Environment

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

Power of the plate: How America’s food system has led to an epidemic of...

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A new white paper released by Rodale Institute and The Plantrician Project reveals how the American food system has contributed to epidemic levels of chronic disease and lowered immune systems – and how regenerative organic agriculture could be a solution to improve the health of people and the planet.

Organic is part of the solution, Congress speakers all agree

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High-level speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and the German Presidency of the EU Council delivered a unified message at the European Organic Congress 2020: Our system is experiencing a biodiversity and climate crisis, and organic food and farming is part of the solution and way forward.

“The organic sector is like a living lab” senior EC official tells Congress

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“The organic sector is like a living laboratory. It allows us to look at practices that we have forgotten or ignored.” 

Meeting ‘challenging’ 25%-organic-by-2030 goal will require collective will, EU officials say

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Achieving the ambitious 25%-organic-by-2030 goal called by the European Union’s Farm to Fork strategy will require a concerted EU-wide effort, and the collective will of all Member States, senior officials agreed yesterday.

We won’t sell it: Waitrose ups the ante in fight against lower-welfare US food...

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The newly installed boss at UK supermarket Waitrose has added to a chorus of calls from farmers, consumer groups and food campaigners urging the British Government not to accept lower food safety and welfare standards as the price of striking a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. 

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

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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...

Reusable containers safe during Covid-19 pandemic, 100-strong group of scientists insist

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More than 100 scientists from around the world this week signed a statement to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unilever pledges €1bn to accelerate eco strategy, Greenpeace decries ‘empty PR exercise’

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Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever has announced a series of new environmental measures and commitments designed, it says, to fight climate change, regenerate nature and preserve resources.

Contactless coffee: Better Food partners with City to Sea to revive reusables

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Bristol-based Better Food Company is partnering with plastic pollution non-profit City to Sea on a #ContactlessCoffee initiative that is enabling the organic, local and ethical retailer to create a safe way to revive the use of reusables. 

Green Brexit ‘hangs in the balance’ Soil Association warns

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The UK Government’s pledge to deliver a ‘Green Brexit’ now “hangs in the balance”, the Soil Association has warned. 

Counting carbon: Swedish livestock farmer shows gulf in CO2 emissions between organic and intensive...

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Amid the debate on the impact of agriculture on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a heated argument about the contribution of meat and dairy farming, which often lacks nuance and leads to simplistic conclusions. 

Plastic’s back: Industry uses pandemic fears to mount attack on zero-waste movement

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Public fear around the COVID-19 pandemic is helping the the plastics industry mount an attack against the zero-waste movement, US campaigners and commentators are warning. 

Delay new Organic Regulation while industry deals with COVID-19, IFOAM EU urges Commission

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IFOAM EU is calling on the European Commission, Council and Parliament to consider delaying the new EU Organic Regulation for a year.

Switch to home delivery helps Spanish organic businesses thrive in Covid crisis

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Local and organic food sales have tripled in parts of Spain during the Covid-19 crisis, reports the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. 

Food without farmers: Is this the future we want?

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A special digital discussion next week will ask the question 'could the future of food be without farmers - and is this the future we want?'.