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14th Survey on organic agriculture worldwide almost completed


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) started the 14th survey on organic agriculture world-wide in September and it is almost completed. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic...

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Join IFOAM at the Sustainability Camp: Live Broadcast on Monday, November 26


The Sustainability Camp is taking place November 23-26, 2012, at the Head Office of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Bonn, Germany. On Monday, October 26, the outcomes can be watched on www.livestream.com/ifoam.

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Romania: Country of the Year at BioFach 2013


The contract for the Country of the Year at BioFach 2013 was ceremoniously signed in the Romanian capital Bucharest this month.

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Italy: Sales of organic food continue to rise


The Italian organic market has been growing for nine consecutive years.

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Australia: Organic agriculture booming with sales of more than 1 billion Australian Dollars


The new Australian Organic Market Report confirms that sales of organic products are now at at approximately 1 billion euros.

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First OrganicDataNetwork Newsletter


The first Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project is now available at the project website. The project "Data network for better European organic market information" (OrganicDataNetwork) aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market through better availability of market...

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Stanford study: FiBL Austria responds


The publication of a new meta-analysis by researchers at Stanford University (Smith-Spangler et al. 2012), and particularly the media response to it, has rekindled the decades-old controversy over the health benefits of organic produce.

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France: More than one million hectares of organic farmland in 2012


France can be pleased with the steady growth of its organic agriculture. It occupies the fourth place in the European rankings for organic agriculture after Spain, Italy and Germany (2011).

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Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study


This first organic sector study for Saudi Arabia offers an overview of a young but steadily growing sector.

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Conference in Cyprus informs about European organic research


From 24 to 26 September 2012 the Organic Days were held in Larnaca on Cyprus. One of the conference days was dedicated to organic farming research.

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Finland: Record number of new organic farms and enterprises


The Finish Food Safety Authority Evira has recently published the latest figures on organic agriculture in the country.

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Spain: Organic agricultural land increases by 10 percent in 2011


The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has recently released the latest data on organic agriculture in Spain: Land under organic management, livestock data, and operator numbers.


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IFOAM conference "Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry" a success


Over 180 participants from more than 40 countries gathered to discuss the current state of organic animal husbandry and its future challenges at the 2nd IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference held in Hamburg, Germany from September 12 to 14, 2012.

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United States: Organic Center combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association


Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic


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Denmark: Organic farming is a way to secure sustainable development


Tomas Nørfelt Fibiger of the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service DLBR has recently updated his report about organic farming in Denmark.

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Germany: Updated country report


The German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Proptecteion BMELV has recently updated its report about organic farming in the country.

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India: Major growth of organic area and market expected


According to a recent report on the oneco website, a major increase of the organic area and market in India

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Argentina: Organic data for 2011 released: Decrease of area, increase of exports


For the first time the update on production in Argentina is available also in English.

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France: Organic area and market continue to grow strongly


In the first six months of 2012 the organic area in France surpassed the one million hectare mark. The organic market is now at four billion Euros (2011).

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UK: Organic statistics 2011 for land area, livestock and operators released


The latest national statistics for the United Kingdom, produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the organic farming sector were released on 5 July 2012. Whereas many countries, for which 2011 data are available (e.g. France), have shown an increase of organic...

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IFOAM Asia founded


On June 1st, 2012, leaders of the organic movements in Asia agreed on the formation of a regional organic alliance in Asia.

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Switzerland: Market continues to grow in 2011


Recently the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse released the latest data on the Swiss organic market .

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Rio+20 - Blog


Blog by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland.

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IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference


Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is present in Rio with a comprehensive and integrated advocacy program aimed at positioning organic agriculture and the global organic movement at the center of sustainable...

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Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) successfully concluded


The Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from May 2 to 4, 2012.

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Study on support of organic farming in the European Union: need for a comprehensive development strategy


New study on support of organic farming in the European Union published


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UK: New organic market report


Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing in 2010 and with growth continuing into 2011. One exception is, however, the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7 percent in 2011, according...

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First organic sector study for Albania now published


Albania’s organic sector is still nascent, but is developing most dynamically. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, working with local partners, has compiled the facts and figures in a study presenting the sector’s drivers and determinants. The study, available now, will be a valuable...

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Slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide


All slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide 2010 are now ready.

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OrganicDataNetwork: Survey about market data availability in Europe started


The OrganicDataNetwork project, which was recently launched, has now started a survey about data collectors and data availability of oganic market data in Europe.

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United States: Organic market surpasses 31 billion US dollars in 2011


Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth

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Launch of OrganicDataNetwork project


Press release of the European project OrganicDataNetwork

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OrganicDataNetwork: First project meeting


Report about the first meeting of the European OrganicDataNetwork project

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Estonia: More than 14 percent of the farmland is organic


For the fourth time, the brochure "Organic Farming in Estonia" has been published. It informs about the latest facts and figures about organic farming in the country. According to this publication, 14 percent of the agricultural land is now organic (data per end of 2011).

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Northeast Organic Research Symposium in New York: Proceedings now available


Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative (OREI) conducted a two-day research symposium on January 19 and 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Germany: Strong growth of the organic market in 2011


According to provisional data for 2011, compiled by the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry BÖLW (www.boelw.de), the organic area grew by only 2.3 percent, increasing from of 990’702 hectares in 2010 to 1.01 million hectares in 2011. For farms, the growth rate was 4.8 percent; 23’000...

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Second African Organic Conference in Lusaka, Zambia: Conference details now available


The date of the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” will be held May 2 to 4, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia.

The conference will promote mainstreaming of organic agriculture in African Government policies, in African intergovernmental...

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Peruvian organic exports: Statistics and trends 2007-2011


Peruvian economist F. Javier Martinez reports that organic agriculture continued to grow in exports through 2011, with average annual growth for the five year period from 2007-2011 of nearly 28%. The value of organic agricultural exports in 2011 exceeded US$324 million.

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Dynamic data table: Update


The dyanamic data table with the basic data on organic agriculture worldwide: Organic agricultural land, share of total agricultural land, and producers has been updated to include the 2010 data.


Organic-World.net: Dynamic data table

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Serbia: Organic agriculture 2012 at a glance


The National Association Serbia Organica has published, together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Economic Development Program ACCESS an industry study. A first, similar study, was published in 2011.

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Portugal: New country report


A new country report about organic farming in Portugal is now available from Catarina Crisostomo.

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Global market for organic food: Slides from BioFach ready for download


At the BioFach Congress, Amarjit Sahota of Organic Monitor presented the current situation of the global market for organic food and drink. His slides are now available for download.

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Bulgaria: New country report


In Bulgaria, considerable growth occurred in organic farming between 2009–2010. The certified land doubled between 2009 and 2010. During this time, the number of operators (producers, processors, exporters, importers) increased substantially.

A new country report by Stoilko Apostolov, originally...

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Germany: Organic imports


Germany is not only the largest market for organic products in Europe but also one of its largest organic producers. In spite of this fact, in 2009/2010 Germany imported, depending on the product, 2 to 95 percent of such organic products which could also have been produced in the country.

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Germany: Data on organic agriculture land and crops for 2010 now available from AMI


Based on data from twelve organic inspection bodies in Germany, the Agricultural Market Information Company published an overview of the structure of land use and animal husbandry in German organic farming (2010 data).

AMI data for 2010

For the most important product groups, the associated...

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European Union and United States agree to historic new partnership on organic trade


The European Union and the United States announced on February 15, 2012, that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong...

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Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady


FiBL and IFOAM are presenting the latest data on organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach in Nuremburg.

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Ukraine: Brief update


At the BioFachCongress 2012 one session will with recent developments in organic agriculture in the Central and Eastern European countries (Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe on February 15). Below is an update on Ukraine, a full report will be given by Tobias Eisenring of FiBL...

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