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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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