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.
The Federal Council of Switzerland wants to facilitate the approval of products from genome editing. The committee decided that the current genetic engineering legislation should be "risk-based and adapted to new developments". The Council intends to present a draft law.
Biofach and Vivaness have closed their doors at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre with top marks: Over 51,000 visitors got inspired by the trade fair. The number of exhibitors is also remarkable.
According to estimates, the share of German organic land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8%) to around 1.5 mn hectares last year. What else has happened in the German organic sector in 2018 was announced last week by the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW) at its annual press conference at Biofach in Nuremberg.
In 2017, the European and international organic sector again recorded strong area and market growth. In Europe alone, organic sales grew by around 11%. This was announced by FiBL and its partners at Biofach in Nuremberg.
Company founders Joseph Wilhelm and Margit Epple are no longer alone at the head of Rapunzel. This is because the organic producer from the Allgäu region has welcomed a new member to its management team.
The sales development in the fourth quarter confirms the previous development: In 2018, the organic specialist trade achieved an overall increase of 6.2% in daily turnover - despite increasingly tough competition.
Nigerian farmers are now allowed to grow genetically modified (GM) black eyed peas. The plant produces a bt-toxin to ward off the bean pyralid. The manipulated genetic material for this comes from the genetic engineering company Monsanto.
The herbicide Roundup Pro 360 from Bayer may no longer be sold and used in France. This was decided by the administrative court of the French city of Lyon. The judges argued that the approval of the weedkiller by the ANSES in 2016 was flawed.
Hunger wages, poverty, child labour: The fact that many cocoa farmers live below the poverty line was an important topic at the International Confectionery Fair (ISM) in Cologne. Even a higher minimum price for Fairtrade cocoa is not enough if we want to continue eating chocolate.
Online retailer Amazon started to test sending free product samples to customers. At the moment, the program is limited to the United States. Nevertheless, international retailers should take a closer look a the program.
Pesiticide drift pollutes wild herbs just as much as domestic gardens. A monitoring program by the German tea and herb specialist Heuschrecke now shows how dangerous this drift is.
German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas.
With Nature Thanxs, the Society for Applied Business Ethics (GfaW) has introduced a new standard for skin care cosmetics for neurodermatitis and other skin diseases. Read what this is about.
At BioFach, the world's leading trade fair in Nuremberg, not only lots of new products will be presented, but also valuable information for everyday trading. Here are a few event tips.
Worldwide, more than two billion cups of coffee are drunk every day. That makes an annual turnover of 175 billion euros. But there is less and less for the farmers.
Ecocert has to develop its standard further. If nothing changes, detergents and cleaning agents with Ecocert certification may soon fall out of the assortment guidelines of the specialist organic trade. Read about the reasons for this.
Modern sensor technology integrates food transports into the Internet of Things and thus, reduces the risk of the goods spoiling on their way to their destination.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an ordinance regulating how food containing genetically modified ingredients is to be labelled in the USA in future. Consumer protectors criticized the regulation as inadequate.
The Bayer Group sold rapeseed contaminated with traces of the genetically modified GT73 rapeseed line. GT73 is not approved for cultivation in the EU, and zero tolerance applies: even with minor contamination, the seed is not marketable and may not be cultivated.
Sustainable fashion, lifestyle products and accessories: the international trade fair for natural textiles, Innatex, once again invites visitors to the Wallau Exhibition Centre. The smaller trade fair spin-off Xoom is already running.
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