Sustainable product sourcing has become a top priority for retailers in key European Union markets, according to figures collected by ITC from five EU countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
Bio & Sustainability
Europe’s retailers climb on board sustainability train
Call for ban on organic greenhouse production out of season
The National Federation of Organic Agriculture, the Climate Action Network, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and Greenpeace have launched a petition to the French Minister of Agriculture and Food to more strictly supervise the heating of greenhouses in organic farming and prohibit the production of organic fruits and vegetables out of season.
Eosta introduces Kiwi Muppets
Using high-tech laser technology, organic specialist Eosta turns a simple organic kiwi into a cheeky fruit muppet. The Nature & More Kiwi Muppets are a fun and easy way for kids to get their much needed portion of vitamins and fibre.
Research shows that over 75% European children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables, so Eosta has designed an innovative way to make fruit more appealing: make it fun.
Europol tackles organic food fraud
For the first time, Europol has embarked on a continent-wide operation to tackle rising instances of food fraud. The services of 16 Europol Member States were mobilised between December 2018 and April 2019 for this operation, which involved analysing 90,000 tons of organic products at all stages of the industry (in shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates) to identify fraudulent practices and potentially dangerous products.
Biological control, beyond the point of no return
Future trends in biological control − as well as potential opportunities and obstacles, including constraints surrounding the development of novel bio-pesticides − proved a popular session at the recent IUPAC2019 Conference. The joint lunch meeting was hosted by Biobest*, pioneers and global leaders in biocontrol, together with the project leaders** of SMARTBIOCONTROL – an InterregV-portfolio of projects seeking to identify novel bio-pesticides to fight crop diseases.
PreFeRal® WG extra weapon against whitefly
During spring tomato growers see whitefly infestation pressure increase slowly, but surely. At this time of year, predatory mirid bugs - such as Macrolophus pygmaeus - are often not yet at full strength. However, Biobest’s biological insecticide PreFeRal® is a valuable addition to the control strategy.
Buying locally not the answer
The distance food travels is not the only consideration when establishing the carbon footprint of what we eat. A report conducted by the UK Department of Transportation has found that North American cherries have the highest ratio of emissions of any crop, despite the fact that New Zealand apples travel much further. The key point is that the apples travelled by sea, while the cherries came by air, which produces much greater emissions.
EU organic area expands 70% in 10 years
The European Commission has published a brief outlining the importance of the organic farming sector. Recent production and market trends show the importance that organics has gained over the last decade. Organic farming responds to a specific consumer demand for sustainable food products, promoting more sustainable farming practices and contributing to the protection of the environment and improved animal welfare.
European organic market grew to more than 37 billion euros in 2017
The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2017, it increased by almost 11 percent and reached 37.3 billion euros. Many of the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates. At BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) and partners are presenting the 2017 data of the European organic sector (February 13, 2019 from 5 to 6:00 pm at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Hall Shanghai).
Netherlands sees 19.5% rise in use of geothermal energy in 2018
2018 saw greater use of geothermal energy in the Netherlands, according to data published by the DAGO trade association. 3.6 PJ (petajoule) of geothermal energy was produced last year, resulting in a saving of approximately 102 million m3 of natural gas. This is equal to the gas consumption of 82,000 homes. The increase in geothermal heat is partly due to five new geothermal installations in 2018. In total there are now 20 installations in the Netherlands of which 18 are in production.