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High presence of Glyphosate in U.S. products

Europe Europe

14.10.2016 Editor

According to a recent study, glyphosate in American bee honey is twice as high as the EU regulations allow. Even in organic honey.


How Bonduelle’s organic produce travels worldwide

Europe Europe

12.10.2016 Editor

Bonduelle announced it will extend its offer of organic canned vegetables with seven new products, which will be available among others in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.


Denmark - the world leading organic nation

Europe Europe

11.10.2016

The Danish organic market has grown by 17,8 % in the first six month of 2016 and the organic share is 9,9% of the total food sales in the Danish retail sector. That makes Denmark to the most well-developed organic market worldwide, says a report. Organic products worth almost DKK 1.7 billion (€ 228 Mio.) were sold to professional kitchens in Denmark in 2015, according to the latest statement from Statistics Denmark. This corresponds to an increase of 27% relative to 2014. More than a trebling within five years. And the positive development continues: Organic Denmark expects that the organic sale to food service will increase by 25 percent in 2016.


Bayer-Monsanto merger about to happen

Europe Europe

11.10.2016 Editor

On 24 September, the board of Monsanto agreed to accept the offer of Bayer to purchase Monsanto for $66 billion pending regulatory approval. The outcome will depend on the European Commission’s decision in Brussels.


Consumers’ misconceptions affect sales of organic fish

Europe Europe

10.10.2016 Editor

Although the market for organic food has grown in the EU over the last few years, organic sea food remains a small business in Europe even at times when the organic sector is in permanent expansion.


Public trial of Monsanto for ecocide

Europe Europe

08.10.2016 Editor

Over 800 organizations from around the world are supporting and participating in this process while over 100 people's assemblies and tribunals are being held across the world.


France catching up with organic leaders

Europe Europe

07.10.2016 Editor

According to the organic agency Agence Bio, the first half of this year has proved to be very fruitful. Organic food sales increased by 20%.


Europe’s biggest trade agreement reaches its most crucial point

Europe Europe

07.10.2016 Editor

The process has been mostly marked by strong resistance by the people. Austria, Belgium, Germany and France have had the biggest anti-CETA/TTIP movements.


EU Parliament objects to new GMO authorisations

Europe Europe

06.10.2016 Editor

Today the European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs.


IFOAM EU launched web-based plattform for farmers

Europe Europe

05.10.2016 Editor

The new web-based platform OK-Net Arable is launched to fill the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe and promote exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists.

 


Registration open: Conference "Sourcing Organic from Ukraine"

Europe Europe

04.10.2016 Editor

The Ukraine is one of the leading suppliers for organic commodities for the Western European market. The conference "Sourcing Organic from Ukraine" will take place in Frankfurt (Germany) on October 25-26.


Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

Europe Europe

04.10.2016 Editor

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.


European Organic Fruit Forum sets the direction of further development

Europe Europe

03.10.2016 Redaktion

On the occasion of this year's general assembly, the members of the Europäische Bioobst Forum (EBF) met at the premises of the fruit farmers belonging to the Biosüdtirol cooperative in Gargazon near Lana.


Green Acquisitions will be highlighted at Sustainable Summits in Paris

Europe Europe

29.09.2016 Editor

Unilever’s purchase of Seventh Generation is the latest in a series of green acquisitions. Organic Monitor predicts the trend to continue as large multinationals look to build a foothold in sustainable product industries.


LLOOF Project: WWOOF Guide for Living and Learning on Organic Farms


Europe Europe

26.09.2016 Editor

LLOOF is the combination of two years effort by 10 European WWOOF National Organisations, involving 20 representatives to complete a guide for WWOOFes.


Official Launch of the European Petition for Soil Protection

Europe Europe

23.09.2016 Editor

On Thursday September 22nd the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) ‘People4soil’, is launched at ‘Terra Madre’, the global Slow Food event on good, clean and fair food in Turin, Italy. The minimum target is to gather one million signatures.


EU Commission no longer recognises organic salmon from Norway

Europe Europe

22.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

From 1 January 2015 organic salmon from Norway has no longer been organic. That's the opinion of the EU Commission.  What the consequences are is not the least bit clear. The only thing that is clear is the fact the production conditions of Norwegian organic salmon farmers have not changed. What's going on here is to do with the legal situation– and diplomacy in agriculture.


Organic products from abroad: are prices and wages fair ?

Europe Europe

13.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The objective is clear: people producing organic goods must earn enough to live on. But do importers in fact pay prices that enable the producers and the workers in the fields and plantations to have a decent standard of living? If the answer is that they often don't, what does that mean for the specialist organic trade?


Cork 2.0 declaration: Strong political commitment on public goods payments needed to turn words into reality

Europe Europe

10.09.2016 Editor

On the 7th september, the Declaration oh the future EU Rural Development was proposed at the Cork Conference on Rural Development.


All set for SANA 2016

Europe Europe

02.09.2016 Editor

The International Exhibition for Organic and Natural Products SANA takes place from 9th - 12th September in Bologna Italy.


Dairy Farmers Adapt to EU's Changing Conditions

Europe Europe

01.09.2016 Redaktion

As the European Union ended its quota system in April 2015, the dairy sector was hit particularly hard.


Monsanto in court

Europe Europe

23.08.2016

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.


National Strategies to Reduce Food Waste

Europe Europe

23.08.2016 Redaktion

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calculated that global food waste would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter if it were treated as a country.


Natural cosmetics: ”Quality and company development secure the future”

Europe Europe

16.08.2016

The first quarter of 2016 the market registered growth of roughly 10 %. Together with the turnover of nature-based cosmetics, natural cosmetics have achieved a market share of around 15 %, i.e. turnover of approximately two billion euros. A super result in view of the saturated cosmetics market. Looking at these figures, it's important to note that long-term commitment by the companies pays off, not only in financial terms but also in physical growth. We talked with natural & organic cosmetics expert Elfriede Dambacher about developments, concepts and the future.


Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

Europe Europe

11.08.2016 Editor

Together, the IFOAM Organics International, Navdanya, Organic Consumers Association, Biovision and many more are organizing The People’s Assembly as well as The Monsanto Tribunal, 14 -16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.


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