As the initial pantry-loading phase of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, households of all sizes have begun to settle into longer-term routines and shopping patterns. For those shoppers who prioritize organic, their commitment to the label remains strong, even as so much has changed within their daily lives.
The foundation board has elected: Knut Schmidtke, Marc Schärer and Lucius Tamm form the new management of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Switzerland. As of April 1, they will take over the management of FiBL from Urs Niggli.
The German organic certifier Ceres recently became part of the Easy-Cert Group AG, which was founded in June 2019 as a holding company for the Austrian inspection authority Austria Bio Garantie and the Swiss Bio Inspecta. This means that three renowned inspection bodies from the DACH are now operating under one umbrella.
The European Commission did not block the glyphosate prohibition passed by the Austrian parliament. It could come into force at the beginning of 2020. It is still open whether the glyphosate producer Bayer will take legal action against the prohibition act. And in Austria the responsible ministries are slowing down the process.
Amongst other crops, Juha and Kari Raininko farm quinoa in Finland – for the brothers the plant of the future and for the European market an alternative to imports from South America. The brothers are also successful with the rest of their products.
With a population of 5.3 million, the Finnish market is relatively small. The organic market in Finland has been growing steadily for years. From 2017 to 2018 alone, it grew by 8.7 percent to a sales volume of 336 million euros. In order to compete against the big conventional stores, the only Finnish organic supermarket chain has to be innovative.
The Australian parliament has sanctioned the government’s decision to exclude new genetic engineering processes from genetic engineering law. “No other country is deregulating CRISPR GMO technology to the extent that Australia is”, comments Glenn Schaube, chairman of the Australian organic association NASAA. He fears drastic consequences for Australia’s organic farmers.
The bio verlag, the publishing company of organic-market.info, was awarded “National Winnter” in the category “Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness” at the European Business Awards. Manager Sabine Kauffmann accepted the award in Warsaw.
From 2021 on, plastic drinking straws will be banned in the EU. Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd will start selling the world’s first edible straws from the start-up company Wisefood in just a few days.
The demand for organic milk in Switzerland is growing, but not strongly enough. Many newly converted organic farms have to sell milk at a lower price.
In July 2018, the European Court of Justice clarified that new genetic engineering processes such as CRISPR/Cas and the organisms produced with them are subject to genetic engineering law. Since then, EU member states have been discussing how to deal with this ruling. As there is no consensus, they first tasked the European Commission with conducting a study – and thus postponed the issue.
The new EU Eco-Regulation will still have to be complemented by numerous rules. The first of these were made available online for comments by the EU Commission.
In order to meet the climate targets, the organic sector must reduce enemy images and connect people. This was the demand of Jan Plagge, President of the Bioland Association, at the eco-marketing days in Kirchberg.
Researchers at the university of Göttingen, Germany, asked 1.000 consumers about their consumption preferences when purchasing tomatoes. Organic was not a focus of the study, but the results could be transferrable to organic tomatoes.
Spanish organic certification authorities allow the use of artificial fertilizer in organic vegetable farming. Organic-market.info asked whether the German organic specialist trade is affected as well. The result: Those with activity in Spain and high quality standards have known about the problem for a while and are well prepared.
Herbal specialist Sonnentor has set a sales record for the 2018/19 financial year and is planning to open two more stores this year.
The call for supply chain laws is getting louder. A recent study on cocoa cultivation shows that voluntary commitments by the food industry are not sufficient. Even Fairtrade certification is not enough to provide farmers with a livelihood.
People interested in innovation to transform food and farming through organics can register now for TP Organics' Organic Innovation Days 2019, taking place on 3-4 December in Brussels.
The latest organically certified food products and beverages will be presented in Malmö, Sweden, from 13th to 14th November. In cooperation with Eco Life Scandinavia, 500 exhibitors from various countries will be participating at the combined trade fairs.
Ecovia Intelligence announced the winners of the 2019 Sustainable Beauty Awards earlier this week. About 200 senior executives from the beauty industry attended the awards reception in Paris. The winners and runner-ups as follows.
If England and Wales were to convert to 100 percent organic farming, it would damage the climate. This is the conclusion reached by British scientists. Is conventional agriculture the better alternative? What the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (German Organic Food Association) says about this.
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