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IFOAM: new elections at the general assembly in India

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16.11.2017 Editor

On the 12th and 13th November 2017, subsequent to the Organic World Congress (OWC) in India, the members of IFOAM – Organics International gathered at their triannual general assembly. As we recently have announced, a new president as well as a new World Board for next three years has been elected at the meeting.

Argentina: Argencert founder Laura Montenegro passed away

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02.11.2017 Editor

On Saturday October 28 Laura Montenegro passed away in Buenos Aries, Argentina. She was one of the international leaders of the organic sector. She pioneered third party certification in Argentina and built up her company, Argencert, into one of the significant certifying bodies.

OTA: change-makers honored at the Annual Organic Leadership Awards

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21.09.2017 Editor

Last Wednesday, the Organic Trade Association held the Annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration at the American Visionary Arts Museum.

Rapunzel’s „One World Award“ winners

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18.09.2017 Editor

On the 9th and 10th of September, Rapunzel’s One World Festival took place in Legau, Germany. As a part of the festival, Rapunzel Naturkost awarded five people with the One World Award (OWA). The prizes were handed over by Dr Gerd Müller, federal development minister, and Joseph Wilhelm, chief executive of Rapunzel.

India: Biowaste-driven cold storage project by Fraunhofer UMSICHT

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07.09.2017 Editor

As developing and emerging countries usually lack the infrastructure for transporting, processing and refrigerating the food they produce, about a third of it is lost through spoilage. At the same time, inadequate waste disposal means that hygiene is a big issue for people in these countries. Collaborating with the Indian cooperation partner Nupur Technomy, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed a technological concept that addresses the two problems of waste disposal and reliable refrigeration for food. The solution lies in creating a cold storage for food by making use of biowaste.

USA: Organic Fast-Food Restaurant opened by Walmart

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04.09.2017 Editor

Recently, the US super store chain Walmart has opened its first so called “farm-to-fork” fast food restaurant in Orlando, Florida. The new restaurant is an outpost of a chain known as Grown, founded by Ray and Shannon Allen and designed to serve organic food such as smoothies and falafel in environmentally friendly containers – if possible, sourced from local suppliers.

Sweden: KRAV considering withdrawal from EU organic regulations

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22.08.2017 Editor

If the Swedish organisation KRAV takes up a proposal preferred by some people belonging to the Swedish organic community, the consequence would mean that products with the KRAV label could not be promoted as being organic any longer. According the EU rules, products not fully complying with the EU Organic Regulation are not allowed to be labelled as being ‘organic’.


SEKEM: Sustainability Report 2016 published

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17.08.2017 Editor

Recently, the Egyptian initiative SEKEM has published its tenth sustainability report. This report depicts SEKEM’s efforts for a sustainable development in areas such as economy, ecology, culture and society. Summer Special

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29.06.2017 Editor

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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merge

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26.06.2017 Editor

The two sustainability seals Rainforest Alliance (RFA) and UTZ are joining forces. In the course of this year the two sustainability certification organisations intend to become one company that will continue operations under the name Rainforest Alliance.

Sekem founder Ibrahim Abouleish dies

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21.06.2017 Editor

Ibrahim Abouleish, the founder of the Sekem initiative, has died at the age of 80. His death was announced by his family last week.

Unverpackt weltweit: Einfacher, leichter, müllfrei einkaufen

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17.05.2017 Sylvia Meise

Verpackungsmüllberge? Nein Danke! Nichts wegwerfen? Ja bitte! So lautet kurz gefasst das zentrale Ziel der Unverpackt-Läden, deren gesamtes Sortiment aus loser Ware besteht. Schon bald könnten sie auf dem ganzen Globus wie Pilze aus dem Boden sprießen.

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit: focus on environmental impact

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25.04.2017 Editor

The North American edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit is scheduled for 2-3 May 2017 in New York.

Minimalism is it

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28.03.2017 Editor

Package overkill? No thanks! Zero waste? Yes, please! This, in short, is the major goal for a new kind of corner shop offering refill of dry or liquid bulk products. The founders are mostly women, often without a retail background but all of them with a strong aversion to packaging piling up and turning into waste soon after shopping.

Millennials expecting more from their products

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19.10.2016 Editor

The new consumers,  also called the millennials, people who were born between the 1990’s and early 2000’s, are, unlike the generation of their parent’s, very passionated about social causes.

Danone buys Alpro

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04.10.2016 Natascha Becker

The food corporation Danone wants a friendly take over of the US American manufacturer WhiteWave . Both companies expect the sale to be concluded by the end of the year, provided they have the agreement of the authorities.

Switzerland: Migros offers reusable veggie bags

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27.09.2016 Editor

Called “Veggie-Bags“, the Swiss corporation Migros is now selling reusable bags for fruit and vegetables.

Black list: Greenpeace evaluates agrotoxins

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21.09.2016 Editor

According to Greenpeace, agriculture in Europe is still using too many dangerous pesticides. The environmental protection organisation has now published a list of 209 active ingredients that are especially harmful to humans and the environment.

Donating muesli for refugees in Greece and Italy

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16.09.2016 Editor

Malnutrition and eating the wrong kind of food are sometimes the biggest problems faced by refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iran in the reception camps in Greece and Italy.

Swiss organic manufacturer: Soyana has expanded

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16.09.2016 Editor

The Swiss organic manufacturer Soyana has moved into a new production facility in Schlieren near Zurich.

$4.1 Million Loss for Organic Food Company SunOpta

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23.08.2016 Redaktion

Organic food company SunOpta reported a loss of $4.1 million for the second quarter of the year.

Free Plastic Bags banned in Slovakia

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19.08.2016 Redaktion

In Slovakia the massive use of plastic bags poses a problem to the fulfilment of EU waste-regulations.

European Commission registers 'People4Soil'

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29.07.2016 Editor

The European Commission has today taken the decision to register 'People4Soil' European Citizens' Initiative which aims to "recognise soil as a shared heritage that needs EU level protection and develop a dedicated legally binding framework covering the main soil threats."

Get a .bio web address by IFOAM

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28.07.2016 Editor

In one year, from June 2015 to June 2016, .bio grew by +50%, reaching 16,000 registrations and expanding to 26 additional countries, now having registrants in a total of 102 countries, explains the IFOAM.

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19.07.2016 Editor

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