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Naturland Fair News 2013

This year, the Naturland Fair News were reissued. It takes into account developments in fair trade, and Naturland Fair certification. The introduction of two recently certified Naturland Fair partners in Uganda and Germany underlines the geographical diversity and diversity in content of Naturland Fair. A selection of partners and products gives an overview on the market.

  • Naturland Fair News 2013

Former issues of the Naturland Fair News:

  • Naturland Fair News 2011
  • Naturland Fair News 2010

Naturland established new norms in 2005 with its social standards. Now its assembly of delegates has erected a third pillar of sustainability to provide added support to our organic association’s holistic concept:

  • Naturland Fair Trade Standards (pdf-file, 422 KB)

As of new, German and international partners can apply for certification to Naturland fair trade standards in the course of their annual organic inspection, which will save them both time and money.

This opportunity for voluntary certification is the logical development of “Naturland Criteria on Fair Partnerships” which five partners of Naturland already fulfilled in 2006. In co-operation with fair trade organisations such as dwp, a set of rules and standards has been produced which, on the one hand, reflects the interests of smallholders and their co-operatives in marginalised areas, and on the other the concerns of producers and processors in OECD states.

“It is commitment to smallholders which has been the binding factor between us and Naturland for years now. Together we have now drawn up check lists for fair trade certification. This new certification means that our project to have one-stop certification to both organic standards and to those governing fair partnerships can now be put into practice.”

Thomas Hoyer, board member of Fairhandelsgenossenschaft dwp eG


Fair partnerships – from their beginnings to the present day:

1986: Naturland and GEPA commence their international co-operation

1987: First tea garden ever to be converted to organic and fair is in Sri Lanka

1998 – 2001: Further fair trade organizations, such as dwp and BanaFair, become partners of Naturland

2005: Naturland introduces binding social standards for producers and processors

2006: Firs units are awarded certificates testifying to compliance with Naturland “Criteria on fair Partnerships”

2008: Naturland and fair trade organizations transform the Naturland fair trade standards

2009: Naturland’s assembly of delegates passes Naturland fair trade standards

2010: For the first time ever, Naturland’s members and partners can be certified from one source to organic, social and fair trade standards

2011: More than 210 Naturland Fair products are in the shops

2011: Fair all around - South meets North: First fair chocolate with fair milk ever (presentation at Anuga 2011/Cologne)

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Naturland – a powerful association

Naturland – Association for Organic Agriculture was founded in 1982 with its headquarters in Graefelfing, near Munich, Germany. Today Naturland is one of the world’s foremost organisations in the promotion of organic agriculture.

In the many years since its establishment, Naturland has made a significant imprint on the history of organic agriculture and provided important impetus, opening up new fields such as organic forestry management and organic aquaculture.

A thumbnail sketch of Naturland

Naturland is a farmers‘ association run on the principle of grassroots democracy, and the assembly of delegates monitors the objectives contained in its articles. Naturland is recognised as a non-profit-making organisation.

Naturland’s farmers and processors produce valuable foodstuffs in accordance with Naturland’s standards, from apples to cabbages, from turkeys to salmon, from olive oil to elderberry liqueur. The cultivation and processing of all the goods produced to Naturland’s standards are eco-friendly and guarantee jobs.

As of 2013, 2,616 Naturland farms cultivated an area in excess of more than 139,498 hectares in Germany. Naturland promotes organic agriculture the world over. On a global level, in 2013 almost 40,700 farmers were cultivating an area in excess of 137,000 hectares the world over.

More about Naturland (pdf, 1 MB).

Naturland – a pioneer

Organic aquaculture, organic forestry management, social standards, “Bio mit Gesicht”, criteria for fair partnerships – The list of the new impetus which Naturland gives to the organic food industry throughout the world is impressive and in keeping with our mission statement. For Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices, and experience with the courage to tread new paths.

  • Organic aquaculture
  • Organic forestry management (german)
  • Social standards
  • Criteria for fair partnerships
  • "Bio mit Gesicht" (german)

Consumers support Naturland

Others involved in Naturland are its sustaining members, people for whom the protection and preservation of nature and the environment are close to their hearts.