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Canada: the state of organics

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01.12.2017 Editor

The Canada Organic Trade Association’s (COTA) recently published "The State of Organics" - Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017. The report provides a comprehensive facts about the current level of development of the organic sector in each province.

Study: Major changes needed if CAP is to be made fit for purpose

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24.11.2017 Editor

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.

Report: international organic fruits and vegetables markets till 2020

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23.10.2017 Editor

The international market research Markets & Markets says in a recent study that the global market for organic fruits and vegetables is projected to reach USD 62.97 Billion by 2020.

Soil Association report: Organic Supply Chain in 2017

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20.10.2017 Editor

The comprehensive report The Organic Supply Chains 2017 was recently published by the British Soil Association. The report should serve as a guide for the organic industry to the challenges and opportunities in the UK.

Groundbreaking research results: glyphosate persists in soil

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19.10.2017 Editor

A new research study shows that 45% of Europe’s top soil contains glyphosate residues. Glyphosate persists in soils affecting not only soil fertility and crop quality, but also human and environmental health.

Study „Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

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17.10.2017 Editor

The Soil Association’s recent report about GM cotton in India was launched at the Textile Exchange sustainability Conference in Washington DC last week. 

UK: fall in food security

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12.10.2017 Editor

For the first time in five years the worldwide food security fell in the UK. That is the result of the  sixth annual Global Food Security Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Breakthrough study shows organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change

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18.09.2017 Editor

A new research by The Organic Center and Northeastern University proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere and helps to fight climate change.

IFOAM Annual Report 2016 is published

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31.07.2017 Editor

‘Powered by People’ is the title of the recently published IFOAM Annual Report 2016. It summarizes general information about the worldwide organic movement and countless actions of IFOAM staff, World Board, ambassadors, volunteers, self-organized-structures, members and like-minded partners.

EU Pesticide Report available

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24.07.2017 Editor

This overview report describes the results of a project of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety to evaluate the official controls for pesticide residues in organic production.

Austria: 60% share of organics in gastronomy

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19.07.2017 Editor

The Austrian organic association Bio Austria is calling for a 60% share of organics in catering by 2025. The proportion of organic food in the offer of the catering sector is at present about 30 %.

EY pilot study: "True Cost Accounting"

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05.07.2017 Editor

Accountants Ernst & Young (EY) and sustainability consultant Soil & More have developed a method for small and medium size businesses in the organic industry to calculate these unseen costs with the help of a practical dashboard.

EU: new data for organic aquaculture

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21.06.2017 Editor

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission recently published market data for EU Organic Aquaculture.

USA: millennials and organic – a winning combination

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29.04.2017 Editor

In North America the so called-generation of millennials is adopting organic in a big way: on the farm and on the internet, in the kitchen and in the board room.

EU Research Programme “Food 2030” – Opportunities for Organic Actors?

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18.04.2017 Kai Kreuzer

The focus of the fifth Science Day at BioFach in Nuremberg was on the opportunities and possibilities that intensification of research in the organic sector would bring. Taking part were around 50 members of the community engaged in research in organic agriculture and organic food. The major theme at the event was long-term strategies.

New study: organic agriculture as a role model with downsides

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23.03.2017 Redaktion

Two scientists at the University of British Columbia in Canada have presented a new meta- analysis of organic agriculture.

Euromonitor released data of organic and free from market

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09.03.2017 Editor

According to a new research, foods and beverages offering health benefits, such as free-from and organic , drove sales in 2016 with around 7%.

European organic market grows by double digits in 2015

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For organic farming worldwide, 2015 could go down in its history as a record-breaking year. Also the organic markets in Europe showed a very good performance. Almost all the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates. The European organic market increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros, the memberstates of the European Union reached 27.1 billion Euros. At BioFach the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the Agricultural Market Information Company AMI presented the 2015 data of the European organic sector.

The US provide strong impulses for worldwide growth

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16.02.2017 Editor

In the ranking of global organic markets the United States gained a market share of 47% in 2015, according to the survey „World of Organic Agriculture launched by Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International. The data were presented at BioFach in Niuremberg.

Organic worldwide 50.9 million hectares and market exceeds 80 billion US Dollars

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The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, reflected in the significant market growth. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 179 countries report organic farming activities, as shown in the 2017 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2015). The statistical yearbook is published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International and launched at BioFach on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 4.00 to 4.45 pm in Hall Shanghai, NCC East. A summary with many graphics you can find here.

Canada: majority of consumers still opposed to GM food

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20.01.2017 Editor

GM foods have been on the Canadian market since many years and although government has repeatedly assured consumers of their safety, consumers remain wary.

EU: New study shows positive implications of organic food

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11.01.2017 Editor

The study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority.

German Nutrition Report 2017 published

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10.01.2017 Editor

In the Nutrition Report 2017 the opinion polling institute Forsa interviewed, on behalf of the Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft,  around 1000 people above the age of 14 to investigate their eating and shopping habits.

Study shows major molecular differences between GMO and non-GMO corn

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09.01.2017 Editor

A unique new study published in the scientific journal Nature has used molecular profiles to reveal major differences in composition between a GMO corn and its non-GMO parent.

Scottish farmers want organic standards to remain after Brexit

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04.01.2017 Editor

Over 380 members (90%) of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) want no change in the regulation of organic foods. That is the result of a survey from December 2016.

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