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ECJ judgement: the term “soya milk” no longer allowed

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27.06.2017 Editor

It is no longer permitted to market products of purely plant origin by using words like milk or cheese. That was the decision of the European Court in Luxembourg.


IFOAM European Organic Congress in Estonia

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22.06.2017 Editor

The 11th IFOAM EU Organic Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap.


Organic Processing and Trade Association “OPTA” established

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13.06.2017 Editor

The Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017 by active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe.


IFOAM EU: Organic regulation review – risk of a bad deal

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13.06.2017 Editor

Yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers did not change the opinion of the organic sector on the current draft text for a new organic regulation. As no new content has been presented, IFOAM EU and others still question the real added value and the technical soundness of the proposal.


EU organic regulation negotiations: time for a change

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13.06.2017 Editor

In a common statement ahead of the upcoming debate at the Council of Agriculture Ministers of 12 June, the Organic (IFOAM) and Fair Trade movements (FTAO) and Organic Certifiers (EOCC) announce the need of alternative approaches.  


France: new Minister for Organic Conversion

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07.06.2017 Editor

The minister responsible for agriculture in the cabinet of new French President, Emmanuel Macron, is on the side of organic. Macron appointed Jacques Mezard as Minister of Agriculture, a man committed to the environment and an opponent of genetic engineering. Nicolas Hulot will be the Minister for Organic Conversion.


Takeover of Monsanto forces Bayer to sell assets

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30.05.2017 Editor

From media reports we learn that, in order to get the green light from the cartel authorities for mega merger by the end of the year, the German corporation Bayer must divest a part of its plant protection business.


IFOAM: 11th European Organic Congress

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24.05.2017 Editor

This Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in the Estonian capital Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap for making it happen.


Ecovia Summit: The True Value of Sustainable Foods

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19.05.2017 Editor

Market prices do not reflect the environmental, social and health impacts of food products. At the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam it will be shown how sustainable products have lower such impacts over conventional products.


Sweden: New sales record for the organic market

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14.03.2017 Karin Heinze

Organic food sales increased by 3.9 billion Swedish Krona (SEK) (€390m) to 25.4 billion SEK (€2.54 billion) in 2016. Organic food sales rose from 7.7 percent to 8.7 percent of the total food market, and online sales stand out with organic food sales now 25 percent of the market. The organic market has been growing for 20 consecutive years and is expected to double within the next 10-year period.


Germany: Minister presented future strategy of organic farming

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17.02.2017 Editor

The future strategy of organic farming (ZÖL) by the Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, was presented at BioFach. On nearly 100 pages goals and measures are outlined to push the organic sector in Germany.


Corporations launched „Food Reform for Sustainability and Health“

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10.02.2017 Editor

Arla, Bayer, Danone, Nestlé, Unilever and other global corporations announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos their commitment to change the global food system in terms of sustainability and health.


EU organic law opposes organic mate tea

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08.02.2017 Editor

Organic or not organic? The issue is not clear in the case of mate tea. The EU Commission and the organic authorities in a number of federal states in Germany question whether certified organic mate tea from South America can be sold as an organic food item.


USA: animal welfare rule for the organic sector released

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06.02.2017 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 19 published the final rule on animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry in the Federal Register.


IFOAM events at BioFach

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06.02.2017 Editor

Traditionally IFOAM EU Group is organizing a EU Policy Day at BioFach. There will also be the TP Organics´Science Day and other events by IFOAM.


UK GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

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03.02.2017 Editor

The UK government gave the final go-ahead for a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The planting will take place this spring.


Trump´s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

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02.02.2017 Editor

US-President Donald Trump has nominated the former Georgia Republican Governor Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary. Stakeholders of the organic industry gave their statement.


USA: GROorganic Check-off program

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31.01.2017 Editor

GRO Organic Check-off is a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion program for the organic sector. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comments.


EU: no majority for or against approval of GM maize

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31.01.2017 Editor

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, made up of experts from the governments of the Member States, discussed the approval of several GM maize varieties for the EU - there was no majority for an approval.


International Organic Seminar in Paris

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30.01.2017 Editor

In the current context of strong growth in organic farming, Agence BIO is organizing its 12th international seminar on organic farming on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 in Paris.


China Day at Biofach in Nuremberg

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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.


Veganz explains that it did not declare insolvency

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26.01.2017 Editor

In a current statement the German firm Veganz GmbH explains that it did not declare insolvency (we reported earlier) but is restructuring the retail stores and focusing on the core business.


Wessanen buys Spanish organic food company

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25.01.2017 Editor

The Dutch food company Royal Wessanen bought a manufacturer and distributor of organic brands in Spain for €67m.


France: boost to growth of the organic industry

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24.01.2017 Kai Kreuzer

Organics are booming in France: the semi-state Agence Bio is anticipating growth in turnover of an amazing 20% for 2016. Statistically, 21 farms in France convert to organic every day. At the end of June 2016 France had 31,880 organic farmers. The area of organic land rose in consequence to over 1.5 million hectares, which equates to approximately 6% of all agricultural land.


IFOAM EU: project IoF 2020 has started

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19.01.2017 Editor

IFOAM EU Group informed that the Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project has started on January 1st 2017 and will run for four years with a €30 million budget co-funded by the European Union.


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