The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) has developed a sustainability standard for companies in the food industry. It covers the entire value chain, is geared towards continuous improvement and has been pre-tested by two organic companies.
As the initial pantry-loading phase of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, households of all sizes have begun to settle into longer-term routines and shopping patterns. For those shoppers who prioritize organic, their commitment to the label remains strong, even as so much has changed within their daily lives.
Mint, basil, coriander and other fresh herbs now thrive in Aldi Süd markets in Germany. Customers can buy the plants freshly harvested from so-called indoor farms.
The 2020 edition of Natexpo, the international trade show for organic professionals, is still going ahead. As scheduled, it will be held in Lyon on 21 and 22 September this year.
Europe's agriculture and food industry should become significantly more ecological by 2030. According to the strategy ‘From Farm to Fork’ which was presented by the EU Commission, the share of organic farming in the EU should increase to 25 percent by 2030 and the use of pesticides and antibiotics halved. It also includes some genetic engineering.
The organisers of the Free From Functional & Health Ingredients (FFFHI) and Free From Packaging (FFP) have confirmed that the events, which were planned to take place at the RAI Amsterdam from 24-25 June, will be postponed to 24-25 November 2020, following the global escalation of COVID-19.
The Farm-to-Fork strategy and the biodiversity strategy were presented in Brussels and are both part of the European Commission's New Green Deal. According to the reports organic farming should increase to 25 percent and the use of pesticides and antibiotics halved in the EU member states by 2030.
Weleda, the Swiss natural cosmetics manufacturer changed the top management of its largest market in April. Nadja Holland is the new Regional Director for the German, Austrian and Swiss market, responsible for the Natural Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals divisions.
Last year consumers spent 2.04 billion euros on products with the "Fairtrade" seal. This equates to 25 euros per head and a growth rate of 26 percent.
The Swiss spent 3.24 billion francs, or 3.07 billion euros on organic food in 2019, so the organic food sales achieved a 10.3 percent share of the total food market. These and many other figures were presented by the Swiss association ‘Bio Suisse’.
One of the fundamental pillars of EU policy is the peaceful coexistence of organic farming, conventional agriculture and genetically modified plants. Farmers should be free to choose their preferred cultivation method and consumers should be free to choose whether or not to buy the products from the different farming systems.
Food retailers in Austria generated seven percent more revenue with fresh organic food in 2019 than in the year before. The number of organic farmers has also grown.
An era is coming to an end for the German manufacturer of organic fruit bars, marzipan and confectionery products. After almost two decades, managing director Friedrich Lange has handed over his post to Stefan Goldhorn.
The corona pandemic has brought the global food system to the brink of collapse. How it could have come to this and the lessons learned from this have been compiled by International sustainability experts.
In light of recent developments around covid-19, the organizing committee of the Organic World Congress has decided to postpone the event.
Biotropic, the fruit and vegetable importer asked employees in its branches from France to Costa Rica to the Ivory Coast, to report on Corona and the situation for them locally.
Andrea Fütterer from Gepa, the fair trade organisation was stuck in Honduras until the 3rd April has reported back on the situation in Honduras for Gepa’s coffee partners in Honduras and the people's protest against the curfew.
Gepa, the fair trade organisation has reported on the situation for its worldwide partners from for craft enterprises as well as food producers. Their situation is very different ...
Gebana, the Swiss fair trade company processes mangoes and cashew nuts from local organic farmers in Burkina Faso. In a blog post, the company reports on the impact of Corona there.
On its website, Lidl Germany publishes a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food private label range. The discounter thus fulfils transparency requirements that the German organic specialist trade has not yet realised for its own brands.
Otto Greither - whose name stands for health, humanity and vision, became 95 yesterday this week. On this very special birthday, Salus employees paid tribute to their long-standing managing director.
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