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The ups and downs of international organic trade: how is this possible?, by Gerald A. Hermann

Gerald Hermann, a pioneer in the organic sector (he was president of Naturland and IFOAM, today he is director of Organic Services, and is known worldwide as one of the leading experts in the organic agri-industry) publishes a reflection on the sector that has been shattered by various scandals on national and international levels. The bigger the scandals, the more dramatic the consequences for the countries of origin, which brings about huge shifts in international commodity flows, as import and export figures indicate.

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"Vetrina di Bio Bank" second edition: where Italian organic and its products go

The second edition of "Vetrina di Bio Bank" has now been released. 104 pages to browse, read and consult, a glance on trends, excellence and novelties in the sectore of organic products. The issue includes the "20 Bio Bank trends 2020": from food to cosmetics, products that testify the growth (during the pandemic, sales of organic products grew, in Italy, by 11%) of the demand for live food, active, simple and essential, rich in beneficial properties, with no added sugar, gluten and lactose.

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Philippines: amendments to organic legislation regarding certification

The organic sector is in the Philippines regulated by the Republic Act 10068 approved in 2010. The law has supported the growing of organic agriculture in the country. However, its section 17 only allows third party certification to be labelled as “organic”. This presents very high, unsustainable costs for small producers in the country.

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3 December, Brussels: IFOAM EU meets business

IFOAM EU meets business is a platform in which IFOAM EU and companies interested in organic intersect.

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FIBL, IISD and ITC: the new report on the status of sustainable markets

Voluntary standards of sustainability are increasing worldwide: this is the statement of the new report "The State of Sustainable Markets 2018 - Statistics and Emerging Trends", drawn up by FIBL, the Swiss Research Institute on Organic Agriculture, together with the IISD, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and ITC, the Center for International Trade. The report outlines data on global production volumes and areas, as well as certified producers, for 14 major Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS ).

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Spain: MAPAMA presents the new UNE standards for organic agriculture

The Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, together with the association Ecovalia, organized a national conference to present the new AENOR rules regarding the inputs to be used in organic farming.

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NOP: Organic integrity in the supply chain

NOP: Organic integrity in the supply chain

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world, so consumers can trust the organic label.

Consumers are protected by a global organic control system that includes: strict standards; certifier accreditation; farm and business certification and enforcement. Accredited certifiers, inspectors, and organic handlers play a vital role in protecting the integrity of organic products from farm to market in complex supply chains.

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Organic farming in Bulgaria: not enough support

Bulgaria could become a leader in organic farming, due to the good environmental conditions of the country, if the state would provide enough subsidies to its organicprod ucers, and controls could be more reliable, especially on finished products. The consumers’ demand is growing, and many farmers have started to produce organically, but farms are very often quite small and farmers cannot support certification costs due to their economic situation without a consistent support.

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India: a new policy to boost organic food exports

India is creating its own organic products policy with clearly defined safety standards, traceability norms, soil certification guidelines and good agricultural practices. The aim of the new policy is to boost exports of agricultural products and processed food from the country.

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