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Asian Summit tackles sustainable packaging and ingredients

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13.07.2018 Editor

The participants from all over Europe listened the interesting discussions. Photo © Karin Heinze

Latest Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam. Photo Karin Heinze

Hosted in Singapore on 4-5th September, the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable packaging, ingredients, and marketing.


High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

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12.07.2018 Editor

Organic farming can benefit from technological developments and innovative solutions. The conference „Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” in Cologne will take place on October 1st and 2nd.


USA: Draft for investment in organic research and education

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11.07.2018 Editor

Over the last decade federal funding for organic agriculture research has remained roughly level, and not kept pace with the growth and opportunity that the organic sector has demonstrated. The recent farm bill draft let´s hope for more investment.


Companies campaigning for health and future food

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03.07.2018 Karin Heinze

The Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam showed that pioneers as well as the next generation in the organic industry think differently. Their attitude goes far beyond earning money with their products. They have the aspiration to include in their companies and products fairness, social outreach and sustainability in addition to health aspects and, of course, the ideas of organic agriculture. Interesting best practice and their different approaches were presented at the summit. Video interview with Caryl Levine, Lotus Foods.


Italy: Bio Bank edition on organic catering and canteens

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27.06.2018 Editor

The Italian specialized publisher Bio Bank published a new edition of Focus Bio Bank. Hot topics are data and informations on the sector of organic catering and organic food in canteens.


Sustainable Foods Summit: Strategies for a circular economy

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26.06.2018 Karin Heinze

The 10th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit by Ecovia Intelligence took place in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. Speakers from all over the world presented a broad range of topics relating to the model of a future circular economy. The international audience consisting of stakeholders from all over the supply chain was seeking inspiration and sustainable solutions. The conference provided best practice models for sustainable cultivation, processing and packaging, but also for the reuse, recycling and avoidance of waste in order to conserve valuable resources. Watch the video interview with Erik Does, CEO Ekoplaza.


Poland: Warsaw University offers studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production”

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21.06.2018 Editor

The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”


High-tech in organic agriculture: the Internet of Things

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19.06.2018 Jochen Bettzieche

Robots, sensors and artificial intelligence: The Internet of Things is becoming more and more involved in agriculture. This also presents opportunities for the organic sector.


EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

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14.06.2018 Editor

According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

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12.06.2018 Karin Heinze

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.


IFOAM: 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems’

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07.06.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International invites interested parties to their 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems taking place on 13-15 June 2018 in Bologna, Italy.


New GMO documentary: “The Peril On Your Plate”

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30.05.2018 Editor

The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.


Cocoa conference: Hunger prices for cheap chocolate

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29.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

"The cocoa sector will only be sustainable when farmers earn a living." This was stated in the Berlin Declaration adopted at the end of the 4th International Cocoa Conference that took place recently in the German capital. The three-day meeting of around 1,500 cocoa industry players focused on the continuing catastrophic living conditions of cocoa producers, particularly in West Africa. We took a closer look on the cocoa industry and on the organic sector.


EU-Rat: Neue Vorschriften für Ökolandbau verabschiedet

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24.05.2018 Redaktion

In einer Pressemitteilung teilte der Rat der Europäischen Union mit, dass er am 22. Mai die neuen EU-Vorschriften für die ökologische Erzeugung und die Kennzeichnung von ökologischen Erzeugnissen angenommen hat.


EU: new organic farming rules adopted

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23.05.2018 Editor

In a press release the Council of the European Union informed that on 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products.


Ecovia: Blockchain to build a sustainable food industry?

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23.04.2018 Editor

Blockchain is taking off, with a growing number of food companies and retailers experimenting with this new technology. Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) sees blockchain bringing many sustainability benefits to the food industry. This will be one of the topics at the Sustainable Food Summit in Amsterdam in June.


Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference Berlin: Cultural changes call for repositioning

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20.04.2018 Editor

Changing values, digitalization, increasing competition: The market for natural & organic cosmetics is facing new demands. The 11th edition of the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference, to be held September 25-26, 2018 in Berlin will focus on the changes that the cosmetics industry needs to adapt to.


European Parliament’s plenary adopts the new EU organic regulation

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19.04.2018 Editor

Today, the European Parliament adopted the text for a new organic regulation, as preliminarily agreed by the Council and the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture in November 2017. The voting was very clear: 466 MEPs voted in favour of the new regulation and only 124 against.


New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

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19.04.2018 Editor

Research results from China show that plants made resistant to glyphosate by genetic engineering have a surprisingly high potential for uncontrolled spread.


New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

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18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".


Kraft Heinz to start a new platform for natural food brands

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10.04.2018 Editor

Kraft Heinz plans to launch a platform for nurturing, scaling and growing food brands within the organic, natural and super-premium sector, as the US-company announced lately. The new business called Springboard Brands is said to be dedicated to “shape the next generation of food.”


VegMed 2018: Scientific congress on plant-based nutrition as medicine

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30.03.2018 Editor

International medical research regularly confirms: Vegetarian and vegan nutrition is an effective component in the treatment and prevention of many chronic diseases. VegMed Scientific Congress in Berlin from 20 to 22 April 2018 offers interested parties the opportunity to inform themselves about the current status of scientific research.


Health Impacts, Green Marketing & Food Ingredients Top of Summit Agenda

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27.03.2018 Editor

The upcoming Ecovia Sustainable Foods Summit will focus on health impacts, sustainable ingredients, and green marketing. For the tenth consecutive year, the European edition of this executive summit will be hosted in Amsterdam, on 7-8th June.


Organic India: shape of things

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27.03.2018 Editor

A strong regulatory framework and multiple policy initiatives lay the foundation for the rapid development of the organic foods sector in India in the coming years. With the surge in demand for organic foods, and the subsequent influx of new products into the market, organic certification has become crucial to ensure quality and prevent fraud and mislabelling. Certification develops confidence amongst consumers about the product’s genuineness as Organic. It also certifies that the product does not contain any non-organic ingredients and that it complies with the organic production standards laid out by regulatory authorities. Let us take a look at the certification processes in India for organic products.


EU CAP reform: IFOAM EU calls for a clear framework

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26.03.2018 Editor

There was no agreement on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform for 2020 at the last meeting of the Agriculture Ministers on Monday 19 March. They were unable to agree on common conclusions on the Commission communication on "The future of food and farming", an important milestone in the discussion. 


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