Europe's agriculture and food industry should become significantly more ecological by 2030. According to the strategy ‘From Farm to Fork’ which was presented by the EU Commission, the share of organic farming in the EU should increase to 25 percent by 2030 and the use of pesticides and antibiotics halved. It also includes some genetic engineering.
From 16th- 17st January 2019, the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be held in San Francisco, USA. The summit comprises four conference sessions.
A German organic raw material trader has sued the EU Commission. It is to pay for the damage caused by an inspection body approved by it.
Genetically modified bacteria with antibiotic resistance were introduced into animal feed mixtures throughout Europe via a vitamin supplement.
Bio Development AG is seeking reinforcement: Daniel von Meißner will support the company in the future.
A lot of yield on a small area - for organic farmers this should be possible with elaborated ecological cultivation methods. Three examples.
Copper may continue to be used in agriculture as a remedy against fungal diseases. This is what the EU Commission has proposed. Why?
In France, the organic sector has been booming for years, sometimes with double-digit annual growth rates. In 2017, a further 265 organic stores opened their doors. Among them big organic players.
Fairtrade International has raised the minimum price for fair trade cocoa. But that is not enough for a decent life.
During the UN-led Convention on Biological Diversity - Conference of the Parties (CBD COP), Solution Search: Farming for Bioversity presented a report on 338 community-based solutions that help farmers and other agricultural practitioners to adopt environmentally friendly practices to protect biodiversity.
Without killing chicks: The conventional food retail markets eggs whose production involves the sorting out of eggs with male embyros. Now, the German "Bruderhahn Initiative" has expressed its opinion - and is also criticising the organic sector.
By the end of the year, Weleda will kick-off within a new business branch. In the three Dutch cities, the natural cosmetics manufacturer opens newly furbished city-spas.
The organic sector often imports bananas, cocoa or coffee by ship. An already quite environmentally friendly way of transport - but still, it could get cleaner.
After four years, the FiBL-project Consolidation of Organic Certification Bodies ended successfully. The project which aimed at strengthening organic certification bodies, helped professionalising four authorites with the SECO-financed development project.
The scientific advisors to the EU Commission have presented a paper in which they urge the Commission to change genetic engineering legislation. Some European and German politicians agree.
Against genetic engineering: 75 companies have sent an open letter to the EU Commission. These include many organic companies as well as conventional ones.
The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention.
Are minimum wages a useful concept for sustainability? To find an answer, Dutch organic importer Eosta has carried out a pilot project with Kenyan organic avocado farmers.
From 4th to 8th February 2019, IFOAM EU and 42 Acres Retreat offer a training course on regenerative and organic agriculture development.
In recent years, the German company Alnatura had listed significantly lower increases in sales. Current figures and targets for the coming year were presented at the annual press conference.
On 17th December 2018, the next edition of BioBorrel will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam at 6 pm.
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