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Czech Republic: over 1 million Euro to promote organic products

International_EN Europe

16.12.2016 Editor

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales. The state will invest 30 million crowns (about 1.11 million Euro) in the initiative.


OF&G UK: the EU regulation review must be rejected

International_EN Europe

15.12.2016 Editor

OF&G one of the UK’s leading organic certifiers has taken active steps to bring about the outright rejection of the process and stop any further discussion on the proposed new regulation.


EU organic law: amendments making it more complicated

International_EN Europe

15.12.2016

The Freiburg lawyer and expert in organic law, Hanspeter Schmidt, and Dr. Manon Haccius, responsible for quality management at Alnatura, explained in a seminar the amendments to existing EU organic law. They provided information for over 100 participants who were mainly representatives from the quality assurance and management departments of manufacturing companies, wholesalers, control organisations and associations.


EU organic regulation review: strong disagreement among EU agriculture ministers

International_EN Europe

14.12.2016 Editor

On Monday EU agriculture ministers again failed to find agreement on the proposal for a new organic regulation. The council took note of the Progress Report presented by the Slovak Presidency and intensely debated how to proceed, but no consensus was reached.


IFOAM EU: we need a new start for the organic regulation

International_EN Europe

09.12.2016 Editor

Despite the enormous efforts made during the last trialogue negotiations held under the Slovakian Presidency, the three institution did not manage to find a final compromise and decided to suspend the negotiation until further notice.


EU safety review on glyphosate still pending

International_EN Europe

09.12.2016 Editor

Although there has been shown clear evidence of the cancerogen potential of the weedkiller glyphosate by the WHO IARC study and the EU Parliament voted against an extension the commission will not accelerate the review. 


Review of the EU regulation failed

International_EN Europe

08.12.2016 Editor

The rapporteur of the Parliament, Martin Häusling, explains: "The trialogue negotiations held yesterday under the Slovakian Presidency have failed temporary.The talks about a new EU Eco-Regulation can not be continued in my view. "


EU organic farmers show red card to Brussels

International_EN Europe

08.12.2016 Editor

Organic farmers in Europe call for an end to the misguided negotiations on the organic regulation proposal that does not deliver a better regulation.


The organic regulation review has reached a dead end

International_EN Europe

08.12.2016 Editor

"The organic regulation review has reached a dead end - we need to turn around", this is the headline of a letter sent by Eduardo Cuoco, IFOAM EU Director. A review of the existing organic regulation had the potential to improve the legal framework, he writes.


Soil is not recognized as a common good

International_EN Europe

07.12.2016 Editor

Around 430 organisations joined together to ask Europe to give a right to soil with #People4Soil petition, the first 25.000 signatures have been done - 1 million are needed.


World Soil Day: People for Soil Twitterstorm

International_EN Europe

01.12.2016 Editor

The World Soil Day (Monday 5 December) is a great chance to ask Europe to develop a specific legislation to save soil from pollution, speculative interests and poisons all around. For this reason more than 400 associations have joined together as People4Soil coalition which is promoting a European Citizens' Initiative.


IFOAM EU survey: Making Europe more Organic

International_EN Europe

01.12.2016 Editor

Our food & farming systems need a profound transformation, explains IFOAM EU. Through IFOAM EU-led workshops in the framework of the Vision 2030 process many of you suggested ways in which the food & farming sector, civil society & policy makers can bring forward the changes we need.



 

 


EIT Food: boost to innovation for the food sector

International_EN Europe

30.11.2016 Editor

The EU wants to change the direction of travel in the the food sector by means of a powerful scientific and econmic programme.  The aims: education, research and 350 startups for new technologies, healthy food, less food waste and fewer greenhouse gas emissions in production.


Netherlands: consortium on personalised nutrition and health

International_EN Europe

30.11.2016 Editor

Wageningen University & Research and TNO, is researching the technology and knowledge needed to make personalised nutritional and health advice possible on a large scale.


Landmark ECJ ruling: research on dangers of pesticides must be made public

International_EN Europe

29.11.2016 Editor

The European Court of Justice ruled last week that safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides must be disclosed.


Refugees welcome!

International_EN Europe

29.11.2016 Editor

The biggest challenge of all is what we call “everyday life” – including when receiving and integrating refugees. There are many hurdles and forms to fill out – but also committed helpers. Among them are many actors in the organic industry. After all, behaving with social responsibility is one of the basics in the organic sector. Examples from Germany reveal how you can become an active participant and what that can achieve in people's daily lives. 


EU: Genetically engineered maize - risks not under control

International_EN Europe

28.11.2016 Editor

The EU Commission wants to allow the cultivation of three variant of genetically engineered maize for 2017. EU Member States are expected to vote on this issue on 9 December.


Organic leaders call for a regulation that supports development

International_EN Europe

28.11.2016 Editor

More than 140 people from 18 countries met in Sevilla, Spain at the 4th Organic Processing Conference to discuss the future of organic food processing.


Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair successful

International_EN Europe

25.11.2016 Editor

The Nordic region’s biggest co-located trade shows for natural and organic food and drink, health, beauty, eco-living and self-care products took place over 16-17 November. A record 4,912 attendees (a significant 25% increase for 2016) were out in force to see and sample the next-wave of new product innovations from 375 exhibiting companies.


Pural: “active for 20 years in the wholefood industry“

International_EN Europe

22.11.2016

In the 20 years since   it was founded, Pural Vertriebs GmbH is one of the few wholesalers that has developed into a powerful sales partner for the wholefood trade nationwide. The ongoing extension of the product range with exclusive brands and innovative labels, the takeover of regional distribution companies and the resulting expansion and, not least, the arm of the business dealing with the health food and orgnic trade, including abroad, contributed to the dynamic development of the Pural group of companies. Another contributing factor is that second-generation family members with great commitment have entered the business. Ulrike and Heinz Claus explain the development of their company and  their view of  loyalty to the specialist trade. (Video interview with Ulrike Claus)


China: e-commerce and cross-border model are on the rise

International_EN Europe

22.11.2016 Editor

With rising demand for foreign products and a fast growing e-commerce sector new platforms for cross-border consumption are growing dynamically. The government is pushing the trend.


Criticism of Thailand's organic control

International_EN Europe

17.11.2016 Editor

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU audited a control organisation authorised to control organic imports from Thailand into the EU - and it was very critical of its work.


Successful Tribunal and Peoples Assembly – What’s next?

International_EN Europe

16.11.2016 Editor

Both the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal and the parallel People’s Assembly were a great success. The victims are very happy that their voices have been heard, media coverage was positive especially in France and Germany.


Denmark expanding the organic market with an old food brand

International_EN Europe

15.11.2016 Editor

In Denmark is known for one of the most active organic food markets. It has one of the highest share of sales in Europe. according to statistics fresh produce is one of the categories with the highest organic share.


Ukraine: potential that ought to be exploited

International_EN Europe

15.11.2016

Ukraine is an important source of organic raw materials. Even after irregularities in recent years, some of a serious nature, nothing has changed regarding Ukraine as a sourcing country. There is potential and the new Ministry of Agriculture is working on closing gaps in the organic legislation, supporting organic farms and creating a corresponding infrastructure. However, many people feel the guidelines of the  EU Commission are a hindrance to trade. The guidelines were issued as a reaction to the scandals and apply until at least the end of this year. The two-day conference “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine” was conducive to constructive dialogue between representatives from Ukraine and representatives from politics and control organisations, importers and processors. (Video interviews)


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