How to regenerate organic – privatize it

How can we free organic from its self-imposed bureaucratic box? We could always ask Brussels to privatize us, says Craig Sams Q. What do Slow Food, LEAF, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Cosmos, Marine Stewardship Council, Red Tractor, Vegan, Vegetarian, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and Woodmark all have in common? A. They all operate trusted authentication symbols that are […]

June 2, 2016 Continue Reading
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European Parliament report on new EU organic rules is “major step in the right direction” – IFOAM

IFOAM EU has welcomed a report from the European Parliament on European Commission plans for a new EU organic regulation due to be finalised this summer. The report, produced by the Green MEP, Martin Häusling, and presented last week to the Parliament Agriculture Committee, contains 300 amendments to the Commission’s current proposal, including on the […]

June 2, 2015 Continue Reading

Innovate and partner to achieve real break through – IFOAM

The organic movement must innovate more and partner with like-minded groups if it is to break out of its niche status. That’s the view of David Gould, North American coordinator of international organic alliance IFOAM. Talking to Food and Drink Europe this week, Gould says that despite good market growth rates around the world, organic’s share […]

April 16, 2015 Continue Reading

Natrue adopts IFOAM definition of organic

Natrue has updated its labelling criteria to address the challenge of what qualifies a raw material to be considered as ‘organic’. Natrue has now adopted the IFOAM technical definition of what constitutes an accepted organic standard and its label criteria is therefore defining organic raw materials as those being certified by a duly recognized certification […]

September 2, 2014 Continue Reading

Organic: Let’s expand the vision

The organic industry needs to expand its vision if it is to successfully position itself at the heart of the global debate on food and farming. That’s the view of two influential voices from the organic word – IFOAM president Andre Leu and Felix zu Löwenstein, chairman of BÖLW The pair were ‘in conversation’ at […]

February 15, 2014 Continue Reading