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EFSA to set upper safe limit for daily sugar intake

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The European Food Safety Authority is to give formal advice on daily sugar intake for the first time.

Latest GOTS standard allows ‘combined products’ to certified

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Strict criteria for ‘additional fibre material’ and a new category for ‘combined products’ are among the changes in Version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), released on 1 March 2017.

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.

Chefs, will you stir the pot over GMOs?

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Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are coming to the UK. Quietly but determinedly the UK government is pushing forward with its plans to open up the UK’s farms, fields and kitchens to GM technology.

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.

Roundtable: Rewriting the next decade of food

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Eight leading lights from the UK natural food industry gathered at NPG’s Brighton offices in January to engage in some shared thinking about the future for the sector.

43% of Britons have tried herbal remedies

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A recent survey of 2,000 people by Opinion Health on behalf of UK-based herbal tea and supplements specialist Pukka Herbs has found that 43% have tried alternative medicine/herbal remedies.

Organic Monitor relaunches as Ecovia Intelligence

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Specialist marketing intelligence business Organic Monitor is being relaunched this month as Ecovia Intelligence.

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.

The disruptor

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A prominent natural food retailer told us recently that CLF Distribution had “transformed” his business – and the wider health food trade. For CLF’s founder,...

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.

Brexit has dented confidence, says UK food and drink body

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Confidence among UK food and drink manufacturers has declined, driven by increased input costs, squeezed profit margins and uncertainty over Brexit terms, according to the latest survey from Britain's Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Should we be trying to “democratize” organic? Discuss

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A plea to make organic standards tighter, a pledge to “democratize” organic and an attempt to understand why the Danes are so good at organic. These were some of the tasty ingredients in a lively panel discussion staged at this week’s OTB #GrowOrganic17 event

How to succeed in organic retail – “go massive”

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“If you are a supermarket in Denmark you need to be organic – it’s 10% of the food and drink market after all.”

OTB sets the bar high for UK organic growth

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At a special ‘#GrowOrganic17’ event in London yesterday, senior OTB figures told a packed room that the UK organic sector was in its best state of health for years.