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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.

This means...

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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

During the event, the “Bio-Tunisia”...

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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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