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Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

Europe Europe

17.08.2018 Editor

Fruit growing, animal husbandry, processing: European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme. Seven of the eleven projects are funded by the German Government's organic and sustainability programme BÖLN.


RELACS EU: Project website launched

Europe Europe

07.08.2018 Editor

The recently introduced European project Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems (RELACS) has just launched its new project website.


Call to Action: GFGF European Days of Action in October

Europe Europe

02.08.2018 Editor

The Good Food, Good Farming Movement invokes citizens and stakeholders from the organic sector to contribute to their new campaign European Days of Action 2018 in October.


Human induced climate change likely to have caused current heat wave

Europe Europe

01.08.2018 Editor

According to reports by The Guardian and BBC Online, the current heatwave in Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change caused by human behavior, scientists state.


PAN Europe: New report on alternatives to glyphosate published

Europe Europe

31.07.2018 Editor

PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some EU member states on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.


IFOAM EU: Annual Report 2017 published

Europe Europe

30.07.2018 Editor

Recently, IFOAM EU has published its Annual Report 2017. The report aims at informing IFOAM members as well as the wider public about the organization and what it does to make Europe more organic.


EU: New genetic engineering methods considered genetically modified

Europe Europe

25.07.2018 Editor

The European Court of Justice has ruled that new genetic techniques like CRISPR/Cas should also fall under Europe’s genetic engineering law including risk assessment as well as labelling.


Sustainable Beauty Awards open to entries

Europe Europe

23.07.2018 Editor

Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) has announced that entries are now open for the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards in five categories.


IFOAM EU: 12th European Organic Congress in Vienna

Europe Europe

17.07.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU invites interested parties to its 12th European Organic Congress ‘Organic on every table: Added value for farmers, consumers and society’ taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 25th-26th September 2018.


Dutch raw chocolate maker Lovechock acquires Raw Patisserie

Europe Europe

06.07.2018 Editor

Raw Patisserie, a Dutch start up which had to file for insolvency at the beginning of June, and its brand Ridiculously Good was acquired by Lovechock B.V.


Switzerland: market grew to 2.25 billion euro

Europe Europe

05.07.2018 Editor

The Federal Office for Agriculture published the statistics 2017 for organic food. One in ten fresh food items sold in Switzerland last year was organic.


IFOAM EU: What will change with the new Organic Regulation?

Europe Europe

28.06.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU has put together a briefing on what the new Organic Regulation will change for farmers, processors and certifiers.


Sustainable Foods Summit: Strategies for a circular economy

Europe Europe

26.06.2018 Karin Heinze

The 10th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit by Ecovia Intelligence took place in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. Speakers from all over the world presented a broad range of topics relating to the model of a future circular economy. The international audience consisting of stakeholders from all over the supply chain was seeking inspiration and sustainable solutions. The conference provided best practice models for sustainable cultivation, processing and packaging, but also for the reuse, recycling and avoidance of waste in order to conserve valuable resources. Watch the video interview with Erik Does, CEO Ekoplaza.


EXKI Nature’s Kitchen: First restaurant in Germany

Europe Europe

22.06.2018 Editor

The Belgian fast food chain EXKI, which is committed to healthy food and sustainability according to its own statements, opens its first restaurant in Cologne. Further restaurants are planned.


Poland: Warsaw University offers studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production”

Europe Europe

21.06.2018 Editor

The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”


EU Commission criticises eco-control authority in Sri Lanka

Europe Europe

20.06.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The EU Commission has had an eco-control office in Sri Lanka checked and has come across massive grievances. These “undermine the credibility of the control system”, it says in the audit's report.


ProVeg: The V-label for cosmetics

Europe Europe

19.06.2018 Editor

The internationally protected V-label quality label now also identifies vegetarian and vegan foods as a consumer orientation aid for cosmetics without ingredients from animals.


Sustainable Food Awards - winners announced

Europe Europe

15.06.2018 Editor

At the end of the first conference day of the Sustainable Food Summit Europe the inaugural Sustainable Food Awards reception was hosted at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre on 7th June 2018.


EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

Europe Europe

14.06.2018 Editor

According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

Europe Europe

12.06.2018 Karin Heinze

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.


Tritordeum: new cereal wins Sustainable Food Awards

Europe Europe

12.06.2018 Editor

Tritordeum is a new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits. It has won the first prize in the category Sustainable Ingredient in the Sustainable Food Awards 2018 by Ecovia Intelligence.

 


Insect mortality: EU Commission to take action

Europe Europe

07.06.2018 Editor

According to the EU Press Office, the following new measures are proposed: a new indicator to improve monitoring and data and better coordination of EU action in different sectors and policy areas to counter the social and economic impact of the decline in pollinating insects.


EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

Europe Europe

05.06.2018 Editor

According to a proposal by the EU Commission, ten disposable plastic products are to be withdrawn from the European market.


Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"

Europe Europe

04.06.2018 Editor

An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.


Ukraine: organic porridge record

Europe Europe

31.05.2018 Editor

At the largest agricultural exhibition of Eastern Europe, Agroport West Lviv 2018, held in the Ukraine, a new record was set.The biggest amount of cereal porridge was cooked from the certified organic products only.


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