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TRACES: electronic certification for organic imports to prevent fraud

Europe Europe

02.08.2017 Editor

Since April 2017 a new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) has been operating in the EU. It will improve the monitoring of organic products  imported into the EU from third countries.                 


EU: risks involved in the authorisation of stevia

Europe Europe

28.07.2017 Editor

As the University of Hohenheim reports, the EU Commission has authorised new uses of the natural sweetener stevia. Hitherto only steviol glycoside, not the natural stevia leaves, was approved for use as a calorie-free sweetener in food and beverages.


Glyphosate: extending authorisation only if EU states say yes

Europe Europe

27.07.2017 Editor

The wrangle over re-authorising glyphosate goes on and on. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, from the European Health and Food Safety Commission, has stated that this pesticide will be approved for a further 10 years only with the agreement of member states.


Brexit: imports of Fairtrade products continue to be duty free

Europe Europe

27.07.2017 Editor

The Fairtrade Foundation is relieved that the British government has promised that Fairtrade products can be imported duty free after Britain has left the EU.


New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

Europe Europe

25.07.2017 Leo Frühschütz

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.


EU Pesticide Report available

Europe Europe

24.07.2017 Editor

This overview report describes the results of a project of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety to evaluate the official controls for pesticide residues in organic production.


Ukraine: register for Anti Fraud Initiative Conference

Europe Europe

20.07.2017 Editor

The Anti Fraud Initiative (AFI) in collaboration with IFOAM invites for the conference “Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains” in Odesa (Ukraine) on 21-22 September 2017.


EU: vote on importing new GM soya

Europe Europe

20.07.2017 Editor

In mid July a vote was taken in Brussels on further approval by the EU of imports of genetically engineered soya beans.


EU Organic regulation: compromise taken off the agenda of the EU Agriculture Ministers’ meeting

Europe Europe

19.07.2017 Editor

According to IFOAM EU Group in Brussels,the expected provisional endorsement on the outcomes of last trilogue was taken off the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 18 July 2017. This is seen as a chance to make the text workable.


Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

Europe Europe

18.07.2017 Editor

The natural cosmetics firm Santaverde has for 30 years been synonymous with high-value Aloe vera products. As newcomers to the industry, Sabine and Kurt Beer developed the growing and processing of Aloe vera on their own finca in the south of Spain. They also organise regular seminars in Estepona at which specialist dealers and cosmeticians receive training. Our author Bettina Pabel attended one of these sessions.


EU: environmental footprint stated on food

Europe Europe

17.07.2017 Editor

By 2020 at the latest uniform labelling across the whole of Europe will provide information about the environmental impact of food items.


FiBL Europe celebrates its opening

Europe Europe

14.07.2017 Editor

The leading research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s sound scientific knowledge on organic farming and the policy-making processes taking place in Brussels.


Austria: Sonnentor's turnover up by 12%

Europe Europe

14.07.2017 Editor

In the financial year 2016/2017, the Austrian organic firm Sonnentor recorded an outstanding increase in sales of around 12 % and total turnover of 40.2 million euros.


Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Europe Europe

11.07.2017

 

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets. From January to April this year, total sales (food, drinks, pet food) increased by 3.7%, up from 0.5% in 2016. The share of organic food in the total food sales increased from 2% in 2013 to 3.4%. Italian consumer purchases in supermarkets have more than tripled since 2009. Also traditional specialized organic shops are growing. 83% of Italian households bought organic products in 2016.

 


Natural & Organic Cosmetics Association: 10 years of NATRUE

Europe Europe

07.07.2017 Editor

The NATRUE Association has seen steady growth over the past 10 years, with a total of more than 60 Members from over 20 countries worldwide. The Association celebrated its 10th anniversary and the annual member meeting.


EY pilot study: "True Cost Accounting"

Europe Europe

05.07.2017 Editor

Accountants Ernst & Young (EY) and sustainability consultant Soil & More have developed a method for small and medium size businesses in the organic industry to calculate these unseen costs with the help of a practical dashboard.


Sustainable Foods Summit: Major Outcomes from European Edition

Europe Europe

04.07.2017 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit drew to a successful close in Amsterdam on 1-2nd June. Over 100 senior executives from the food industry debated sustainability issues over the two-day summit.


EU: Environment Committee in favour of neonicotinoid ban

Europe Europe

04.07.2017 Editor

In a vote taken last Thursday the Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected with a big majority a resolution of the Conservatives and populists not to ban the three neonicotinoids that are regarded as particularly dangerous to bees.


EU: More than 1 million against glyphosate

Europe Europe

03.07.2017 Editor

Within four months, well over a million men and women in Europe have stated in a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) that they are in favour of a ban on glyphosate.


IFOAM EU: Provisional agreement reached - impact on organic operators to be evaluated

Europe Europe

30.06.2017 Editor

Last Wednesday, after more than three years of negotiations, the three EU Institutions – the Commission, the Council and the Parliament – came to a provisional agreement on the European organic regulation.


Ukraine: Eco-Expo in September

Europe Europe

30.06.2017 Editor

The 11th International Exhibition ECO-Expo will take place on September 27-30, 2017 at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev.


EU: Council agrees on draft of a new organic regulation

Europe Europe

29.06.2017 Editor

DG Agri (EU) in Brussels explains that new rules were informally agreed by Council′ negotiators in the final trilogue yesterday.


Organic-Market.info Summer Special

Europe Europe

29.06.2017 Editor

Our Summer Special at bio-markt.info and Organic-Market.info organic-market.info offers you a great  opportunity for a low-cost campaign. From 1 August to 30 September, you can advertise 8 weeks for the price of 6 weeks!



ECJ judgement: the term “soya milk” no longer allowed

Europe Europe

27.06.2017 Editor

It is no longer permitted to market products of purely plant origin by using words like milk or cheese. That was the decision of the European Court in Luxembourg.


IFOAM European Organic Congress in Estonia

Europe Europe

22.06.2017 Editor

The 11th IFOAM EU Organic Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap.


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