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GMO-free Europe Event on November 17 at the European Parliament

On November 17, the 2022 edition of the GMO-free Europe Event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm in the European Parliament.

Online Organic Export Days

From November 22 to December 2, the Online Organic Export Days 2022 will take place. Organic exporters and importers will have the opportunity to meet and exchange information.

Free From Functional & Health Ingredients Expo takes place in Amsterdam

Free From Functional & Health Ingredients Expo 2022 will take place on November 22 and 23 at RAI Amsterdam. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about the most important food trends and offerings in the coming years.

Binding label for animal husbandry labeling takes next hurdle

The German cabinet approved draft legislation for mandatory livestock labeling in Germany. This includes the possibility for food from other EU member states and third countries to be labeled on a voluntary basis.

Join the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will focus on innovations in green ingredients, packaging, and marketing. Hosted in Paris on 7-9th November, it will show how sustainability is inspiring new products, formulations and packaging in the cosmetics industry.

Indian organic inspection bodies threatened with withdrawal of approval

In 2020, pesticides were found in organic sesame seeds from India. The EU Commission is now considering withdrawing the approval of four organic inspection bodies.

EU vote on glyphosate results in extended approval

The EU Commission's Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Scopaff) only formally objected to a time-limited extension of the glyphosate authorization. Member states did not achieve a qualified majority to avert an extension. 

EU Commission validates Citizens' Initiative "Save Bees and Farmers!"

The EU Commission has declared the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Save Bees and Farmers" valid. Among other things, the initiative calls for a ban on synthetic pesticides in Europe by 2035.

New Country Manager at Ecolive

The agency has appointed Manuel Viana Rodriguez as country manager for the D-A-CH region. Rodriguez previously worked for several companies in the organic sector.

Veganz opens new production facility in Austria

Veganz Group AG opened its third production facility in Spielberg, Austria. The demand for the vegan Camembert alternative Cashewbert is so high that the capacities in the production facility in Berlin are no longer sufficient.

Popularity of organic food unbroken in Austria despite general price increases

Organic sales in the food trade in the first half of 2022 are above the previous year in Austria. In the process, total organic sales crack the 2.5 billion Euros mark in 2021.

More than 10,000 professionals attended Natexpo Lyon 2022

10,177 professionals from the organic sector met from September 18 to 20 at the Natexpo in Lyon. That is 27 per cent more participants than at the previous Lyon edition in 2020.

SPAR expands range with biodynamic vegetables from Morgentau

SPAR expands its organic assortment with Demeter potatoes and carrots from Morgentau which have recently become available at SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR in Austria.

EU Organics Awards: Here are the winners

Last Friday, the first EU Organic Awards were handed out. The event was hosted by the European Commission that presented the eight winners.

EU and Ukraine celebrate EU Organic Day on September 23

On September 23, Ukraine will celebrate the Organic Day together with the European Union. Join the online conference that starts at 10 am CET.

New organic cotton varieties successfully developed

In recent years, it had become more and more difficult for farmers to obtain good quality organic cotton seed. Now the first Indian organic cotton varieties are available after ten years of breeding.

Business partners for Ukrainian companies wanted

The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) supports Ukrainian companies in their search for business partners. Through an online platform European companies can cooperate with Ukrainian ones.

Leadership change at FiBL Switzerland

Else Bünemann-König took over from Paul Mäder as head of the Department of Soil Sciences at FiBL Switzerland on September 1st. She is also a member of the FiBL Switzerland Executive Committee.

Biomondo is now also a trading platform for larger quantities

The Swiss online marketplace is opening up to additional target groups which should further strengthen direct marketing in organic farming.

How to use behavioral insights to increase retail sales

Organic Denmark carried out a project in collaboration with iNudgeyou to find out how behavioral insights can be used to increase retails sales for organic fruit and vegetables. Here is what they found out.

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