Europe Europe08.02.2017 Editor
Organic or not organic? The issue is not clear in the case of mate tea. The EU Commission and the organic authorities in a number of federal states in Germany question whether certified organic mate tea from South America can be sold as an organic food item.
Europe Europe06.02.2017 Editor
Traditionally IFOAM EU Group is organizing a EU Policy Day at BioFach. There will also be the TP Organics´Science Day and other events by IFOAM.
Europe Europe31.01.2017 Editor
The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, made up of experts from the governments of the Member States, discussed the approval of several GM maize varieties for the EU - there was no majority for an approval.
Europe Europe25.01.2017 Editor
The conference of Natural & Organic Products Expo will update visitors with the latest research and advice in the Natural Products Talks Theatre, Natural Beauty Theatre and Natural Food Kitchen.
Europe Europe24.01.2017 Editor
Under the motto "We are fed up with the agricultural industry!" 18,000 farmers and citizens demand a change in agricultural and nutrition policy. The alliance calls for a 9-point plan for animal, environment and climate change in agriculture.
Europe Europe23.01.2017 Editor
Vegan nutrition has numerous followers in Europe and worldwide. The corresponding product range has developed into an important sector which generates good turnovers in Germany.
Europe Europe19.01.2017 Editor
IFOAM EU Group informed that the Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project has started on January 1st 2017 and will run for four years with a €30 million budget co-funded by the European Union.
Europe Europe18.01.2017 Editor
Danone’s CEO Emmanuel Faber suggests obesity, malnutrition and declining soil health are reasons to go organic.
Europe Europe17.01.2017 Editor
The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) "Ban Glyphosate EU" will be formally registered on 25 January by the European Commission. With this registration a one-year process of collection of at least 1 million signatures will start.
Europe Europe17.01.2017 Editor
Under the headline „UK Organic Sector backed by EU Funding“ the British Organic Trade Board (OTB) informed, that the OTB, in partnership with Organic Denmark, have been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the organic food and drink sector.
Europe Europe11.01.2017 Editor
The study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority.
Europe Europe05.01.2017 Editor
According to the official statistics published for 2015 more than 1.1 million genetically engineered animals has been used in Germany. Testbiotech demands political initiatives to stop this growing trend in animal suffering.
Europe Europe04.01.2017 Editor
The new generation of products from gene-edited origin is appearing. The German association VLOG stated these products must be tested, regulated and labelled as GMOs.
Europe Europe04.01.2017 Editor
Over 380 members (90%) of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) want no change in the regulation of organic foods. That is the result of a survey from December 2016.
Greenpeace Spain congratulates all the players in the organic movement. They would have made the dynamic growth of the ecologically managed agricultural area possible, making it possible for the consumer to buy healthy and environmentally friendly food. With an increase of 18.4 per cent compared to 2014, some two million hectares are now biologically cultivated - Spain has thus reached a new record. But this is not enough yet looking at the challenges of climate change, soil loss and rural exodus, explains the Greenpeace Spain.
Europe Europe02.01.2017 Editor
What will the next year bring as change for natural and organic cosmetics, asks Natrue, the association for natural and organic cosmetics. There won´t be an European harmonised standard for natural and organic cosmetics, that´s the fact.
Europe Europe30.12.2016 Editor
The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU. On Thursday, the EU court (ECJ) in Luxembourg rejected an action against the marketing of this variety produced by Monsanto and contained in animal feed and food for humans.
Europe Europe28.12.2016 Editor
The President of Bioland and Vice-President of the IFOAM EU Group (International Federation of Organic Agriculture) Jan Plagge was elected unanimously to be the deputy chairman of the Civil Dialogue Group (CDG). It assists the Commission and will engage in dialogue on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Brussels.
Europe Europe27.12.2016 Editor
The second Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit hosted in Paris, highlighted some of the sustainability shortcomings in the detergent and cleaning product industries. Summit participants called for greater attention to green formulations, packaging and consumer behavior.
Not an easy year - politically as well as for the organic industry. Although turnover is still growing political developments as in the UK, in Turkey and the US will all impact on to the organic sector. The worldwide organic movement is working on new ideas and is fighting very hard against GMO and pesticides. Looking back over the organic year, we are summarising important events, market data, developments, trends and reports from Europe and across the world. Please join us for our review! Many more themes are available in our archive and on YouTube and Twitter.
Europe Europe26.12.2016 Editor
The SOLMACC project has been successful in 2016. The 12 farmers in Sweden, Germany and Italy continue to implement the climate-friendly practices on their farms.
Europe Europe23.12.2016 Editor
The cost of leasing and buying land is rising hugely in many countries. All over the world, agricultural corporations, investors and whole states are buying up land. Agricultural land is also being lost to the subsidised growing of energy plants.
Europe Europe20.12.2016 Editor
The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information.
It's ages since natural cosmetics were available only in wholefood stores. And demand that has been rapidly rising for years has meant that natural cosmetics brands have now been listed by other outlets than drugstores and conventional food retailers. Above all, the online trade has created a lot of space on its virtual shelves for natural cosmetics. Biopinio – mobile market research for the organic sector – has investigated and asked over 1,200 bio-savvy customers about their purchasing habits. The trend: it's not only digital natives who are keen users of the internet – not least as a source of information as well. The biopinio study examines interesting issues around target groups, purchasing channels and people's need for information and advice.
Europe Europe19.12.2016 Editor
The German Federal Council Bundesrat calls for comprehensive corrections and improvements to the draft of the new Genetic Engineering Act (Opt out).