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The first Organics Europe Youth Event will take place in Switzerland

The Organic Europe’s Youth Event (OEYE) will take place from August 31 to September 1 in Frick, Switzerland. It is an event especially designed for young people interested and active in organic. 

Coronavirus: Biofach Japan cancelled

The 16th round of Biofach Japan was scheduled for 10 - 13 March 2020. It would have taken place at the Biofach Japan Pavilion at Foodex Japan in Chiba, Tokyo. Now the event is cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

Coming up: Organic Wine Iberia in June

Organic Wine Iberia co-located with Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia, will take place at Ifema-Feria de Madrid, on 3-4 June. The event will feature over 600 exhibiting companies.

Sonnentor saves 20 tons of packaging

Thanks to improved aroma protection bags for tea, Sonnentor can eliminate the wood-made wrapping film from all boxes. This ‘unveiling’ will save the environment from around 20 tons of packaging every year.

New EU organic legislation: quality before speed demanded

The focus of the German BÖLW (Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft – Organic food production alliance) event at the Biofach Congress was on the new organic legislation from 01 January 2021, the changes companies will face and the state of work in progress on specific regulations.

Beiersdorf enters natural cosmetics market

As the Hamburg-based skin care giant announced, the ‘Stop The Water While Using Me’ brand has been part of the group since February.

Biofach and Vivaness with more than 47,000 trade visitors

Biofach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and Vivaness, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, achieved record highs for exhibitor numbers.

The role of CAP Eco-schemes to incentivise sustainable farming practices

The newly introduced CAP Eco-scheme has a great potential to drive transition to more sustainable farming systems, according to a new report by research institutes FiBL and IEEP, commissioned by IFOAM EU.

Certification for sustainable sea salt production

Friend of the Sea, a project by the World Sustainability Organization, has developed certification standards for sustainable sea salt production. Companies that fulfil the criteria can use the "Friend of the Sea" eco-label for their sea salt products.

Organic in Spain: Standards against artificial fertilizers

The reports on the use of artificial fertilizers for Spanish organic vegetables have provoked a reaction. CAAE, Spain’s largest certification body, wants to only certify fertilizers that meet a Spanish standard for organic horticulture farms. But is that enough?

Biofach: Jane Goodall to give keynote address at opening

The primate researcher, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace will speak at the opening of Biofach and Vivaness 2020.

Swedish organic farmers at BioFach

It is the first time at the BioFach that the “Swedish Organic Farmers” to present their products to the international market for organic food products. They are looking for direct contact with buyers, food processors and retailers.

Settlement of the glyphosate lawsuits in the USA is approaching

The “settlement poker” between the lawyers of the US glyphosate plaintiffs and Monsanto’s parent company Bayer appears to be entering its final round. Another pending trial has been suspended and New York attorney Ken Feinberg, lead moderator of the negotiations, told the Bloomberg agency that a settlement could be reached within a month.

EU Commissioner campaigns for more organic farming

The new EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski strives to make organic farming the norm. This was announced by the Polish politician at the reception of the Bund für Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft BÖLW (Organic Food Production Alliance) at the Green Week in Berlin. He additionally promised an action plan for organic food.

Selection: 7 Biofach Events in Englisch Language

At the world's leading trade fair BioFach in Nuremberg from 12-15 February, there are not only lots of new products but also valuable information for everyday trading. A selection of events in English language for international visitors.

Laverana Natural Cosmetics: Innovation as a driver

Natural cosmetics for everyone and everywhere – that is the ambition of Laverana, manufacturer of the Lavera brand. The pioneer now exports to 40 countries. But development, production and distribution still take place in the Hanover region. A visit to the “heart” of the company, the new research and development laboratory and test centre.

Coming up: Organic Food Iberia showcases organic products in June

Plans for the second edition of Organic Food Iberia are now well underway. Since its successful launch edition six months ago, more than 70% of its exhibition space for 2020 is already booked – with pavilions from the USA, Korea, France, and Austria confirmed.

Biofach and Vivaness Congress 2020: Programme now online

Biofach and Vivaness provide a 360° overview of organic food and natural and organic cosmetics not least thanks to its broad-ranging congress. The unique events programm has been published now.

New management of FiBL Switzerland

The foundation board has elected: Knut Schmidtke, Marc Schärer and Lucius Tamm form the new management of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Switzerland. As of April 1, they will take over the management of FiBL from Urs Niggli.

German organic certifier Ceres becomes part of the Easy-Cert Group

The German organic certifier Ceres recently became part of the Easy-Cert Group AG, which was founded in June 2019 as a holding company for the Austrian inspection authority Austria Bio Garantie and the Swiss Bio Inspecta. This means that three renowned inspection bodies from the DACH are now operating under one umbrella.

No veto from Brussels: Austria can ban glyphosate

The European Commission did not block the glyphosate prohibition passed by the Austrian parliament. It could come into force at the beginning of 2020. It is still open whether the glyphosate producer Bayer will take legal action against the prohibition act. And in Austria the responsible ministries are slowing down the process.


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