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US GMO labelling law: A troubling tale of smiley faces, glaring omissions and bio-washing

The Organic Trade Association says it is “deeply disappointed” in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final GMO labelling law, which was announced at the end of December.

Tall order: Emirates Airlines commissions $40m ‘better than organic’ vertical farm

Emirates Airlines has commissioned a US$40 million vertical farm to provide its passengers with fresh, pesticide-free salads and greens. It will be, in the words of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, “better than organic”. Michael Wale has been to Dubai to find out more. 

Double digit-growth takes Europe's organic sales to €33.5bn

The organic market in Europe recorded double-digit growth (11.4%) in 2016 to be worth €33.5 million, according to new data released yesterday at the Biofach event in Nuremberg.

‘Deforestation effect’ means organic is worse for the climate, Swedish researchers claim

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required and a resultant increase in deforestation globally. 

Transitional organic certification scheme for US farmers launched

A new transitional certification programme for products from farmers who are in the process of becoming organic has been launched in the US.

Biodegradable packaging helps ‘product and packs speak the same language’

Finnish natural cosmetics brand specialist Naviter says that using biodegradable packaging means that its products and packs now "speak the same language". 

Fairness is a core organic principle, IFOAM EU reminds Brussels legislators

Fairness has always been a core principle of organic agriculture, leading European advocacy group IFOAM EU has reminded Brussels legislators ahead of important discussions this month on unfair trading practices (UTPs).

Bolivia cacao trial shows benefits of agroforestry and organic combination

A long-term study in Bolivia comparing different cacao production systems shows that in addition to enhancing biodiversity as well as farmers’ food security and nutrition, agroforestry systems and organic management may also be more profitable than full-sun monocultures and conventional management in young cacao plantations.

‘Lazy’ organic movement allowed Big Food too much influence

The organic movement ceded too much power to the big food multinationals, who are now trying to dilute core values to make organic fit their free-market business model. That’s the claim made in a new BBC broadcast by a group of organic farmers. 

Put sports and healthy diet at centre of health policy, ESSNA urges Commission

The priorities of the sports nutrition sector for the new mandate of the European Commission to ensure a healthier and fitter future for European citizens were unveiled today by the trade group, ESSNA.

European Organic Congress brings industry and policy-makers together at pivotal moment

The European Organic Congress, which takes place on 1-3 July 2020 as a digital event this year, will bring together farmers, industry experts and...

Murray River Organics secures licence to grow low-THC cannabis

Leading organic grower and manufacturer Murray River Organics (MRG) has been granted a local  licence grow ‘low-THC cannabis’ (hemp).

Post-Brexit farming policy risks being ‘missed opportunity’, SFT warns

The UK Government’s new Agriculture Bill will be a “missed opportunity” if it fails to a incentivise farmers to switch to sustainable farming practices. 

OTA welcomes “historic rulemaking” that will protect against organic fraud

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today publishes a proposed new rule to strengthen protection against fraud in the organic supply chain.

Soil Association ‘bowled over’ by UK minister’s comments on soil 

The Soil Association has welcomed what it says is a “a dramatic shift” in UK government thinking on soil protection and farming practice.