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Hard Discounters forced into sustainable food products

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25.10.2016 Editor

Hard discounters like Lidl or Aldi are known for offering cheap products that have been exposed to chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Nonetheless, with the global increase of organic food consumption, these giants also seemed to be forced to switch more and more to sustainable products.

Supporting organic through transitional food

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10.10.2016 Editor

The main issue for a farmer during the transitional period is that the land will be farmed according to the organic rules, so at a higher cost, but the harvest is sold at the conventional price. A new concept of “certified transitional” is about to emerge.

McDonald’s goes Cage Free

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31.08.2016 Redaktion

50% of the whole McDonald’s menu consists of chicken and eggs. Steve Easterbrook, CEO at McDonald’s has now launched a 10-year plan to switch the whole production from caged to free-range hens.

Organophosphate pesticides hiding in food products

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21.07.2016 Editor

In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.

Whole Foods gets a warning for “seriously violations”

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23.06.2016 Editor

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb about what the FDA called "serious violations" it found after inspecting a Whole Foods food preparation facility in Massachusetts.

Consumer ask for transparency

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25.02.2016 Editor

Food stickers may say “Mexico” or “Colombia,” but those are big places, and labels like this don’t give much insight, says The Tech Crunch.

Caution: growth trap

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14.02.2016 Horst Fiedler

The organic industry is at the parting of the ways: it either falls into the trap of a spiral of falling prices and quality or it masters the art of being the leader in terms of quality.

The feast for out-of-home catering

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02.02.2016 Editor

BioFach is t h e place to go for organic-loving professional chefs. At the special show “cook + talk”, trade visitors will learn about the latest organic products for restaurants and communal catering.

Organic Cocoa Market prevision 2015-2025

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27.01.2016 Editor

The certified organic cocoa market represents a very small share of the total cocoa market, estimated around 0.5% of total production.

Giant food corporations are controlling US-food supply

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23.01.2016 Editor

The giant multibillion dollar agribusinesses are destroying the local and organic farms in America and replacing a huge portion of our food supply with factory farms that are based outside this country.


PAN, Anti-chemical group rejects most modern farm technology

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22.01.2016 Editor

Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America), founded in 1984 in Oakland, California, is part of an international coalition of around 600 NGOs, citizens’ groups, and individuals in about 90 countries.

BioFach 2016: the feast for out-of-home catering

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12.01.2016 Editor

BioFach, the World's leading Trade Fair for Organic Food which takes place from 10 to 13 February, is the top event and t h e place to go for organic-loving professional chefs.

Turkish control organization ETKO loses EU authorization

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22.07.2015 Leo Frühschütz

With the Implementing Regulation 931/2015 the EU Commission removed the Turkish Control Organization ETKO from “The list of recognized control bodies for the purpose of equivalence”. It is unclear what consequences these decisions have for supplies of cereals and seed that were certified by ETKO and sent to the EU but have not yet been processed or consumed.

The Organic Effect

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What happens when a family that usually doesn’t eat organic changes their diet?


Organic food combines sustainability and quality

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Experts from the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have explored different aspects of the quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food in a new dossier.

Contaminated animal feed: Ukrainian supplier’s certificate withdrawn

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14.04.2015 Leo Frühschütz

In the autumn of 2014, several consignments of organic sunflower cake were imported by the EU as animal feed from Ukraine. They were contaminated with pesticides and were presumably partly of conventional origin. So far, little progress has been made at EU level or in Ukraine to clear up this incident.

The Current State of the Organic Market in China

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According to the Report, organic food sales reached 10.5 billion yuan in 2007 in China and were estimated to be around 20-30 billion yuan (about 3-5 billion US$) in 2013. 2.722 million hectares of agricultural land were managed organically to China’s national organic standard.


More organics in Denmark’s food service sector

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Private and public kitchens like canteens, institutions and restaurants bought organics worth DKK981m (about €131,7m) in 2013, according to a new report form StatisticsDenmark.

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