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Criticism of Thailand's organic control

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17.11.2016 Editor

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU audited a control organisation authorised to control organic imports from Thailand into the EU - and it was very critical of its work.

Ukraine: potential that ought to be exploited

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Ukraine is an important source of organic raw materials. Even after irregularities in recent years, some of a serious nature, nothing has changed regarding Ukraine as a sourcing country. There is potential and the new Ministry of Agriculture is working on closing gaps in the organic legislation, supporting organic farms and creating a corresponding infrastructure. However, many people feel the guidelines of the  EU Commission are a hindrance to trade. The guidelines were issued as a reaction to the scandals and apply until at least the end of this year. The two-day conference “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine” was conducive to constructive dialogue between representatives from Ukraine and representatives from politics and control organisations, importers and processors. (Video interviews)

EU: revision of the Organic Regulation concluded by the end of the year?

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15.11.2016 Editor

After painfully slow negotiations in the past few months the EU Agriculture Council and the EU Parliament have agreed that they want to see the revision of the Organic Regulation concluded by the end of the year.

Monsanto Tribunal Multimedia Site is online

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11.11.2016 Editor

All the Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly's multimedia material is completed now and available on Monsanto Tribunal website: pictures, short interviews and all the videos from the two days of hearings in The Hague, translated into different languages.

Natural Cosmetics Conference focuses on trends and the future

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On 27 and 28 September around 240 actors in all aspects of the cosmetics industry met at the Natural Cosmetics Conference in Berlin. For the ninth time the participants from manufacturing and trade and service providers, plus representatives from the specialist press, sought information on the latest developments and trends. The spectrum of topics ranged from online trade, digitisation, change in values and communication to consumer transparency and the controversial raw material palm oil. An examination of the US market was interesting for companies intending to market their products in the USA.

Turning food waste into something productive

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05.11.2016 Editor

The documentary, “We feed the world,” already showed the tremendous amount of food that is being wasted worldwide every day. The global weight of food waste is estimated at 1.6 billion tons of "primary product equivalents."

IFOAM EU: Processing Conference in Seville

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21.10.2016 Editor

From 24- 25 November the 4th Organic Processing Conference takes place in Seville, Spain. IFOAM EU together with Ecovalia will organise the event.

Showcase projects: organic tea in China

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In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.

Ecocide must be punishable

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Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly has taken place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October. Our blog gives details of the event.

Too dangerous for the hands but not the mouth!

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12.10.2016 Editor

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in consumer products and surgical cleaning treatments. Its efficacy as an antimicrobial agent, the risk of antimicrobial resistance, and its possible role in disrupted hormonal development remain controversial.

Europe’s biggest trade agreement reaches its most crucial point

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07.10.2016 Editor

The process has been mostly marked by strong resistance by the people. Austria, Belgium, Germany and France have had the biggest anti-CETA/TTIP movements.

IFOAM EU launched web-based plattform for farmers

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05.10.2016 Editor

The new web-based platform OK-Net Arable is launched to fill the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe and promote exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists.


Registration open: Conference "Sourcing Organic from Ukraine"

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04.10.2016 Editor

The Ukraine is one of the leading suppliers for organic commodities for the Western European market. The conference "Sourcing Organic from Ukraine" will take place in Frankfurt (Germany) on October 25-26.

Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

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04.10.2016 Editor

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.

Green Acquisitions will be highlighted at Sustainable Summits in Paris

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29.09.2016 Editor

Unilever’s purchase of Seventh Generation is the latest in a series of green acquisitions. Organic Monitor predicts the trend to continue as large multinationals look to build a foothold in sustainable product industries.

LLOOF Project: WWOOF Guide for Living and Learning on Organic Farms

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26.09.2016 Editor

LLOOF is the combination of two years effort by 10 European WWOOF National Organisations, involving 20 representatives to complete a guide for WWOOFes.

EU Commission no longer recognises organic salmon from Norway

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22.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

From 1 January 2015 organic salmon from Norway has no longer been organic. That's the opinion of the EU Commission.  What the consequences are is not the least bit clear. The only thing that is clear is the fact the production conditions of Norwegian organic salmon farmers have not changed. What's going on here is to do with the legal situation– and diplomacy in agriculture.

Coup in Turkey: impact on the organic industry

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09.08.2016 Editor

Turkey is an important supplier of organic products. Many west European organic companies maintain close business relations with Turkey. The attempted coup and its consequences could therefore have far-reaching implications for the organic sector. Manufacturers and the trade should ensure that they are well prepared.

Video of the organic project Narköy.

China – one of the top 4 organic markets worldwide

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For years there were no official figures available for the organic market in the People's Republic of China, even though this huge country has for a long time been supplying a lot of organic products. According to the data we now have access to, catapulted China into fourth place in the worldwide ranking of organic markets. Karin Heinze has been travelling in China and at BioFach in Shanghai she spoke to the chairman of IFOAM-Asia Zhou Zheijang and Markus Arbenz, the managing director of IFOAM Organics International (Video and Gallery).

Sustainable Foods Summit Europe and Latin America: Major Outcomes

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25.07.2016 Editor

Some of the pressing sustainability challenges facing the food industry were debated at the recent editions of the Sustainable Foods Summit hosted in São Paulo (29-30 June) and Amsterdam (9-10 June).

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.

USA: organic farmers criticise corporation-dominated organic umbrella organization

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21.07.2016 Editor

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.

The textile guide: How to minimize environmental and social impacts

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13.07.2016 Editor

Earlier in July, the 5th edition of a unique, printed guide to global textile standards, labels and legislation came out.

Brexit – What's next?

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12.07.2016 Editor

The British voted by a  small majority to exit the European Union. That has consequences for the wider economy and for the EU. The wholefood industry has so far shown itself to be not particularly worried. Can that be right? After the British decision to leave the EU companies in other industries set up crisis management teams or at least working groups to assess the impact, but in the  wholefood sector most firms are operating the principle of 'business as usual'. In fact, there are many questions to be addressed, and they affect the organic sector too.

India: ICCOA offers organic workshop on Organic Agri-preneurship

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08.07.2016 Editor

International Competence Center for Organic Agriculture ICCOA in partnership with The Green Path Organic State  announced a 3 day workshop on "Organic Agri-preneurship: Leadership – Organic Integrity – Best Practices" in Bangalore.


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