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EU Agricultural Ministers agree on common position on CAP

The EU member states have agreed on a binding standard for environmental and climate protection with which they will enter into negotiations with the EU Parliament. The standard provides for a little more environmental protection, but otherwise leaves most things as they are.

International Green Week 2021: Branch meeting instead of large trade fair

Due to the Corona pandemic, the Green Week will be smaller than usual next year due to the exclusion of the public. The trade audience will experience a B2B event with a new concept in January 2021.

Amazon continues to shake up US retail trade

According to an Amercian blog on food and tech, online giant Amazon plans to launch a new concept with grocery stores in the US stationary trade. For this purpose, the company has supposedly already registered a new trademark.

How meat replacements affect the environment

The production of meat is harmful to the environment. But what about the alternatives? The study "Meat of the future" published by the German Environment Agency provides information.

FiBL Europe with new president

The previous President of FiBL Europe, Urs Niggli, handed over the reins to Beate Huber at the beginning of July. The long-standing director of FiBL Switzerland is retiring.

Tegut extends its Amazon product range

The German food retailer now sells almost 2,000 more organic products via the Amazon service Prime Now. In total, a full range of 6,000 Tegut articles is available online - and the trend is rising.

Vegan product alternatives with the highest growth potential

According to a consumer survey in nine European countries, the desire for good vegan substitutes for cheese is particularly high. But the demand is also growing for other plant-based product groups.

Natexpo allowed to take place

The international organic trade fair in Lyon will be open to visitors from 21 to 22 September 2020. Due to the corona crisis, some rules have to be considered.

Guest article by Gerald A. Herrmann: Fraud jumps to new heights amid Corona crisis

Covid-19 has caused a worldwide crisis that scrutinizes health, social and economic systems around the globe. The virus and its direct and indirect consequences for businesses, such as officially ordered shutdowns, a lack of personnel and logistic delays, have put unprecedented pressure on many supply chains. Unfortunately, crime tends to prosper in times of crisis, and neither the food sector as a whole nor the organic sector are excluded from this sad truth.

Oat drink manufacturer Oatly is worth 1.75 billion

The Swedish company Oatly has increased its value to about 1.75 billion euros by selling a shareholding. The deal was struck by an investment company and several US celebrities.

Wessanen buys organic producer Danival

After about nine years, the US company Hain Celestial is selling Danival, the French organic food producer. Wessanen, the new buyer describes this acquisition as the perfect addition to the other companies in the group.

Guest article by Gerald A. Herrmann: The ups and downs of international organic trade: how is this possible?

The organic sector has been shattered by various scandals on national and international levels. The bigger the scandals, the more dramatic the consequences for the countries of origin, which brings about huge shifts in international commodity flows, as import and export figures indicate.

Agribusiness Drives Severe Decline of Essential Insects

 

Four million tonnes of poison a year, most produced by four agribusiness giants, are killing essential insects everywhere. One-third of species face extinction.

 

No new CAP until 2023

The EU has now postponed its common agricultural policy reform by two years. EU states like Germany had recently tried to water down the few reform initiatives there were.

Bio-Suisse launches online shop for Bud-products

The Swiss can now order products online in their region from Bio-Suisse farms nationwide. Since last weekend, the umbrella organisation of Swiss bud farms has given its customers the opportunity to purchase directly from local producers and growers.

Slow Food mourns the passing of Ursula Hudson

Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany and member of the Slow Food International Executive Committee passed away last Friday after a long and serious illness. The organization honored her in an obituary.

EOC: Organic food and farming is part of the solution

High-level speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and the German Presidency of the EU Council all sent the same message at the European Organic Congress 2020 (EOC): Our system is experiencing a biodiversity and climate crisis, and organic food and farming is part of the solution and way forward.

Jan Plagge re-elected President of IFOAM Organics Europe

At its 10th General Assembly, IFOAM Organics Europe’s members elected a new Board. They re-elected Jan Plagge as President. He is the President of Bioland e.V. (Germany and North Italy) and has many years of experience developing the organic sector. He has a background as an organic farmer and organic farm advisor.

Bundled commitment for sustainable cocoa in Europe

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have committed to joining forces for a more sustainable cocoa value chain. They did this by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. 

The impact of Corona on Trust Organic Small Farmers

Heuschrecke Naturkost GmbH asked its partners in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa how it was for them during the Corona crisis and the lockdowns, what their everyday life was like and whether they could harvest and process the harvests.

EU: Most organic goods come from China

In terms of volume, the number one country for organic imports into the EU in 2019 was China, followed by Ukraine and three countries exporting bananas. There are also further surprises in the latest import figures.


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