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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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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.

 

4th World Cocoa Conference in Berlin – counter-demonstration announced

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Gräfelfing/Berlin – For over five million smallholders, most of them from West Africa, cocoa is the main source of income. It is their fate which will be talked about when some 1,500 players in the cocoa industry meet between 22nd and 25th April in Berlin for the 4th World Cocoa Conference. Naturland demands that the participants in the conference take their responsibilities seriously and pass concrete resolutions in favour of the cocoa smallholders.

“Anyone wanting to end hunger, poverty and abusive child labour in the cocoa sector needs to make sure the cocoa producers earn enough to secure their existence. This can only be achieved by paying fair minimum prices and guaranteeing planning security by concluding long-term supply contracts which protect the smallholders and their families from the extreme price fluctuations on the world cocoa market,” said Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland, in the run-up to the conference.