In some Coop branches, customers have recently been able to tap their own beer and mineral water. The offer is one of three unpacked pilot projects of the Swiss supermarket chain.
The Civil Dialogue Group is the EU Commission's most important advisory body on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. Jan Plagge, previously Vice-Chairman, is now Chairman.
From September 2017 to August 2018, customers bought 7 percent more organic vegetables in Swiss retail outlets than in the same period last year. Sales of fruit and milk increased as well.
The winners of the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards were announced at a dedicated reception in Paris a few days ago.
In 2017, France generated organic sales of around 8.3 bn euros. However, as conventional retailers are pushing their organic growth, the specialist trade is being threatened. But new trends also create new opportunities.
Scientists from biotech research institutions in Europe are calling for European genetic engineering legislation to be amended and GM plants to be exempted from its approval regulations. However, their demand encounters resistance.
The EU Directorate General for Health and Food Safety inspected Romania's eco-control system in April. The audit report now published confirms Romania's progress, but still criticises many details.
On 30th October, IFOAM EU’s event format “IFOAM EU meets business” had a successful premiere. The event aims at bringing together organic companies and companies involved or interested in organic trade.
Next week, Natural Products Scandinavia will be hosted from 14-15th November in Malmö, Sweden. Alongside the trade event, the Nordic Organic Food Fair will also take place at MalmöMässan.
Scientists investigated the link between the consumption of organic food and the risk of developing cancer. Result: More organic food reduces the risk of cancer. However, the work has scientific weaknesses.
In June this year, the competent EU Directorate General inspected a control agency operating in Ukraine. The audit report now published confirms progress made by the inspection body, but accuses it of living a "culture of leniency" with regard to infringements.
For the first time, the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency and the Medical University of Vienna have proven that microplastics also occur in the human digestive system.
How can logistics experts from the organic sector transport goods in a more environmentally friendly way? The panel Green Logistics of Bodan and BNN presented practical solutions for trucks. Some of them are already in use at Bodan.
Next week, the tenth European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will be hosted in Paris from 5-7th November. Registrations are still open for interested parties.
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has confirmed the jury's verdict in the Johnson vs. Monsanto case. However, she the assessed the fine as too high and greatly reduced it accordingly.
For all those who want to offer unpacked goods in their shop, grain mill manufacturer Hawos has developed glass silos. They offer advantages over frequently used plastic silos.
Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.
83% of German consumers are familiar with the topic of microplastics in food and 56% of them are therefore worried. The BfR determined this in its current consumer monitor.
Glycerin, E 551, E 476, sodium hydroxide, potassium polyaspartate and E 965: EGTOP, the EU Commission's advisors on organic food issues, give their opinion on additive applications.
On 30th October 2018, IFOAM EU, its Interest Group of Organic Processors and Traders (IGOP) and food companies will meet in Brussels at „IFOAM EU meets business – bringing the organic food industry together“.
The detailed provisions of the new EU Organic Regulation in the poultry sector will be more detailed and cover more areas than before. However, organic farms with 30,000 or more laying hens remain possible.
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