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Slides from the session European organic market at the BIOFACH Congress

 

The session on the European organic market took place on on February 14, 2018 at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany. The slides are of the presentations now available at Organic Eprints at orgprints.org/32712.

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Slides from the session "The World of Organic Agriculture" at BIOFACH 2018 now available

 

The session on global organic farming and market trends took place on February 14, 2018 at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany. The slides are available at orgprints.org/32677/.

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A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars

 

The latest global data on organic farming worldwide will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH world organic trade fair 2018 in Nuremberg.

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European organic market: latest data at BIOFACH 2018

 

The session on the European organic market will take place place from 5 to 5.45 on February 14, 2018, in Room Kiew (NCC East) at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany.

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The World of Organic Agriculture at BIOFACH 2018

 

The session on global organic farming and market trends will take place place from 4 pm to 4.45 pm, on February 14, 2018 at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany.

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Australia’s appetite for organics at record levels: New organic market report

 

The latest Australian Organic Market Report reveals the nation’s organic industry could be anticipated to reach or exceed 2 billion Australian Dollars by 2018.

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic oilseeds, dry pulses and cereals from Ukraine and Kazakhstan?

 

We are looking for data on organic lentins, millet and peas from Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Do you have such data?

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Now available: The FiBL slides with the data on organic agriculture worldwide 2017

 

The FiBL slides with the data on organic agriculture worldwide 2015 based on "The World of Organic Agriculture 2017" are now available.

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic honey and beekeeping?

 

I am writing to you as I am seeking for data on organic farming, in particular concerning the apiculture sector. Is this taken into account in any of FiBL surveys?

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Organic viticulture worldwide: New FiBL slide presentation

 

A new slide presentation with latest area data on organic viticulture worldwide and selected countries is now available from FiBL.

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Switzerland. Organic market increases by 7.8 percent in 2016

 

The latest figures for the Swiss organic market (from 2016), recently presented by Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch on April 4, 2017), show a clear increase in organic retail sales in Switzerland. Bio Suisse —the umbrella organization representing Swiss organic sector— unites over 90% of Swiss organic...

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic viticulture?

 

Data can found here: orgprints.org/31416/ and in our yearbook on page 118.

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Report from Science Day 2017 at BIOFACH

 

On February 17, 2017, the fifth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

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Austria: Organic retail sales data for 2014 and 2015 now available

 

At the Biofach trade fair in February 2017, new market data for Austria were published. Furthermore area data and producers numbers for 2016 were recently released by the ministry of agriculture.

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Now updated: Maps on the status of organic farming in the countries of Europe

 

An interactive map on organic in Europe was created by IFOAM EU (www.ifoam-eu.org) using data compiled by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and the Agricultureal Market Information Company. Click on a country for data. The original map is available at the IFOAM-EU website at...

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What was the growth rate for global organic retail sales in 2015?

 

I have a question I hope you could help me with. In the chapter The Global Market for Organic Food and Drink in the 2017 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture", it says that the global sales expanded by 10 percent to 81, 6 bill. in 2015 US dollars. From last year’s report, the sales were 80...

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The World of Organic Agriculture 2017 - Presentations

 
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FiBL at BIOFACH 2017 - Media kit now online

 

At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will be discussed, researchers of FiBL will once again represent their institute. One of the highlights will be the presentation of the latest statistics on organic farming worldwide

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Organic in Europe: Organic market grows by double digits and organic area reaches 12.7 million hectares in 2015

 
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Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide - 50.9 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to more than 80 billion US Dollars

 

The latest global data on organic farming worldwide will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH world organic trade fair 2017 in Nuremberg. The statistical yearbook "The World of Organic Agriculture" will be launched on...

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FiBL at BIOFACH 2017 – Science Day and current numbers

 

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH 2017 in Nuremberg. At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will be discussed, researchers of FiBL will once again represent their institute. One of the highlights will be the presentation of the...

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European Union: Eurostat releases 2015 data on organic areas and producers - Organic crop area on the rise

 

With more than 11 million hectares of certified area or area under conversion in 2015, organic farming made up 6.2% of the European Union's (EU) total utilised agricultural area (UAA), according to Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union.

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New rules for electronic certification of EU organic imports - better EU statistics on organic imports?

 

New European Union (EU) rules introducing a system of electronic certification for imported organic products were published by the European Commission on October 14, 2016 and will be applied in 6 months. The changes are also expected to provide much more comprehensive statistical data on organic...

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Video: The Science behind the Organic Movement

 

The keynote speech at the Organic Science Conference in Canada was held by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland and president of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International.

The video-recorded speech is...

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Latin America on its way to become a major organic food producer

 

Latin America is on its way to becoming an important supplier of organic products. 

ASt the eighth assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Organic Agriculture (CIAO) in August 2016, it was agreed that the strengthening of the domestic markets is key for Latin American producers to be able to...

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Q&A: How many countries have an organic regulation?

 

I am a PhD Researcher currently examining organic regulations. I wanted some clarification on statistics of FiBL. In "The world of organic agriculture. Statistics and emerging trends 2015", it is stated that according to a survey from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), there are...

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic dairy products for Switzerland?

 

Yes, such data are available from Bio Suisse, which presents the latest market data annually. According to this data, retail sales of organic dairy products amounted to almost 300 Million Swiss Francs, constituting 11.8 percent of all dairy products sold in Switzerland in 2015.

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IFOAM EU publishes new guide on Organic Action Plans

 

Over the last decade, the development of Organic Action Plans has gained momentum as a mechanism for achieving a more integrated and balanced approach to organic policy-making in different European countries and at EU level.

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First TIPI Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016

 

The 1st TIPI Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in China was held successfully in Shanghai, China, on May 27th, in conjunction with the organic trade fair BIOFACH China 2016.

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U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015 - Largest dollar gain ever for the booming organic sector even with supply challenges, says OTA survey

 

The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic...

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic protein crops in the European Union?

 

Do you know if there is data available on the areas of different grain legumes grown organically in Europe? I can find a total for protein crops but it would be more useful to have areas of peas, beans, lupins etc.

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Q&A: Do you have organic milk data for the European Union?

 

We are preparing a presentation on EU milk markets that would include any available data on organic milk, e.g. prices, sales, quantities, number of operators etc. We would appreciate if you could send us any available information you may have.

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TIPI Science Day in China: Detailed programme now available

 

The detailed programme of the TIPI Science Day in China (460.3 KB) is now available.

Speakers include (in alphabetical order)

  • Markus ARBENZ, Executive Director, IFOAM - Organics International, Germany
  • Chengcai CHU, Principal Investigator, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) Chinese Academy...
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Q&A: Do you have data on organic poultry?

 

I am writing my master thesis about the potential for natural herbal solutions instead of using coccidiostats for layer hens and in broiler production. I need to know how many broilers are produced per country and how many layer hens do they have. Do you have organic poultry data?

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Swiss organic market continues to grow in 2015

 

The latest figures for the Swiss organic market (from 2015), recently presented by Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch ), show a clear increase in organic retail sales in Switzerland. Bio Suisse —the umbrella organization representing Swiss organic sector— unites over 90% of Swiss organic farms. The Swiss...

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Q&A: Do you have an updated slide presentation on organic viticulture world-wide?

 

I am a student looking for updated data on organic viticulture worldwide. Do you have an update of your slide presentation on the theme from a couple of years ago?

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New publication "Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016"

 

Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014; however, organic production is not moving at the same speed and more effort at policy level is needed, according to a new publication "Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016" launched by IFOAM EU at the 10th...

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Q&A: What is the correct number for organic arable land in the UK?

 

I looked at the infographic (see below) about organic production in the UK with interest but was shocked at the figure for arable crops. Defra published the figure at 41200 ha for 2014 for the UK This figure is about 3.5 x that. I think someone needs to look at it again.

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic aquaculture?

 

We have put together production volumes for 2013, for a new report on sustainable fishery that is currently under production and will be released by the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) in May 2015 (http://www.iisd.org/ssi/).

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New Zealand: Organic sector growing strongly

 

The New Zealand organic sector has grown by more than 11% per annum since 2012, according to the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report.

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Q&A: What exchange rate do you use for organic retail sales data?

 
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Now online: The TIPI Vision and Strategy

 

TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International, aims to foster international collaboration in organic agriculture research, engage and involve all stakeholders that benefit from organic agriculture research, facilitate exchange of scientific knowledge of organic food and...

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Q&A: Where can I find organic import data for Germany?

 
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Q&A: Where can I buy a hard copy of "The World of Organic Agriculture?

 
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Presentations from Science Day 2016 now online

 

On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

In the morning of...

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Austria: Lateest on organic farming in 2015 released

 

Preliminary numbers suggest that the number of farms in 2015 is approximately the same as in the previous year, according to the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture (BMLUF).

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Q&A: Do you have recent data on organic per-capita consumption?

 
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Q&A: Where can I find data on organic retail sales volumes for Austria?

 
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New section on Organic-World.net: Questions & Answers (Q&A)

 
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New report tracks the rapid growth of sustainable markets

 

Survey results from 14 sustainability standards across nine commodity areas show new statistics and emerging trends for sustainable production.

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Slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide and in Europe

 

FiBL has prepared three presentations summarizing the key results of the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide 2016 (data 2014). Apart from the global data, key results on crop and on regional data are presented.

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UK: Organic Market Report 2016

 

The 2016 Organic Market Report was launched on 23 February showing that the UK organic market experienced a sustained growth of 4.9% in 2015. This is the third year of consecutive growth for the UK organic sector, which is now worth £1.95 billion.

Sales of organic have continued to outperform the...

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Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

 

A team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

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The World of Organic Agriculture

 

Organic agriculture is practiced in 172 countries, and 43.7 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by approximately 2.3 million farmers. The global sales of organic food and drink reached 80 billion US dollars in 2014.

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European organic market continued to grow in 2014

 

In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26 billion euros.

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Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

 

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH fair 2016 in Nuremberg. The statistics yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture” will be launched on Wednesday, February 10, 2016,...

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Presentations of the session "The World of Organic Agriculture" at BIOFACH 2016

 

The session on global organic farming and market trends took place place on February 10, 2016, in at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany.

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Compliance to voluntary sustainability standards has grown steadily worldwide

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presented the first results of its survey on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) at the second Trade for Sustainable Development Forum, 2015, at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva on 1 and 2 October.

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17th survey on organic agriculture world-wide started

 

In August 2015, we started our 17th survey on organic agriculture worldwide.

The new questionnaire is available at this website.

The data will be published in the 17th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture", to be ready for BIOFACH 2016 www.biofach.de, which will take place in February...

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France: organic market continues to grow in 2015

 

Organic farming and organic consumption is increasing in France. Between January-July 2015, the number of organic farms has increased by 8% compared to the same period in 2014.

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Interactive data table on key indicators now online

 

The interactive data tables on key indicators and on crops worldwide are  now online. Data on organic agriculture worldwide are also available as Excel sheets (key indicators and crops).

For the countries analysed in the OrganicDataNetwork project (European Union, (EU), EU candidates and potential...

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France: Development of organic agricultural land 1985-2014. Agence Bio, Nic Lampkin

France: Organic market and area continue to grow in 2014

 

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Danish organic market grows by 6.1 percent in 2014

 

Acording to the latest data released by statistics Denmark, the organic market is now at 830 Million euros. This figure includes the general retailers (supermarkets and grocery stores), but it does not take into account direct Marketing or specialized organic shops.

Compared with 2013, sales have...

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Follow us on Twitter: Statistics and news on organic farming worldwide

 

With its new specialized Twitter account @FiBLStatistics, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL is providing a tool to find latest data and information on organic farming by country, crop and other issues.

The system is currently being set up and in the medium term, relevant...

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UK: Organic market shows improved growth amidst tumbling food prices

 

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market Report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures announced in February 2015 show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%) and food spending (down 1.1%) fell. Shoppers spent an extra £1.4 million...

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Organic agriculture and organic markets in Europe - 2013 update

 

The key data on organic agriculture in Europe are now available at orgprints.org/28706.

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United States: Statistical updates

 

A number of statistical updates on the U.S. organic sector related have recently been released or will be published soon.

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2014 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" now available in Chinese

 

The organic company Organic and Beyond has also translated the 2014 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture."

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OrganicDataNetwork successfully concluded

 

The European project "Data network for better European organic market information" (OrganicDataNetwork) has now reached its end. The major outcomes are summarized in the Synthesis report and a set of recommendations have been established. Another important result is the Organic Market data Manual...

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Germany: New study on organic imports

 

Germany is not only the largest market for organic products in Europe but also one of its largest organic producers. In spite of this fact, Germany imported in 2012, 3 to 94 % of organic products, which could also have been produced in the country.

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Slides on organic agriculture world-wide

 

There are 3 presentations summarizing the key results of the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide 2015 (data 2013). Apart from the global data, key results on crop and on regional data are presented.The following three collections area vailable:

  • Lernoud, Julia and Willer, Helga...
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Presentations from the session "The Organic Market in Europe" at BIOFACH 2015

 

On February 12, 2015, partners of the OrganicDataNetweork prsented the latest data on organic markets in Europe.

The presentations are now available for download at Organic Eprints.

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Presentations from the session "The World of Organic Agriculture" at BIOFACH 2015

 

The presentations at the session "The World of Organic Agriculture" are now online and can be downloaded from Organic Eprints at www-orgprints.org/28216.

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Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

 

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BIOFACH fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The statistics will be presented on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 2 to 2.45 pm in Room Istanbul, NCC...

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Media release: European organic market continued to grow in 2013

 

In 2013, the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food. This is shown by the latest data provided by the OrganicDataNetwork, the Research Institute of Organic...

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February 11, 2015: Launch of the 2015 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture"

 

The session on global organic farming and market trends will take place place from 2 pm to 2.45 pm, on Wednesday 11, 2015, in Room Istanbul (NCC East) at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany.

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Sustainable Society Index: Level of sustainability in 151 countries

 

The Sustainable Society Index (SSI) shows at a glance the level of sustainability of 151 countries. Organic farming is one of the indicators of sustainability.

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TIPI vision and strategy - consultation

 

The Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is currently being revised. Comments can be submitted by january 10, 2014.

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TIPI vision and strategy for organic farming research presented in Istanbul

 

A workshop of the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and the 2014 TIPI Member Assembly were  held on October 12, 2014, as a preconference to the Organic World Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (www.o...

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Workshop participants

OrganicDataNetwork: discussion with market researchers and representatives of official agencies

 

The second European Workshop on “finding practical solutions to current organic market data problems” was organised within the framework of the OrganicDataNetwork project. The workshop was held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB) in Valenzano, Italy on 10 and 11 July 2014.

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Germany: Organic farming on the rise

 

In 2013, 6.4 % of the German agricultural land was organically farmed, marking a 2 % increase over the previous year.

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New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

 

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops.

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Lithuania: New country report

 

A new country report about organic farming in Lithuania is available at the Organic-Europe.net  website: Prof. Dr. Vytautas Pilipavicius of Aleksandras Stulginskis University has written a detailed report about the organic situation in his country.

The certified organic area in Lithuania has grown...

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UK: Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report reveals growth in organic sales for the first time in four years

 

The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic market has seen annual growth since 2008.

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Germany: New study on imports of organic products

 

Since 2009/2010, the import volumes to Germany have increased for many arable crops and dairy products. However, imported quantities vary from year to year for fruit, vegetables and potatoes, depending on the foreign and domestic harvest. For eggs and meat imports have decreased compared with...

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Danes buy more organic food

 

After a breather in 2012, the Danish organic food market has grown again in 2013. Consumers spent 6% more than in the previous past year for organic products - especially meat from organic production.

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Estonia: Organic agricultural area continues to grow

 

Recently the 2013 edition of yearbook "Organic farming in Estonia" was published by the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture". The brochure documents the continued growth of the sector.

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4th Latin American Congress on agroecology: Papers now online

 

The 4th Latin American Congress on agroecology took place September 10 to 12, 2013 at the University of La Molina in Lima, Peru.

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Argentina: Update on organic agriculture

 

The Argentinian competent authority SENASA has recently the latest data (per December 31, 2013) on organic farming in the country.

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Chile: First steps for inclusion on the third country list of the European Union

 

On  March 12, 2014, the European Union responded to the request made by Chile to be included in the European list of third countries whose organic laws are recognized as equivalent with EU regulation 1235/2008. In its statement, received by Chile on March 20, 2014, the European Commission reported...

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Swiss organic market continues to grow in 2013

 

The latest figures for the Swiss organic market (from 2013), recently presented by Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch), show a clear increase in organic retail sales in Switzerland. Bio Suisse —the umbrella organization representing Swiss organic sector— unites over 90% of Swiss organic farms. The Swiss...

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Helga Willer

Nearly two million organic farmers worldwide

 

A recent report from Organic-Market info about the latest edition of the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide, which was launched at BIOFACH 2014.

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UK should look to Switzerland in battle to save organic production

 

The UK Government can learn lessons from other European countries in how it stalls the declining number of organic producers, the Famers Guardian reports.

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France: Market for organic products reached 4.5 billion euros in 2013

 

In 2013, the French organic market continued to grow. The French organic market has doubled in 5 years (4.17 billion euros in 2012 : +6.6 % compared with 2011; +101 % compared with 2007), continuing the positive development in 2013.

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European Union: Legislative proposal for a new organic food and farming legislation and new organic action plan approved

 

On 25 March, the European Commission published a legislative proposal for a new organic food and farming legislation to replace the current organic regulation 834/2007 and its implementing rules. The Commission also approved a new EU organic action plan.

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Dynamic data table with key figures on organic agriculture world-wide now online

 

The dynamic datatable with three key indicators on organic agriculture worldwide is now online for the 2012 data.

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Video from the TIPI Workshop "Global Vision for Organic Food and Farming" at Science Day 2014

 

On February 2014, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), organised a workshop to develop a vision for organic food and farming research at the global level. In the video, the key results of the sessions are summarized.

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Report about Science Day 2014 at BIOFACH

 

On February 14, 2014, the BIOFACH Science Day took place for the second time. Science Day was a joint event of TIPI, TP Organics, ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research), IFOAM, the IFOAM EU Group and organized by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture).

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New handbook: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments

 

This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth.

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Report about the TIPI workshop on Science Day at BIOFACH 2014

 

On February 2014, on Science Day at BIOFACH, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) held a workshop to develop a vision for organic food and farming research at the global level.

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Growing organic agriculture sector explores its future

 

Organic 3.0 – the future of organic – is on the agenda at BIOFACH 2014. 1.9 million certified organic farmers in 164 countries on 37.5 million hectares and a global market for organic food of 63.8 billion US dollars is what the organic movement achieved up to the year 2012. The global trend remains...

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European organic market continued to grow in 2012

 

In 2012 the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of almost EUR 23 billion. Consumers in the European Union spent close to EUR 21 billion on organic foods.

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Organic farming statistics at BIOFACH 2014

 

At BIOFACH 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, a number of sessions with information on organic farming statistics and sector development will be presented. Please find a list of relevant sessions below.

  • February 12, 2014: Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe
    Location: Room Istanbul...
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Science Day 2014: Register now

 

Science Day will be held for the second time at BioFach, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. If you wish to attend science day, please register with our registration form.

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Science day at BIOFACH 2014: Full programme now available

 
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OrganicDataNetwork statement on data collection and EU regulation

 

Recently the OrganicDataNetwork project issued its statement on data collection and made a number of suggestions how data collection could be improved in the context of the European Commission's review of the political and legal framework for organic production.

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Third issue of the OrganicDataNetwork newsletter now online

 

The 3rd issue of the OrganicDataNetwork newsletter contains some important news about progress made in building a stronger network of organic market data collectors, publishers and users. Project coordinator Raffaele Zanoli sums up the project's progress and the workplan for the coming months.

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New report from the European Commission: Facts and figures on organic agriculture in the European Union

 

Report on the status of organic farming in Europe 2011, prepared by the Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission with the support of Eurostat and the OrganicDataNetwork project.

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German organic farmers increase revenues by 12 percent in 2012

 

In 2012, German organic farmers increased their sales revenues by 12 percent (to 1.53 billion euros). High prices for cereals, fruit, and vegetables and higher prices for livestock, especially for laying hens and other poultry, are the main reason for this positive development.

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Fourth project meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork in Montpellier

 

Media release of Oktober 18, 2013 of the OrganicDataNetwork project

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Sweden: Share of organic products of all sales unchanged in 2012

 

According to Statistics Sweden (SBC), organic products accounted for about 4 percent of all sales of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Sweden in 2012.

This share is almost the same as the share of organic products in 2011. However, the sales value decreased by around 4 percent. In euros retail...

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New UNCTAD report urges to take "mosaic" approach to agriculture, boost support for small farmers

 

Recently the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 was launched. At a press conference in the Geneva UN Office, Ulrich Hoffmann of UNCTAD, the United Nation's Conference of Trade and Development, FiBL director Urs Niggli and Nikolai Fuchs, Nexus foundation, presented the report to the public. ...

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15th Survey on organic agriculture worldwide has started

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, in collaboration with the and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has now started the 15th survey on organic agriculture world-wide in September and it is almost completed. The data collection is supported by the...

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UK: Organic market shows signs of recovery, but land area falls

 

After several years of decline since 2008 due to the recession, the organic market in the UK is finally showing signs of recovery. In May 2013, new figures from Kantar Worldpanel revealed that organic sales through supermarkets had increased 1.6 percent over the previous three months.

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Denmark: Retail sales stable, strong increase of food service and catering

 

In 2012, in Denmark the organic market has remained stable compared with 2011; it is now at 885 million euros compared with 881 million in 2011 (excluding catering), according to data from Organic Denmark and Statistics Denmark.* However, the turnover in Food Service and catering increased by 16...

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Italy: Organic agricultural land and retail sales on the rise

 

Data on the organic and operators are provided by the Italian Information system for organic farming SINAB, which is based data from the authorised inspection bodies operating in Italy.

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East African Organic Conference in Tanzania in July 2013 a great success

 

"Sharing achievements made and lessons learned" was the theme of the conference, which was held in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania from Jula 2 to 4, 2013. It attracted almost 200 participants from 20 countries.

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New Zealand Organic Market Report 2012

 

The New Zealand Organic Market Report 2012 is the latest in a series of reports quantifying and describing the New Zealand organic sector. It provides the results of a census of organic product exporters, information from organic certifiers as well as surveys of the domestic market. It also includes...

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OrganicDataNetwork: Publications at Organic Eprints

 

A number of reports from the OrganicDataNetwork Project are now available online at the Organic Eprints Archive.

http://orgprints.org/view/projects/eu-OrganicDataNetwork.html

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Report of the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia

 

Members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) met in the Republic of Korea for the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia.

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Call for papers: International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin

 

The international conference on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean will be held from the 2nd to 4th of December in Agadir, Morocco. A further important topic of the conference is distinguishing the quality of agricultural products by guarantees of their origin. The symposium is organised by...

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Second Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project

 

The second issue of the Newsletter of the OrganicDatatNetwork project is now online.

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Organic agriculture Serbia at a glance 2013

 

A new edition of "Organic agriculture Serbia at a glance" has been published. It contains a wealth of information about the development of the sector.

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New FAO publication "Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability"

 

The new FAO publication "Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability" demonstrates that organic management can benefit people, the economy and ecosystems and that this can be achieved in Africa, where hunger and degradation stubbornly persist, despite decades of...

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Russian organic market continues to grow

 

According to a recent report of the Global Agriculture Information Network of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2012, organic sales in Russia reached 148 million US dollars, which is 7.8 percent growth compared to 2011. The report informs extensively about the situation in the...

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Canada's organic market now worth 3.7 billion Canadian dollars

 

Growth driven by broad-scale support of organic foods

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UK: Organic Market Report 2013

 

The 2013 Organic market report highlights key areas of growth in online retail, independent outlets and a shift towards younger consumers during 2012.It is published by the Soil Association

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Better organic data for Europe: project launches discussion forum on the problems of compiling organic market data

 

Media release of April 30, 2013, of the OrganicDataNetwork project

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Switzerland: Market grows by 5.3 percent in 2012

 

On April 10 the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse presented the latest data on organic agriculture in Switzerland.

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Eurostat database with new URL

 

Eurostat maintains a database with data on organic agriculture in the countries of the European Union, furthermore Norway and Switzerland.

Recently Eurostat has restructred its data tables, and all Eurostat data tables are now available in a neatly arranged data tree at http://epp.eurostat.ec.euro...

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Presentations from the BioFach session on the European market for organic food now online

 

The presentations at the session on the European Market for Organic Food, which was organised by the OrganicDataNetwork project are now online.

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Global organic agriculture and market: Presentations from the BioFach session now online

 

On February 13, 2013, the session "The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends" was held at the BioFach Congress 2013. Speakers were Markus Arbenz o the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Beate Huber of the Reseach Institute of Organic...

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Andre Leu: Launch of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM a significant milestone

 

Andre Leu, President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), gave the Opening Speech of Science Day during BioFach 2013, Nuremberg, Germany, February 15, 2013.

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New impulses for continued growth: FiBL and IFOAM present latest statistics on organic farming worldwide at BioFach

 

Sales now top US$ 60 billion for the first time

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Young Organics BioFach Camp 2013: "Connect inspire act – Share your actions for a future organic world!"

 

The Young Organics BioFach Camp takes place on Thursday, 14th February from 12:00 to 17:00 in Room Seoul (3rd floor of the NürngbergMesse congress building). Visitors will find a continuously updated pin board agenda at the congress info desk on the first floor.

Young organic and fair trade...

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Consultation for the review of the European policy on organic agriculture

 

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the European policy on organic agriculture is running from January 15 to April 10, 2013. All citizens, organisations and public authorities who are concerned by a review of the European policy on organic agriculture are...

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New agreement between Canada and Switzerland on the recognition of equivalency for organic agricultural products

 

Canadian and Swiss organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their organic food products, and consumers in both countries will have more choices as the results of the Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Arrangement reached on December 18, 2012.

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14th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" to be launched at BioFach

 

The 14th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" will be launched at BioFach 2013 at NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg, Germany. The presentation will be on February 13, 2013, from 2 to 2.45 pm, room St. Ptersburg.

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Canada: New Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture

 

Canada’s organic market continues to grow and broaden at the consumer level, and the organic area is increasing (840'000 hectares in 2011). Progress is also made in organic farming research.

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Science Day at BioFach 2013: Programme now available

 

The programme of Science Day is now available.

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14th Survey on organic agriculture worldwide almost completed

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) started the 14th survey on organic agriculture world-wide in September and it is almost completed. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic...

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Join IFOAM at the Sustainability Camp: Live Broadcast on Monday, November 26

 

The Sustainability Camp is taking place November 23-26, 2012, at the Head Office of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Bonn, Germany. On Monday, October 26, the outcomes can be watched on www.livestream.com/ifoam.

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Romania: Country of the Year at BioFach 2013

 

The contract for the Country of the Year at BioFach 2013 was ceremoniously signed in the Romanian capital Bucharest this month.

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Italy: Sales of organic food continue to rise

 

The Italian organic market has been growing for nine consecutive years.

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Australia: Organic agriculture booming with sales of more than 1 billion Australian Dollars

 

The new Australian Organic Market Report confirms that sales of organic products are now at at approximately 1 billion euros.

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First OrganicDataNetwork Newsletter

 

The first Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project is now available at the project website. The project "Data network for better European organic market information" (OrganicDataNetwork) aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market through better availability of market...

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Stanford study: FiBL Austria responds

 

The publication of a new meta-analysis by researchers at Stanford University (Smith-Spangler et al. 2012), and particularly the media response to it, has rekindled the decades-old controversy over the health benefits of organic produce.

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France: More than one million hectares of organic farmland in 2012

 

France can be pleased with the steady growth of its organic agriculture. It occupies the fourth place in the European rankings for organic agriculture after Spain, Italy and Germany (2011).

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Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study

 

This first organic sector study for Saudi Arabia offers an overview of a young but steadily growing sector.

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Conference in Cyprus informs about European organic research

 

From 24 to 26 September 2012 the Organic Days were held in Larnaca on Cyprus. One of the conference days was dedicated to organic farming research.

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Finland: Record number of new organic farms and enterprises

 

The Finish Food Safety Authority Evira has recently published the latest figures on organic agriculture in the country.

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Spain: Organic agricultural land increases by 10 percent in 2011

 

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has recently released the latest data on organic agriculture in Spain: Land under organic management, livestock data, and operator numbers.

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IFOAM conference "Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry" a success

 

Over 180 participants from more than 40 countries gathered to discuss the current state of organic animal husbandry and its future challenges at the 2nd IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference held in Hamburg, Germany from September 12 to 14, 2012.

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United States: Organic Center combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association

 

Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic

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Denmark: Organic farming is a way to secure sustainable development

 

Tomas Nørfelt Fibiger of the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service DLBR has recently updated his report about organic farming in Denmark.

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Germany: Updated country report

 

The German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Proptecteion BMELV has recently updated its report about organic farming in the country.

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India: Major growth of organic area and market expected

 

According to a recent report on the oneco website, a major increase of the organic area and market in India

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Argentina: Organic data for 2011 released: Decrease of area, increase of exports

 

For the first time the update on production in Argentina is available also in English.

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France: Organic area and market continue to grow strongly

 

In the first six months of 2012 the organic area in France surpassed the one million hectare mark. The organic market is now at four billion Euros (2011).

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UK: Organic statistics 2011 for land area, livestock and operators released

 

The latest national statistics for the United Kingdom, produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the organic farming sector were released on 5 July 2012. Whereas many countries, for which 2011 data are available (e.g. France), have shown an increase of organic...

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IFOAM Asia founded

 

On June 1st, 2012, leaders of the organic movements in Asia agreed on the formation of a regional organic alliance in Asia.

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Switzerland: Market continues to grow in 2011

 

Recently the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse released the latest data on the Swiss organic market .

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Rio+20 - Blog

 

Blog by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland.

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IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference

 

Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is present in Rio with a comprehensive and integrated advocacy program aimed at positioning organic agriculture and the global organic movement at the center of sustainable...

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Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) successfully concluded

 

The Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from May 2 to 4, 2012.

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Study on support of organic farming in the European Union: need for a comprehensive development strategy

 

New study on support of organic farming in the European Union published

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UK: New organic market report

 

Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing in 2010 and with growth continuing into 2011. One exception is, however, the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7 percent in 2011, according...

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First organic sector study for Albania now published

 

Albania’s organic sector is still nascent, but is developing most dynamically. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, working with local partners, has compiled the facts and figures in a study presenting the sector’s drivers and determinants. The study, available now, will be a valuable...

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Slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide

 

All slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide 2010 are now ready.

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OrganicDataNetwork: Survey about market data availability in Europe started

 

The OrganicDataNetwork project, which was recently launched, has now started a survey about data collectors and data availability of oganic market data in Europe.

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United States: Organic market surpasses 31 billion US dollars in 2011

 

Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth

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Launch of OrganicDataNetwork project

 

Press release of the European project OrganicDataNetwork

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OrganicDataNetwork: First project meeting

 

Report about the first meeting of the European OrganicDataNetwork project

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Estonia: More than 14 percent of the farmland is organic

 

For the fourth time, the brochure "Organic Farming in Estonia" has been published. It informs about the latest facts and figures about organic farming in the country. According to this publication, 14 percent of the agricultural land is now organic (data per end of 2011).

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Northeast Organic Research Symposium in New York: Proceedings now available

 

Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative (OREI) conducted a two-day research symposium on January 19 and 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Germany: Strong growth of the organic market in 2011

 

According to provisional data for 2011, compiled by the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry BÖLW (www.boelw.de), the organic area grew by only 2.3 percent, increasing from of 990’702 hectares in 2010 to 1.01 million hectares in 2011. For farms, the growth rate was 4.8 percent; 23’000...

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Second African Organic Conference in Lusaka, Zambia: Conference details now available

 

The date of the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” will be held May 2 to 4, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia.

The conference will promote mainstreaming of organic agriculture in African Government policies, in African intergovernmental...

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Peruvian organic exports: Statistics and trends 2007-2011

 

Peruvian economist F. Javier Martinez reports that organic agriculture continued to grow in exports through 2011, with average annual growth for the five year period from 2007-2011 of nearly 28%. The value of organic agricultural exports in 2011 exceeded US$324 million.

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Dynamic data table: Update

 

The dyanamic data table with the basic data on organic agriculture worldwide: Organic agricultural land, share of total agricultural land, and producers has been updated to include the 2010 data.

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Serbia: Organic agriculture 2012 at a glance

 

The National Association Serbia Organica has published, together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Economic Development Program ACCESS an industry study. A first, similar study, was published in 2011.

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Portugal: New country report

 

A new country report about organic farming in Portugal is now available from Catarina Crisostomo.

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Global market for organic food: Slides from BioFach ready for download

 

At the BioFach Congress, Amarjit Sahota of Organic Monitor presented the current situation of the global market for organic food and drink. His slides are now available for download.

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Bulgaria: New country report

 

In Bulgaria, considerable growth occurred in organic farming between 2009–2010. The certified land doubled between 2009 and 2010. During this time, the number of operators (producers, processors, exporters, importers) increased substantially.

A new country report by Stoilko Apostolov, originally...

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Germany: Organic imports

 

Germany is not only the largest market for organic products in Europe but also one of its largest organic producers. In spite of this fact, in 2009/2010 Germany imported, depending on the product, 2 to 95 percent of such organic products which could also have been produced in the country.

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Germany: Data on organic agriculture land and crops for 2010 now available from AMI

 

Based on data from twelve organic inspection bodies in Germany, the Agricultural Market Information Company published an overview of the structure of land use and animal husbandry in German organic farming (2010 data).

AMI data for 2010

For the most important product groups, the associated...

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European Union and United States agree to historic new partnership on organic trade

 

The European Union and the United States announced on February 15, 2012, that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong...

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Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady

 

FiBL and IFOAM are presenting the latest data on organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach in Nuremburg.

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Ukraine: Brief update

 

At the BioFachCongress 2012 one session will with recent developments in organic agriculture in the Central and Eastern European countries (Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe on February 15). Below is an update on Ukraine, a full report will be given by Tobias Eisenring of FiBL...

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First editon of the Organic-Africa.net Newsletter – With latest updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has recently released the first Organic-Africa.net newsletter of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project. Over the last 2 years, the project team of agronomists and other specialists in Africa and in Switzerland has been busy...

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USDA supports research and marketing of organic agriculture

 

The United States' Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on October 25, 2011, 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The grants, totalling $19 million in all, are...

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First Central American Congress on Organic Agriculture: Presentations now Online

 

On September 21 and 22, 2011, the first Central American Organic Congress and Fair (Primer Congreso Centroamericano de Agricultura Orgánica y a la Primera Feria Centroamericana de Productos Orgánicos e Insumos para la Agricultura Orgánica) took place in capital city of Honduras.

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17th IFOAM World Congress - A Big Success

 

The 17th Organic World Congress (OWC) of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), held in Gyeonggi Paldang, South Korea from September 26 to October 1, attracted close to 2000 participants from 76 countries.

The conference was hosted by the Gyeonggi Province, Namyangju...

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Helping smallholders farm sustainably

 

Swiss institute presents a training manual for Africa

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Germany: Study on the Foreign Supply of Organic Apples: Consequences for German Organic Apple Producers

 

In the Framework of the German Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN) recently a study on apple imports to Germany was released.

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Pakistan initiates work on the preparation of national guidelines for production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods

 

The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) of the Government of Pakistan has initiated work for preparing the Guidelines for Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.

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Young Organics Founded - A New Global Action Network

 

Young organic and fair trade activists from all over the world have founded Young Organics e.V., a new global action network. A workshop at the 64th United Nations DPI NGO Conference in Bonn, on September 4th 2011 highlights the first actions of Young Organics.

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Spain: Organic area continues to grow in 2010

 

One and a half million hectares are under organic agricultural management in Spain. The minister has announced a new action plan for organic food and farming.

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Canada: Domestic sales at 2.6 billion Canadian Dollars in 2010

 

The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA, www.ota.com/otacanada.html) calculates the Canadian organic market has grown from 2 billion Canadian Dollars in 2008 to over 2.6 billion  in 2010.

Canadian companies annually export over 390 million Canadian Dollars worth of organic commodities,...

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United States: New database with trade data

 

The Global Agricultural Trade System of the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) of USDA now includes monthly data from the U.S. Census Bureau on international trade in selected organic products, starting with January 2011 data. Updates are posted monthly thereafter. Data for previous years is not...

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Germany: Organic farming continues to grow

 

According to a recent press release of the German Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (www.BMELV.de), organic farming in Germany continued the trend shown in recent years and once again achieved solid growth rates in 2010. With an increase in the organically farmed land of 4.6...

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13th Survey on organic agriculture worldwide started

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) have started the next survey on organic agriculture world-wide. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the...

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Canada’s organic rules in full force

 

In a recent press release the Organic Trade Assocation Canada informs about latest developments related to Canada’s Organic Products Regulations.

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Ukraine: Organic Law Vetoed

 

The President of Ukraine vetoed the law on Ukrainian Organic Production that had been passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 21, 2011.

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Czech Republic: Strong Increase of Organic Land in 2010

 

In the Czech Republic, in 2010 the organic agricultural land incresaed to almost 450'000 hectares. More than ten percent of the farmland is organic now, according to the latest figures of the Ministry of Agriculture.

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CORE Organic II: Eleven projects selected

 

The full proposals of the first call of the CORE Organic II project (www.coreorganic2.org) have been evaluated by scientific experts. Hereafter, the CORE Organic II consortium selected eleven projects for funding at a meeting 11-12 May 2011.

CORE Organic II is a European transnational research...

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Congress "Organic Farming as Opportunity for European Agriculture" in May 2011

 

According to a press release, published at the occassion of the 3104th Council meeting of the European Union's Agriculture and Fisheries ministers, ministers were briefed by the Hungarian representative about the congress "Organic farming as opportunity for European agriculture."

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Estonia: Organic area continues to grow

 

The Estonian Organic Farming Foundation has recently published a brochure on organic farming in Estonia in 2010. It is in English and Estonian and has the most important facts and figures about the organic sector in the country.

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European Union and Canada: Agreement on equivalency in organic products

 

The European Commission has annouced that the European Union and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products.

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Successfully exporting organic products to Europe

 

To operate successfully in importing organic products to Switzerland and the European Union, it is crucial to have accurate information on market access conditions. For this reason, the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have jointly...

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Japan: New Study on the Organic Market

 

According to Organic Market Info 170-page study entitled "Japanese Organic Market 2010-2011" has recently been published by corporate consultant ABC Enterprises in cooperation with IFOAM Japan.

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E. Coli – A Problem Not Specific to Sustainable Agriculture

 

FiBL has now published a revised version of its background information on E. coli.

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Belize Organic Alliance (BOA) Certifies First Organic Farms

 

In May 2011, the Belize Organic Alliance (BOA) completed the first organic certification process for two farms in the Cayo District.

Both farms went through a series of farm inspections and visits before being granted status of “transition to organic” and can now market their products
using the BOA...

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East Africa: New regional cooperation project started

 

In November 2010, Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooepration Agency (www.sida.se) approved the project "Regional cooperation for organic standards and certification capacity in East Africa" (OSEA II project). The project aims at increasing income for rural communities through local,...

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EHEC – A Problem not Specific to Organic Farming

 

There has been much speculation about the pathogenic EHEC bacterial strain that has claimed the lives of more than thirty people so far in Germany. In the present document FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, presents a summary of scientific facts on the issue. The document addresses...

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E.coli: IFOAM EU Group welcomes EU support but asks for EU wide coordination

 

On the occasion of the extraordinary meeting of the Agriculture Council the IFOAM EU Group (www.ifoam-eu.org) expresses its concern that weeks after the first outbreak of a new strain of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) a definite source has still not been identified. On the other hand the...

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France: Organic area and market continue to grow in 2010

 

At a press conference on May 19, 2011, Agence Bio, the Frnch Agency for organic agriculture, presented the latest figures on the sector in France.

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African Stakeholders meet in Kenya to develop an African ecological organic initiative

 

Interest in pushing for the development of ecological based farming in Africa led some key stakeholders to organize a strategic planning meeting in Thika, Kenya, on May 2 and 3, 2011. The event was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Participatory Ecological Land Use Management...

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Slides on Organic Agriculture Worldwide

 

Slides on the results from the FiBL and IFOAM survey as published in The World of Organic Agriculture 2011 (with some updates) and further graphs are now available in PDF format.

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UNCTAD-UNEP Short Film: Organic Agriculture: A Good Option for Least Developed Countries

 

UNCTAD and UNEP have released two excellent advocacy tools for encouraging the uptake of organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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Organic Certification Directory 2011 Available Online

 

The Organic Standard (TOS, www.organicstandard.com) has published The Organic Certification Directory annually since 2003 as a special issue as part of its annual subscription. To-date, The Organic Certification Directory is the only international listing of organic certification organisations.

The...

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Organic Cotton: Textile Exchange 2010 Farm & Fiber Report

 

The Organic Exchange organization, which has operated as an information platform for organic textiles for years, has been renamed the Textile Exchange.

The group headquartered in the USA maintains offices in eight countries, organizes conferences and also publishes an annual report.

The “Textile...

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China: New ITC Publication on Organic Food Products from China

 

Chinese imports of organic foods were about US$ 20 million in 2009, a limited amount compared with the size of the population, but the market has been growing rapidly and may become promising for least developed country exporters. This publication has been prepared to provide guidance to exporters...

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Ukraine: Parliament Approves Law on Organic Farming

 

The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has—as one of the last in Eastern Europe—approved a new law on organic farming. This is a major mile-stone for the sector and sets a legal, economic and social basis for organic farming and requirements on the production, processing, certification,...

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Nigeria: New organic research centre

 

The Netherlands-based Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute has been contracted to set up a new organic research and development centre in Nigeria.

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United States: Continued market growth in 2010

 

According to a recent press release of OTA, the Organic Trade Organisation, the organic market continued to grow in 2010 - by eight percent.

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UK: New Organic Market Report

 

According to the latest Soil Association Organic Market Report, Sales of organic products fell 5.9 percent to 1.73 billion British Pounds in 2010 with the rate of decline slowing significantly throughout the year.

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Development of the Swiss Organic Market 1999-2010. Source: Bio Suisse. Graph: FiBL

Switzerland: Organic market continues to grow in 2010

 

On March 30, 2011, the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch) released the latest figures on the development of the organic sector in the country.

Again the number of producers and the organic area decreased slightly. The market however continued to grow, by six percent. ...

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Magazine Ecology & Farming: Relaunch

 

The magazine Ecology & Farming, published by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (www.ifoam.org) was re-launched  in February 2011 as a print magazine.

Thanks to Peter Brul, the new Editor-in-chief who invests time and financial resources for a re-launch, IFOAM is able to...

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New Publication: Organic Food Production - A Comprehensive Tool Box to Meet the Sustainability Challenge

 

Recently the European Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements has published the dossier "Organic food and farming – a system approach to meet the sustainability challenge". It delivers scientific data that underpin the value of policy support for organic farming as...

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Detailed data tables on organic agriculture worldwide now available at the password area of Organic-World.net

 

Detailed data tables of the data published in "The World of Organic Agriculture 2011" are now available as excel files.

Access to the password area is possible via the password as published in the 2011 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" (imprint pages).

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UK: Successful 5th Organic Producers Conference

 

The successful 5th Producer Conference of the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm was held on the 17th and 18th January at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel and was attended by well over 200 delegates who participated in workshops and plenary sessions,

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TP Organics: Implementation Action Plan now Published

 

With its Implementation Action Plan, the Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming Research, TP Organics, completes its trilogy of key documents. In December 2010, TP Organics finalised the Implementation Action Plan.

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BioFach Session "The European Market for Organic Food 2011"

 

At the BioFach session "The European Market for Organic Food" experts presented the latest trends in Germany, France, UK and Central Eastern European countries. Some of the presentations are now available.

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Czech Republic: Strong Increase of Organic Agricultural Land also in 2010

 

In 2010, the organic agricultural land increased by 12 percent in the Czech Republic. More than ten percent of the agricultural land is organic.

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Czech Republic: Yearbook of Organic Agriculture 2009 now published

 

The fourth yearbook on organic agriculture in the Czech Republic has now been published by the the Ministry of Agriculture. It was compiled by Bioinstitut.

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Organic Grape Area Increases by 27 Percent in 2009

 

According to the latest survey on organic agriculture worldwide (data 2009), the total grape area is now at more than 190'000 hectares or 2.6 percent of the global grape area (7.4 million hectares).

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The World of Organic Agriculture: Presentations from the BioFach Session now Available

 

At the BioFach Congress 2011 the latest figures on organic agriculture world-wide, on the global market and on the current status of certification and legislations were presented.

The PDFs of the presentations are now available online.

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The World of Organic Agriculture 2011

 

Organic agriculture is practised in 160 countries and 37.2 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by 1.8 million farmers. The global sales of organic food and drink reached 54.9 billion US dollars in 2009.

These and many more figures are presented in the 2011 edition of "The...

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Romania: Organic sector growing

 

ACTMedia News Agency, Feburary 20, 2012

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Global Organic Area: Continued Growth

 

Thirty-seven million hectares of agricultural land worldwide are farmed organically. The countries with the largest area of organic agricultural land are Australia, Argentina and the USA. Organic land area increased by two million hectares, or six percent, worldwide.

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February 15, 2011: IFOAM Summit in Nuremberg, Germany

 

In preparation for the IFOAM General Assembly (GA) to be held from October 3-5, 2011 in Namyangju City, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea, IFOAM will host an IFOAM Member meeting the day before the opening of BioFach 2011.

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New Publication from Organic Monitor: The European Market for Organic Food and Drink

 

Recently the second edition of Organic Monitors 'European Market for Organic Food and Drink' was published.

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African Union Adopts Decision on Organic Farming

 

The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), at its Eighteenth Ordinary Session in January 2011, adopted a decision on organic farming.

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New FiBL Activitiy Report

 

In three languages, the new activity report is a fascinating look at the most important projects of FiBL Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

This comprehensive overview of the latest activities in organic research is available online or can be mailed free of charge.

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Chile: New Gain Report

 

A new report of the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the United States Department of Agriculture (gain.fas.usda.gov) informs extensively about the current status of the organic market in Chile.

While there are no official market estimates, the AAOCH (Chilean Organic Agriculture...

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First meeting of Asian working group of the GOMA project held in Mumbai

 

Nineteen participants from the public and private sectors in 15 Asian countries/regions, as well as six supranational observers gathered at the Asian Working Group meeting of the Global Market Access project (GOMA) in Mumbai, India on 9-10 December 2010.

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Peru: Latest Statistics

 

FiBL recently received the latest data about organic agriculture in Peru. These data were provided by the competent authority for organic agriculture SENASA.

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Call for Papers: First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research

 

The First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research takes place May 18-20, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. Papers can be submitted by January 23, 2011.

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Global Organic Sales Approaching 60 Billion US Dollars

 

Organic Monitor has recently released the 3rd edition of the Global Organic Food & Drink market report.

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Organic research platform ORCA launched

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with partners, is developing the “Organic Research Centres Alliance (ORCA)” to strengthen organic farming research. The focus is on developing countries. With the launch of the ORCA-Research.org website, these efforts to...

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Spain: Domestic Market for Organic Food

 

According to a recent government study the organic market in Spain is growing. Export plays a major role.

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U.S.: Listing of Certified Organic Operations Now Available from the National Organic Program

 

On November 8, 2010 the National Organic Program (NOP, www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop) made available a complete listing of organic operations certified by U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifying agents during the 2009 certification year.

For the first time, the listing, available at...

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Philippines: Department of Agriculture to Support Organic Agriculture

 

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said it will allocate an initial 900 million Philippine Pesos (approx. 15 million Euros) to boost the country’s organic agriculture program.

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ICROFS: New Organic Eprints coordinator named

 

Ilse A. Rasmussen is new coordinator of Organic Eprints at ICROFS, the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems in Denmark.

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Zimbabwe: Organic farming critical for development

 

ZIMVEST, a collection of news excerpts from the web related to Zimbabwe, reports about recent developments of the organic sector in the country.

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South Africa: Policy Developments

 

Organic policy is in the process of being developed in South Africa. The national movement, led by the South African Organic Sector Organization (SAOSO), is strongly involved in the process. A draft policy has been recently jointly issued by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and...

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International conference on organic beekeeping: Report

 

The First International Conference on Organic Beekeeping took place from August 27-29, 2010, in Bulgaria.

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Ireland: More buying organic food

 

Organic Food is being purchased by a growing number of Irish shoppers every year, according to new research presented recently by th Irish Food Board, Bord Bia.

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Kazakhstan: 3rd International Conference on the Organic Sector Development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian Countries Successfully Concluded

 

During September of this year of international biodiversity, the 3rd International Conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries took place and focussed on the relationship between organic agriculture, biodiversity, rural development, and...

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International expert workshop on applying life cycle assessment to organic agriculture held in Bari, Italy

 

The International expert workshop on 'Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) - methods, models, and databases with focus on GHG emission and sequestration potential of organic farming systems and organic food was held in Bari, Italy on September 21, 2010.

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Canada: Government invests in innovation for organic farmers

 

Canada’s organic sector receives 6.5 million Canadian Dollars for research in announcement of Canada’s Organic Science Cluster.

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Germany: Network for Practical Research in Organic Farming (VÖP) founded

 

On September 21, 2010 the Network for Practical Research in Organic Farming (VÖP) was founded by four German organizations: the organic producers organisations Bioland and Naturland, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL Germany), and the Foundation for Ecology and Farming (SÖL) in...

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India: Participatory Guarantee System to be Introduced Soon ?

 

For small and marginal farmers, a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) may be introduced in all Indian states by December 2010. Apart from certifying products through mutual supervision, the system will maintain a database of all organic farmers registered for it.

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Kenya: Organic Agriculture Movement launches its new roadmap

 

The Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) recently launched its 2010-2014 Strategic Plan during a well attended meeting in Nairobi.

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Survey on Organic Agriculture Worldwide Started

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movemements (IFOAM) have started the next survey on organic agriculture world-wide. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the...

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UK: Organic Statistics 2009

 

The latest National Statistics produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Defra on the organic farming sector were released on 29 July 2010. This release shows information gathered during 2009 for organic crops and livestock produced in the United Kingdom, and the numbers of...

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Africa Organic Conference in Zambia 2012

 

In 2012, Zambia will host the second African Organic Conference. The conference will be organized by Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia OPPAZ in collaboration with local and international stakeholders. OPPAZ has appointed a committee to initiate the process. The first meeting of...

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Looking East Looking West: Organic and Quality Food Marketing in Asia and Europe

 

This new publication represents a unique collection of European and Asian perspectives on the production, trade and consumption of high quality food.

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Organic horticulture: Expanding globally

 

From August 22 to 27, 2010, the 28th Congress of the International Society of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) took place in Lisbon, Portugal. Over 3300 participants attended the Congress and more than 4000 abstracts were submitted. Issues and results related to all aspects of horticulture were...

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TP Organics: Report from the Stakeholder Forum in July

 

On July 12, 2010, the Technology Platform TP Organics held its Stakeholder Forum in Brussels, bringing together small and medium enterprises (SMEs), civil society organisations, researchers, representatives of public institutions, and other stakeholders from the organic sector from all over Europe.

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Germany: Updated report at the homepage of the Ministry of Agriculture

 

An updated report on the current status of organic farming in Germany has recently been published at the homepage of Germany's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection BMVEL.

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Italy: Organic Land Grows by Ten Percent in 2009

 

The new figures about the Italian organic industry released by SINAB (Italian National Information System on Organic Agriculture www.sinab.it) show a growth of 10 percent of organically cultivated areas. Italy still holds the crown in Europe for number of organic certified players and organic...

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Brazil: Good Potential for Exports

 

In November 2010 BioFach América Latina and ExpoSustentat will again take place in Brazil. NürnbergMesse and Organic-Market.info have compiled a report for the event on the current situation in the organic sector in Brazil.

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Common Agricultural Policy: Organic farming can deliver best solutions to meet public demands

 

On July 19, 2010, the European Commission opened a two-day conference to debate the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to discuss the results of the related public consultation. These results clearly show that the public gives high priority to sustainable resource use, supply of healthy food,...

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GOMA: Second newsletter published

 

GOMA, the Global Market Access project, is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Environment UNCTAD. Recently its second newsletter was published.

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Japan: Now on the EU List of Third Countries

 

Japan has been added to the EU list of third countries whose organic regulatory programs are deemed to be equivalent to the EU Organic Regulation. The declaration to amend the list was made in regulation Commission Regulation (EU) No 471/2010, dated 31 May, 2010.

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France: The organic sector continues to grow in 2009

 

Recently Agence Bio released the latest (2009) figures on organic agriculture in the country. There has been a major increase in both organic land and domestic sales in 2009.

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Slovakia: Strong Growth in Organic Farm Numbers and Good Potential for Processing

 

In the most recent edition of the Avalon Ekoconnect newsletter on organic farming in Central and Eastern Europe, a report on organic farming in Slovakia was published.

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Call for Papers Announced for 3rd ISOFAR Scientific Conference

 

In preparation for the 3rd ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research) Scientific Conference at the first Asian IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organic World Congress from September 28 - October 1, 2011, organisers announce the call for papers....

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Call for Papers Announced for 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress 2011

 

In preparation for the first Asian IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organic World Congress, organisers announce a call for papers. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2010.

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New Publication on Organic Guarantee Systems

 

The Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA) and the Hemispheric Organic Agriculture Program (PHAO) of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) are pleased to announce the publication of the book, Sistemas de Garantía para...

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Germany: Increase in organic area and operators in 2009

 

The German Ministry of Agriculture recently released the latest (2009) figures on organic agriculture in the country.

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CORE Organic II call pre-announcement

 

The transnational partnership CORE Organic published a pre-announcement July 5, 2010, of a common call for CORE Organic II. The call will be launched on September 1, 2010 with a closing date of October 15, 2010.

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EU logo: New EU labelling rules including new EU organic logo come into force on 1 July

 

The new EU rules on organic food labelling including the requirement to display the new EU organic logo, entered into force on 1 July, 2010.

The so-called “Euro-Leaf” will now be obligatory on pre-packaged organic food products that have been produced in any of EU Member States and meet the...

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European Union: Analysis of the Organic Sector

 

In June 2010, the Directorate-General for Agriculture And Rural Development of the European Commission published an analysis of the organic sector in the European Union, using a number of data sources, including data provided by FiBL and IFOAM in the framework of the global survey on organic...

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Organic.Edunet Web Portal launched

 

The Organic.Edunet web portal was publicly launched in May 2010. It aims to serve as an online point of reference for searching, finding and accessing quality digital content related to organic agriculture, agro-ecology and other sustainable agriculture and environmental education topics.

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Latin America: Interamerican Commission on Organic Agriculture launches new homepage

 

The Interamerican Commission on Organic Agriculture CIAO, consisting of the competent authorities in charge of organic agriculture in Latin America, has now set up a homepage with information about organic agriculture in the region and with the relevant contacts in the indivdidual countries.

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Organic wine: No processing rules in near future in the EU

 

On June 16, 2010, the European Commission withdrew its proposal for regulating organic wine making at the EU level. A compromise between the member states and the Commission could not be achieved. In a recent press release the IFOAM EU Group acknowledges the commitment of Commissioner Ciolos to a...

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GOMA Project Advances: Asia makes commitments to regional cooperation on organic trade

 

Government and private sector participants from 12 countries in East, South-East and South Asia, meeting at a workshop in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, from 27-29 May 2010, have declared their intent to move forward on concrete measures to reduce and avoid barriers to trade of organic...

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Africa: New export guide

 

A new book under the title of "Entering the Organic Export Market" has recently been released. This manual is based on the experience of the “Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa” (EPOPA project www.epopa.info), which has enhanced the livelihoods of approximately 110'000 smallholder...

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The Netherlands: Increase of organic land and of organic sales in 2009

 

According to Biologica's Bio monitor 2009, the organic area went up to 51'911 hectares in 2009, an increase of about 1500 hectares compared with 2008. The organic agricultural land now accounts for 2.7 percent of the total agricultural area.

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New Zealand: Organic product sales rise

 

Certified organic food and beverage products contributed 485 million NZ dollars* to the New Zealand economy in 2009, according to new research. The New Zealand Organic Report - commissioned by Organics Aotearoa New Zealand OANZ and prepared by the University of Otago - shows the total value of New...

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Czech Technology Platform for Organic Agriculture CTPOA founded

 

The Czech Technology Platform for Organic Agriculture CTPOA was founded with the aim of uniting and linking a wide range of people and companies active in the field of organic farming and organic food production.

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Namibian Organic Association (NOA) Launches Organic Standards and Certification System

 

The Namibian Organic Association (www.NOA.org.na) is finally putting Namibia on the international organic map with the launch of the Namibian
Organic Standards as well a certification system in the form of a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) at the Namibia Tourism Expo 2 – 5 June 2010.

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Sustainable Foods Summit: Irish Cabinet Minister to address Sustainable Foods Summit

 

Minister Ciarán Cuffe from the Irish Government will be opening the Sustainable Foods Summit to take place in Amsterdam on June 10 and 11, 2010, with the key note 'Tackling climate change by sustainable food production.'

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5th Latin American and Caribbean Organic Meeting and Fair: Call for papers

 

The 5th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of producers and researchers in organic agriculture and the V Fair of the Latin American and Caribbean Organic Producers will take place from 5 to 9 September 2010 in La Molina, Peru. Papers for the conference may be submitted by 31 July 2010.

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Spain: Major increase of organic area in 2009

 

Recently the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture MARM released the 2009 data for organic agriculture in the country. According to these figures, there are 1.3 million hectares of organic agricultural land and in addition 0.3 million hectares are wild collection areas. The overall increase of organic...

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EU logo: User manual published

 

On March 31, 2010, Commission Regulation No 271/2010 regarding the organic logo was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 271/2010 of 24 March 2010 amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council...

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June 9, 2010: TP Organics presents Strategic Research Agenda in Brussels

 

The Technology Platform TP Organics will present its Strategic Research Agenda at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 9, 2010.

According to the organisers, this presentation will illustrate the opportunities for a better and efficient research for organic food and farming. The meeting will...

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Global market: Organic Companies Taking Sustainability Route

 

Organic product companies are increasingly turning to sustainability in order to shore up their green credentials. The market reesarch company Organic Monitor finds that organic food pioneers are leading the way, with a growing number marketing their products on sustainability values.

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Eastern Europe to Central Asia: UNEP Green Economy Initiative Assesses Role of sustainable agriculture in boosting exports, livelihoods and jobs

 

The potential to create a booming organic agriculture sector across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia is the focus of a study announced on April 12, 2010, by the UN Environment Programme UNEP.

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Austria: Organic market grows by 5 percent in 2009

 

In 2009 the turnover with organic food in Austria reached 984 million Euros. The domestic market (i.e. total turnover excluding export and catering) was 867.6 million Euros.

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European Union: Updated list of inspection bodies and control authorities now available

 

The European Commission has recently published an updated list of public authorities and approved private inspection bodies.

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Tunisia: New organic logo

 

Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in association with the Tunisian Agriculture and Fisheries Union (UTAP), Tunisia  hosts the Tunisian organic product week from May 10 to 16, 2010. This is reported by Tunisia online news

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U.S.: Organic product sales reach 26.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2009

 

U.S. sales of organic products continued to grow during 2009 despite the distressed state of the economy, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed on April 22 in releasing findings from its 2010 Organic Industry Survey.

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UK: Soil Association publishes Organic Market Report 2010

 

The Soil Association has recently published its organic market report for the UK. It predicts a modest market expansion of between 2 percent to 5 percent in the UK market for organic products in 2010.

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Philippines: Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 signed

 

According to Business Mirror, president Arroyo of the Philippines has signed the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, which provides for the development and promotion of organic agriculture in the country through a comprehensive program. This program will be executed by the newly created National...

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Sudan: Development of organic markets crucial for the promotion of organic farming

 

At the conference International Conference on Organic Farming ICOF which was held in April 2010 in Sudan, several papers on the current situation of organic farming in this country were presented.The collection of abstracts furthermore contains a number of papers on production related issues. 

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United Arab Emirates: The demand for organic produce is growing but production needs to be be increased

 

According to GulfNews.com, the demand for organic produce is growing but the UAE has to increase production to support the trend.

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Taiwan: Organic agriculture a growing business for Taiwan’s farms

 

The Taipe Times reports, that choosing organic foods has become more than just a fad in recent years, as the latest statistics from the Agriculture and Food Agency show.

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U.S.: Organic data for 2006 to 2008 released by the Economic Research Service

 

On March 30, consolidated data on organic land, land use and crops as well as the number of producers were published. According to these figure 4.8 million acres or 1.9 million hectares (0.6 percent of the U.S. organic farmland) were organically managed in 2008.

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European Union: New organic logo published

 

On March 31, 2010, the new EU organic logo, introduced by Commission Regulation (EU) No 271/2010 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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The World of Organic Agriculture: Power Point Presentations

 

A collection of Power Point presentations has been prepared by FiBL in order to illustrate the key results of the global survey on organic agriculture 2010.

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Switzerland: Market grows by seven percent in 2009

 

Recently, the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse presented the 2009 data on organic agriculture. Whereas the market grew in 2009, the number of organic farms and the organic agricultural land decreased.

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Estonia: More than ten percent organic agricultural land in 2009

 

Recently a broshure was published about organic farming in Estonia. It informs extensively about the current situation.

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Call for papers: 9th Congress of the Spanish Society for Organic Farming, in Lleida, Spain

 

The Spanish Society for Organic Farming SEAE will organise its 9th Scientific Congress on organic farming in Lleida, the agricultural capital of Catalonia, October 6 to 9, 2010, to be held at the University of Lleida (UDL).

The congress is organized in different sessions or panels that will address...

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Global Organic Sales Reach Almost 51 Billion US dollars in 2008

 

In his presentation on 'The Global Market for Organic Food & Drink' at BioFach 2010, Amarjit Sahota estimated worldwide organic market sales at 50.9 billion US dollars.

According to the expert from Organic Monitor, Europe accounts for 26 billion US dollars of this, the USA 23 billion US dollars...

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New Report from Eurostat

 

According to a new report released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, organic farming in the 27 countries of the European Union covered 7.8 million hectares* in 2008, up by seven percent compared with 2007. In 2008, the five member states with the largest organic area in the...

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GOMA Launches Website and Publishes First Newsletter

 

Recently the homepage of GOMA, the Global Market Access project, was launched. GOMA is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Environment UNCTAD.

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Organic Cotton: New Organic Exchange Report

 

Organic cotton weathered the global economic storm during the 2008/09 farming season, albeit with challenges, according to a new report by Organic Exchange, documenting growth and challenges in the global organic fiber sector.

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Italy: Tutto Bio 2010

 

Tutto Bio 2010, the yearbook of organic farming is available now. Published by Egaf Edizioni, this year's edition has 328 pages and costs 16 euros. In its 16th edition, information on about 8000 operators is published, of which more than 3100 are farm-gate sales. Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Tuscany...

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BioFach and Vivaness 2010: Closing report

 

Some 43'500 trade visitors (2009: 46'777) streamed into the exhibition centre in Nürnberg from 17–20 February for BioFach and Vivaness, the annual get-together for the global organic market.

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35 Million Hectares of Organic Agricultural Land World-wide

 

FiBL and IFOAM present new facts and figures about organic agriculture world-wide at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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New logo selected for all EU organic products

 

On February 8, 2010, the European Commission officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition. Over the past two months, some 130'000 people have voted online to choose the new organic symbol from three finalists.

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Italy: Technology Platform for Organic Farming Founded

 

In Italy, a technology platform for organic was founded on January 19, 2010 in Rome, at the premises of the National Research Council CNR. This is reported in the Bollettino Bio.

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BioFach and Vivaness: Plenty of information at the congress

 

The congress parallel to BioFach and Vivaness from February 17–20, 2010, offers a comprehensive programme of presentations.

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Ghana: Organic sector now represented in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture

 

A Desk for Organic Agriculture has been established in the Ministry of Agriculture. This is reported in the latest Africa Organic News of the IFOAM Africa Office.

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Organic grapes: 21 percent increase in 2008

 

According to the latest FiBL/IFOAM survey at least 150'000 hectares of organic grapes are grown world-wide (2008) - a 21 percent increase compared with the data from 2007.

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Organic farming world-wide: Latest figures at BioFach 2010

 

At the BioFach Congress 2010, the latest figures on organic agriculture world-wide will be presented.

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Germany: Market and production data 2009 published

 

The German Federation of the Organic Food Industry BOELW has recently published the latest market and production data for Germany.

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Asia: Data collection group formed

 

At the regional collaboration meeting held on November 19, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea, a data collection working group was formed.

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ISOFAR Journal: Call for papers

 

The first edition of 'Organic Agriculture' will be published in spring 2010 by Springer. It is the Journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR). Contributions can be submitted online.

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EU organic logo: FiBL commentary

 

According to Urs Niggli, Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and member of the jury, the harsh criticism of the organic stakeholders over the 3 proposed organic logos is not justified.

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Uzbekistan: Local certification body established

 

Local inspection services for organic certification are now available in Uzbekistan. In cooperation with Swiss certification body IMO - Institute for Marktecology, the MBM Group performs pre-assessment inspection and final inspection for organic certification according to the following organic...

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Expert group for technical advice on organic production: Call for applications

 

The European Commission has published the call for applications regarding the expert group for technical advice on organic production. The deadline for application is February 2, 2010.

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Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change established

 

Climate change directly influences food production and food security. To address these new challenges, the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change has been established on December 16, 2009, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

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Agriculture can slow global warming – but which type of agriculture?

 

At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the farmers' organisations are calling for agriculture to be included in the negotiations as part of the package of climate change solutions. But: Which type of agriculture is really suited to sustainably mitigate climate change? FiBL director Urs...

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Reducing greenhouse gases, sequestering carbon – Harnessing the potential of organic farming!

 

Copenhagen Climate Summit: FiBL calls for worldwide promotion of organic farming

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Organic food at the Copenhagen Climate Conference

 

According to the homepage of the Copenhagen Summit, sustainability is one of the main focal points when it comes to providing adequate and satisfactory catering at the COP15.

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EU organic logo: Online vote

 

Over 3400 students from all 27 EU Member States participated in the EU organic logo competition. Out of all of the submissions, the jury made a pre-selection of the best 100 logos in the first judging round. In the following stage, three designs were selected.

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IFOAM EU Group: Key demands for a sustainable CAP 2014-2020 presented to the public

 

Agriculture must use fewer inputs and consider climate and biodiversity say experts on the 2nd European Organic Congress in a press release of the IFOAM EU Group. The group presented the new document 'Key demands for a sustainable CAP 2014-2020.'

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Soil carbon and organic farming: New report from the Soil Association

 

According to new research from the Soil Association at least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each yearm if all UK farmland was converted to organic farming.

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First newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now available

 

The first newsletter of the LowInputBreeds is now available at the LowInputBreeds website.

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Global organic survey: Graphs

 

A Power Point presentation with graphs and explanatory notes on the current status of organic farming world-wide is now available from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL.

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Austria: Organic apple production to increase in the near future

 

According to AMA-Marketing, presently 3 percent of the apples are grown organically in Austria, which is about 4'000 tons. This quantity covers about half the Austrian requirements. Every second organic apple is imported.

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Expert group for technical advice on organic production: Call for applications to be published soon

 

The European Commission will soon publish a call for applications with a view to appointing members of the expert group for technical advice on organic production and establishing the relevant pool list.

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FAO Glossary on organic agriculture now online

 

The new FAO Glossary on Organic Agriculture contains 401 concepts with synonyms, variants, definitions, remarks and context fields where appropriate. It is is available in English, French and Spanish. The Arabic and Chinese versions are under development.

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Global organic market: Positive mood

 

In a recent press release BioFach informs about current market trends. FiBL provided some of the information from the current survey on organic agriculture world-wide.

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European Organic Congress: Programme now available

 

IFOAM EU Group organises its second Organic Congress to bring this time to the attention the potentials of organic production for solving global problems - workshop programmes and registration are now online.

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Organic coffee: International Coffee Organisation ICO releases new export figures

 

The International Coffee Organisation has compiled the latest export data on organic coffee and makes them available at its homepage.

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Europe: Technology Platform Organics: Consultation on Strategic Research Agenda

 

The Technology Platform TP Organics has reached major achievements in the first half year 2009 on its way towards a Strategic Research Agenda SRA. The current consultation is running until October 26, 2009.

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Latin America and Caribbean: Fourth organic meeting successfully concluded

 

More than 300 participants made their way to El Salvador to the Fourth meeting of the organic sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, which took place from October 12 to 16, 2009.

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European project LowInputBreeds begins: Improving animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems

 

A large-scale project which aims to improve animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems has just begun.

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IFOAM: Annual report 2008 released

 

In its 2008 Annual Report, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM introduces some of its members and illustrates the federations' impact and activities.

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Serbia: New GAIN report

 

The Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has recently released an extensive report about the current situation of organic farming in Serbia.

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IFOAM PGS Database now online

 

The IFOAM database on Participatory Guarantee Systems for Organic Agriculture (PGS) intends to help PGS stakeholders and other PGS-interested persons to connect and to provide compiled information to those doing research or wanting to support PGS. IFOAM regularly updates and monitors the information...

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Mexico: Information seminars on organic farming

 

The Autonomous University of Chapingo is organising several seminars for government officials and other representatives of the organic sector, in order to inform about organic farming.

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ORCA: Database with information on organic research institutions now online

 

The proposed Organic Research Centres Alliance ORCA intends to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them to become centers of excellence in transdisciplinary organic agriculture research. The ORCA database is now online.

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Call for Abstracts: Symposium ’Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture’

 

The symposium ’Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture’ takes place from March 23 to 25, 2010, in Sousse, Tunisia. Abstracts must be submitted to the organizers of the symposium no later than 1 January 2010.

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Pakistan: National Programme for the Promotion of Organic Farming planned

 

The government of Pakistan has planned to initiate 'National Programme for the Promotion of Organic Farming in Pakistan', officials told the Daily Times news service.

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Proceedings of the conference 'Fostering healthy food systems through organic agriculture'

 

In August 2009, the conference "Forstering healthy food systems through organic agriculture - Focus on the North-Baltic Region" took place in Tartu, Estonia.

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African Organic Conference: Workshop Report "Organic Agriculture for Improved Food Security in Africa" now available

 

During the 1st African Organic Conference held in Kampala, Uganda, a one day workshop was held on "Organic Agriculture for Improved Food Security in Africa". The workshop report has now been published.

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Ukraine: Domestic market is growing

 

Although the organic sector in Ukraine had been exclusively export oriented, since the beginning of 2009 several Ukrainian products are sold on the domestic market.

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Georgia: Successful organic conference

 

About 200 participants from 22 countries (the majority in Eastern Europe) came to the second International Conference on the Organic Sector Development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian Countries. The venue was the Agricultural University of Tbilisi in Georgia.

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Kenya: Domestic market grows by 40 percent in 2008

 

The Kenya organic domestic market is growing fast. A recent study of the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network KOAN, compiled by Samuel Ndungu and Jack Juma, gives an overview of the the national organic market in 2008.

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Italy: One million hectares of organic land in 2008

 

According to the latest data, in Italy more than one million hectares are under organic management (December 31, 2008). However, compared with the previous year, there has been a decrease in the organic land area.

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Ireland: New organic advisory group, Forás Orgánach

 

Trevor Sargent, the Irish Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, named the members of Forás Orgánach on August 28, 2009. Forás Orgánach is a new body which was established to drive forward the development of the organic sector in Ireland.

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South Africa: New report about export potential

 

A recent report informs about the organic production and export potential in the the Republic of South Africa with a focus on the Netherlands.

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Germany: Organic food sector grows by 10 percent in 2008

 

Total sales in the organic sector in 2008 are stated as 5.85 billion Euros compared with the previous 5.3 billion Euros.

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Latin America and Caribbean meeting: Data collection workshop

 

At the fourth meeting of the organic sector of Latin America and the Caribbean (October 12-16, 2009) a workshop on data collection will be held. It is convened by d the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and CLUSA, one of the conference organisers.

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Romanian Organic Forum 2009 - International Meeting on the Processing and Marketing of Organic Food, in October 2009

 

Business people, experts and newcomers to the organic market from Romania, but also Poland, Ukraine, Germany and other countries will meet in Bucharest on 22-23 October 2009 for the first Romanian Organic Marketing Forum.

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Estonia: Almost ten percent of the agricultural land organic in 2008

 

Organic production has grown rapidly in Estonia, one of the reasons being the financial support since 2000. By 2008 organic land (approx. 87'000 hectares) was close to ten percent of all agricultural land in use, with 1245 organic producers. A new broshure informs extensively about the sector.

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European Union: Implementing rules on organic aquaculture published

 

On August 6, 2009, the detailed rules on organic aquaculture animal and seaweed production were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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Call for papers: Ecofruit conference in February 2010

 

The next Ecofruit conference takes place in Hohenheim near Stuttgart in Germany. Conference abstracts can be submitted until November 15, 2009.

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Ireland: Review of organic farming scheme to meet government target

 

(DAFF) Trevor Sargent, Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has recently announced a review of the Organic Farming Scheme. The review will look at how available funds are used to best effect to deliver increased organic production and attain the 5...

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Call for papers: Symposium on organic horticulture

 

The Symposium will be held at the Lisboa Congress Centre as part of the 28th International Horticulture Congress, a world conference on horticultural sciences. Papers can be sumitted until December 31, 2009.

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World: Organic agriculture more than doubled since 2000

 

The Worldwatch Institute has prepared an extensive overview article about organic farming world-wide. Some of it is based on the data compiled by FiBL and IFOAM and on other findings of the book 'The World of Organic Agriculture 2009'. Furthermore a lot of current relevant literature is cited.

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Zimbabwe: Government urged to consider organic agriculture systems

 

Organic farming has emerged as a sustainable alternative to enhance food security in Zimbabwe as efforts to revive agriculture gather pace.

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Czech Republic: Green marketing releases detailed market data

 

According to recent press release of Green Marketing, Czechs bought most of their organic food in retail chains in 2008.

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Finland: 19 percent growth of the organic market in 2008

 

The market for organic food in Finland experienced slow growth for several years but in 2007 it grew by 10 percent, and the latest figures from Nielsen show that in 2008 the market grew by a healthy 19 percent.

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Czech Republic: Yearbook on organic farming 2008 now published

 

The third yearbook of organic farming in the Czech Republic was recently published by the Czech Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the Bioinstitut. It contains a wealth of information including detailed statistical information on the country's organic sector.

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Organic wine: Final recommendations of the ORWINE project

 

The final report of the ORWINE project is focussing on recommendations for elaborating rules for organic wine in the EU Regulation on organic production.

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Organic coffee: North American market tops 1.3 billion US Dollars

 

The North American organic coffee market topped 1.3 billion US Dollars in 2008, making it the single most valuable organic product imported into North America, according to new data released on July 21, 2009, by coffee market analyst Daniele Giovannucci at an event hosted by the Organic Coffee...

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Latin America and the Caribbean: Organic Meeting and Organic Producers' Fair in October in El Salvador

 

The fourth Organic Meeting and Organic Producers' Fair of Latin America and the Caribbean will be held during October 12 to 16 2009 in Salinitas, El Salvador.

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India: Third edition of the Directory of Organic Stakeholders published

 

Recently the third edition of the Indian Directory of Organic Stakeholders was published. It lists 867 institutions and companies.

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European Organic Congress in December in Brussels

 

Chances and challenges for organic farming in times of climate change, biodiversity loss and global food crisis is the focus of the Second European Organic Congress to be held in Brussels on December 1, 2009.

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TP Organics: Organic Stakeholder Forum presents draft of Strategic Research Agenda

 

On July 15, 2009, the research Technology Platform ‘TP Organics’ held its annual Stakeholder Forum in Brussels and presented the first draft of its second major publication – the TP Organics Strategic Research Agenda.

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Bioacademy 2009: Answers to the challenges of the global crisis

 

The 9th European Summer Academy on Organic Farming - Biocademy 2009 - was held on June 24 to 25, 2009, in the premises of the Horticultural Faculty of the Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Lednice na Moravě, Czech Republic.

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Next global organic survey

 

The next survey on organic farming worldwide will start mid 2009. As in the previous years, it will be conducted by FiBL and IFOAM.

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Austria: Organic land and number of farms: increase in 2008

 

In Austria the number of farms and the organic land increased also in 2008. With 13.8 percent of the country's agricultural land, Austria has the highest share of organic land in the European Union and the second highest in the world.

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Sustainable Foods Summit receives positive reception

 

The first Sustainable Foods Summit drew to a successful close at the end of June in Amsterdam, with the organisers and delegates satisfied with the inaugural event. The 2nd Sustainable Foods Summit will take place again in Amsterdam, in June 2010.

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Germany: Updated country report at the homepage of the Ministry of Agriculture

 

A completely updated report on the current situation of organic farming in Germany is now available at the homepage of the German Ministry of Agriculture BMLEV.

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Organic aquaculture regulated at EU level

 

After more than one and a half years of discussion, the Standing Committee on Organic Farming decided at the end of June 2009 on implementing rules on organic aquaculture.

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Global organic cotton platform launched

 

Recently the Global Organic Cotton Community Platform was created for active members of the global organic cotton community to share conversations, knowledge and information about organic and fair-trade cotton.

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New Scientific Journal 'Organic Agriculture'

 

On 29 June 2009 the Executive Board of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR signed a publishing agreement with Springer Science + Business Media B.V., Dordrecht, Netherlands.

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Canada: New organic logo and regulation

 

On June 24, 2009, the Government of Canada revealed the new organic logo that will give organic producers access to more markets and make sure Canadian consumers can find more certified organic food products in their grocery stores.

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European Union: Commission establishes an expert group for technical advice on organic production

 

The European action plan for organic food and farming recommends, in action 11, establishing an independent expert panel for technical advice. The tasks of this group were recently outlined in a decision of the European Commission.

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First African Organic Conference: Growth in African organic sector unity

 

The first African Organic Conference “Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Biotechnology” was held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 17 to 22. The next African Organic Conference will be held in Zambia in 2012.

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Costa Rica: 2008 figures available

 

The unit in charge of organic agriculture at Costa Rica's Ministry of Agriculture AROA has recently released the latest figures (2008) on organic agriculture in the country. More than 8000 hectares are under organic management.

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First African Organic Conference: Book of abstracts now available

 

More than 200 participants participated at the African Organic Conference in May 2009, which focused on evaluating the opportunities for organic agriculture in Africa. The book of abstracts is now available.

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US: New study shows that nearly three-quarters of U.S. families buy organic products

 

Findings from the 2009 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, show that three in ten U.S. families are actually buying more organic foods compared to a year ago.

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Global organic market: Time for organic plus strategies

 

The economic slowdown is impacting global organic food sales. After reporting high growth rates for over a decade, 2009 could be the first year of single-digit market growth says Organic Monitor in a recent press release.

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France: Market and land under organic management increase strongly in 2008

 

Sales of organic food in France jumped 25 percent last year and more than 60 percent in three years to reach 2.6 billion Euros, according to Agence Bio, the French Organic Food and Farming Agency.

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US: New study: Emerging issues in the U.S. organic industry

 

Since the late 1990s, U.S. organic production has more than doubled, but the consumer market has grown even faster. This fast-paced growth has led to input and product shortages in organic supply chains, and several new issues are emerging in the organic industry.

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IFOAM EU Group comments declaration on the future Common Agricultural Policy

 

At a recent meeting, the Ministers for Agriculture of the European Union agreed on a common declaration for the future of the Common Agriculture Policy CAP. The IFOAM EU Group’s response is that serious steps to tackle these challenges must follow in order to make the 2013 reform of the CAP a real...

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Jordan: National programme for organic farming launched

 

On May 11, 2009, Queen Rania of Jordan launched the National Programme for Organic Farming Development, which seeks to replace traditional cultivation methods with organic farming in 2 to 5 percent of the Kingdom's agricultural lands by 2014.

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Meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture: Successful side-event on organic agriculture

 

At the 21st meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture, held April 22-25, 2009 in Rome, a successful side event on "Organic Agriculture, Climate Change and the Environment" took place.

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IFOAM EU Group elects new President and Executive Board

 

The European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM, the IFOAM EU Group, has elected a new President and Deputy President and has formed an Executive Board.

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Uganda: Organic exports reach more than 22 million US Dollars

 

Uganda earned over 22 million US Dollars in 2008 from organic products exports. The country has over 206'803 organic farmers, and there are 38 exporters.

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Brazil introduces organic label

 

Over three thousand participants have chosen a Brazilian organic logo. Three designs were presented on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply.

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African Organic Conference in Kampala: Programme now online

 

From May 19- 22, 2009, the African Organic Conference, titled 'Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Bio-technology' will take place in Kampala, Uganda. The conference programme is now online.

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Report on the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products

 

From April 8-12, 2009, the National Federation for Organic Agriculture of Senegal FENAB organized, in collaboration with the FAO, the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products in Thies.

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US: More funding for organic farming

 

On May 5, 2009, US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced 50 million US Dollars for a new initiative to meet the Obama Administration's promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.

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US: Organic sales grow by 17.1 percent in 2008

 

Sales of organic products in the USA, both food and non-food, reached 24.6 billion US Dollars by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 % over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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Spain: Organic land increases by 33 percent in 2008

 

For Spain a major growth of organic land is reported for 2008. According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture there are more than 1.3 million hectares of organic land.

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European Union: Competition to create a new EU organic logo

 

The European Union (EU) is looking for a new logo for organic products. Young artists or designers can enter the logo competition and send their creations until June 25, 2009. The competition is organised by the European Commission.

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Aquaculture: Study 'Organic Aquaculture 2009 – Production and Markets' published

 

The recently published study 'Organic Aquaculture 2009 – Production and Markets' looks back at the development of organic aquaculture production and identifies and describes important issues with regard to standards and laws. The study was published by Naturland and Organic Services.

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Argentina: More than four million hectares of organic land in 2008

 

In Argentina the organic agricultural land increased by 36 percent in 2008, and it is now more than 4 million hectares. Production of crops for export increased by 14 percent; 135'634 tons were produced.

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Hungary: Technology platform for organic food and farming founded

 

Recently in Hungary a Technology Platform for organic farming was founded. The inaugural meeting took place in April 2009.

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The Netherlands: Organic land and market continue to grow in 2008

 

Biologica, the organic sector organisation in The Netherlands, recently presented the figures for organic farming for 2008. The area under organic management is now 50’435 hectares and has thus grown by 7.3 percent compared to 2007.

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Denmark: 10 percent increase of organic land in 2008

 

In Denmark the organically managed land went up by 10 percent during 2008. Currently more than 160'000 hectares or six percent of the country's agricultural land are organic.

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Italy: Market grows by more than five percent in 2008

 

Italy's organic market continues to grow. In 2008, the Italians spent 5.4 percent more on organic products compared to the previous year. The growth, which must partly be attributed to higher prices, was however slower than in 2007, when the organic market grew by 10.2 percent.

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May 16-17, 2009: IFOAM fundraising training in conjunction with the First African Organic Conference in Kampala, Uganda

 

In order to strengthen the African organic network and ensure its sustainability, IFOAM is organizing a two day fundraising training for representatives of the African movements in conjunction with the African Organic Conference to be held from May 19-22, 2009, in Kampala, Uganda.

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EU environment-related indicators 2009 published

 

The recently published leaflet 'EU environment related indicators 2009' presents 10 environment-related indicators that highlight environmental trends, including organic farming.

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Kyrgyzstan: Organic cotton

 

The BioFach Newsletter reports in its latest edition, that an organic cotton project was started in Kyrgyzstan six years ago after conventional cotton production had severely damaged the Aral Sea.

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Czech organic market: 40 percent growth in 2008

 

The turnover with organic food in the Czech Republic grew by 40 percent in 2008 and reached 1.8 billion Czech Crowns or 68 million Euros. Czech consumers thus spent more than 0.5 billion Czech Crowns more than in 2007, Green Marketing reports.

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Global organic cotton market reaches 3.2 billion US Dollars, according to Organic Exchange

 

Global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $3.2 billion in 2008, according to the Organic Cotton Market Report 2007-2008 released by the non-profit organization Organic Exchange on March 31, 2009.

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UK: Organic market report released

 

The 2009 market report for the UK has now been released by the Soil Association, showing that UK sales of organic products increased overall by 1.7% in 2008 to over £2.1 billion growing strongly in the first six to nine months and then falling back in the face of the economic downturn in late 2008...

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European Research: Key results from the QLIF project now available

 

The Integrated Project 'Improving quality and safety and reduction of costs in the European organic and low input supply chains' QLIF was funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. A synthesis of the main results is now available.

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Austria: Organic market increases by more than 6 percent in 2008

 

In Austria, the turnover with organic food increased by more than six percent in 2008, according to FiBL, Agricultura and Bio Austria.

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BioFach India and the India Organic Trade Fair join forces

 

The first BioFach India now takes place together with IOTF, the India Organic Trade Fair, in the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, from 18-20 November 2009.

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Switzerland: Strong growth of organics in 2008

 

On March 24, 2009, the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse presented the latest figures on organic farming in Switzerland (end 2008). According to these figures, the Swiss organic market grew strongly in 2008 – by 11.2 %. The number of farms remained constant and is currently at 11.9%.

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BioFach 2009: Report on organic Africa at BioFach

 

For the second time at Biofach all the 35 African stands were grouped together under “Organic Africa”, comprising 120 exhibitors who displayed their products .

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IFOAM: New executive director

 

After a three-month worldwide search and review of dozens of qualified applicants, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM selected Markus Arbenz, currently of Bio Suisse, to serve as its next executive director.

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India: Organic farming update

 

India is bestowed with lot of potential to produce all varieties of organic products due to its various agro climatic regions. The market is growing steadily - both the domestic as well as the export market. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority APEDA informs...

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UNCTAD: Organic agriculture could boost African food security

 

African agricultural productivity, under threat following years of declining investment, policy shortcomings, and cheap food exports from other regions, could be restored through organic agriculture, UNCTAD says in a policy brief of February 9, 2009.

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Falkland Islands: Current status of organic farming

 

According to the BioFach Newsletter of March 6, 2009, of the 1.1 million hectares of agricultural land in the Falkland Islands, approximately 40 % is certified as in-conversion organic, following the Islands' government's interest in organic agriculture. There is a process for obtaining organic...

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Europe: ZMP graphs on organic agriculture in Europe

 

The German Central Market and Price Reporting Bureau (ZMP) has compiled a number of graphs on organic agriculture in Europe (in German). The graphs show the importance of certain crops grown in the countries of Europe as well as market volume and market share in the leading countries.

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BioFach 2009: Presentations

 

At BioFach 2009 several sessions related to organic agriculture and the organic market in Europe and globally took place.

The presentations from the sessions 'The World of Organic Agriculture' and 'The European Market for Organic Food and Drink' are now available at this site.

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Organic-world.net: Tables and graphs

 

The tables as presented in 'The World of Organic Agriculture 2009' and additional data are now available at this site as well as a power point presentation with the key graphs.

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China: New GAIN report issued

 

According to a new USDA GAIN Report released February 2009, the organic market in China has been growing at an annual double digit rate over the past decade. The early stage of organic farming in China was initiated by the demand from foreign countries. In 2005, the Chinese government issued...

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Germany: Latest figures released

 

According to the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry BOELW, the organic area increased to more than 900'000 hectares in 2008. This constitutes an increase of 5.3 %.  The number of farms is 19'824, an increase of 6 %. 

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Global organic agriculture: Key Results from the 2009 edition of 'The World of Organic Agriculture

 

Organic agriculture is developing rapidly, and statistical information is now available from 141 countries of the world. Its share of agricultural land and farms continues to grow in many countries.

For more information see the key results.

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IFOAM EU Group launches dossier on the new organic regulation

 

On February 19, 2009, the IFOAM EU Group launched its dossier on the new organic regulation. The dossier was published by the IFOAM EU Group as a very first stakeholder attempt to give a assessment of the regulation and its implications for the organic sector in Europe.

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Global Organic Agriculture: Continued Growth

 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) will present the latest statistics about organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach 2009. The results of the study titled ‘The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and...

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The World of Organic Agriculture 2009 now published

 

The 10th edition of 'The World of Organic Agriculture' documents recent developments in global organic agriculture.

It includes contributions from representatives of the organic sector from throughout the world and provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover surface area under...

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New Report: Best Practices for Organic Policy

 

The report "Best Practices for Organic Policy. What developing country Governments can do to promote the organic agriculture sector" was prepared under the project "Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products in East Africa", project of the UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity...

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Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries;Organic agriculture and legal framework

 

The Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries ‘Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework’ was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 5 and 6, 2008. Participants of the public and private sector from eleven countries discussed the opportunities of organic agriculture.

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Denmark: New Report about the Organic Sector

 

In May 2007, the Danish Ministry of Food asked the Intermational Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems ICROFS to carry out a "knowledge synthesis", a fact finding work that should clarify the opportunities and barriers for development and a market based growth in the Danish production,...

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Italian Network for Research in Organic Farming RIRAB established

 

Recently the Italian Network for Research in Organic Farming was founded as a platform for researchers and stakeholders. Several thematic working groups cover topics like biodiversity, energy, plant protection, quality, agricultural techniques and organic animal production.

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Technology Platform TP ‘Organics’ launched

 

On December 2, 2008, the Technology Platform TP Organics was launched. TP Organics is a platform for organic food and farming research which joins the efforts of industry and civil society in defining organic research priorities and defending them vis-à-vis the policy-makers.

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European Market: Specialised Organic Retail report 2008

 

An international team of organic market specialists profiles the booming organic markets in 27 countries. The new report shows the underlying forces, the protagonists and perspectives of this growth. The ambitious project of Ecozept, bioVista and ORA compiles country-specific data about the organic...

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Australia: Survey Shows that 61 percent of Consumers buy Organic Products

 

A survey conducted by Newspoll has revealed that 61 percennt Australian grocery buyers buy some organic products. The Newspoll was commissioned by the Organic Federation of Australia, the peak body for the organic sector and was conducted nationally among 966 main grocery buyers.

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European Action Plans on Organic Food and Farming

 

The partners of the European project ORGAP (Development of criteria and procedures for the evaluation of the EU Action Plan for Organic Agriculture) have recently compiled a list with the quantitative targets of action plans in the European Union.

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International task force launches two tools to facilitate trade in organic products

 

The International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalency in Organic Agriculture ITF concluded its work on October 7, 2008, with the launch of two practical tools intended to ease trade in organic agricultural products: the International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies IROCB and...

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Italy: Current sector overview from Global Agriculture Information Network GAIN Of USDA

 

In August 2008 a report on organic agriculture in italy was published by the Global Agriculture Information Network GAIN of the United States Department of Agriculture USDA:

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Israel: The Israeli organic regulation comes into force

 

On September 1, 2008, the Israeli law for the regulation of organic produce came into force. The law and regulations were elaborated in a cooperation between the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, the Israeli Bio Organic Agricultural Association (I. B.O.A.A), growers and other...

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European research project CERTCOST started

 

On September 1, 2008, the European research project CERTCOST - Economic analysis of certification systems for organic food and farming - started.

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UNCTAD-UNEP: Study on organic agriculture and food security in Africa launched

 

Organic agriculture can be good for food security in Africa, says a study launched in Geneva on September 28, 2008, by a joint UNCTAD-UNEP task force.

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European Union: New implementing rules on organic production published

 

The implementing rules for the new regulation on organic production were published in the Official Journal L 250 of September 18, 2008.

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European Commission launches new promotional campaign for organic food and farming

 

The European Commission launched the European Union's new Organic Farming Campaign on July 26, 2008, at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair in Belgium.

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High interest in organic farming among European pupils and students

 

The Organic.Edunet questionnaire on educational needs in the area of organic farming and agro-ecology has been online since the beginning of March 2008.

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European Action Plan: Guidelines for successful organic action plan development and evaluation welcomed in Brussels

 

The European research project Evaluation of the European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming ORGAP has now published the 'Organic Action Plan Evaluation Toolbox' ORGAPET as well as a manual.

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ISOFAR: Proceedings of the second ISOFAR Conference now available

 

From 18 to 20 June 2008 the second conference of the International Society of Agriculture Research ISOFAR was held in Modena, Italy, in conjunction with the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress. The proceedings, which are now available in the FiBL shop (PDF and hardcopy) contain 380 papers related to...

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Mediterranean countries: New publication on organic farming policy

 

At the occasion of the 16th Organic World Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network MOAN presented the publication "Organic Farming Policy in South-East Mediterranean and Western Balkans. Approaches and Measures in...

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16th IFOAM Organic World Congress sucessfully concluded

 

From June 16 to 20, 2008, the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, including pre-conferences, took place in Modena, Italy. The Congress had more than 1'700 participants.

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ICROFS replaces and expands the scope of DARCOF

 

ICROFS, the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems was established by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries on June 1st 2008. It is a centre without walls - the research is performed in interdisciplinary collaboration between research groups in different...

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European research documents high quality and safety of organic food

 

Scientists from EU’s largest organic research project, QLIF, are ready to present their results on how to improve quality, ensure safety and reduce costs of food from organic and low-input food supply chains.

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Switzerland: Internet platform for organic farmers now online in German and French

 

www.bioaktuell.ch, the recently launched platform with technical information for Swiss organic farmers, is now also available in French.

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Ireland: Organic Action Plan

 

On April 30, 2008, an organic action plan was launched in Ireland. Speaking at the launch Minister Sargent said that he was committed to achieving the very necessary development of the organic sector in Ireland.

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Austria: New Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming

 

The organically managed area continues to grow in Austria but the current demand for organic products cannot be met. Therefore a new action plan for organic food and farming 2008-2010 was recently launched. Austria aims to remain the EU's number one country in terms of share of the organic area (16...

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Ukraine: International Conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries’ successfully concluded

 

From April 10 to 12, 2008, 228 participants from 25 countries came together for the ‘International Conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries’ to discuss concepts, opportunities and strategies for developing organic food and farming systems...

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Czech Republic: Yearbook 2007 on organic farming shows continued growth

 

The 2007 yearbook on organic farming in the Czech Republic has now been published by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Bioinstitut. The yearbook is available in English and in Czech.

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