Environment

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

Non-profits sue Monsanto over “misleading” Roundup labelling

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Two US nonprofit organizations this week filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for allegedly misleading the public by labeling its top-selling weed-killer Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.”

Registration for Tallin organic summit opens

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Registration for the 11th European Organic Congress, which will be held in Estonia in September, has opened.

OFRF announces 2017 grants for innovative organic projects

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US non-profit Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has announced the recipients of its 2017 research grant awards for innovation in organic farming.

Bolivia cacao trial shows benefits of agroforestry and organic combination

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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.

Denmark debates case for additional ‘organic+’ label

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Stakeholders in the Danish organic sector have been discussing the case for a new ‘organic+’ label.

Oikos criticizes Norwegian Government plan to abandon organic target

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Norway’s lead organic body Oikos (Organic Norway) has criticized Norwegian Government proposals to abandon the country’s goal of making 15% of all food production and consumption organic by 2020.

A ‘natural grower’ making the desert work for him

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NPG reporter Michael Wale travelled deep into the desert of the United Arab Emirates to meet with an extraordinary ‘natural grower’

Organic can be “flagship model” for sustainable farming and growth – IFOAM EU director

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Organic food and farming offers a “flagship model for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, says the director of IFOAM EU.

Record-breaking year for organic as global market tops USD 80bn

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The organic food and farming sector had another record-breaking year, with global sales topping USD 80 billion and organically farmed land reaching 50.9 million acres.

Wessanen launches ‘Organic Food Against Climate Change’ initiative

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Leading European healthy food business Wessanen has launched a new initiative aimed at helping small food entrepreneurs to play an active role in tackling climate change.

India’s north-eastern ‘organic hub’ drives market growth

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India’s ‘organic hub’ – a cluster of fertile, proactively organic states in Northeast India – is helping drive strong market growth in the country and setting it on its way to securing 2% of the world organic food market.

Capitalizing on EU organic grant is trade’s biggest opportunity

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“Capitalizing on the Organic Trade Board’s recently secured EU grant, and working closely with them to get a thread of unification across the whole sector. I think that’s a really important thing for us as industry over the next few years.”

Transitional organic certification scheme for US farmers launched

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

Natural Branding eliminates need for packaging

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Working in collaboration with Swedish supermarket chain ICA, Netherlands-based organic produce distributor Nature & More is to mark organic fruit and veg with Natural Branding, a marking method which removes the need for packaging or stickers.

EU organic regulation review is at “a dead end”

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The Review of the EU Organic Regulation has reached a “dead end” says recently appointed director of IFOAM EU, Eduardo Cuoco.