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Buying natural cosmetics: online or in stores?

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20.12.2016

It's ages since natural cosmetics were available only in wholefood stores. And demand that has been rapidly rising for years has meant that natural cosmetics brands have now been listed by other outlets than drugstores and conventional food retailers.  Above all, the online trade has created a lot of space on its virtual shelves for natural cosmetics. Biopinio – mobile market research for the organic sector – has investigated and asked over 1,200 bio-savvy customers about their purchasing habits. The trend: it's not only digital natives who are keen users of the internet – not least as a source of information as well. The  biopinio study examines interesting issues around target groups, purchasing channels and people's need for information and advice.


BNN: "We're doing organics because we don’t want pesticides in the environment!"

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20.12.2016 Editor

After 1000 days (December 17, 2016) and 143 weeks of negotiations at European and national level, the current proposal with its  level of compromise remains far removed from reality and poorly crafted in many points. German organic trade association BNN draws a conclusion.

 


EU organic law: amendments making it more complicated

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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

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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.


Soil Association round table: food in the workplace

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13.12.2016 Editor

A round table organised by the Soil Association discussed the role of food provision in strategies for wellbeing and sustainability with heads of corporate social responsibility and caterers from leading businesses.


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

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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.


Review of the EU regulation failed

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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

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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

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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.


German Minister for the Environment opposed to the release of organisms with a 'gene-drive'

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07.12.2016 Editor

The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.


Moratorium on new genetic extinction technology at UN convention

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06.12.2016 Editor

Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico. 

 


Kenya: organic farming is productive and resource-conserving

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06.12.2016 Editor

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices, organic systems are more profitable for farmers than conventional ones. The study was carried out by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in close cooperation with partners in Kenya.

 


Bangladesh: first national GOTS seminar highly successful

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05.12.2016 Editor

Participants from whole organic textile supply chain deliberated on the business case for sustainability with organic textiles. Brands committed to increase their share of GOTS certified textiles.


Sustainable Foods in Catering & Foodservice Sector

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05.12.2016 Editor

Sustainable foods are now well-established in many retailers, however what about the Catering & Foodservice Sector (CFS)? The North American edition of a Organic Monitor organised summit, hosted in San Francisco on 18-20th January will give answers.


The IFOAM 3.0 document has been revised

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02.12.2016 Editor

Since its release in fall 2015 "Organic 3.0 for Truly Sustainable Farming and Consumption" has received feedback from stakeholders all over the world as a way to further refine and improve the ideas contained in it.




US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

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02.12.2016 Editor

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics.
  


IFOAM EU survey: Making Europe more Organic

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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.



 

 


Organic leaders call for a regulation that supports development

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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.


Saving soils and climate: "4 per 1000" Initiative

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25.11.2016 Editor

The “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate” aims to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned.


COP22: Manifesto for a Bio Morocco and for the Support for a Bio Africa

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24.11.2016 Editor

IFOAM President Andre Leu was speaker at the COP22 Green Zone debate by the federation of Moroccan organic agriculture professionals (FIMABIO) in Marrakech.


Regeneration Hub: new platform is launched

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23.11.2016 Editor

Regeneration International (RI) and Open Team, in partnership with 17 organizations launched The Regeneration Hub (RHub) at the COP22 Climate Summit.


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

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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)


Sustainable Food Systems, Ingredients and Waste Top of Summit Agenda

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21.11.2016 Editor

Sustainable food systems, ingredients, and waste impacts are focal themes of the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, taking place on 18-20th January 2017, in San Francisco.


Food knowledge in danger of extinction

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18.11.2016 Editor

To Chinese the food culture is crucial. It has existed for centuries and has an important place in their daily life. Nevertheless Chinese have never taken a real interest into the origin of their food.


The Syngenta Blackbook

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18.11.2016 Editor

Syngenta is besides Monsanto an example of big chemical companies that pollute environment and try to control the food supply. The Swiss corporation is the largest pesticide producer in the world.


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