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31/07/2017

New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.

The text that was agreed by the negotiators of the three bodies on 28 June comprises 202 pages and it doesn't even contain all the specific stipulations that will apply in future to organic farmers, processors and traders. The EU Commission has still got to supply a lot of detail, such as the list of authorised plant protection products, fertilisers and additives.

We're not getting the organic threshold value, but...

The threshold value of 0.01 mg/kg for pesticide residues in organic products, originally planned by the EU Commission, has been negotiated away. However, EU states that have incorporated such a threshold value in their national law are permitted to retain it. Four years after the Regulation enters into force – which means in 2024 – the Commission will produce a report. So the issue will automatically be on the agenda again.

Contamination with pesticides is likely. Instead of the threshold value what we find in Article 20 of the trilogue document are some formulations that are a cause for concern: there is a whole catalogue of measures for organic farms to go through as soon as there is evidence that a product contains any substance not permitted in organic agriculture. Processors and traders have their internal quality assurance procedures to continually analyse purchased goods and with modern  equipment they can prove the presence of even the minutest trace well below 0.01 mg/kg. If this proved to be the case, the companies concerned would first have to launch an investigation themselves and eliminate any suspicion that the goods infringe organic guidelines. If they are unable to do so, they have to inform their control organisation or the control authorities who will then block the goods and start their own investigation. It has to be concluded within a reasonable time that takes into consideration the durability of the product and the complexity of the case.

How the requirements this this passage of the document are to be carried out in detail will be prescribed subsequently by the Commission in an implementing act. These rules are proposed by the Commission and decided by the member states in an organic agriculture committee. If there is no consensus among the member states, the Commission can, at least theoretically, go ahead and issue the implementing act.

The organic umbrella organisation BÖLW  had already drawn attention to this problematic regulation that had been included only last year during negotiations. “Organic producers should not  be penalised for pesticides and other contaminants that they choose not to use,” said BÖLW chairman Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein. “Unfortunately the  EU Presidency is proposing precisely such a stipulation for the new organic law. And it's doing so, even though it's clear that this is to the detriment of organic and doesn't contribute to more consumer protection. Nor will this rule result in less pesticide being used in agriculture in Germany and the EU.”

Mandatory precautionary measures: “This drives organic farming back into niches”

100% organic is the goal. Following the logic of the new EU Organic Regulation, organic farmers are themselves to blame if their fields and products are contaminated by toxic sprays  used by their conventional neighbours. This is why they are told they should protect themselves by means of “appropriate and reasonable precautionary measures”. According to Article 20, these measures should be based on a risk analysis and should be examined and adapted regularly. Here too, crucial details regarding implementation are still to be supplied by the Commission.

Many organic farmers already protect themselves against contamination by, for example, planting hedges between themselves and neighbours or leaving flower strips. But that's already not always enough to prevent spray drift. “The EU Commission imagines that all organic farmers discuss with their conventional neighbours when they are going to use herbicides or pesticides and whether they are are doing so correctly,” explains Rosi Fritz, the head of quality management at the manufacturer Lebensbaum. She says the organic farmer is obliged to keep a record of conversations so that, if residues are found, he can prove to the control organisation that he took all possible measures to prevent contamination.

Lawyer Hanspeter Schmidt sees another danger. The text could also be interpreted to mean that an organic farmer has to demand of his conventional neighbour that he desists from spraying because it can have a deleterious effect on his organic farming. “Maybe he doesn't have to go court straightaway but what the organic farmer must do, in order to fulfil his duty, is discuss not spraying with his neighbour and  be able to prove to the control organisation that he has done so,” Schmidt writes in an initial analysis of the text of the Regulation, and he issues a warning: “This will bring war to the villages.”

This is why Schmidt, an expert in organic law, considers the new precautionary measures in the Regulation to be a prevention programme: “It prevents organic crops being grown in a diverse landscape. Any farmer would think twice about converting land to organic if he's got conventional neighbours. This drives organic farming back into niches.” For Martin Häusling, chief negotiator in the EU Parliament, no such danger exists: “Organic farmers have a guarantee that basically there is no change to the status quo,” he writes in his evaluation of the outcome of the trilogue.

Animal welfare: exemptions still in place

Up to now, the EU Organic Regulation has defined animal welfare and species-appropriate animal keeping mainly in terms of metrics like the amount of space needed, the length of perches, access to outdoors and the composition of fodder. The state of animals' health played no part in organic controls – and that is likely to remain the case. Although the Commission and member states still have to provide many details, we can already see that the problems associated with organic animal husbandry have not played a part in the new version of the Regulation. The fact that the Regulation now requires animal keepers to have technical knowledge means there is little change.

The exemption of tethered animals on small-scale dairy farms is retained. Whereas the member states had their own  definition of 'small-scale farm', in  the new text 50 animals (excluding offspring) are considered to be small scale. As in the past, debeaking and dehorning are permitted in individual cases. The negotiators seem not to have been worried by the fact that in some countries the exceptions have become the rule. Animals can still be castrated if it benefits product quality or has been common practice. No change has been made to the rule that painkillers or anaesthetics can be given in the case of these interventions. A combination of both would be in the interest of animal welfare.

The rules governing animal stalls stipulated that a maximum of half the area of a stall could consist of a slatted or grating floor. This maximum of a half has been dropped and the area can, therefore, be greater. It is expressly stated that in the case of laying hens the maximum number of birds kept in a single section of a stall is 3000. There are no upper limits for stalls, so that (as already the case) stalls with  30,000 organic hens will be permitted. The upper limits for broilers and turkeys are discontinued and the only rule retained is that in the production of meat “the total area of poultry stalls per production unit must not exceed l,600 m².” Using the current metrics,  that would mean 16,000 birds can be fattened in a single stall.

Conventional protein feed still permitted

In the rules that apply to feed the proportion of feed produced on-farm is raised by 10 percent to 70 percent in the case of ruminants and 30 percent for pigs and poultry. Farms are still permitted to cooperate with other farms “in the region”. There is still no definition of “region”.  Conventional feed can still be used for another five years, but only for piglets up to 35 kg and young birds. The proportion must not exceed five percent and be only protein-rich feed. Rules for keeping game and rabbits have now been included in the Regulation.

 

Seed: trading simplified

Organic seed can in future be traded without having to go through the usual variety authorisation associated with conventional agriculture. Above all, this benefits organically bred open pollinated varieties because these are often more diverse and less uniform than is demanded by seed certification. Because there is hardly a market for regionally adapted organic seed in many EU countries, the exemption still applies that, if such seed is not available, untreated conventional seed can be used – for the next 15  years.

Imports: EU Organic making the world a better place

From the outset there was consensus among the EU institutions: organic imports from third countries into the  EU will in future only be allowed if the farmers in the exporting countries adhere in every detail to the stipulations of the EU Organic Regulation. Existing equivalence agreements will expire within five years and will have to be renewed. This applies to the so-called recognised third countries like India, Argentina, Israel and Canada. In the case of other third countries the Commission can authorise exemptions for individual products for two years. BÖLW chairman Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein describes the consequences: “82 % of all certified organic farmers live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Exporting to Europe will be made more difficult and in some cases impossible for these small farmers. That means we cannot fulfil our development policy obligations.”

Vote in the autumn

In an interview with the leading German organic consumer magazine Schrot&Korn Martin Häusling said: “From political agreement in the trilogue to the final law is a long journey. The legal services of the European Parliament and the Commission will have another look at the draft text. Whatever textual errors there are can be corrected.” However, there shouldn't be any further changes to the actual content. In the autumn the EU ministers of agriculture will vote on the final version in the Council of Minsters and the parliamentarians in the European Parliament. If a majority in either of these bodies were to vote against the revision, it would mean it fails – and the existing EU Organic Regulation would remain in force.

Source: organic-market.info

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14/02/2018

Germany: sales in the specialised organic retail grows to 3.29 billion euros

According to the German organic trade association BNN sales in specialized organic food trade achieved sales of 3.29 billion euros in 2017, which corresponds to an increase of around 2.5 percent

12/02/2018

VIVANESS 2018: natural and organic cosmetics digitalized

The future is digital. Digitalization is having an impact in all areas of life and opening up new prospects in the natural and organic cosmetics industry too

06/02/2018

Organic farming boom in Bulgaria and Croatia

According to official statistcs Bulgaria and Croatia have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in the whole of the EU in recent years

02/02/2018

42nd Innatex: focus on fair shoes

The 42nd Innatex in Hofheim-Wallau was focused on the shoe industry. The program of the green fashion fair was rounded by many lectures concerning the main topic as well as a blogger meeting

30/01/2018

Beyond Organic Skincare has just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker”

Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker.” It has already become a real hit with their staff and testers during pre-launch trials and has been promoted to ‘favourite’ by nearly everyone

29/01/2018

German organic market: sales barometer shows trend reversal

The development of sales in the German organic food specialist trade in the last four months shows a glimmer of hope for a turnaround: the specialist trade achieved for the year 2017 a modest increase of 1.4% in daily turnover

23/01/2018

EU lawyer: Genome Editing can be exempted from GMO directive

According to Advocate General Bobek, organisms obtained by mutagenesis are, in principle, exempted from the obligations in the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive

22/01/2018

Ecovia Intelligence: new growth phase for sustainable foods and cosmetics

A new growth phase for the organic and sustainable products market has been initiated according to Ecovia Intelligence; it predicts the market’s distribution developing towards online retailing and home delivery schemes mainly implemented by mobile apps

16/01/2018

GOTS: Christopher Stopes appointed as Representative to the EU

According to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) newsletter the organisation has placed an increasing focus on European regulatory and policy issues

08/01/2018

Indian Food Security Authority released unified regulation on organic foods

During the 19th Organic World Congress the Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh formally launched the Food Safety and Standards

05/01/2018

GOTS: GMO testing method project conceptualised

According to the GOTS newsletter the Global Organic Textile Standad organisation determined through a limited round-robin exercise that test results for GMO presence showed inconsistency and were unreliable in cotton fibre In 2016

30/12/2017

Apparel: sustainability by circularity

Whilst there are many publications on circular business models and commitments to circular economy, few brands/retailers or upstream suppliers are re-designing their business towards circularity

28/12/2017

Denmark: Coop launches organic agriculture fund

According to a press release the Danish retailer Coop Denmark together with environmental associations will raise funds to support organic farming in Denmark.

18/12/2017

Organic competence for smallholders in Africa and India

Improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa and India economically, ecologically and socially...

14/12/2017

EU: dramatic insect decrease requires a complete and comprehensive ban

This Tuesday, the competent expert committee of the EU member states in Brussels voted on proposals of the European Commission for the ban on the three neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

11/12/2017

Biobased food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

What do consumers think of biobased food packaging? And can manufacturers and retailers strengthen the brand position of their food products by choosing biobased food packaging?

27/11/2017

Amazon: more sale at Whole Foods Stores

Amazon has started to sell tech products and gifts at selected Whole Foods Market stores

23/11/2017

Strong institutional commitment needed to ensure a good legislative transition

Brussels, 22 November 2017 – The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation reached last June was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture on Monday and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture today

20/11/2017

Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food.

13/11/2017

USA: prohibition of aquaponics in organic food production rejected by NOSB

At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program

07/11/2017

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

"The Nordic region continues to ‘set the trends’ in health and wellness for the rest of the world“, say the organisers ot the event.

30/10/2017

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics donot take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE

27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year

26/10/2017

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe

17/10/2017

Study Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Failed Promises: the rise and fall of GM cotton in India", is a well-documented report about the collapse of GM cotton in the world.

09/10/2017

IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan

04/10/2017

Germany: 9.3 million vegetarians and vegans

8 million people in Germany, more than 10 percent of the population, eat a vegetarian diet.

03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.

06/07/2018

Switzerland: market grew to 2.25 billion euro

According to the Federal Office for Agriculture, in sales, the Swiss organic food market grew by 7.6% per year over the past decade

02/07/2018

Insect mortality: EU Commission to take action

One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction and one third of bee and butterfly species are declining

26/06/2018

EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

An important EU negotiation was held about the use of antibiotics in animals

21/06/2018

Cyclo-di BADGE: New pollutant from the can

BADGE is the abbreviation for bisphenol A diglycidyl ether, a chemical related to bisphenol A from which epoxy resins for coatings are produced. It made headlines as early as the 1990s, when it was found in various canned foods

13/06/2018

Tritordeum: new cereal wins Sustainable Food Awards

Tritordeum is a new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits

12/06/2018

OTA: US organic market worth $49.4 bn

Recently, the Organic Trade Association released its annual Organic Industry Survey 2017. As the study shows, the number of organic products purchased in the USA increased again – up to 6.4% within last year

05/06/2018

EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

The European Commission has proposed new rules to reduce plastic waste. According to the press release, the Commission is targeting ten disposable plastic products that are most commonly found on Europe's beaches

01/06/2018

India: Uttarakhand with a law for organic

The government of  the North Indian state Uttarakhand will soon bring in a law to  give organic farming a legal backing, writes the Hindustan Times

29/05/2018

UK: Defra released organic farming statistics for 2017

Data compiled by approved organic certification bodies are the basis for the organic farming statistics 2017. It presents estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and numbers of organic producers and processors in the United Kingdom​

28/05/2018

Monsanto met with contempt by media

First results of Ramazzini Institute´s Global Glyphosate Study were presented officially in a press conference at the European Parliament. Sustainable Pulse commented Monsanto has committed an epic fail

23/05/2018

EU: new organic farming rules adopted

In a press release the Council of the European Union informed that on 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products

17/05/2018

New Privacy Policy GDPR - Communication to companies registered at www.connature.com

Communication directed to all the companies registered at www.connature.com - This month we are updating our Privacy Policy as required by the New Privacy Policy Regulation of European Union (GDPR)​...

16/05/2018

India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to label all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients​

11/05/2018

USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods”

07/05/2018

Naturland demands fair wages for cocoa farmers

Cocoa is the main source of income for over five million smallholders, mostly from West Africa. At the fourth World Cocoa Conference from 22nd to 25th April, 1,500 players from the cocoa industry met to exchange views and also to discuss the working conditions for cocoa farmers

02/05/2018

German organic market: Whole food shops back on course for growth

The first three months of 2018 are the second consecutive quarter of positive sales developments on the German organic market...

30/04/2018

Oeko-Tex introduces GMO testing for organic cotton

In future, organic cotton textiles that companies also want to have certified according to the international Oeko-Tex 100 textile standard will require proof that the cotton is free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

26/04/2018

IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL

23/04/2018

European Parliament’s plenary adopts the new EU organic regulation

After very long discussions to improve the EU Organic Regulation in a way that matches with the needs of the organic sector the regulation finally was approved​

16/04/2018

Austria: Strong increase of organic farming in Tyrol

Organic farming is growing steadily in the Tyrol region, Austria. Around 190 organic farms in areas ranging from milk production to vegetable cultivation have been added in the last two years

11/04/2018

Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

In anticipation of its activities at Natural Products Expo West, The Organic Center released new research findings from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale

10/04/2018

Resi.bio: New database for residue findings

The control bodies Gesellschaft für Ressourcenschutz (Engl. Society for Resource Protection) and Kontrollverein (Engl. Control Association) have developed an internet-based database for the evaluation of residue findings

06/04/2018

China submits new maximum residue limits for pesticides in food to the WTO

China has recently submitted an extensive list of pesticides with corresponding maximum residue limits (MRLs) to the the World Trade Organization (WTO)

23/03/2018

EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision

14/03/2018

EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months

05/03/2018

Very successful U.S. Pavilion at Biofach: EU Organic Boom Brings Opportunities for U.S. Exporters

The American Organic Trade Association (OTA) together with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Agricultural Affairs in Berlin and U.S. organic food and product companies participated in the Biofach and reported a leap in business inquiries

02/03/2018

Regarding online trade as an opportunity

What does increasing digitisation mean for the manufacturers of organic food? That was the topic discussed by the Assoziation ökologischer Lebensmittelhersteller (AöL) and its guests from business and research at Biofach

26/02/2018

Mediterranean countries with almost 7 million of organic area

The largest part of the Mediterranean organic area is in the Mediterranean countries of the European Union (EU) totalling 87 percent of the agricultural organic area

21/02/2018

Dutch pioneers Odin and De Nieuwe Band join forces

The Board and the board of directors the organic trade enterprises De Nieuwe Band and Estafette Odin agree to merge the trading and production activities after formal approval of the relevant bodies

19/02/2018

Italy: the organic farming and social network Humus introduced

At Biofach the Humus Network, the farming and social network for Italian organic agriculture, for quality, sustainability, and responsibility has been introduced

16/02/2018

Global organic data show resilient growth

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. This is the résumé of the 19th edition of „The World of Organic Agriculture“

14/02/2018

Germany: sales in the specialised organic retail grows to 3.29 billion euros

According to the German organic trade association BNN sales in specialized organic food trade achieved sales of 3.29 billion euros in 2017, which corresponds to an increase of around 2.5 percent

12/02/2018

VIVANESS 2018: natural and organic cosmetics digitalized

The future is digital. Digitalization is having an impact in all areas of life and opening up new prospects in the natural and organic cosmetics industry too

06/02/2018

Organic farming boom in Bulgaria and Croatia

According to official statistcs Bulgaria and Croatia have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in the whole of the EU in recent years

02/02/2018

42nd Innatex: focus on fair shoes

The 42nd Innatex in Hofheim-Wallau was focused on the shoe industry. The program of the green fashion fair was rounded by many lectures concerning the main topic as well as a blogger meeting

30/01/2018

Beyond Organic Skincare has just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker”

Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker.” It has already become a real hit with their staff and testers during pre-launch trials and has been promoted to ‘favourite’ by nearly everyone

29/01/2018

German organic market: sales barometer shows trend reversal

The development of sales in the German organic food specialist trade in the last four months shows a glimmer of hope for a turnaround: the specialist trade achieved for the year 2017 a modest increase of 1.4% in daily turnover

23/01/2018

EU lawyer: Genome Editing can be exempted from GMO directive

According to Advocate General Bobek, organisms obtained by mutagenesis are, in principle, exempted from the obligations in the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive

22/01/2018

Ecovia Intelligence: new growth phase for sustainable foods and cosmetics

A new growth phase for the organic and sustainable products market has been initiated according to Ecovia Intelligence; it predicts the market’s distribution developing towards online retailing and home delivery schemes mainly implemented by mobile apps

16/01/2018

GOTS: Christopher Stopes appointed as Representative to the EU

According to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) newsletter the organisation has placed an increasing focus on European regulatory and policy issues

08/01/2018

Indian Food Security Authority released unified regulation on organic foods

During the 19th Organic World Congress the Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh formally launched the Food Safety and Standards

05/01/2018

GOTS: GMO testing method project conceptualised

According to the GOTS newsletter the Global Organic Textile Standad organisation determined through a limited round-robin exercise that test results for GMO presence showed inconsistency and were unreliable in cotton fibre In 2016

30/12/2017

Apparel: sustainability by circularity

Whilst there are many publications on circular business models and commitments to circular economy, few brands/retailers or upstream suppliers are re-designing their business towards circularity

28/12/2017

Denmark: Coop launches organic agriculture fund

According to a press release the Danish retailer Coop Denmark together with environmental associations will raise funds to support organic farming in Denmark.

18/12/2017

Organic competence for smallholders in Africa and India

Improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa and India economically, ecologically and socially...

14/12/2017

EU: dramatic insect decrease requires a complete and comprehensive ban

This Tuesday, the competent expert committee of the EU member states in Brussels voted on proposals of the European Commission for the ban on the three neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

11/12/2017

Biobased food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

What do consumers think of biobased food packaging? And can manufacturers and retailers strengthen the brand position of their food products by choosing biobased food packaging?

27/11/2017

Amazon: more sale at Whole Foods Stores

Amazon has started to sell tech products and gifts at selected Whole Foods Market stores

23/11/2017

Strong institutional commitment needed to ensure a good legislative transition

Brussels, 22 November 2017 – The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation reached last June was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture on Monday and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture today

20/11/2017

Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food.

13/11/2017

USA: prohibition of aquaponics in organic food production rejected by NOSB

At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program

07/11/2017

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

"The Nordic region continues to ‘set the trends’ in health and wellness for the rest of the world“, say the organisers ot the event.

30/10/2017

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics donot take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE

27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year

26/10/2017

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe

17/10/2017

Study Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Failed Promises: the rise and fall of GM cotton in India", is a well-documented report about the collapse of GM cotton in the world.

09/10/2017

IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan

04/10/2017

Germany: 9.3 million vegetarians and vegans

8 million people in Germany, more than 10 percent of the population, eat a vegetarian diet.

03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.