Monthly Archives: August 2011

IFOAM standards requirements approved

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From 16 June 2011 to 28 July 2011, IFOAM’s members voted on the approval of the IFOAM Standards Requirements. The membership voted “yes” with an impressive 93.8 % of the votes. Two percent voted “no”, and 4.2 % of the votes were invalid/blank. A … Continue reading

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Japan – An Organic Market with Great Potential

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In 2010, the international organic trade fair BioFach Japan successfully celebrated its ten-year anniversary: more than 260 exhibitors welcomed over 17,000 trade visitors to the halls of the “Tokyo Big Sight” trade fair grounds. From 1 to 3 November 2011, … Continue reading

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India remains world’s biggest producer of organic cotton

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The Irish market research company Research and Markets has recently published the study “Global Organic Cotton Market: An Analysis”. This shows that India remains the leading producer of organic cotton in 2010 – for the third year in succession. For … Continue reading

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Asian Summit Aims to Expand Frontiers of Natural & Organic Beauty

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The first Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will take place in Hong Kong on 7-8th November. Organised by Organic Monitor, the summit aims to help establish natural & organic beauty products in the region Natural & organic beauty … Continue reading

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Russia: Call for Organic Regulations as Organic Beauty Retailers Open

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik to work out proposals on regulations for organic food products. He issued this instruction at a meeting with agricultural workers, one of whom stated organic products should meet standards as … Continue reading

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Europe: Canada Enters Organic Equivalency Agreement

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Canada and the European Union have completed negotiations that will allow both countries to accept the other’s organic certification on imported products. Consumers and producers from both countries will benefit from this mutually recognised certification as it will mean easier … Continue reading

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Spain: Almond production 2011/12 will be superior to the previous years

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Some 11% more than the average of the last 5 years Estimates from the National Table of Dried Fruit, integrated by agricultural organizations ASAJA, COAG, UPA, Agricultural Food Cooperatives and the Spanish national Association of Dry Fruits and Carob Producers … Continue reading

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Natural Product Expo Asia 2011

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The 9th Natural Products Expo (NPEA 2011) will take place at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 1 from 25 to 27 August 2011. This edition of the show will showcase more than 5,000 types of quality exhibits ranging from … Continue reading

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Honey – New Tool for Importers & Exporters

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A new group of Honey Trade was created at Linkedin with the aim of improve the international trade of honey. If you are interested and want to join the group go to the following address: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Honey-Importers-Exporters-4048150?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr        

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Slow Fashion Award

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Since last week the Austrian agency Slow Fashion is calling for entries for its fourth Slow Fashion Award. The topic for 2010 was recycling fashion and the award went to “Nighties & Linen”, designated to sustainable bedclothes and sleepwear from … Continue reading

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