In view of the Ukraine crisis, the European citizens' initiative "Save Bees and Farmers" fears that the Europe-wide target to reduce pesticide use could be watered down. In an open letter, the alliance appeals to the German government to not allow this to happen.
Consumers in Germany spent significantly more money on fair trade products in 2021 than in the previous year. Growth drivers were roses, cocoa and tea.
The Regional Court of Bolzano has also dropped the last charge against environmental activist and current Green member of the Bundestag Karl Bär. This means that this attempt to silence critics of pesticides by legal means has finally failed.
The discounter Lidl wants to pay a price surcharge for all its bananas in the future, so that the workers in the plantations receive a living wage. Partners in the implementation are Fairtrade and the certifier Flocert.
As carbon farming is a current priority on the EU agenda when it comes to climate change mitigation in agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe urges in their new position paper the need for a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to carbon farming.
The market for organic food in the Czech Republic is growing. Compared to 2019, the growth was 14 per cent higher, and Czech households consumed organic food worth CZK 5.99 billion (compared to CZK 5.26 billion in 2019). This is according to the report on the organic food market in the Czech Republic in 2020, published by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Net-zero emissions in organic agriculture in Switzerland are challenging, but possible. This is the conclusion of a study published today by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).
For the first time, Swiss retailers and direct marketers turned over more than four billion Swiss Francs in organic products, Bio Suisse announced at its annual media conference this year.
The manufacturer behind brands like Sojade and Bergerie has a new name. Since April 1, the company has been operating under the first name of its founder.
The manufacturer behind the specialist trade brand Pasta Nuova has been operating under the name Mossa GmbH since April 1. The renaming is intended to make external communication clearer and more transparent.
The EU Commission has presented a series of proposals aimed at protecting the climate and strengthening retailers and consumers. According to the proposals, ambiguous statements about a product's environmental properties will no longer be permitted.
In 2021, special offers and organic products were again in particular demand. Consumption was above the pre-crisis level, although not quite as high as in 2020.
Last week, the applications for the first EU organic awards were launched. Organic operators can now apply for eight awards within seven categories.
For the third year in a row, Lidl Switzerland recorded an increase in sales of organic products. Thus, sales of organically produced food increased by 20 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Russia's war against Ukraine is also influencing the businesses of organic companies. They are closing sites and having difficulty obtaining raw materials. All of them, however, are united in solidarity with Ukraine.
The EU has approved "Clean Smoke," an alternative smoking process for organic products that is considered particularly clean and environmentally friendly. The first products are to be sold in natural food stores as early as March.
The three-person management team of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) will have a new composition as of April. Beate Huber succeeds Lucius Tamm.
Following the acquisition of the Kissyo ice cream brand, Followfood has become a majority shareholder in the consulting and trading company Blueyou. Their know-how is to help the organic manufacturer achieve even more transparent supply chains.
Lorenzo Pileri is the new Managing Director of CCPB. The company, based in Bologna, Italy, certifies organic food and organic non-food products.
The organic food and farming movement analyzed the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027 (CAP) of several member states. Their conclusion is that most CAP national Strategic Plans lack ambition and will not contribute to significantly developing organic farming in the EU or to achieving the EU’s targets set in the Farm to Fork Strategy.
To stimulate the goal of 25 percent organic farming by 2030, the European Commission will grant annual awards for the best and most innovative organic players in its Organic Action Plan.
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