At its 10th General Assembly, IFOAM Organics Europe’s members elected a new Board. They re-elected Jan Plagge as President. He is the President of Bioland e.V. (Germany and North Italy) and has many years of experience developing the organic sector. He has a background as an organic farmer and organic farm advisor.
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.
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?
The primate researcher, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace will speak at the opening of Biofach and Vivaness 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Amongst other crops, Juha and Kari Raininko farm quinoa in Finland – for the brothers the plant of the future and for the European market an alternative to imports from South America. The brothers are also successful with the rest of their products.
With a population of 5.3 million, the Finnish market is relatively small. The organic market in Finland has been growing steadily for years. From 2017 to 2018 alone, it grew by 8.7 percent to a sales volume of 336 million euros. In order to compete against the big conventional stores, the only Finnish organic supermarket chain has to be innovative.
The Australian parliament has sanctioned the government’s decision to exclude new genetic engineering processes from genetic engineering law. “No other country is deregulating CRISPR GMO technology to the extent that Australia is”, comments Glenn Schaube, chairman of the Australian organic association NASAA. He fears drastic consequences for Australia’s organic farmers.
The bio verlag, the publishing company of organic-market.info, was awarded “National Winnter” in the category “Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness” at the European Business Awards. Manager Sabine Kauffmann accepted the award in Warsaw.
From 2021 on, plastic drinking straws will be banned in the EU. Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd will start selling the world’s first edible straws from the start-up company Wisefood in just a few days.
The demand for organic milk in Switzerland is growing, but not strongly enough. Many newly converted organic farms have to sell milk at a lower price.
In July 2018, the European Court of Justice clarified that new genetic engineering processes such as CRISPR/Cas and the organisms produced with them are subject to genetic engineering law. Since then, EU member states have been discussing how to deal with this ruling. As there is no consensus, they first tasked the European Commission with conducting a study – and thus postponed the issue.
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