08.2017 Editor

How should natural and organic cosmetics be packaged? With a view towards the environment and digitalization, says the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference that will be held September 26-27, 2017, at the Hotel Ellington in Berlin.


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