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Naturland

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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 54,000 farmers in 52 countries manage an area of some 400,000 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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With 162 liters per capita, coffee consumption in Germany is high. However, small farmers who produce most of the world's coffee often do not benefit from it. Fair trade aims to improve people's living conditions at the beginning of the supply chain and prevent exploitation and environmental degradation.

Therefore, the Forum Fairer Handel (Naturland beeing one its eight members) and TransFair welcome the initiative of Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller to exempt fair coffee from the coffee tax. The idea of promoting fair coffee consumption through tax incentives is not new. However, it gained political relevance in early April 2018 through an initiative by German Development Minister Gerd Müller.

 

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Naturland initiated an open letter addressed to the Mexican president where numerous German and European honey importers were demanding that the Mexican authorities introduce effective measures to stop the cultivation of GMO soya on the Yucatan Peninsula. The initiative was met with great success. The letter was released on the World Bee Day on May 20th.

The media response in Mexico was remarkable and the beekeepers were able to further promote their request. The letter to the President was forwarded to the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies involved in the approval process for GM soya and other genetically modified plants.

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The North American Seafood Expo in Boston this spring time was a good opportunity to gain a general impression of what topics are considered important on the other side of the Atlantic. And with its 1,946 exhibitors from 78 countries, the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels is a must for members of the fishing industry in Europe. Numerous Naturland partners were represented at the trade fair in April with their own booths or attended it as visitors.

Naturland used the two trade fairs to visit current partners, cultivate its contacts within the industry and exchange information with producers interested in certification to organic standards.

Bee mortality on a global scale: beekeeping in Mexico threatened by illegal cultivation of GMO soya – honey importers write to the Mexican president

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Gräfelfing – Global bee mortality is one of the most menacing consequences of industrial agriculture. The use of pesticides is as much a threat to the bees as is the general state of our agricultural landscapes. In Germany clearance of vast areas is occurring to an ever greater extent, leading to a drastic decline in habitat for bees and other insects.

“Generally speaking, what we need is greater organic diversity on our meadows and fields, rather than more agro-chemicals “, declares Hubert Heigl, president of Naturland, organic agricultural association, on the occasion of World Bee Day on 20th May. He added that this applies more especially in the global context, where bees and diversity are under threat from the genetic engineering of plants and the associated massive application of pesticides.