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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 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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Gruppenfoto 250 166On September 25th, Teresa T. Gumban from the Philippine Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) visited Naturland. She was accompanied by Martin Lang, representative of the fair trade association dwp. Teresa T. Gumban had been invited by the general manager of Naturland Steffen Reese who had visited PFTC on the occasion of the inauguration of their new sugar mill in April 2015.

Sugar cane is an important source of income for many families in the Philippines and is processed among others to the delicious Mascobado sugar.

NNInt I 2015 3Volume I of Naturland News International 2015 is online! Matching the UN declaration of the International Year of Soils, the focus of this issue is on soil, a finite resource. For decades now, Naturland farmers have been calling attention to how urgent the matter of soil protection is. It is high time to take action. It is especially now time to create and improve the general political conditions required to encourage the adoption of organic agriculture throughout the world. On twenty pages you will get facts and figures about our soils and news about Naturland and its partner organizations.


verdoerrte ErdeThe threat of global climate change causing negative impact on agricultural systems worldwide has long been discussed. Changes in the key climatic variables rainfall and temperature are said to have the potential to affect agricultural production and food security both globally and locally. Of course the effects of changes in climate on crop yields are likely to vary greatly from region to region, and large and far-reaching effects are predominantly expected in tropical zones of the developing world. Expected hazards include increased flooding, greater frequency and severity of droughts and excessive heat conditions, all of which can limit crop growth and yields severely.

However also German farmers are worried by eytreme weather events. Rainer Vogel, Naturland farmer from Nidderau in Hesse, in the middle of Germany reports the driest spring in the Wetterau region since the beginning of weather records. Combined with the hot July this weather causes harvests, depending on the soil quality and soil compaction, to vary between good average to total failure. One more reason for organic farmers to take even more care for their soils.

BF15 Titel englGräfelfing/Nuremberg – “Naturland – mover and shaker. At home and abroad.” This was the Naturland slogan at the BioFach 2015 in Nuremberg. It makes a clear statement about the role Naturland is playing as a force for innovation in the organic industry. Whatever the area, from the certification of the first organic coffee co-operative, to the development of organic aquaculture and the establishment of links between organic and fair trade in the north and south: Naturland is a trail-blazing pioneer, inspiring others to push their own innovative boundaries.

At the joint Naturland booth in pavilion 6, close to 60 German and international partners and guests exemplified how Naturland continues to move and shake the organic sector. A good further 100 Naturland partners were also exhibiting in other trade fair pavilions. A total of 15 of the partners participated on the joint stand are certified to the Naturland fair standards, “Naturland Fair”. The successful development of the “Naturland Fair” concept is an example of the Naturland continuing concept of innovation.