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

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.

Say hello to IFOAM Organics Europe – organic group rebrands, re-elects Jan Plagge as...

Europe’s lead organic advocacy group IFOAM EU has rebranded to become IFOAM Organics Europe, with a new website and logo.

China topped list of organic exporters to the EU in 2019

China was the biggest exporter of organic agri-food products to the EU during 2019, followed by Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Turkey according to new analysis released by the European Commission.

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

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

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...

Demand for organic reaches three year high, Soil Association reveals

UK sales of organic food and drink are running at a three-year high, the Soil Association revealed today. 

Call of the wild : Rhug Estate launches into organic beauty space

Rhug Estate Organic Farm has an enviable reputation as a producer of high quality, home bred organic meat with global appeal. Now, its owner, Lord Newborough, has his sights set on on the organic beauty market

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

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.

ACI launches CBD Safety Study Consortium as Novel Food deadline looms

UK trade body the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) will lead a new CBD Safety Study Consortium to generate data to assess the safety of CBD and evaluate dosage impacts. 

Fertilise the Future: Ecover pledges £500,000 backing for ‘eco-pioneers of tomorrow’

Leading green cleaning brand Ecover is pledging £500,000 (€553,000) in backing for its Fertilise the Future initiative, aimed at funding the “eco-pioneers of tomorrow”.

UK orders ‘rapid evidence review’ on vitamin D-Covid link

UK public health authorities have launched a “rapid evidence review” into the ability of vitamin D to reduce the risks from coronavirus. 

EU consumers want to eat more sustainably but face hurdles – and price is...

Most EU consumers are open to eating more sustainably but face hurdles as they try to make better choices, a major new Europe-wide survey has concluded.

Lights, action! – KRAV ‘shorts’ help retailers tell the story behind organic

With the help of inspirational films, store staff should be able to more easily answer their customers' questions about Sweden’s organic label KRAV – and therefore be better able to tell the story behind organic. 

Love Hemp reports 107% increase in online sales during Covid crisis

London-based CBD brand, Love Hemp reports “surging” online sales during the global COVID-19 pandemic – up 107% from January-May 2020.

Divine announces departure of MD of 21 years, Sophie Tranchell

Sophi Tranchell MBE, the first MD of Divine Chocolate, and its CEO over the last 21 years, has left the Fairtrade company saying she is "incredibly proud" of what it has achieved.