The European Organic Congress by IFOAM, with the title “Organic’s contribution to the European Green Deal”, aims this year to inspire the participants by focusing on how the agri-food sector’s initiatives enhance the transition towards a more sustainable food system, through the aid of leading examples from representatives and experts amidst the organic sector. The New EU Organic Regulation 848/2018 will also be explored, while focusing on its implications for the objective of 25% EU organic land by 2030. We will dive deep into how organic districts, living labs and farm demonstrations contribute to rural development and the success of the Organic Action Plan. Moreover, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, with the EU Green Deal, the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies and last but not least, the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be key themes for the Congress’ debates.
Researchers have found that soil fungi have the potential to replace fertilisers. Work carried out at the University of Leeds has shown for the first time that fungi, which form associations with plant roots, provide significant amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen to crops. As the report states, “Fungi provide nutrients, even under the highest levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) predicted for 2100; which has important implications for future food security.” The finding, first reported in Global Change Biology, could potentially help reduce our reliance on fertilisers and contribute to tackling the climate crisis.
Co-author, Tom Thirkell, said, “We are beginning to realise that some of the crops we have tamed lack important connections with fungi in the soil. Our results suggest that there is real potential to generate new crop varieties; that recover this lost relationship with beneficial fungi and improve the sustainability of future food production systems.”
The study involved scientists causing fungi to the colonise roots of three different varieties of wheat in laboratory chambers that either imitated current weather conditions or those projected for 2100.
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In the Netherlands, 68 companies are suspected to have wrongly sold or recommended organic products in recent years. The protection of the term ‘organic’ is currently in the hands of the NVWA. In order to be able to act decisively in the future against unauthorised use of the protected term, the organic sector is pushing for greater protection of the term ‘organic’ itself. To ensure that the consumer can be sure that a product is organic, organic specialists such as Bionext are calling for Skal to be responsible for checking the unauthorised use of the term ‘organic’ by non-registered companies as well as checking organic farms. Strict compliance is of great importance to guarantee confidence in the organic quality mark.
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Green Box it’s a family owned company that has been operating in the fruit and vegetable sector since 1924. However, it was almost thirty years ago when the Rubio’s family decided to focus in the creation of a packaging that could transport bigger capacities than a normal carton tray, being more resistant but also helping to achieve the best weight-to-load ratio.
This challenge was overcome creating a new basis in the company and since then, it has constantly been developing new Green Box models, for different markets and supermarket chains.
Creating better designs with an optimum quality, the Green Boxes have proved the best results into retails stores, improving product display and favouring product transportation over long distances, guaranteeing zero incidents.
Green Box generic designs are carefully selected and periodically renovated, that’s why they represent around the 60% of its sales.
This year, one of the best welcomed news, has been the new design for Bio watermelon which is boosting organic watermelon sales all around Europe.
On the other hand, personalised packaging sales are speeding up in the last few years. Supermarket chains don’t want to lose any opportunity of appealing to customers’ emotions through an attractive corporate images or stunning promotions.