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.
The global population is growing. And so is its need for protein. Meat from factory farming is not a solution. But what alternatives are there and are they really better for the environment?
Florian Berendt is the founder and managing director of an insect farm in Bremen, Germany. In a short interview, he reveals what opportunities insects have as a meat substitute and how to convince people to bite into the grasshopper.
The EU Commission wants to make salt an organic ingredient. Suppliers of artisanal sea salt warn against lax rules that would make almost any salt organic.
In a Denns store in Berlin, the US singer Billie Eilish buys vegan chocolate from the Ecofinia brand "iChoc" in March 2019 and posts a video from her tour bus including a prominent flash of the bars. Around a year later, the singer's management contacted the German manufacturer.
The organic retailer was able to further increase its turnover in the past financial year. Alnatura is cautious about its forecast for 2021/2022. New markets and the expansion of the partner programme with independent retailers are planned.
The organisers have cancelled the fair due to the rising Covid-incidence rates. One of the planned accompanying events is planned to take place digitally.
Rain makes tomatoes rot? Not the ones from a project at the University of Kassel in Germany. The participatively bred varieties also produced good yields in the wet summer of 2021.
The Biofach / Vivaness exhibition duo will be held again next year on site in Nuremberg. In addition to a new sequence of days and a dynamic hygiene concept, the organisers are offering tried-and-tested exhibition features alongside some innovations.
The founder of the wholesale company Claus Reformwaren passed away unexpectedly on 6 November. His family and the staff pay tribute to him with an obituary.
A former tomato picker is campaigning against the exploitation of illegal refugees in tomato fields in southern Italy. German organic shops already have the products of the No Cap company on their shelves.
The Swiss natural cosmetics manufacturer is now certified as a Certified Benefit Corporation and thus officially belongs to the international movement of companies that demonstrably do business in a meaningful way.
On 26 October 2021, the Sustainable Beauty Awards were presented at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The international awards are open to cosmetic brands, ingredient firms, packaging companies, distributors, and related organisations. This year, the Swiss natural cosmetics company Weleda won in two categories.
The retailer was able to significantly increase its organic turnover last year. In addition, the assortment of organic products grew faster than expected.
The latest organically certified food products will be presented in Malmö, Sweden, from 17th to 18th November 2021. In cooperation with Eco Life Scandinavia, 500 exhibitors from various countries will be participating at the combined trade fairs.
At the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, two long-standing members of staff will in future head up the Advisory, Education and Communication Department. There will also soon be a change of leadership in another department.
The agricultural industry unsuccessfully tried to influence the vote in the EU Parliament on the Farm to Fork strategy. The Parliament backed the Commission's plans with a large majority.
On 25-28th October 2021, the European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit takes place online for the second time. In addition to the conference, the Sustainable Cosmetics Awards will also be presented. The finalists have now been determined.
Until mid-November, the public can still participate in the question on the re-authorisation of glyphosate from 2022. The call to the EU Commission to take note of the risks of the herbicide and to re-evaluate it is getting louder and louder.
From the end of next week, Natexpo will be hosted digitally and on site in Paris. So far, over 1,000 exhibitors have registered, including 150 new companies and many foodtech professionals.
The two organic associations are harmonising guidelines and standardising controls. The main focus is on a more sustainable use of water and working conditions in certified farms.
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