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Bolivia launches Royal Quinoa place of origin seal

Bolivia launches Royal Quinoa place of origin seal
Wed, 01/03/17 - 10:00


The Royal Quinoa Denomination of Origin was announced at BIOFACH 2017.A major milestone that guarantees the place of origin for Bolivia's organic Royal Quiona took place at the BIOFACH 2017 world organic fair in Nuremberg, Germany on February 16, with the announcement of
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Fair trade thriving in Germany

Fair trade thriving in Germany
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:00
By Annemarie Kruse


The fair trade sector in Germany is flourishing: the two big industry associations Forum Fairer Handel and TransFair have both announced double-digit growth for fairly traded and ethically manufactured products in 2015. According to industry association Forum Fairer Hand
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Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth

Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:27
By O.W.N News Network


On the opening day of BIOFACH, the world’s leading organic fair on February 11, EU policymakers and organic stakeholders met to discuss the future of the organic regulation at the EU Policy Day organised by IFOAM EU and the fair organizer. Some of the major issues
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New WHO sugar, U.S. dietary guidelines, added sugars under attack

New WHO sugar, U.S. dietary guidelines, added sugars under attack
Thu, 05/03/15


A new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline released in March recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide
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New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate

New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:16
By O.W.N News Network


A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which concluded that people without diabetes or cardiovascular disease don’t need to worry about where a food falls on the glycaemic index (GI) – even if they’re overweight
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KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics

KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics
Tue, 03/02/15 - 10:31
By O.W.N News Network


KRAV label on canned tomatoesStockholm’s most noted restaurants of recent years have one concept in common: Scandinavian culinary tradition in an innovative version, carefully selected raw ingredients and a focus on locally produced organic foods. Nordic cuisine is
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EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation

EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation
Mon, 02/02/15 - 17:21
By O.W.N News Network


On 24 March 2014 the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a new organic regulation complemented by annexes, the impact assessment report and a new European Organic Action Plan. This was the result of a process started in 2012 when the Commission dec
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Hong Kong: advantage for China entry and organic export opportunity

Hong Kong: advantage for China entry and organic export opportunity
Mon, 02/02/15 - 10:54
By Warren Beaumont


Customers at Metro Cash & CarryThe many food safety and food quality scares in recent years on the Chinese mainland have undermined consumer confidence in locally produced food and provide an opportunity for more imported certified organic foods and beverages. Where p
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IFOAM has a new look

IFOAM has a new look
Mon, 02/02/15
By O.W.N News Network


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM has decided to give its name and corporate logo a refreshing update. In December 2013, we contacted our affiliates to get input on a possible name change for IFOAM. After various brainstorming rounds affi
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New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific

New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific
Sun, 01/02/15 - 11:55
By O.W.N News Network


A ground-breaking new $4.5 million partnership between the Australian Government and Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), announced in November, was a first for Fairtrade ANZ and will build support for Fairtrade products in Australia. The partnership will also li
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Support for organic sector demands over new organic regulation

Support for organic sector demands over new organic regulation
Wed, 07/01/15 - 15:48


The IFOAM EU Group has continued to stand its ground against proposals from the EU Commission and pushed for new organic regulations that build on existing organic regulations across Europe. EU Agriculture Ministers endorsed a non-binding report summarising the progress
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OTA refutes certification questions; win over conventional levies?

OTA refutes certification questions; win over conventional levies?
Wed, 07/01/15 - 15:46


The Organic Trade Association has applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement in December of a proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers and handlers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs (or industry and promotional levies),
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U.S. Dark Act to deny GMO labelling, Oregon fight over ballot

U.S. Dark Act to deny GMO labelling, Oregon fight over ballot
Wed, 07/01/15 - 14:51


The GMO labelling movement in the U.S. has been dealt several blows, one over the failure to count 4,600 voters during the Oregon GMO labelling initiative, while a bill before the U.S. Congress dubbed ‘the Dark Act’ that may pre-empt states from enacting label
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Is fair trade just a marketing tool?

Is fair trade just a marketing tool?
Fri, 03/10/14 - 13:35
By Warren Beaumont


The proliferation of fair trade certification schemes and multinational food companies using fair trade only as a labelling and marketing tool was a major point of discussion at a Biofach 2014 seminar, Does Fair Trade Certification Matter. The discussion included concern
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Germany fair trade pioneer GEPA supports small producers

Germany fair trade pioneer GEPA supports small producers
Fri, 03/10/14 - 01:30
By Warren Beaumont


A leading fair trade supplier in Europe, GEPA – The Fair Trade Company is a not-for-profit group which operates under the fair trade principles of the WFTO, partners and trades with 190 cooperatives, supplies 75 per cent of its products as certified organic, and rep
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Ecuador looks to EU agreement for export trade lift

Ecuador looks to EU agreement for export trade lift
Wed, 01/10/14 - 17:03
By Warren Beaumont


A trade agreement between Ecuador and the European Union was reached on July 17, which is expected to allow the Andean nation to increase its exports to the EU countries by at least $500 million over the next three years. “After almost four years of work, finally w
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Biodynamic agriculture celebrates 90th anniversary

Biodynamic agriculture celebrates 90th anniversary
Wed, 25/06/14 - 22:15
By Warren Beaumont


2014 is the 90th anniversary since the Agriculture Course was given in Koberwitz, Germany in 1924, when Rudolf Steiner gave a series of eight lectures that became the basis for Biodynamic farming and gardening. Demeter International said that biodynamic associations from
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IBD and NATRUE harmonize organic & natural cosmetic standards

IBD and NATRUE harmonize organic & natural cosmetic standards
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:30
By O.W.N News Network


Brazil’s largest certifier of organic products IBD, and the major EU-based International Natural and Organic Cosmetic Association, NATRUE, have signed an agreement of mutual recognition and alignment of their certification standards. Executive director of IBD, Alex
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Botanical Adulterants Program endorsed by medicinal plant researchers

Botanical Adulterants Program endorsed by medicinal plant researchers
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:30
By Warren Beaumont


The largest international professional organization of scientists who analyze and research medicinal plants and therapeutic derivatives has endorsed an educational program that advises industry, health professionals, and researchers about the challenges of adulterated her
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Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient

Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:26
By Adriana Michael


OWN asked industry players about the major accomplishments and obstacles the organic and sustainable sectors have experienced over the past decade. Markus Pandur, of UHTCO Corp EU, highlighted a common concern that needs to be addressed: the cost of regulation, certifica
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America’s GMO Awakening

America’s GMO Awakening
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:25
By Kat Schuett


For years Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been quietly mixed into the US conventional food supply at alarming rates, their existence unknown to most consumers. 2013, however, marked a monumental year when mainstream Americans began to literally wake up and look
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New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014

New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014
Sun, 02/02/14 - 12:19
By O.W.N News Network


Have you started preparing for 2014 yet? – Countdown to the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC), which modifies existing food labelling provisions in the Union to allow consumers to make informed choices and safe use of food, while at the same time ensur
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Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules

Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:27
By O.W.N News Network


From January 2014, Certifying Agencies Organic Products and Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica as competent authority said it shall comply with the new import regulations established by the European Union, with the aim of en
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CSPI says lawsuits loom for three major food companies

CSPI says lawsuits loom for three major food companies
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:51
By O.W.N News Network


Washington, U.S. the Center for Science in the Public Interest notified Crystal Light’s manufacturer, Kraft Foods, on January 9 that it will be sued if it continues to use the word “natural” in connection with its Natural Lemonade, Natural Pink Lemonade,
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Cheerios new Non-GMO label tests food industry claims on labeling

Cheerios new Non-GMO label tests food industry claims on labeling
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:37


By The Environmental Group The news that General Mills is making its Cheerios breakfast cereal without genetically modified ingredients and will place this information on food labels has not come as a huge shock to Alex Formulism, of U.S. NGO the Environmental Working Gr
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IFOAM approves Best Practice Guideline by unanimous vote

IFOAM approves Best Practice Guideline by unanimous vote
Tue, 14/01/14 - 18:08
By O.W.N News Network


Following two years of intensive thought, discussions, debates, and revisions, IFOAM was pleased to announce in January that the Best Practice Guideline for Agriculture and Value Chains (which can be downloaded at www.ifoam.org), has been approved by unanimous vote of the
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GM labeling battle continues while Eco-Labels gain momentum

GM labeling battle continues while Eco-Labels gain momentum
Wed, 08/01/14 - 13:58
By O.W.N News Network


The fight for GM food labeling in the US will continue in 2014, anticipates Organic Monitor with eco-labels gaining more exposure after each battle at the ballot box. Sales of organic certified foods and other eco-labeled products are soaring, as better informed consumers
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California reviews toxic substances; listed chemical in shampoo

California reviews toxic substances; listed chemical in shampoo
Thu, 14/11/13 - 23:01
By O.W.N News Network


The U.S. Organic Consumers Association reports that hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California from October 1, 2013. Stat
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Greenpeace turns up heat on palm oil giant while new group aims to raise standards

Greenpeace turns up heat on palm oil giant while new group aims to raise standards
Tue, 12/11/13 - 21:33
By Warren Beaumont


Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader announced a No Deforestation Policy response to pressure from Greenpeace, NGOs and consumers around the world. The policy has the potential to be a landmark win for the world’s forests and the people th
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U.S and Japan sign Organic Equivalency deal

U.S and Japan sign Organic Equivalency deal
Sun, 08/09/13 - 11:31


United States & Japan sign organic equivalence deal The first organic equivalence agreement made in Asia by the United States and the first without organic standards exceptions was signed on September 26 between the U.S. and Japan at All Things Organic, Natural Produ
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The Impact of Equivalency and Free Trade Agreements to the Organic Sector

The Impact of Equivalency and Free Trade Agreements to the Organic Sector
Sat, 07/09/13 - 10:17
By Warren Beaumont


O.W.N. asked Matthew Holmes, executive director of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), and Markus Arbenz, executive director of IFOAM, about the impact of free trade agreements and how they compare with organic equivalency agreements. What will free trade agreem
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German court’s ‘misleading’ stevia ruling draws fire from stevia industry

German court’s ‘misleading’ stevia ruling draws fire from stevia industry
Thu, 05/09/13 - 11:26
By O.W.N News Network


The European stevia industry has hit back in early June following a German court’s temporary ruling that prohibited manufacturers from suggesting that the sweetener is natural on stevia labelling. A German consumer group took the manufacturer of a stevia sweetener p
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COSMOS aims to harmonise Europe’s organic & natural cosmetic standards

COSMOS aims to harmonise Europe’s organic & natural cosmetic standards
Tue, 03/09/13 - 08:17
By Warren Beaumont


Harmonisation of organic and natural cosmetics standards is now happening due to initiatives taken by leading certification groups such as BDIH, COSMEBIO, ECOCERT Greenlife, ICEA, SOIL Association and their associated certification bodies, who have been working on harmoni
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Equivalence for organic imports – who should make the rules?

Equivalence for organic imports – who should make the rules?
Mon, 02/09/13 - 09:11


The seminar ‘Who will stop the equivalence nonsense for organic imports’ presented by Albrecht Benzing of private German organic certification services company CERES at BioFach 2013, was a great contribution to recent debate over issues arising from organic eq
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Stop Biotech Bullying and Demand Transparency

Stop Biotech Bullying and Demand Transparency
Fri, 30/08/13 - 08:59
By Kat Schuett


“Secrecy” and “democracy” are not words that usually belong together—especially when it comes to determining rules that will govern the future of our global food system and set regulations for health and safety. Over the past few years, howe
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FDA regulations could shut down organic egg producers

FDA regulations could shut down organic egg producers
Wed, 14/08/13 - 14:59
By O.W.N News Network


Do you think eggs laid by free-range hens on small farms are healthier than those laid by confined birds in giant commercial operations? Well, the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) disagrees. U.S. economic justice for the family-scale farming community advocate The C
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EU Commission looks at possible revamp of organic farming legislation

EU Commission looks at possible revamp of organic farming legislation
Mon, 12/08/13 - 14:55
By Warren Beaumont


The European Commission is due in September to reconsider the EU’s rules on organic farming, including a likely review of certification standards and an assessment of the potential risks posed by genetically modified crops. The Commission’s forthcoming roadma
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France introduces BPA health warnings and FDA bans BPA in baby bottles

France introduces BPA health warnings and FDA bans BPA in baby bottles
Thu, 25/07/13 - 15:02
By O.W.N News Network


France has recently notified the EC of a draft decree that bans BPA used in food contact packaging for children under the age of three, and pregnant and feeding mothers. The rule comes into force on 1 October 2013 until a BPA ban takes effect on 1 January 2015. Packaging
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The future of eco-labels: Focus at Amsterdam Sustainable Food Summit

The future of eco-labels: Focus at Amsterdam Sustainable Food Summit
Fri, 05/07/13
By Paula Salazar


The 5th European edition of the Sustainable Food Summit offered by Organic Monitor took place 6-7 June at the Mövenpick Hotel in Amsterdam, with nearly 140 attendees: Food industry representatives, agricultural producers, marketing experts, retailers, distributors an
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RSPO launches Smallholders Fund, environment group attacks palm oil

RSPO launches Smallholders Fund, environment group attacks palm oil
Mon, 29/04/13 - 03:15
By O.W.N News Network


The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), an international multi-stakeholder organization and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, has announced the RSPO Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF) for eligible oil palm growers amongst smallholders around the wor
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Trust in the USDA Organic seal reaches all-time high

Trust in the USDA Organic seal reaches all-time high
Wed, 10/04/13 - 00:37
By Warren Beaumont


U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81% now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes. This finding is one of many contained in the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) newly released 2013 U.S.
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Horsemeat-free Sainsbury’s gains ground over UK grocery rivals

Horsemeat-free Sainsbury’s gains ground over UK grocery rivals
Tue, 02/04/13 - 15:53
By Warren Beaumont


J Sainsbury, the UK’s third biggest supermarket group after Tesco and Walmart-owned Asda, reported a rise in sales over recent months - due in part to avoiding the horsemeat scandal. Sainsbury has a 17% market share and reported a 1.8% increase in like-for-like sale
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Denomination of origin: marketing tool for quinoa

Denomination of origin: marketing tool for quinoa
Sun, 10/02/13 - 02:12
By Andrew Ofstehage


To find what makes the Challapata market in Bolivia famous, one must first pass vendors with massive green bags of dried coca leaf, dozens of varieties of carrots and potatoes, and heaps of used clothing shipped in from the United States. Now just ahead, past market resta
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Proposition 37: Lesson Learned and What’s Next for the GMO Labeling Movement

Proposition 37: Lesson Learned and What’s Next for the GMO Labeling Movement
Sat, 09/02/13 - 10:15
By Kat Schuett


For months leading up to the 2012 U.S. election, I traveled throughout the state of California in a Volkswagen campervan wrapped in the Proposition 37 “Right to Know” logo, rallying support for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, or genetically
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Label for sustainable small producers introduced at BioFach

Label for sustainable small producers introduced at BioFach
Sat, 09/02/13 - 02:02
By O.W.N News Network


The Small Producers’ Symbol, SPP, is a hallmark of sustainability representing organized small producers in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Based on the principles and values that originally gave rise to the fair trade movement, it allows consumers to identify h
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Omega-3 draft labeling changes in EU’s new health claims

Omega-3 draft labeling changes in EU’s new health claims
Fri, 08/02/13 - 02:50
By O.W.N News Network


Potential labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosa- pentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahxenoicacid) were among 12 new health claims discussed at the EU Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brusse
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Soil Association rejects GM lobby’s pseudo-science

Soil Association rejects GM lobby’s pseudo-science
Thu, 07/02/13 - 05:06
By Warren Beaumont


At the UK’s Oxford Farming Conference in early January the UK’s Soil Association rejected statements supporting GM crops in the UK from environment secretary Owen Paterson. Mr Paterson said: “GM needs to be considered in its proper overall context with
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The hidden costs of food

The hidden costs of food
Tue, 05/02/13 - 05:30
By Adriana Michael


Our food system is dysfunctional, with conventional farming methods unsustainable and nutrient-deficient, according to journalist and food waste expert Jonathan Bloom. As a result, one-third of adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes and other chronic diseases related to
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EU slows new GM crop approval

EU slows new GM crop approval
Tue, 05/02/13 - 05:17
By Warren Beaumont


More countries are rejecting and banning genetically modified (GM) crops and questioning the productivity or pest-resistance of GM crops as evidence grows that more chemicals being used in GM agriculture. EU countries issuing or renewing bans on GM crops recently included
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OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%

OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:22
By O.W.N News Network


By Charlotte Vallaeys, Director Farm and Food Policy, The Cornucopia Institute. Text edited to fit space. As Americans become increasingly aware of the story behind conventional foods—the ecologically destructive monoculture fields, the petrochemical fertilizers, t
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GMO-free product sales on the rise

GMO-free product sales on the rise
Tue, 13/11/12 - 22:48
By O.W.N News Network


GMOs are abuzz. Retail participation in the third annual Non-GMO Month reached an all-time high this October. And even though California’s Prop 37 did not pass the law for GMO labeling, it continues to score headlines. Around 6 million people or 48.5% voted YES, whi
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Nutrition and Health Claims in the EU – The botanical problem

Nutrition and Health Claims in the EU – The botanical problem
Mon, 12/11/12 - 22:59
By Warren Beaumont


The EU’s Article 13.1 for general health claim regulations started on June 14 this year and from December 14, 2012, any claims that are not authorized and not on hold/under consideration will be prohibited. This closes the door on many long-used health claims and mo
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Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach

Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach
Thu, 08/11/12 - 23:19
By O.W.N News Network


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in November that it will introduce additional testing for organic foods aimed at maintaining the integrity of the USDA National Organic Program. Beginning January 1, 2013, organic certifying agents must test samples from at le
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Nestle: GMOs unnecessary to feed the world

Nestle: GMOs unnecessary to feed the world
Mon, 15/10/12 - 14:04
By O.W.N News Network


Swiss food giant Nestle supports water sustainability and is a member of the SAI Platform for supply chain sustainability, and GMWatch in the U.S. reports that Nestle’s corporate head of agriculture, Hans Jöhr, is president of SAI Platform. Mr Johr says Nestl&e
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EU-USA Organic Equivalency creates major issues for ingredients suppliers

EU-USA Organic Equivalency creates major issues for ingredients suppliers
Wed, 03/10/12 - 09:13
By Warren Beaumont


The EU-USA Organic Equivalency Agreement that allows EU member state producers to sell their products as organic in the U.S. with local EU organic standards and without mandatory USDA NOP certification has been welcomed by EU officials and exporters. However, an unintende
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BioGro New Zealand certifies to EU Natrue cosmetics standard

BioGro New Zealand certifies to EU Natrue cosmetics standard
Tue, 02/10/12 - 18:09
By O.W.N News Network


At the Sustain show in Sydney July 19-22, leading New Zealand organic certification company BioGro ran a NATRUE natural certification workshop for health and body care products to advise natural brand businesses about the purpose, scope and benefits of certification, what
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Global Fairtrade sales grow 12% to 5 billion Euros in 2011

Global Fairtrade sales grow 12% to 5 billion Euros in 2011
Mon, 01/10/12 - 08:08
By O.W.N News Network


Almost five billion euros (€4.9bn, US$6.6bn) were spent on Fairtrade certified products globally last year, according to figures released in July by Fairtrade International as products with the FAIRTRADE mark became available to people in more than 120 countries. Re
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GM Food “Right to Know” vote under attack

GM Food “Right to Know” vote under attack
Tue, 18/09/12 - 16:23
By O.W.N News Network


More Americans are questioning the health and environmental effects of genetically engineered or genetically modified (GM) organisms in their food. In California, the ‘Right to Know’ campaign to require that food from GM crops be labeled is headed for a Novemb
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New Fairtrade International chief aims to strengthen producer support

New Fairtrade International chief aims to strengthen producer support
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:05
By O.W.N News Network


Fairtrade International has announced the appointment of Harriet Lamb as the new chief executive of Fairtrade International, who will take up her new role by 1 October 2012. She brings an unrivalled track record in driving Fairtrade success after more than 10 years as exe
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Fairtrade Intl. vs. Fair Trade USA: battle for consumers heats up

Fairtrade Intl. vs. Fair Trade USA: battle for consumers heats up
Sat, 25/08/12 - 09:07
By O.W.N News Network


The Fairtrade disagreement in the United States between Fairtrade Labelling International (FLO) and Fair Trade USA is set to heat up after the International Fairtrade body recently announced that leading global and regional brands will soon launch a large range of product
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Soil Association expands certification alongside ACO

Soil Association expands certification alongside ACO
Fri, 24/08/12 - 12:04
By O.W.N News Network


The UK’s Soil Association Certification and Australian Certified Organic, Australia’s most recognised organic label, have announced their partnership in organic textiles in July. From July 2012, ACO are the preferred partner to undertake inspections and provid
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IFOAM Organic Leadership Course fosters innovation, contacts

IFOAM Organic Leadership Course fosters innovation, contacts
Tue, 21/08/12 - 05:57
By O.W.N News Network


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) will hold a dynamic Organic Leadership Course in North America in 2013. Participants will gain knowledge, skills and a comprehensive understanding of organic principles and the organic sector in North A
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Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave

Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave
Tue, 08/05/12 - 20:17
By Adriana Michael


Mexican agave supplier Best Ground received this year, Fair Trade certification for all products, coming from its partner plant Bioagaves de la Costa, the first certification of this kind ever granted in the sector. The process was possible thanks to the fact that the pro
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EU-USA Organic Equivalence signed at BioFach

EU-USA Organic Equivalence signed at BioFach
Mon, 07/05/12 - 15:13
By Warren Beaumont


The European Union and the United States announced at the BioFach World Organic Fair in Nuremberg on February 15 that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in the EU or in the US may be sold as organic in either region. Formal letters creating this partnershi
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Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost
Sun, 06/05/12 - 09:54
By O.W.N News Network


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi stakeholder initiative, has achieved yet another milestone with over six million metric tons of CSPO produced worldwide by RSPO-certified palm oil growers in less than four years since RSPO certificatio
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Daabon, first palm oil producer with Rainforest Alliance certification

Daabon, first palm oil producer with Rainforest Alliance certification
Sun, 06/05/12 - 01:34
By Warren Beaumont


Daabon Group gained the Rainforest Alliance certification in January 2012 for all five palm oil plantations in different locations, a significant sustainability achievement and new milestone for the largest employer in northern Colombia. Daabon has over 3,000 employees an
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EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent

EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent
Thu, 03/05/12 - 08:45
By O.W.N News Network


Philip Lymbery, chief executive of the UK’s Compassion in World Farming has taken issue with U.S. organic animal welfare standards and the recent unveiling of the EU-USA organic equivalency agreement. Back from the U.S. in May where he was working with CIWF’s
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Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates

Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:27
By O.W.N News Network


The Board of Fairtrade International took a major step on March 16 by approving a strategy to launch operations in the USA market, based on extensive consultation and input from USA stakeholders following the departure of Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) from the global Fairtrade s
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EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters

EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:26
By O.W.N News Network


The European Union and the United States announced at the BioFach World Organic Fair in Nuremberg in February that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. The deal is expected to offer i
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UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association

UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:22
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing by 8.8% in 2010 and continued growth in 2011. The only exception is in the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7% in
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Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label

Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label
Mon, 20/02/12 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The United State’s leading third-party certifier of fairtrade products, Fair Trade USA, announced a redesigned certification label and significant revisions to its Multiple Ingredients Product Policy on January 18. Under the revised ‘Single Products’ Ing
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Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care

Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care
Thu, 16/02/12 - 15:00
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of natural and organic beauty products projected to reach USD 9 billion last year and while consumer demand for natural and organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak economic climate. In its December r
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Certifications and dedicated facility bolster Sindan Organic

Certifications and dedicated facility bolster Sindan Organic
Wed, 15/02/12 - 10:00
By Amanda Doughty


Last year, Bolivian entrepreneur Teodosio Huayllani Marca embarked in a new venture, Sindan Organic, with the purpose of offering a diversified portfolio of superfoods of the highest quality such as quinoa, amaranth, sesame, cañahua and chia, to please the most dis
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WWF Scorecard shows sustainable palm oil sourcing is possible

WWF Scorecard shows sustainable palm oil sourcing is possible
Thu, 09/02/12 - 17:27
By Warren Beaumont


Despite the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) association leading the push to increase the amount of certified sustainable palm oil being produced and used globally, the World Wild Fund For Nature (WWF) says that while companies are buying more certified sustainab
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PACARI Chocolate obtains Demeter Biodynamic® certification

PACARI Chocolate obtains Demeter Biodynamic® certification
Wed, 08/02/12 - 03:05
By Chelsea Kerrington


Pacari Chocolate, a unique premium “tree-to-bar” line and the first single-origin organic chocolate made entirely in Ecuador, has obtained the prestigious Demeter Biodynamic® Certification, the ultimate recognition of sustainability. Based on the principl
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More U.S. families buy organic foods: OTA study

More U.S. families buy organic foods: OTA study
Tue, 17/01/12 - 22:18
By O.W.N News Network


A new study from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveals that 78% of U.S. families say they are choosing organic foods, up from 73% in 2009, while 4 in 10 families indicate they are buying more organic products than they were a year ago. “In a time when the se
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Fair trade USA’s plans under attack

Fair trade USA’s plans under attack
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:23
By O.W.N News Network


While new research from world governing fair trade organization Fair Trade Labelling International (FLO) shows that recognition of the Fairtrade mark has increased since 2008, planned changes by United States fair trade accreditation body Fair Trade USA to split from the
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GMO’s report ‘False Promises, Failed Technologies’ launched on World Food Day

GMO’s report ‘False Promises, Failed Technologies’ launched on World Food Day
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:21
By O.W.N News Network


An international report on genetically manipulated (GM) foods and crops was launched on World Food Day, October 16. The report was coordinated by Dr Vandana Shiva - international GM-free advocate, scientist and recent Sydney Peace Prize recipient. The synthesis report, &l
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New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry

New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry
Sun, 30/10/11 - 13:01
By O.W.N News Network


NPA says draft NDI Guidance, Supplements Bill is tough on industry The Natural Products Association has criticized sweeping new draft guidelines for dietary supplements released by the United States Food and Drug Administration as unnecessary and going beyond Congress&rs
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Quinoa: Organic certification not enough

Quinoa: Organic certification not enough
Thu, 27/10/11 - 15:01
By Adriana Michael


The boom for quinoa continues. Beyond the natural health food stores, the rich golden grain is also finding a prominent presence at conventional supermarkets and trendy restaurants around the globe. Originally a South American staple grown in peasant farmer fields in the
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Amplified legal challenge to Monsanto GMOs

Amplified legal challenge to Monsanto GMOs
Tue, 11/10/11 - 14:05
By O.W.N News Network


Following a law suit filed by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) on March 30 on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agriculture organizations against the Monsanto company, challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed,
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Organic & natural distributor UNFI posts strong 4Q, annual sales lift

Organic & natural distributor UNFI posts strong 4Q, annual sales lift
Tue, 11/10/11 - 09:36
By O.W.N News Network


Leading United States independent distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, organic produce and personal care items United Natural Foods, Inc. (Unfi) has posted a strong increase in fiscal fourth quarter net sales of 17.2% over the same period in 2010 to $1.16
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Agencies play down recycled packaging link to cancer

Agencies play down recycled packaging link to cancer
Mon, 13/06/11 - 10:25
By Warren Beaumont


Cardboard packaging made from recycled newspapers have been linked by Swiss scientists to health complaints in lab rats, ranging from the inflammation of internal organs to cancer, the UK Daily Mail reported in March. Researchers at the Food Safety Laboratory in Zurich sa
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RSPO hits back over sustainable palm oil

RSPO hits back over sustainable palm oil
Sun, 12/06/11 - 16:36
By O.W.N News Network


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the international non-profit sustainable palm oil association, announced in May that RSPO-certified palm oil production facilities produced their five-millionth tonne of certified sustainable palm oil. It also revealed that 9% of th
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Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification

Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification
Fri, 10/06/11 - 17:47
By O.W.N News Network


Nordic Naturals, industry leader in fish oil supplementation, announced in early February the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Watsonville, California. It is the first LEED Gold green building in Santa Cruz County registered with the U.S. Green Building Counci
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Gluten-free, free-from food growth as food allergies, celiac disease rises

Gluten-free, free-from food growth as food allergies, celiac disease rises
Thu, 09/06/11 - 16:32
By Warren Beaumont


Compiled by Warren Beaumont Major researchers such as SPINS Inc, Mintel UK and Packaged Facts point to a major expansion in gluten-free, allergy-free and free-from foods as food allergies, gluten-intolerance and celiac disease, and diabetes are on the rise. Food allergy
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Fairtrade Canada has new name

Fairtrade Canada has new name
Sun, 05/06/11 - 10:50
By O.W.N News Network


Fairtrade products in Canada now have a new name to go with the new worldwide Fairtrade International logo introduced last year. TransFair Canada will be known as Fairtrade Canada. Rob Clarke, executive director of the organization believes the name Fairtrade Canada more
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Aveda adds to sustainability credentials through Cradle-to-Cradle Design

Aveda adds to sustainability credentials through Cradle-to-Cradle Design
Thu, 02/06/11 - 17:31
By O.W.N News Network


At the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held in New York on May 12-14, 2011, leading natural personal care company Aveda shared its experiences in adopting the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) design approach, a novel way for companies to integrate sustainability into their business pr
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Campaign calls for US labelling of GM foods

Campaign calls for US labelling of GM foods
Sun, 09/01/11 - 08:21
By O.W.N News Network


A coalition of nearly 400 US businesses and organizations called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, which are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen natur
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