Europe Europe14.10.2016 Editor
According to a recent study, glyphosate in American bee honey is twice as high as the EU regulations allow. Even in organic honey.
Europe Europe12.10.2016 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.
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.
Europe Europe11.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe10.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe08.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe07.10.2016 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 Europe07.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe06.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe05.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe04.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe04.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe03.10.2016 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.
Europe Europe29.09.2016 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.
Europe Europe26.09.2016 Editor
LLOOF is the combination of two years effort by 10 European WWOOF National Organisations, involving 20 representatives to complete a guide for WWOOFes.
Europe Europe23.09.2016 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.
Europe Europe22.09.2016 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.
Europe Europe13.09.2016 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 Europe10.09.2016 Editor
On the 7th september, the Declaration oh the future EU Rural Development was proposed at the Cork Conference on Rural Development.
Europe Europe02.09.2016 Editor
The International Exhibition for Organic and Natural Products SANA takes place from 9th - 12th September in Bologna Italy.
Europe Europe01.09.2016 Redaktion
As the European Union ended its quota system in April 2015, the dairy sector was hit particularly hard.
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.
Europe Europe23.08.2016 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.
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.
Europe Europe11.08.2016 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.