The disappearance of bees
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A new documentary reveals the mystery of why billions of bees are disappearing from honeycombs across the United States. “The Disappearance of Bees” follows the life of a group of beekeepers who have been hit by the ‘colony collapse disorder’, … Read More

Experts point to the organic market as a key element to boost the Spanish citrus sector
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One of the objectives of the 2nd Forum of Citriculture, which was held recently in Gibraleón, Huelva, Spain, was to analyse the latest developments and changes that are taking place in the citrus sector, discussing new business opportunities that contribute … Read More

Are consumers confused between foods labelled as ‘organic’ and ‘non-genetically modified’?
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A study by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences surveyed 1,132 respondents to examine their willingness to pay for food labelled as ‘USDA Organic’ versus ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’. In particular, the researchers measured respondents’ willingness to … Read More

New horizons for organic equivalence: could a broad platform be the future?
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After nearly two decades of trade facilitation for organic products based on unilateral and bilateral equivalence arrangements between governments, a shift appears to be underway. In December 2017, officials from Canada, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland … Read More

Social Compliance Issues in Organic Textile Supply Chains
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At the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Conference held on 8 November just before the 19th Organic World Congress’ in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, there was an important theme for discussion and debate: ‘Social Compliance Issues in Organic … Read More

A strategy for replacing cell-fusion cultivars in organic value chains
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From the perspective of IFOAM – Organics International, seeds resulting from plant breeding with techniques of cell fusion are GMOs. Biotechnology is used to fuse the contents of cells from different organisms, most often those that would not be able … Read More