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16/07/2018

Asian Summit tackles sustainable packaging and ingredients

Hosted in Singapore on 4-5th September, the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Food Summit will feature sustainable packaging, ingredients, and marketing. For the first time in Asia, an executive summit will look to advance sustainability in the food industry by the use of ingredients and packaging. The summit opens with a discussion of some of the pressing sustainability issues facing the Asian food industry. Urban migration has given the continent 9 of the 10 most populated cities in the world. Food security is a growing concern, with many sections of the population having limited access to nutritious food.

The agenda of the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit has been devised to ensure Asia does not fall behind in sustainable development. Amarjit Sahota, Founder of Ecovia Intelligence (organiser), comments: “Many of the sustainability issues facing the planet, such as ocean plastic, biodiversity loss, climate change, and water scarcity are not restricted by geographical boundaries. By highlighting such issues in this edition, we want to ensure Asia is part of the solution to these pressing issues.”

Urban and vertical farming - a solution?

The role of sustainable agriculture in addressing food security & poverty will be discussed. Dato’ Joel Low, CEO of Agrivo International, will explore the solutions provided by urban farming. A number of Asian countries are looking at vertical farming and urban food projects to feed their sprawling metropoles. Low will state the environmental and social merits of such projects.

Mitchell Leow from Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) will show how one of the largest breweries in Asia is addressing its water impacts. Its ‘Brewing A Better World’ initiative aims to reduce water consumption by a quarter, carbon emissions by 40 percent, and source raw materials from sustainable sources. The Swiss multinational Nestle will also give details on how it is implementing sustainable sourcing projects for coffee.

Novel proteins and insect-based food products

Massimo Reverberi, Founder of Bugsolutely, will kick off the food ingredients session with a seminar on novel proteins. His company is developing insect-based food products for the Asian market. Made from silkworm, Bella Pupa chip style snacks have been launched in the Chinese market. The company also markets Bugsolutely pasta made from cricket flour. The benefits provided by blockchain technology to ingredient supply chains will be explored. Other speakers will cover food ingredients from side streams, biodiversity impacts, and innovating with sustainable ingredients.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Asia

Shi Yan, widely regarded as the founder of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Asia, will introduce the concept and its benefits. She has set up Little Donkey Farm and Shared Harvest Farm in China; the latter is one of the first Chinese organic farms to adopt the CSA model. Almost 1,000 farms in China now belong to the CSA Alliance, providing freshly grown local produce directly to consumers.

David Yeung, Founder of Green Monday and Green Common, will show how Asian food companies can capitalise on the vegan trend. An environmental advocate, David is the founder of the Green Monday movement which has spread to 30 countries, with 3 million adherents in Hong Kong alone. David will highlight the opportunities for plant-based foods, sharing experiences from the Green Common retail network. Sodexo, the international foodservice company, will give its perspectives on sustainable foods in the Asian region.

Packaging waste has become a major concern in Asia, with recent news of a whale suffocating off the shore of Southern Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags. The sustainable packaging session discusses practical approaches to reduce the packaging impact of food and beverages. WWF Singapore will highlight the ecological issues associated with product packaging. Another speaker will explain how environmental footprints of packaging can be measured and lowered.

Innovation in green packaging

David Christian, Co-Founder of Evoware, will present the company’s sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. The Indonesian firm has developed seaweed-based packaging that is edible and biodegradable. Details will be given of applications of the new packaging material for food and beverage products. Indonesia is the world’s second largest contributor to plastic pollution. Since the country is also the world’s leading seaweed producer, Evoware aims to create positive social impacts (by creating employment for seaweed farmers) whilst reducing plastic pollution.

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01/04/2019

Household panel of market researchers highliths austrian organic share of food at 9%

The Austrians buy almost nine percent of fresh products in the conventional food retail in organic quality" -  announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA

18/03/2019

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports from India, China, Turkey, more controls and alignemtent with Eu Standards required

22/02/2019

THE WORLD OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE 2019

Nearly 70 million hectares worldwide of farmland are organic

18/02/2019

Organic market continues to grow everywere, in Europe as worldwide

In 2017, the European and international organic sector again recorded strong area and market growth

11/02/2019

Fair Trade demanded by cocoa producers

Bitter side of chocolate: "Breadline wages, poverty, child labour

01/02/2019

Organic farming wins performance comparison

German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas

18/01/2019

EU scientific advisors call for changing the genetic engineering law

The scientific advisors to the EU Commission have presented a paper in which they urge the Commission to change genetic engineering legislation

03/01/2019

Amazon expands network of organic supermarkets in the US

Amazon and the organic sector...expansion in the US

28/12/2018

New study on organic agriculture. Is it disadvantageous for the climate?

Organic agriculture is more damaging to the climate than conventional agriculture, scientists from Sweden and the USA claim. But is that true?

21/12/2018

Switzerland Organic sales: vegetables, fruit and milk increase significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

10/12/2018

The integrity of the international organic market

After four years, the FiBL-project Consolidation of Organic Certification Bodies ended successfully

03/12/2018

EU slam for inspection body certification in Kenya

The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention

19/11/2018

Switzerland: Organic sales of veggies, fruit and milk have increased significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

09/11/2018

EU organic control in Romania slowly improving

The report praises Romania's efforts to improve the monitoring of organic inspection posts

06/11/2018

New study: Eating organic food reduces cancer risk

French scientists investigated the link between the consumption of organic food and the risk of developing certain types of cancer

02/11/2018

Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

Microplastic has so far been found mainly in marine fish. They confuse microplastic particles with plankton...

26/10/2018

Critical look at new additives

Again and again, individual countries move for the inclusion of further additives in the EU Organic Regulation (Annex VIII) and thus for allowing them

22/10/2018

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

In Switzerland, the Fair Food Initiative failed in a referendum. It wanted to oblige the government to strengthen “the supply of food that is of good quality...

12/10/2018

Natural cosmetics as a future market

The cosmetics market is very dynamic and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. This was emphasised by Elfriede Dambacher, consultant and expert in the natural cosmetics industry, at the 11th Natural Cosmetics Conference​

01/10/2018

German organic market: upward trend continues

What does the sales barometer for organic shops in Germany look like in the second quarter of 2018?  The turnover of the shops surveyed continues to rise

26/09/2018

Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

According to a survey by Keyquest among 500 respondents, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again

20/09/2018

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland, equivalent to 2.4 bn euros or 284 euros per capita

17/09/2018

Sustainability bank Triodos invests in crowdfunding platform

Bettervest specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that seek to raise money from the crowd through the platform

14/09/2018

Austria: denn‘s biomarkt expands branch network

A new denn's organic market store will open in Eisenstadt, Austria

03/09/2018

E.V.I - the document on Sustainability which wins the trust of Investors

Companies and start-up need to consider sustainability when it comes to plan processes, products, governance and promotion

28/08/2018

Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Market data collected by Nielsen market research until May 2018, confirm a very positive trend in the Italian organic sector

27/08/2018

Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), the Canadian government is investing $8.3 million in organic agriculture research

22/08/2018

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman from California alleged that the US company misleads consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might easily be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News

18/08/2018

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme

09/08/2018

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

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