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Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

Other issues, Agriculture

19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.

EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

Other issues, Agriculture

14.03.2018 Editor

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months.

Spain with more than 2 million hectares of organic land

Other issues, Agriculture

12.03.2018 Editor

The certified, organically cultivated area in Spain exceeded the 2 million hectares mark for the first time in 2016. Compared to 2015, the area has grown by 2.6 % to 2.02 million ha.

BASF in exclusive talks with Bayer to acquire vegetable seeds business

Other issues, Agriculture

08.03.2018 Editor

The German based chemical corporation BASF is in exclusive talks to acquire Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhems®. Bayer intends to divest this business in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto.

USA: General Mills supports transition into organic farmland

Other issues, Agriculture

08.03.2018 Editor

General Mills announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC in South Dakota to convert 34,000 acres (almost 14,000 ha) of conventional farmland to certified organic land by 2020.

Ukraine at BioFach: combining innovations and traditions

Other issues, Agriculture

06.03.2018 Editor

There is an urgent need to change the attitude to Ukraine as a raw material zone and create the image of Ukraine as a country which produces quality innovative products. The Ukraine Pavilion contributes to that goal.

Award for organic farmers in conversion

Other issues, Agriculture

02.03.2018 Editor

Eleven German farmers who intend to convert their farms to organic have been awarded the “Gemeinsam Boden gut machen” prize (Improving the Soil Together) and will receive start-up finance worth 310,000 euros.


Breeding: Organic right from the start

Other issues, Agriculture

01.03.2018 Editor

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Public benefits of organic farming need formal recognition

Other issues, Agriculture

28.02.2018 Editor

The public benefits offered to the UK by organic agriculture need to be properly recognised and rewarded by government post-Brexit, according to leading organic certifier OF&G.

Germany: organic sales crack 10 billion euro barrier

Other issues, Agriculture

27.02.2018 Editor

In 2017, the organic sector achieved sales of over 10 billion euros for the first time. This was announced by Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW, Engl. Association Organic Food Industry), on the occasion of the annual press conference of the organic sector at the start of this year's BIOFACH in Nuremberg.

Naturland with record increase of 25% in farmers and area

Other issues, Agriculture

26.02.2018 Editor

The Germany based international organic association Naturland has publishing excellent figures at BioFach: currently there are 54,000 farmers in 52 countries the world over operating in compliance with the Naturland standards. This is 26.4% more than a year ago.

European organic market grows to over 33 billion euros

Other issues, Agriculture

20.02.2018 Editor

The European Union is the world's second largest single market for organic products after the United States.In 2016, organic retail sales in Europe rose by 11.4 percent to 33.5 billion euros, while organic sales in the EU member states significantly exceeded the 30 billion euro mark and reached 30.7 billion euros. The figures were traditionally compiled by the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and partners and presented at the Biofach.

Global organic data show resilient growth

Other issues, Agriculture

14.02.2018 Karin Heinze

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. This is the résumé of the 19th edition of „The World of Organic Agriculture“. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International launched  the statistical yearbook at Biofach  2018 in Nuremberg. This comprehensive collection of the latest available data (2016) on organic agriculture worldwide contains data on area, operators, and retail sales: 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars.

New German government: positve plans towards the organic industry

Other issues, Agriculture

14.02.2018 Editor

Concerning agriculture the coalition negotiators took some decisions in favor of the organic sector. According to their coalition compromise the „Groko“ agreed to phase out glyphosate as soon as possible.

Ukrainian National Pavilion at BioFach

Other issues, Agriculture

07.02.2018 Editor

In the organic sector of Ukraine one can observe qualitative transformations, in particular, the number of companies which offer processed products is growing. The Ukrainian National Pavilion will be presented at BIOFACH for the 5th time.

Organic farming boom in Bulgaria and Croatia

Other issues, Agriculture

06.02.2018 Editor

According to official statistcs Bulgaria and Croatia have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in the whole of the EU in recent years.

India: state of Uttarakhand to become another organic state

Other issues, Agriculture

05.02.2018 Editor

With a budget of 1,500 mn Rupees (more than 23,5 mn US$) the National Government will support organic farming for the next three years in Uttarakhand.

SOLMACC: new brochure and BioFach seminar

Other issues, Agriculture

01.02.2018 Editor

Some wider benefits such as greater resilience to water stress or higher water holding capacity of the soil are not always easily noticed in farmers' daily work, however they can be observed long-term. In 2017, many SOLMACC farmers had seen a good harvest compared to their previous yields, but also compared to other farms in their region.

5th Organic Processing Conference: opportunities for an organic future

Other issues, Agriculture

30.01.2018 Daniela Nickel

From 16th to 17th of January 2018, international stakeholders from the organic sector gathered at the 5th Organic Processing Conference (OPC) in Zwolle, Netherlands, to discuss digital opportunities for organic processors. Organized by IFOAM EU and Bionext, the conference guided the participants through a varied program offering different possibilities and ideas on how to improve organics and how cope with problems such as the conventionalization of the organic market by digitalization. Watch the video.

OK-Net EcoFeed launched

Other issues, Agriculture

29.01.2018 Editor

A new project – OK-Net EcoFeed – aimed at helping organic pig and poultry farmers in achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed was launched by partners from many European countries last week.

Germany: upswing in Berlin-Brandenburg organic sector

Other issues, Agriculture

25.01.2018 Daniela Nickel

With around 150,000 hectares of ecologically managed land, Berlin-Brandenburg is one of Germany's most important regions for organic farming. The importance of the metropolitan region continued to grow in 2017, as evidenced by the sales curve of the Berlin-Brandenburg organic sector.

"We are sick of it!": 33,000 protesters call for new agricultural policy

Other issues, Agriculture

23.01.2018 Editor

With a deafening cooking pot concert, 33,000 people called to the We are fed up! -Demonstration to kick off the Green Week in Berlin, the future federal government on a new agricultural policy.

PGS: initiatives in more than 60 countries

Other issues, Agriculture

11.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International is collecting worldwide data on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in a bi-annually global survey. PGS are recognized in a national organic regulation Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico and India.

IFOAM EU 5th Organic Processing Conference: last days of registration

Other issues, Agriculture

10.01.2018 Editor

Next week, on the 16th and 17th January 2018, the 5th Organic Processing Conference “Improving Organics: Making It Happen – Digital opportunities for organic processors” organized by IFOAM EU will gather stakeholders and representatives of the organic sector in Zwolle, Netherlands.

Mission possible: a 100 percent organic world

Other issues, Agriculture

02.01.2018 Editor

Consumers are thronging shops, farmers’ markets, e-commerce portals and even organic farms for fresh, quality organic products. Farmers, too, are gradually distancing themselves from conventional cultivation, given the high costs and negative health impact associated with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Furthermore, Organic is now receiving policy support and has become an integral part of government programmes for agriculture. Therefore, the moment is ripe to initiate ‘Mission Possible: Organic as a Global Phenomenon’—a collective and multipronged endeavour to convert the world into organic, asumes the Senior Scientist Dr Arun K. Sharma, who has published "A Handbook of Organic Farming".


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