Switzerland’s first 100 per cent organic cocoa-processing plant has completed its test phase and has started producing organic and fair trade certified semi-finished cocoa products in Beringen near Schaffhausen.
This year, almost 100 international entries were received, among which the finalists for each category have been chosen.
The Organic Europe’s Youth Event (OEYE) will take place from August 31 to September 1 in Frick, Switzerland. It is an event especially designed for young people interested and active in organic.
As of last week, Jürn Sanders is leading the fortunes of FiBL Europe. The agronomist, political scientist and economist has been advising the EU Commission and various national and regional governments on agricultural and food policy since 2007.
Ukraine is a leading global supplier of agricultural products and exports a large amount of organic products. The online event "Organic export during the war" will inform you about the situation and needs of the organic sector in the country.
According to the Organic Trade Association’s latest Industry Survey, market volatility and pantry loading are decreasing in the United States and industry growth is shifting back toward historic trends.
The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be held in Amsterdam on July 7 and 8, 2022. The Summit will discuss the implications of the Ukrainian conflict on food security and sustainability issues.
The Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW) is collecting signatures against the EU Commission's plans to change the genetic engineering law in favor of new genetic engineering methods.
The fifth World Organic Forum will be held at Kirchberg Castle from June 27 to 30, 2022. The focus will be on the local implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian organic sector calls on their international partners to help organic operators through trade. But what is and what is not possible in times of war?
Aldi Suisse created a new organic brand whose cornerstones are sustainability, transparency, fairness and top quality. Dairy products, meat and eggs are the first to be launched, more products will follow soon. The dairy products come from completely antibiotic-free animal husbandry.
Weleda AG was able to achieve sales of 425 million Euros in 2021, thus remaining stable in difficult times. The operating result was below the previous year due to increased investments, while the consolidated annual result changed only insignificantly. The company presented its 2021 annual result to its 2022 Annual General Meeting.
On June 16 and 17, the annual European Organic Congress will be held in Bordeaux, France. IFOAM Organics Europe, together with Interbio Nouvelle-Aquitaine, organized this event that includes plenary sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities.
In view of the Ukraine crisis, the European citizens' initiative "Save Bees and Farmers" fears that the Europe-wide target to reduce pesticide use could be watered down. In an open letter, the alliance appeals to the German government to not allow this to happen.
Consumers in Germany spent significantly more money on fair trade products in 2021 than in the previous year. Growth drivers were roses, cocoa and tea.
The Regional Court of Bolzano has also dropped the last charge against environmental activist and current Green member of the Bundestag Karl Bär. This means that this attempt to silence critics of pesticides by legal means has finally failed.
The discounter Lidl wants to pay a price surcharge for all its bananas in the future, so that the workers in the plantations receive a living wage. Partners in the implementation are Fairtrade and the certifier Flocert.
As carbon farming is a current priority on the EU agenda when it comes to climate change mitigation in agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe urges in their new position paper the need for a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to carbon farming.
The market for organic food in the Czech Republic is growing. Compared to 2019, the growth was 14 per cent higher, and Czech households consumed organic food worth CZK 5.99 billion (compared to CZK 5.26 billion in 2019). This is according to the report on the organic food market in the Czech Republic in 2020, published by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Net-zero emissions in organic agriculture in Switzerland are challenging, but possible. This is the conclusion of a study published today by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).
For the first time, Swiss retailers and direct marketers turned over more than four billion Swiss Francs in organic products, Bio Suisse announced at its annual media conference this year.
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