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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 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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Inspektorenschulung kleinNaturland welcomes that EU Commission, Council and Parliament have not succeeded in reaching a political agreement on the proposal for a new organic regulation. In a joint declaration signed in Munich, Germany, on 2nd December, a total of 18 organic associations from 15 European countries had shown Brussels the red card. The organic associations were calling for the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers to cancel the impending trialogue negotiations and to overturn the revision, because the proposals under consideration in Brussels would make no improvements to the regulation. They would instead pose a threat to the economic existence of many organic farms throughout Europe as well as of smallholders in developing countries, because the import rules are not in favour of small organic farmers in developing countries.

 

kenyan delegation 250Kenyan representatives of the Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation project paid a visit to the Naturland head offices in Gräfelfing, Germany, on the first stage of their one-week tour of Germany, for a professional exchange of ideas on sustainable fishing and organic aquaculture.

At the invitation of Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, the delegation visited various ports of call in Germany between 26th November and 4th December, accompanied by several members of staff of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a company providing services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development, to compare notes with experts on the various aquaculture systems and on commercial fishing in general.

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On 2nd December, 2016, Forum Fairer Handel, the network of fair trade organisations in Germany, and Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, held their annual “Fair-Trade Breakfast” in the German Bundestag. Parliamentarians availed themselves of the opportunity to acquire first-hand information about fair trade.

Steffen Reese, the general manager of Naturland, reminded his listeners of the essentially global validity of fair trade, saying, “Farmers producing cocoa in South America are entitled to the same fair treatment as, for example, German dairy farmers. The dumping of growers’ prices needs to be curtailed by encouraging organic, fair trade agriculture, both at home and abroad.”

IFOAM

Organic food leaders called on the EU institutions to agree on a new organic regulation that supports the development of organic and contributes to its already proven success. More than 140 people from 18 countries met in Sevilla, Spain at the 4th Organic Processing Conference to discuss the future of organic food processing.  The conference was organized by IFOAM EU and Ecovalia.

 Bavo van den Idsert, IFOAM EU Board Member, said: “Organic is growing 6-7% year-on-year, demonstrating consumer demand for environmentally friendly food. This market growth needs to be supported and protected through better implementation of the organic regulation. The new regulation should respect the polluter pays principle.