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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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