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US GMO labelling law: A troubling tale of smiley faces, glaring omissions and bio-washing

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The Organic Trade Association says it is “deeply disappointed” in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final GMO labelling law, which was announced at the end of December.

Upcoming ISO guidelines could "legitimize greenwashing"

The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts, speaking at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe.

Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

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Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.

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.

Welcome to the Brexit guessing game

“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was then).

Upcoming ISO guidelines could “legitimize greenwashing”

The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts, speaking at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe.

Let’s show the future can be written a different way

he world’s biggest biotech companies are manouvering to extend their domination of the global food supply chain. It’s time to show that the future can be written a different way, writes Thomas Fertl

New guide will help employers meet needs of vegans at work

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The Vegan Society is issuing guidance to businesses to help them avoid direct or indirect discrimination to vegan employees.

Change how we farm and eat to help fight climate change, IPCC report urges

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A major new report on land use and climate change says that switching to more sustainable farming systems and diets will be vital in the fight against climate change. 

OTA welcomes “historic rulemaking” that will protect against organic fraud

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today publishes a proposed new rule to strengthen protection against fraud in the organic supply chain.

Support and solace: RSPB sets out plan for Green Recovery

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The day before the UK Prime Minister makes a speech to the UN on biodiversity, the British based nature charity RSPB today launch a major new Green Recovery Plan for nature recovery. 

The Certified Organic Industry: What’s Changing in 2020?

‘Organic’ became even bigger business in 2020, with produce sales increasing by as much as 50 per cent in some parts of the world...

MPs reject bid to protect post-Brexit food standards

Last night’s vote in the House of Commons saw MPs reject an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which was designed to ensure that post-Brexit...

EU Parliament Rejects ‘Veggie Burger Ban’ But Supports ‘Dairy Ban’ Against Vegan Producers

The European Parliament has voted to reject a ‘veggie burger ban‘ forbidding vegan producers from using terms like ‘burger’. However, while MEPs voted against this...

EU rejects dairy descriptions but allows meaty terms for plant-based products

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The European Parliament has voted to ban dairy-related terms being used for plant-based alternatives but has given the go-ahead for meat-related descriptions. The vote on...