Organic beekeepers call for moratorium on genetic engineering in Mexico

The second international conference for organic beekeeping and experts on bees and honey took place from 19 – 25 March 2012 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas in southern Mexico. With over 400 participants from 24 countries, the practical courses, … Continue reading

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UNITED KINGDOM – EUROPEAN FUNDS FOR BEEKEEPING

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Mrs Michelle O’Neill, agriculture minister ,  explained: “The £30 million funding referred to is in fact for the European Union (EU) Apiculture Programme 2011-13 (€32 million), the north of Ireland and Britain allocation of which is some £1.8 million. The … Continue reading

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SPAIN – THIS YEAR WILL BE HARVESTED ONLY A QUARTER OF THE ORANGE BLOSSON HONEY HARVESTED LAST YEAR

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The Unio notes that the Department of Agriculture to return from exile to the vast majority of beekeepers in Valencia, following publication in the Official Journal of the Valencia (DOCV) of the Agreement of Council of the Generalitat by approving … Continue reading

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GULF FOOD 2012 – Dubai

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The world’s biggest annual food & hospitality event. Visit us at the Gulf Food booth A3-A32 (ARGENTINA) – Hall 3 3,800+ exhibitors Biggest international audience 110 international pavilions Record NEW launches More information: info@greemt.com

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NEW: Honey Importers & Exporters at Linkedin

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If you are looking for Honey Importers Worldwide or if you need export your honey, join the new “Honey Importers & Exporters” Group at Linkedin, following this link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Honey-Importers-Exporters-4048150?goback=%2Eanp_4048150_1327498020050_1%2Eanp_4048150_1327498020051_1

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Argentina – Is Complicated the Harvest due the lack of rains (Honey)

In the midst of the drought that is affecting corn and soybeans in wide areas of south-central and northern Buenos Aires Cordoba there is uncertainty about when the rains will arrive in part to alleviate the situation. “We are at the critical stage of ” La Niña”. There is no precise fairy [of rainfall],”  told La Nacion Eduardo Sierra, a specialist in agroclimatology.

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Argentina – Honey Exports October 2011

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In the month were exported 1,008 tons (-59%) totaling 2.9 million dollars (-59%) at an average price in dollars per ton of 2,926 (-2%). In the full year were exported 58,871 tons (+22%) totaling 183.2 million dollars (+27%) at a … Continue reading

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Organic wines in Germany and France – results of a market study

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photo: istockphoto.com/sjlocke What is the situation for organically produced wines in France and Germany? A study recently published by the French market research institute Ipsos provides information on the image of German and French organic wines. Organic winegrowing in France … Continue reading

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BioFach India together with India Organic 2011

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  BioFach India together with India Organic took place from 10 to 12 November 2011 for the third time and celebrated its premiere at the new location. 171 (2010: 103) satisfied exhibitors and 7,529 highly interested visitors (2010: 2,860) supported the … Continue reading

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The European Commission extended the ban on Egyptian seeds

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It involves arugula outbreaks, sprouts leguminous vegetables (fresh and chilled), bean sprouts, dried vegetables (peeled), fennel seeds, soybeans and mustard seeds. After fennel seeds imported from Egypt were accused as the culprits in the contamination of the E. coli in … Continue reading

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The Argentinean meat arrives in China

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The Institute of Beef Promotion of Argentina (IPCVA) led the first export of fresh meat to that country As part of a series of promotions in the cities of Shanghai and Beijing, IPCVA participated from the 16th to 18th of … Continue reading

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Biocontrol of plant pathogens in sustainable agriculture

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Following the meeting of the Phytopathogens WG in Graz, Austria, 7-10 June 2010, the upcoming meeting will be held in Reims, France.  The workshop “Biocontrol of plant pathogens in sustainable agriculture” will take place from 24 to 27 June 2012. … Continue reading

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Swiss trust promotes organic training in Africa

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“Bustani ya Tushikamane” is Kiswahili and means “Garden of Solidarity”. The project in Morogoro in Tanzania is supported by the Swiss organization Biovision. A school garden with adjacent information centre provides a meeting-place for farmers and schoolchildren. Learning trails enable … Continue reading

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German Organic Wine Harvest 2011 – Happy Wine Producers

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Despite the difficult weather conditions in 2011, the Ecovin wine producers were satisfied with their wine grape harvest. The vines budded early due to summer-like conditions in spring. May started with temperatures under the freezing point which froze many young … Continue reading

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EU approves stevia from the start of December

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A new EU directive allows the use of stevia with effect from 2 December 2011. As reported by the German online portal of Lebensmittelpraxis, the scientist Udo Kienle rates the decision as an important step, but not a breakthrough. Although … Continue reading

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BioFach Japan 2011: Organic sector looks ahead

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photo: NuernbergMesse BioFach Japan invited the international organic sector to Tokyo for the eleventh time from 1–3 November. 16,119 (2010: 17,132) visitors poured into the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre for the biggest Japanese exhibition for organic and natural products, green … Continue reading

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Chilean blueberry crop and export report

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A more active harvest pace is being registered in the V and VI Regions while this season’s peak in the latter is expected to be reached during next week. Meanwhile, pickings are progressing well in the Metropolitan Region, where the … Continue reading

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UK: Organic September – a full successful

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September was a month of sustained focus on all things organic in England, from a host of attractive price offers across retailers to many individual communications to customers and a variety of events staged by the Soil Association. The usual Organic Fortnight was extended to … Continue reading

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Workshop on the European import scheme for organic products

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The EU is currently implementing the revised rules on the import regime. The first list of certification bodies approved for their operations in Third Countries was agreed on on 26 and 27 October 2011. A workshop took place at the Club of … Continue reading

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Increased global organic winegrowing area

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The area used for growing organic wine and table grapes increased from 190,000 to at least 220,000 ha in 2010 (provisional figures), according to information from Helga Willer of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Switzerland. The three largest … Continue reading

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USA – Honey Imports September 2011

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In the month were imported 10,145 tons (+ 12.8%), totaling 29.6 million dollars (+31.3%) at an average price in dollars per ton of 2,920 (+16.4%). In the full year were imported 105,359 tons (+8.2%) totaling 314.1 million dollars (+31.8%) at … Continue reading

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EEC – Aproved the use of Stevia

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A regulation allowing the sale and use of steviol glycosides was published in the Official Journal of the EU on November 12, and will enter into force 20 calendar days from that date, meaning that stevia-based products could appear on … Continue reading

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EEC- The MOPN 810 maiz pollen does not constitute a health risk in comparison with a non modified ones

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This is a statement of the European Food Safety Authority Abstract In this statement the EFSA GMO Panel  responds to a request from the European Commission  on whether data provided within application RX-MON810 on maize MON810 are sufficient to conclude … Continue reading

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GMO salmon soon available?

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AquaBounty Technology’s genetically modified salmon just got a  financial boost from the USDA, Grist reportss. The company received US$ 494,000 awarded to study technologies that would render the fish sterile. This would reduce the likelihood to reproduce with wild salmon, should … Continue reading

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The Green Couch – People behind BioFach: Frank Venjakob

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Until BioFach takes place in February 2012, the oneco team presents the people who make BioFach reality. In this third interview of this series we put 5 questions to Frank Venjakob.   What is your connection with BioFach / Vivaness? I … Continue reading

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Seventy–eight percent of U.S. families say they purchase organic foods

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Brattleboro, VT (Nov. 2, 2011)- Seventy eight percent – more U.S. families than ever before – say they are choosing organic foods, according to a study published today by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) “In a time when the severity of … Continue reading

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Global natural and organic beauty product sales reach US$ 9 billion

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  Global sales of natural and organic beauty products are projected to reach USD 9 billion this year. Although consumer demand for natural & organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak … Continue reading

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EEC- Are working to identify OGM sampling and testhing methods

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Work is under way by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to identify appropriate sampling and testing methods for the presence of pollen in honey. The research follows the European Court of Justice’s recent ruling on pollen and its implications … Continue reading

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BioFach Market Report V – Scandinavia: Northern Europe contributing strongly to organic boom

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Organic sector sales in Sweden were up 13% from the equivalent of 793 million EUR to 897 million EUR in 2010. The organic share of the total food market was 3.1% (Ekoweb, Sweden). The industrial catering segment achieved 35% growth, … Continue reading

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BioFach Market Report VI – Economic situation cuts organic demand in Great Britain

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Great Britain recorded organic sales of two billion EUR in 2010, which is 5.9% down on the previous year (Organic Market Report of the British Soil Association). Reasons for the reduced demand are a smaller range of organic products on the … Continue reading

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Increases are expected for cherry production in Argentina

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The president of the Producers Integrated Cooperative of Cherries in Gaiman, Julio Kresteff, said that fruit production this year would be around the 850 thousand tons. He also spoke of the vital need of having a place to load everything … Continue reading

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BioFach Market Report IV – Organic boom in Italy

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No other country in Europe has more organic companies than Italy. There were 47,663 farmers, processors and traders in 2010. The organic area is currently 1.1 millionha (SINAB-Sistema d’Informazione Nazionale sull’Agricoltura Biologica, Italy). The Italian market for organic food is … Continue reading

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Netherlands: BioVak 2012

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BioVak will take place in Zwolle, the Netherlands, on 18 and 19 January 2012. The fair will offer a complex programme for farmers, gardeners, restaurants, retail and wholesale businesses, caterers and supermarkets. The catalogue for the 2012 edition will be available … Continue reading

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A multi-pronged strategy on labelling GMO food

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CORE Organic is the acronym for “Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems“. As an ERA-NET  action, it intends to increase cooperation between national research activities. CORE Organic II succeeded CORE Organic I with an extended partnership of … Continue reading

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Britain’s £300m organic sales slump explained

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By Oliver Moore Thursday, October 20, 2011 ORGANIC food sales are under pressure in our biggest market, Britain. In most of the rest of Europe, organic markets are growing, and the Irish export focus has increasingly shifted over to the … Continue reading

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Argentina – Chickpeas

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The chickpea crop looks very promising in our country this year 2011. The industry is characterized by great diversity of actors in the chain through vertical integration forward and backward, in some cases directly to Brazil. Argentina was a net … Continue reading

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USA – Honey Market Update

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1. The EU ban on honey from India has been officially removed.  That ban was for heavy metals, antibiotics and lack of traceability.  However, the GMO issue still hangs over the European honey market.  It is important to note that … Continue reading

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Natexpo in Paris: market situation gets more difficult

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Natexpo in Paris came to a successful conclusion on Monday 17.10.2011. The trade fair for the organic and health food sector is held every two years on the exhibition site in Villepinte to the north of the capital and in … Continue reading

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Anuga – the latest sector trends

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Hardly any other sector sees as many innovations and new trends each year as the sector for food & beverages. But which ones are really important? Which will stand the test of time? And which will vanish without a trace? … Continue reading

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Appeal for labeling of genetically engineered food in USA

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A coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, to give consumers the right to know … Continue reading

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IFOAM EU Group introduces guidelines for pesticide residue contaminations

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The IFOAM EU Group has published the first edition of the “Guideline for Pesticide Residue Contaminations for International Trade in Organic. The guideline provides strong support for organic trading and processing companies on how to deal with this difficult topic.Bavo … Continue reading

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United Kingdom – Will the food prices fall?

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Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall. Bigger cereal harvests in Europe and Asia have led to predictions that input costs for many food manufacturers could go down, with some savings … Continue reading

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Honey, EEC – the commision is in an embarrassment situation with the GMO in honey

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The European Commission’s reputation for neutrality and impartiality is at risk following rulings on GM honey and battery hen cages A judgement by the European Court of Justice on contaminated pollen in honey has thrust the issue of genetically modified … Continue reading

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BioFach América Latina: new concept in 2012

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BioFach América Latina, the exhibition for organic products, and the parallel ExpoSustentat, the exhibition platform for sustainable products and projects, take a break this year and restart with a new concept in 2012. NürnbergMesse Brasil, the youngest subsidiary of the … Continue reading

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Ecocultura – Spanish / Portugese trade fair for organics

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Ecocultura, the Spanish – Portuguese trade fair for organic products, will be held in Zamora (Spain) from 7 to 9 October 2011. It aims to become the benchmark of cross-border gatherings of producers and distributers of organic products in both countries. Following … Continue reading

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We have a right to know – GMO-free March started in New York

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he Right2Know March to demand the labelling of genetically modified foods started on Saturday 1 October 2011 at the historic Flatbush Food Coop in Brooklyn in New York City. The march, that will end on 16 October – World Food … Continue reading

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Canada to cut U.S. organic import dependence, Peru could benefit

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Canada’s goals to reduce reliance on U.S. organic fruit imports could work in Peru’s favor, website Agraria.pereported. TFO Canada consultant Alma Farías told delegates at trade fair Expoalimentaria 2011 there was potentially an enormous market for Peruvian fresh organic produce. “Our consumption of … Continue reading

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China: growing of genetically modified rice suspended

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No genetically modified rice will be grown in China in the next five to ten years. This is reported by the Chinese financial magazine Economic Observer based on information from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. Genetically modified rice has been … Continue reading

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EEC – Potential costs arising from GM honey ruling

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A recent GM honey ruling could have huge cost implications for the European food industry, with the UK’s food safety agency calling for greater clarity from Brussels on the interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s decision. September saw the … Continue reading

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EEC – The European Region is vulnerable to food safety threats

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Speaking in Berlin recently on ‘Food Safety in Europe: Status Quo and Future Prospects’, at the Asia-Pacific Weeks business and science programme, Geslain-Lanéelle said: “Europe is the biggest global trader in food products and the openness of the European market … Continue reading

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