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Protect cocoa farmers with supply chain regulations

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.

Study: How do consumers use zero-waste units in organic markets

Scientists from the University of Sustainable Development Eberswalde asked customers of two organic markets in Berlin about their experiences with the zero-waste units set up there. The conclusion is that stores have to do more to facilitate and thus support the purchase of unpacked goods.

Switzerland: Demand for organic meat increased

In Switzerland, demand for organic meat increased in the first half of the year. Nevertheless, the market share remains low.

Bernhard Irrgang new president of Natrue

The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association Natrue has a new president. Dr. Bernhard Irrgang, Head of Research & Development Natural and Organic Cosmetics at Weleda was unanimously elected.

EU agricultural reform fails to meet climate and sustainability targets

A research team has analysed the European Commission’s current reform proposal for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020. The result is rather disillusioning.

Visitors numbers up once again at Biofach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair

Brazil’s organic sector continues to enjoy positive development. All the evidence was there at the Anhembi exhibition venue in São Paulo between 5 and 8 June 2019, when the exhibition pairing of Biofach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair, held in parallel with Naturaltech, drew a total of 36,980 visitors. This figure is up 20 percent on the previous year.

New organic product line at Spar Switzerland

Spar Switzerland has launched a new line of organic products. Since mid-August, it is available in all Swiss Spar supermarkets. Our team found that it has been received very well by customers so far.

Organic Pioneer Klaus Griesbach died

The founder of one of the first ever organic stores in Germany, Klaus Griesbach died at the age of 76. He was a visionary. His theses on organic specialist trade are still valid today.

Midsona purchases Eisblümerl

With the takeover of Eisblümerl Naturkost GmbH, Midsona Deutschland GmbH (Davert) contributes to the growth strategy of the Swedish Midsona Group. The production capacities of Eisblümerl in Lauterhofen are to be expanded.

Biofach South East Asia: Successful second round

From 11 to 14 July 2019, the Impact Exhibition Center in Bangkok became the key hub for South-East Asia’s organic industry. As the promoters reported, Biofach South East Asia and Natural Expo South East Asia brought attracted 24,196 visitors, who were presented with a wide range of special display areas, high-calibre conference programme and a royal visit.

Interview: Poison Free Food and Farming 2030

In the face of the climate catastrophe and biodiversity loss, Indian environmental activist and feminist Vandana Shiva encourages global civil disobedience and calls for transition to 100 percent organic farming.

Wine against trawl fishery

Eco-sponsoring for underwater biodiversity: LaSelva helps to prevent trawl fishery off the Tuscan coast with money from the sale its organic Bio-Cantina wine.

10 key take-aways from the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in New York

The North American edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit took place in New York in July. Senior executives discussed pressing sustainability issues facing the detergents & home care industry. Read the 10 key take-aways.

Fermentation: A Trend in Cosmetics

Fermentation has turned into a gourmet status in recent years. And it is also being hyped in cosmetics at the moment. Especially when the creams and lotions come from Korea, which is currently considered a trendsetter in cosmetics.

What to expect at Organic Lifestyle Expo 2019

The 4th Organic Lifestyle Expo is held on August 2nd and 3rd 2019 at the Shinjuku NS Building Event Hall in Shinjuku. It is organized by the Japan Organic Forum Japan. The scale of the event will be about 150 booths from 147 companies.

Germany: Highest amount of organic eggs ever

In 2018, around 1.8 percent more eggs were produced in Germany than 2017. The production of organic eggs also increased significantly.

Earth Overshoot Day 2019 on July 29th

On July 29, humanity has used nature’s resource budget for the entire year: It is Earth Overshoot Day. The date has moved up two months over the past 20 years. This year is the earliest date ever.

Another case of genetically modified wheat in the US

The US Department for Agriculture (USDA) reported the find of unapproved genetically modified wheat on an unplanted field in the US state of Washington. The wheat was modified to be resistance against the herbicide Roundup.

Biofach China celebrates successful premiere with new partner

From 16 to 18 May 2019, the international organic scene gathered in China at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The 13th round of Biofach China was extremely successful, informs the press office. Find out more details.

2019 Sustainable Beauty Awards open

Entries are now open for this year’s Sustainable Beauty Awards organised by Ecovia Intelligence. There are five categories.

New Zealand exports organic onions to Europe

New Zealand’s very first Export Organic Onions have arrived in Europe. Read from which grower they came from.


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