Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 43,000 farmers in 46 countries manage an area of some 330,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
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The newly elected international delegates are Ms. Frauke Weissang, Mr. Jan Bernhard, Dr. Mathew Hubby and Mr. Edward Mulondo. All of them have accepted their election and will represent the international members of Naturland for the next four years, term 2017 until 2020.
Naturland is an international association of organic farmers. The assembly of delegates, its highest decision making body, is therefore composed of both German and international farmers. According to the Naturland Statutes and number of international Naturland members four international delegates were to be elected.
Organic aquaculture is taking on an increasingly important role in Vietnam. Besides the consistent growth in demand in Europe for organic seafood, another major reason for this development is the interest of the Vietnamese consumers themselves in clean and healthy products. This attitude also benefits organic agriculture in this south-east Asian country.
In light of this, Naturland is co-operating with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and with German and Dutch development organisations in running a workshop on the development of the organic sector in Vietnam, the focus being on organic aquaculture.
AWARE: International Workshop on Animal Welfare Inspection in Organic Agriculture
Better animal welfare as a result of responsible, proper animal husbandry: this has been one of the cornerstones of organic agriculture since the very start. For all that, checking on animal welfare has so far not been part of the organic inspection prescribed in the EU regulation. The objective of the AWARE project, which is financed by the European Union, is therefore to develop a pan-European inspection concept for criteria applicable to each animal species and make it available to the organic inspection bodies.
In an international project seminar on animal welfare held in Bristol, UK, on 14th/15th March, 2017, the partners in the project arrived at a joint agreement on the criteria to be applied to each species and on inspection concepts for various breeds of livestock which can be implemented throughout Europe.
For the second year running, Naturland has been able to record significant increases both in the number of its member farms and in the area cultivated. Besides experiencing strong growth in Germany once again, the organic association was also able to show international gains in 2016, where particularly in Europe the development was exceptionally positive. Currently there are in all 43,000 Naturland farmers to be found in 46 countries the world over. This translates into some 5,000 farmers more than a year ago. If one includes the woodlands managed according to the Naturland standards, this area then comes to over 330,000 hectares of land. To this should be added another almost 20,000 hectares of aquaculture areas.