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IFOAM EU: 4th organic processing conference

IFOAM EU organizes in Seville, Spain , on 24-25 November, an event dedicated to organic food processing innovation and developments.

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FIBL / AFC International conference: “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine”

Organized by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) & FiBL Projekte GmbH, with AFC Consultants International (Agriculture & Food Consultants International) and the support of the Swiss Confederation and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Frankfurt will host, next 25-26 October, an important conference about organic farming in Ukraine dedicated to all the actors (such as importers/processors from the EU, European Control Bodies, EC and importing countries, etc.) dealin

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Organic agriculture, a growing value, by Alba Pietromarchi

The demand for organic food continues to grow steadily, with a total turnover now reaching 2.8 billion. The growth is due also to a new model of consumption, and a choice that becomes even more evident in school canteens. The author cites a research  by the Oxford University, highlighting how organic farms increase the wealth of plants, insects and other animals by an average of 34% more than conventional farms. Higher levels of biodiversity mean tangible benefits, not only to the environment, but also for the same farmers and for the food market.

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US: organic sector grows, fruit and vegetables at the top

Americans are consuming more organic fruits and vegetables than ever before, from organic blueberries and organic apples to organic packaged greens and cut-up organic vegetables ready for their children's lunch box or their family's dinner plate.

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U.S.: new records for organic sales in 2015

The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey.

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New 2016 publication on organic in Europe – IFOAM EU

Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014 But organic production is not moving at the same speed, and more effort at policy level is needed, according to the new IFOAM EU publication “Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016”,  launched  at the 10th European Organic Congress.

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Switzerland: organic grows despite financial difficulties

Steady growth of operators , surfaces and consumers: this is the 2015 picture of organic agriculture in Switzerland, according to the annual report of BioSuisse, despite the fact that 2015 was a commercially depressed year because of the strong franc and the decline in business tourism. The number of producers reached  6,031 units (52 more than in 2014), while the cultivated area grew, on 2014, of 4,000 ha, reaching 137,000 ha, ie 12.8% of the Swiss UAA.

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Italian organic wine numbers on the occasion of Vinitaly

Vinitaly in Verona was the right occasion to make the point about  the Italian organic wine production, a fast growing sector. Thanks to the EC Regulation which came into force in February 2012 (it had the merit of helping consumers identify the product without uncertainty ), organic wine in Italy did record in recent years developments higher than the average growth of the domestic organic sector.

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