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Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 43,000 farmers in 46 countries manage an area of some 330,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
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Every day, the doors on our advent calendars reveal a tasty chocolate treat. In the run-up to Christmas, there is a boom in the chocolate business. But of course it is also extremely popular at any other time of year. Whilst for us it is merely a sweet luxury, for many smallholders it constitutes their livelihood. Most cocoa farmers, however, live in dire poverty.

Fair trade offers a good alternative. The combination of organic cultivation and fair trade and the technical support of individual farmers allow many of the growers to improve their situation. Diverse Naturland smallholder co-operatives are working with fair trade companies.

 

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Naturland on the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

The conversion of agriculture to organic must constitute an essential element of any policies adopted to combat climate change. “Conventional agriculture and excessive meat consumption are responsible for over one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. For decades now, organic agriculture the world over has proven successfully that this need not be the case,” said Hans Hohenester, an organic farmer and chairman of the board of the Naturland association at its head office in Gräfelfing, Germany, in reference to the UN Climate Change Conference to take place shortly in Paris.

“If we at last were to exploit this potential earnestly, our choice of farming methods could make a significant contribution to achieving the targets set for climate protection,” he added. He called for the German government finally to take active measures towards achieving the target of at least 20% organic agriculture long ago laid down within the framework of the German sustainability strategy, and to insist that this target be met.

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The Mayan communities have won an important court victory. The Mexican Supreme Court cancelled the permit Mexican authorities had issued in favour of Monsanto for planting genetically modified soya in the Yucatan Peninsula. 

The unanimous decision taken by the Supreme Court on November the 4th, concluded that the permit issued to the Monsanto Group by the Mexican authorities had not been valid, since constitutional rights of the indigenous communities might have been injured, reported the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. The Mexican Constitution demands the consultation of indigenous communities in all matters affecting them.

 

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Mexican authorities have issued permits in favour of Monsanto for planting 253,000 hectares of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula. More than 15,000 beekeepers of Mayan Indian origin are affected by this, their livelihoods and environment being threatened.

On October 28, the Mexican National Supreme Court will decide a legal complaint of the Mayan beekeepers against the permits granted to Monsanto. Support the Mayan beekeepers, among them also some Naturland beekeepers, by signing this petition to the Mexican National Supreme Court to prevent the planting of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula.