Bio & Sustainability

VOG partners with Sustainapple, the South Tyrolean apple consortium´s sustainability strategy

VOG partners with Sustainapple, the South Tyrolean apple consortium´s sustainability strategy

Published on Jan 14th, 2021

The shared sustainability plan for the South Tyrol - Südtirol apple segment is now underway

(Bolzano, January 14) Consisting of three action areas and a binding schedule, it is designed to effectively and systematically pursue sustainability. Following a multi-year process, South Tyrolean fruit growing has developed a strategic concept called sustainapple.

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Melinda and Novamont team up for circular bio-economy

Melinda and Novamont team up for circular bio-economy

Published on Jan 13th, 2021

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Melinda and Novamont have teamed up to launch a more sustainable form of packaging. Begun last October, general director of Melinda, Paolo Gerevini, said the strategy is aimed at defining “who we are and what we want to become”. The totally compostable solution for organic apples that comes from Melinda’s processing waste.

Carrefour launched 157 new organic products in 2020

Carrefour launched 157 new organic products in 2020

Published on Jan 12th, 2021
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In total, the French supermarket chain has more than 400 organic farming and livestock references, sold under the Carrefour Bio brand. In 2020 alone, Carrefour Bio launched 157 new products. In addition, and to promote both the production and the consumption of these types of articles, Carrefour develops a series of initiatives such as the elimination of VAT on fresh organic products and collaboration with Spanish farmers to develop these products.

UK considers allowing gene editing in agriculture

UK considers allowing gene editing in agriculture

Published on Jan 12th, 2021

 

The UK may increase its use of gene-edited crops now that it is out of the EU. The Financial Times reports that the British government is to begin a consultation on the matter, with the Department for Environment, Food  and  Rural  Affairs (Defra)  saying that gene editing held  potential major benefits such  as reducing dependence on pesticides, and argued the  process was distinct from  highly contentious genetic modification.

US-UK equivalency agreement for organic products takes effect

US-UK equivalency agreement for organic products takes effect

Published on Jan 11th, 2021

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On January 1, 2021, a new US-UK equivalence agreement ensures that organic products certified to either USDA or UK standards may be labelled and sold as organic in both countries. The agreement provides continuity for US-UK exports covered by the US-EU equivalence agreement, following Brexit.

China reviews pesticide limits in foods

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