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Welcome to Naturland

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 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 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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2015 Öko Imker Mexiko 250

Mexican authorities have issued permits in favour of Monsanto for planting 253,000 hectares of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula. More than 15,000 beekeepers of Mayan Indian origin are affected by this, their livelihoods and environment being threatened.

On October 28, the Mexican National Supreme Court will decide a legal complaint of the Mayan beekeepers against the permits granted to Monsanto. Support the Mayan beekeepers, among them also some Naturland beekeepers, by signing this petition to the Mexican National Supreme Court to prevent the planting of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula.

aware 4c 250More animal welfare through responsible and species-appropriate welfare has always been one of the main principles of organic farming. Nevertheless, according to the EU Eco-Regulation animal welfare checks are not yet part of the eco-control. Naturland, in cooperation with Bioland and Demeter has therefore developed an independent system of animal welfare control and put into practice in 2014.

Now Naturland is furthermore participating in an EU-funded project to analyse and consolidate different approaches of animal welfare control in different countries.

Naturland on World Food Day, 16th October

Green Net Michael Commons 250 In order to alleviate the world-wide food crisis, it is imperative that smallholders in affected regions be given all the support they need. 795 million people are currently suffering from hunger. On the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October, Naturland therefore calls for a global change of agricultural policy.

In the words of Hans Hohenester, chairman of the board of directors of Naturland, “We must take up arms to combat hunger on a local level, right there along with the farmers. They must be helped to adopt organic farming so that they can increase their agriculture yield in a sustainable manner and to guarantee them local food sovereignty.”

IFOAM Apiculture Forum established – World Conference 2016 in Argentina

IFOAM 250 166The importance of honeybees to agriculture and thus to human survival is well known. Nevertheless, the honeybee as a species is in danger of extinction but we still have time to prevent this. In order to encourage organic beekeeping and contribute to saving the honeybee, IFOAM –Organics International has therefore established an Apiculture Forum.

The new forum pools the interests and experiences of beekeepers, traditional honey collectors, farmers, civil society and other organizations involved with bees and organic beekeeping. Its establishment is the result of a joint initiative by IFOAM – Organics International, Naturland (Association of Organic Agriculture), FiBL (Research Institute of organic Agriculture), Coopsol (an Argentinian beekeeping co-operative), ECOSUR (a Mexican research institute for sustainable development), Demeter (Association for bio-dynamic agriculture) and APICON (a beekeeping consultancy).