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.
The internationally active French organic certifier Ecocert has acquired the Belgian market leader Certisys. Certisys founder Blaise Hommelen is to train the new executive director during a transition phase.
The existing rules are too strict for the Commission when it comes to products of new genetic engineering. Organic associations criticise the plans - and register their own proposals for change.
An international team of scientists wants to ensure that new genetic engineering methods are approved for use in organic farming. Only in this way organic could really become sustainable, the scientists say.
Rapunzel and IFOAM presented the One World Award on Monday. The five winners were those who make the world a fairer place through ecological, social and economic improvements.
The organizers of the Biofach and Vivaness trade fair duo have published figures on the participants in the E-Special. Among other things, they show which countries and industries were represented and to what extent.
The Corona pandemic has proved that digital tools can tremendously facilitate business processes and allow for many tasks to be performed remotely. This is also true for organic audits and inspections. But some limitations persist, and many people still have reservations towards new technologies. The digital future of organic audits and inspections has yet to be defined.
Voters in Switzerland can permanently ban pesticides and redistribute agricultural subsidies in favor of organic. But organic producers and organic retailers are against it. What's going on?
One of the largest specialists for gastronomy and communal catering will be starting its own organic brand from April. With this step, Transgourmet wants to profit from the untapped organic potential in the out-of-home market.
Those who want to make their money work for veganism can invest in the shares of vegan companies. 21 of them have now been compiled by two investors into an index called "Vegtech".
The Wessanen Group, which has been renamed Ecotone, is on an expansion course, focusing on the market launch of new products and not ruling out further acquisitions in the organic sector.
Consumers in Switzerland spent just over 400 euros per capita on organic food last year. Gastronomy is to contribute more to organic sales in the future.
Certifier Natrue has conducted a consumer study on the purchase of natural cosmetics. At the top of the wish list is naturalness - however, consumers sometimes attribute this characteristic more to conventional products than to certified natural cosmetics.
In the course of the agricultural reform, the EU bodies are currently also negotiating new regulations on the designation of vegan milk alternatives. A petition once again bundles the unwillingness of the affected manufacturers.
If Europe's organic area does not grow faster, the EU will miss its Green Deal target. Now an action plan is intended to boost the pace. IFOAM Organics Europe welcomes the measures.
Under tropical conditions, organic farming can contribute significantly to sustainable development. This was the conclusion of a long-term trial that has been running since 2007.
FIBL is conducting a survey with market stakeholders until 31 March 2021. The results will help a project team to develop guidance on the selection of appropriate technologies for organic processors.
In September, a new World Board will be elected at the General Assembly of the globally active organic association. The deadline for applications for the honorary position is 15 April 2021.
In this interview, Danila Brunner and Petra Wolf look back on the digital version of Biofach and Vivaness - and give a first preview of how the trade fair duo could play out next year.
67 measures to protect biodiversity are on the table at the still young association. The founding members include environmental associations, standard setters and food companies such as Nestlé.
In the Corona year, natural cosmetics again recorded strong growth and were able to attract many new buyers. However, not all forms of distribution are benefiting equally.
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