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.
Paul Mackay did not stand for re-election as President. His post will be taken over by Thomas Jorberg, who has been a member of the board for one year.
The organic growers' association Demeter has entered into a partnership with Spar in Austria. Demeter hopes to reach more people with the help of the food retail chain.
Again and again, traces of pesticides are found on organic food. This is rarely the fault of the farmers. The FIBL has carried out more detailed research on this on behalf of Bio Suisse.
Corona flushed a double-digit increase in sales into the coffers of German retail chains. But on the plantations, wages remain below subsistence level. In Brazil, workers had to buy their own protective masks.
On 15 December 2022, the EU-wide authorisation for glyphosate expires. The manufacturers have already applied for a renewal - and are now getting support from national authorities. Yet more and more new studies speak against the herbicide active ingredient.
Two packaging regulations came into force on 3 July. Among other things, the marketing of disposable plastic cutlery is prohibited by law. In addition, manufacturers must label certain products as containing plastic.
In the Corona year 2020, sales of organic wine made big leaps. For organic viticulture, 2019 was already a record year. France continues to lead the industry.
Europe is facing massive ecological transformations within all sectors. The EU wants to pave the way by implementing its Green Deal. The role of organics in this was discussed at the 15th European Organic Congress.
With a double "no" vote against a pesticide ban and stricter drinking water protection, the Swiss have rejected two initiatives. The result of the vote is also a success for the country's organic associations.
The Austrian food group Vivatis wants to expand its fresh convenience sector as majority owner of the traditional Viennese company Wojnar. The Austrian Federal Competition Authority still has to approve the purchase.
The organic manufacturer already sells its products in numerous countries. Since spring, branches of the US supermarket chain Whole Foods, which belongs to Amazon, have also been selling Holle baby food.
In some Coop branches, customers have recently been able to tap their own beer and mineral water. The offer is one of three unpacked pilot projects of the Swiss supermarket chain.
A seal developed by the Raw Food Association identifies products that are "genuinely raw" according to the catalogue of criteria. Four companies have already been certified.
The CAP negotiations are on ice. But vegan food producers can breathe a sigh of relief - and continue to promote their products as milk substitutes. The EU Parliament withdrew the controversial Amendment 171 recently.
In the South Tyrolean pesticide trial, the author Alexander Schiebel has been acquitted. Meanwhile, the trial against Karl Bär continues.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 12th edition of the European Sustainable Foods Summit will be held online. The virtual conference takes place next week from 8th-11th of June 2021 and will discuss sustainability developments and innovations in the food industry.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that organic food may not be fortified with calcium derived from algae. In doing so, the court prohibited a practice that had been common for a long time, but the ruling is not likely to have serious consequences.
For small farmers in southern countries, organic control according to EU rules is a challenge. Now, Brussels has tightened the requirements again. In order to fulfill them, the farmers need the support of their buyers.
IFOAM Organics Europe prepares for the second virtual edition of the European Organic Congress from 16-18 June 2021. In six dedicated sessions, experts and participants will discuss Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), expected changes in the new EU Organic Regulation, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, sustainable food systems and rural development. Registrations are now open for interested parties.
The EU has approved the yellow mealworm as the first insect in the novel food category. Yet there are already foods with insects on the market. How does that work together?
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