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Sustainable Society Index: Level of sustainability in 151 countries


The Sustainable Society Index (SSI) shows at a glance the level of sustainability of 151 countries. Organic farming is one of the indicators of sustainability.

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TIPI vision and strategy - consultation


The Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is currently being revised. Comments can be submitted by january 10, 2014.

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TIPI vision and strategy for organic farming research presented in Istanbul


A workshop of the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and the 2014 TIPI Member Assembly were  held on October 12, 2014, as a preconference to the Organic World Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (www.o...

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OrganicDataNetwork: discussion with market researchers and representatives of official agencies


The second European Workshop on “finding practical solutions to current organic market data problems” was organised within the framework of the OrganicDataNetwork project. The workshop was held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB) in Valenzano, Italy on 10 and 11 July 2014.

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Germany: Organic farming on the rise


In 2013, 6.4 % of the German agricultural land was organically farmed, marking a 2 % increase over the previous year.

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New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food


In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops.

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Lithuania: New country report


A new country report about organic farming in Lithuania is available at the Organic-Europe.net  website: Prof. Dr. Vytautas Pilipavicius of Aleksandras Stulginskis University has written a detailed report about the organic situation in his country.

The certified organic area in Lithuania has grown...

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UK: Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report reveals growth in organic sales for the first time in four years


The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic market has seen annual growth since 2008.

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Germany: New study on imports of organic products


Since 2009/2010, the import volumes to Germany have increased for many arable crops and dairy products. However, imported quantities vary from year to year for fruit, vegetables and potatoes, depending on the foreign and domestic harvest. For eggs and meat imports have decreased compared with...

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graph: Turnover of organic foods in retail shops

Danes buy more organic food


After a breather in 2012, the Danish organic food market has grown again in 2013. Consumers spent 6% more than in the previous past year for organic products - especially meat from organic production.

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Estonia: Organic agricultural area continues to grow


Recently the 2013 edition of yearbook "Organic farming in Estonia" was published by the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture". The brochure documents the continued growth of the sector.

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4th Latin American Congress on agroecology: Papers now online


The 4th Latin American Congress on agroecology took place September 10 to 12, 2013 at the University of La Molina in Lima, Peru.

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Argentina: Update on organic agriculture


The Argentinian competent authority SENASA has recently the latest data (per December 31, 2013) on organic farming in the country.

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Chile: First steps for inclusion on the third country list of the European Union


On  March 12, 2014, the European Union responded to the request made by Chile to be included in the European list of third countries whose organic laws are recognized as equivalent with EU regulation 1235/2008. In its statement, received by Chile on March 20, 2014, the European Commission reported...

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Swiss organic market continues to grow in 2013


The latest figures for the Swiss organic market (from 2013), recently presented by Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch), show a clear increase in organic retail sales in Switzerland. Bio Suisse —the umbrella organization representing Swiss organic sector— unites over 90% of Swiss organic farms. The Swiss...

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Helga Willer

Nearly two million organic farmers worldwide


A recent report from Organic-Market info about the latest edition of the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide, which was launched at BIOFACH 2014.

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UK should look to Switzerland in battle to save organic production


The UK Government can learn lessons from other European countries in how it stalls the declining number of organic producers, the Famers Guardian reports.

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Cover "Chiffres Cles", edition 2013

France: Market for organic products reached 4.5 billion euros in 2013


In 2013, the French organic market continued to grow. The French organic market has doubled in 5 years (4.17 billion euros in 2012 : +6.6 % compared with 2011; +101 % compared with 2007), continuing the positive development in 2013.


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European Union: Legislative proposal for a new organic food and farming legislation and new organic action plan approved


On 25 March, the European Commission published a legislative proposal for a new organic food and farming legislation to replace the current organic regulation 834/2007 and its implementing rules. The Commission also approved a new EU organic action plan.

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Dynamic data table with key figures on organic agriculture world-wide now online


The dynamic datatable with three key indicators on organic agriculture worldwide is now online for the 2012 data.

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Video from the TIPI Workshop "Global Vision for Organic Food and Farming" at Science Day 2014


On February 2014, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), organised a workshop to develop a vision for organic food and farming research at the global level. In the video, the key results of the sessions are summarized.

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Report about Science Day 2014 at BIOFACH


On February 14, 2014, the BIOFACH Science Day took place for the second time. Science Day was a joint event of TIPI, TP Organics, ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research), IFOAM, the IFOAM EU Group and organized by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture).

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New handbook: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments


This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth.

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Report about the TIPI workshop on Science Day at BIOFACH 2014


On February 2014, on Science Day at BIOFACH, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) held a workshop to develop a vision for organic food and farming research at the global level.

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Growing organic agriculture sector explores its future


Organic 3.0 – the future of organic – is on the agenda at BIOFACH 2014. 1.9 million certified organic farmers in 164 countries on 37.5 million hectares and a global market for organic food of 63.8 billion US dollars is what the organic movement achieved up to the year 2012. The global trend remains...

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European organic market continued to grow in 2012


In 2012 the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of almost EUR 23 billion. Consumers in the European Union spent close to EUR 21 billion on organic foods.

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Organic farming statistics at BIOFACH 2014


At BIOFACH 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, a number of sessions with information on organic farming statistics and sector development will be presented. Please find a list of relevant sessions below.

  • February 12, 2014: Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe
    Location: Room Istanbul...
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Science Day 2014: Register now


Science Day will be held for the second time at BioFach, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. If you wish to attend science day, please register with our registration form.

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Science day at BIOFACH 2014: Full programme now available

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OrganicDataNetwork statement on data collection and EU regulation


Recently the OrganicDataNetwork project issued its statement on data collection and made a number of suggestions how data collection could be improved in the context of the European Commission's review of the political and legal framework for organic production.

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Third issue of the OrganicDataNetwork newsletter now online


The 3rd issue of the OrganicDataNetwork newsletter contains some important news about progress made in building a stronger network of organic market data collectors, publishers and users. Project coordinator Raffaele Zanoli sums up the project's progress and the workplan for the coming months.

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