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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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