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Development of agricultural land in Argentina 2000-2008. Source: SENASA. Graph: FiBL
Main land use types in Argentina 2008. Source: SENASA. Graph: FiBL
Distribution of Argentinian exports by crop type 2008. Source: SENASA. Graph: FiBL

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.

In total, retail...

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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.

The training is...

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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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Development of the organic land and farms in the Czech Republic 1991-2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Prague. Graph: FiBL

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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