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Europe’s ‘historic moment’ for food and farming sustainability

Europe has arrived at a ‘historical moment” for food and farming sustainability delegates at the 11th European Organic Congress (5-7 September, Tallinn) heard yesterday.

McDonald’s trials ‘McVegan’ burger in Finland – customers will decide its future

McDonald’s trials ‘McVegan’ burger in Finland – customers will decide its future

Food fight: Meet the Swedish organic retailer waging war on fake food

Johannes Cullberg is a man on a mission. The Swedish ethical entrepreneur and founder of Stockholm’s iconoclastic organic store Paradiset is waging war on what he calls ‘fake food’ – and the big grocery retailers who sell it.

India launches ‘game-changer’ organic regulations and logo

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has launched new laws for the regulation of organic food and a new logo scheme described as 'game-changer' for the country's organic sector.

Employee ownership will be ‘force for good’ says Riverford founder

One of the UK’s biggest organic businesses, Riverford Organic Farmers, this week formally passed into employee ownership in a move that its founder, Guy Singh-Watson, says will create a “force for good".

Embrace organic’s ‘whole systems' approach, IFOAM EU president urges

IFOAM EU’s Vision 2030 agenda should be a “blueprint for working together” the organization’s president, Christoper Stopes, said today in his opening address at the European Organic Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

Double digit-growth takes Europe's organic sales to €33.5bn

The organic market in Europe recorded double-digit growth (11.4%) in 2016 to be worth €33.5 million, according to new data released yesterday at the Biofach event in Nuremberg.

The big reveal: 6 million naked swedes in Asda

With pressure mounting on retailers to cut excessive packaging, UK supermarket chain Asda says it is going “full swede ahead” with its own plastic pledge, removing plastic wrapping from all its whole swedes.

Growth-hungry HIPPEAS appoints Joe Serventi as global CEO

US-based organic snack innovator HIPPEAS has appointed Joe Serventi as global CEO. HIPPEAS founder, Livio Bisterzo, becomes chairman of the company. 

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

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).

Publix announces 'GreenWise Market 2.0' and plans for more openings

US supermarket chain Publix, which operates over 1200 outlets across Southeastern United States, is to open several more dedicated natural and organic stores under its Greenwise Market sub-brand. 

High users of organic food 25% less likely to get cancer

People who eat organic food are up to 25% less likely to develop cancer, according to a study of nearly 70,000 volunteers. 

Arla launches organic Baby&Me brand in the UK as part of ‘digital first’ push

European dairy cooperative Arla is aiming to build on success already seen in Denmark and China by extending its Arla Baby & Me Organic brand into the UK market.

LaCroix comes out fighting as its ‘all-natural’ claim is disputed

US-based National Beverage Corporation, maker of LaCroix sparkling water, is fighting back against a class action lawsuit filed by law firm  Beaumont Costales. 

‘Deforestation effect’ means organic is worse for the climate, Swedish researchers claim

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required and a resultant increase in deforestation globally.