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  • 2015年03月06日

    Two men and coffee

    THE year was 2005. “Organic will give you less yield,” he says to me with a warning. “Yes , Doc, I am ready for that,” I replied. We planted our first coffee trees in Amadeo, Cavite. I remember planting trees first in 2001, then 2005 right at our own farm. Dr. Andy Mojica has been …

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  • 2015年02月25日

    CS visits experimental farm

    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam today visited the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department’s crop experimental farm in Sheung Shui, as the Government seeks public views on a new agricultural development policy. Mrs Lam toured Tai Lung Experimental Station’s controlled-environment greenhouses, a mushroom shed and the organic demonstration farm. She expressed her appreciation for the products, including …

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  • 2015年02月16日

    Local standard for organic food in works

    Consumers may soon get to buy organic vegetables with a local stamp of approval. A unit under the Singapore Manufacturing Federation is developing a new standard for organic produce, The Straits Times has learnt. “Organic certification may build upon this new standard,” said its spokesman in response to queries. But as discussions with stakeholders are …

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  • 2015年02月16日

    Organic farms feel bite of short leases

    A mere 1 percent of organic farmers believe the government is providing sufficient support to the industry, a survey shows. The Hong Kong Association of Organic Industry interviewed 59 organic farms and 73 percent said government support was insufficient. Around 24 percent said it was “so-so.” There are 120 certified organic farms in Hong Kong. …

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  • 2015年01月28日

    Petition against Oprah’s Monsanto ad

    Well-known US talk show host, actor and producer Oprah Winfrey has been known as a promoter of food sovereignty for the Hawaiian Islands, for her sustainable farm, and for the trademark Oprah’s Organics for beauty and food products. She is now running a Monsanto advertisement in her O Magazine, according to various sources. A petition …

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  • 2015年01月28日

    Parliament backs GMO opt-out for EU memb…

    New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of GMO crops on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on 13 January 2014. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked …

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  • 2015年01月21日

    Succeeding in the Japanese Organic Marke…

    Succeeding in the Japanese organic market was a key topic of a press conference organized by OmochaBako (OB) – a major distributor of organic products. The event took place at a multi-function building including a hotel where the guest speakers stayed. Prior to the press conference presentations and meetings with dealers were held. With well over …

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  • 2015年01月15日

    Seafood firm to boost blue shrimp output…

    LOCAL seafood producer and exporter Golden Corporation Sdn Bhd has unveiled plans to boost its output of organic blue shrimp and expand its range of products by early next year. The company has acquired 200 ha of land at Kampong Penyatang, Tutong, to breed organic blue shrimps and it is expected to increase annual production …

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  • 2015年01月15日

    EDITORIAL – Poison on our plate of…

    As Sri Lanka begins the National Poison Prevention Week, the head of the Toxicology and National Poisons Information Centre (TNPIC) officially revealed what people-friendly nutritionists and organic agriculture activists have been saying for years. TNPIC Chief Dr. Waruna Gunathilake said that according to latest medical research, toxic food was the prime cause of several non-communicable …

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  • 2015年01月13日

    China goes organic amid food scandals

    An organic food craze is emerging among China’s urbanites as food safety scandals spur the younger generation toward alternative ways to buy fresh produce and meat. So far, organic foods’ penetration into China appears small, accounting for 1.01 percent of total food consumption, but that’s nearly triple 2007’s 0.36 percent, according to data from organic …

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  • 2015年01月13日

    The organic year 2014: markets, trade fa…

    The shops are still doing plenty of business – the Christmas trade is in full swing and will make 2014 another good year for the organic industry. The festive season and the period before the turn of the year are always a good time to look back and, time and again, you can’t quite believe …

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  • 2014年12月17日

    Organic farming in India still has a lon…

    Even after a decade of NPOF, only 0.3% of India’s 140 million hectares of cropped land is under organic farming. Despite the Indian government’s National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF) having completed a decade in October, organic farming in India is yet to take off in a meaningful way. Also, data pertaining to the production …

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  • 2014年12月17日

    Indian government supports organic farmi…

    The Chhattisgarh Government has embarked on an ‘Organic Farming Mission’ on an experimental basis in five districts of the State namely Kanker, Koriya, Raigarh, Raipur and Dantewada, officials said. The National Agriculture Development Scheme is being implemented since year 2007-08 with objectives of expanding cultivation area of fruits, vegetables and spice crops and supplying advanced …

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  • 2014年12月15日

    Uganda tops Africa in organic products e…

    Edward Juuko a farmer from Masaka displays his organic products during the end of year party for organic farmers in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb. Photo by Francis Emorut Uganda tops African countries in the production and exportation of organic products. This is according to International Federation for Organic Movement (IFOAM) based in Germany. The value …

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  • 2014年12月15日

    Orfarm opens second organic outlet in Ha…

    Orfarm, the first made-in-Vietnam organic food brand opened its second outlet in Hanoi’s Cau Giay district last week. Well known as the first Vietnamese organic food brand, Orfarm is offering a direct “Farm to Customer” service, providing raw organic food as well as ready-cooked products sourced from ORFARM organic farms in the outskirts of Hanoi …

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  • 2014年12月15日

    Orfarm launches first organic showroom

    To celebrate the Christmas season and welcome the New Year, ORFARM officially launched its first Organic Showroom in Hanoi at Building T28 in Thang Long International Village, Tran Dang Ninh Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. With this central location, ORFARM’s showroom is offering the first made-in-Vietnam organic food brand, offered on a farm-to-customer basis and …

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  • 2014年12月09日

    The slow fight against fast food

    I stepped into the Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre with no expectations. I had no idea what the International Slow Food Movement was and had even less of a clue who was involved in it—all I knew was that I was going to have the opportunity to eat food from all over the world, …

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  • 2014年12月05日

    27 organic food products fail to pass he…

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taipei City Government published the results of inspections on organic food products yesterday, saying that of a total of 997 products, 27 items failed to pass tests. Fines and recall orders have already been issued to the companies involved, authorities reported. After national food scandals were uncovered one after another in …

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  • 2014年11月25日

    Italian embassy holds organic food semi…

    The Italian trade agency at the Italian embassy, in cooperation with Bioagricoop Scrl, held its first organic food seminar and workshop at Pacific Place shopping mall in South Jakarta on Tuesday. The event was held as part of the Buonguorno Italia lifestyle and trade event that runs from Oct. 8 through Nov. 2. The workshop …

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  • 2014年11月18日

    Denmark eyes organic consumers

    Middle- and upper-income Korean consumers put quality ahead of price when buying food and their preference for safe food has led to the growth in organic products. Denmark, one of the world’s leading organic goods producers, sees the rise of organic consumption in Korea as a window of opportunity. “Korea is a very interesting market,” …

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  • 2014年11月14日

    Should the american F.D.A. Regulate the …

    Introduction Though the “organic” label has been strictly defined and regulated since 2002, the Food and Drug Administration has declined to define the frequently used term “natural.” The F.D.A.’s nonbinding advisory opinion states that “natural” means “nothing artificial or synthetic (including colors regardless of source)” or anything in the product that “would not normally be …

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  • 2014年11月14日

    Green Kerala to Go Fully Organic

    In a vigorous drive to convert the state into a new domain for organic agri-products, the state government aims to turn Kerala into a fully organic state by 2016. During the inaugural session of the Global Agro Fest 2014 at Karukutty on Thursday, the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stressed that Kerala will strive hard to …

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  • 2014年11月05日

    Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

    A few years ago, I was at a biotechnology trade meeting listening to a panel on GMOs. Throughout the two-hour session, the panelists all sang the praises of the technology—not too surprising at an industry event. (At the time, the GMOs under commercial planting were limited to seeds genetically engineered to produce an insecticide and/or …

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  • 2014年10月17日

    Label OK’d to certify healthy food

    An expert panel of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry adopted a “healthy food” certification mark Monday for cooked meals provided by convenience stores, supermarkets and food delivery services firms. Producers and sellers of prepared foods will be allowed to put the mark on their products if they meet newly set nutritional standards. No advance …

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  • 2014年10月13日

    AEON Aims to Double Organic Food Sales i…

    2014/10/06 On October 6th AEON announced that they will increase their segment of organic products to120 items — twice the current number of products — with a focus on organic foods under the private brand/label “TOPVALU”. In the past the focus was on fresh agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits, but from now on …

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  • 2014年10月03日

    Japanese Government to Lift Ban on Funct…

    On July 18, the Japanese government approved a new health food labeling system that lifts the current ban on functional claims that explicitly express how health foods are good for the body. Until now, claims of functional enhancements by health foods to specific parts of the body were not allowed. The plan allows food manufacturers …

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  • 2014年10月03日

    Italy: Sana 2014 closed with record figu…

    Sana, the international exhibition of organic and natural products, took place in Bologna on 6 – 9 September 2014. A 36% increase in visitors for a total of 43,500 visits, a 10% rise in exhibitors to 620, and 40% more foreign exhibitors compared to the 2013 edition and 1,500 non-Italian buyers – these were the …

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  • Duco Delgorge, President & CEO of MIE PROJECT Co Ltd

    2014年10月03日

    Organic food movement in Japan progressi…

    While the organic food movement in Japan is showing some signs of progress, it is still very small. In terms of per capita consumption (about 1,000 yen/person/year) and penetration levels (0.4% of the food market), Japan is way down the list compared with other countries. About 45% of the global organic food market is in …

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  • 2014年10月03日

    Japan’s New Health Food Labeling System …

    On July 30, Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency announced a new health food labeling system that allows businesses to make their own claims of a health food product’s healthiness. The new system, expected to be implemented this fiscal year, is a radical departure from the current “Tokuho” (Japanese acronym meaning ‘Food for Specialized Health Uses,’ or …

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  • 2014年08月01日

    EU organic farming on the rise despite U…

    Organic agriculture is growing by about 500,000 new hectares every year, the EU commissions has said, adding that the majority of holdings and land are located in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the UK. The commission proposed new rules back in March to strengthen the sector. Dacian Cioloş, the European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, …

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