Environment

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest environment news from around the World.

Organic schemes in India, Denmark and Brazil honoured with top UN awards

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Organic schemes in India, Denmark and Brazil have been honoured I this year’s UN Future Policy Awards, which recognise the world’s “best laws and policies promoting agroecology”. 

Anti-plastics ‘fervour’ is distracting us from climate change threat, Riverford founder warns

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Deepening public and political consternation around plastic pollution is becoming a “dangerous distraction” from a far bigger challenge – the urgent need to control climate change. That’s the view of one of the best-known actors on the UK organic food scene, Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford Organic. 

We feed the world: Photography show highlights vital role of smallholders

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We Feed the World is a global photography initiative which seeks to capture ‘the triumphs and tribulations’ of the smallholder farmers who produce 70% of the world’s food.

Mandatory eco labelling for food would be game-changer, says academic

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Mandatory environment labelling for food could be a game-changer in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut air and water pollution, says a prominent UK academic. 

Clif Bar builds region’s biggest onsite solar power system

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Twin Falls, US-based organic snack and sports nutrition brand Clif Bar Baking Company has begun construction of the region’s largest onsite solar power system, which when completed next June will supply 30 percent of the 300,000-square-foot commercial bakery’s power annually from clean solar energy.

Swedish supermarket’s app helps customers calculate their shopping cart’s climate footprint

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Swedish supermarket chain ICA has launched an app that will help customers calculate the climate footprint of their weekly food shop.

Demand low-carbon products, IPCC urges consumers

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One of the key take-homes from the IPCC’s new report on limiting global warming is the role that individual citizens will need to take.

‘Far-reaching, unprecedented changes’ needed to put brake on global warming – IPCC

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Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

CAP should be enabler of a ‘fair and green’ farming future, organic Congress hears

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Public money should be awarded to farmers that deliver public goods. That was the main message that speakers at the 12th European Organic Congress conveyed today to 2000-strong audience at the University of Vienna.

Norway’s organic food sales grow by 9%, but market challenges remain

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Organic food sales in Norway grew by 9% in the first quarter of 2018 – amounting to NOK1.4 billion (USD170 million) – according to new figures released by the Directorate of Agriculture.

No-deal Brexit would be “complete catastrophe” organic business leader warns

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A no-deal or hard Brexit would be a “complete catastrophe” for UK organic exporters, a prominent organic industry business leader warned this weekend.

New law on pesticides in Brazil piques consumer interest in organic

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New legislation in Brazil on the use and inspection of pesticides could be creating an opportunity for organic producers, suggests new intelligence by consumer behaviour analyst Mintel.

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

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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).

New Zealand organic market grows 30% to top NZ$600m

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The New Zealand organic sector has grown 30 per cent since 2015 to now be worth $600 million per year, buoyed by consumer demand in NZ and globally.

Plastics purge: Opportunities and threats for brands and retailers across Asia

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Earlier this year India passed one of the world's toughest anti-plastics laws, committing the country to a total ban on single-use plastics by 2020. Now, research gathered by global analysts Mintel identifies a huge opportunity for green packaging innovation across Asia.