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Organic agriculture throughout the world

Naturland is active the world over in promoting organic agriculture. Its members are farmers who produce a wide range of valuable products: coffee from Mexico and Peru, olive oil from Greece, tea from the slopes of India’s mountains, pineapple and other tropical fruit from Uganda, spices from Sri Lanka. Organic agriculture safeguards the existence of smallholders and helps with the sustainable management of what are often fragile ecosystems.

 

 


Naturland member wins prize for sustainability

The Heidveld Co-operative won the Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Sahara Africa. Including a prize money of $ 5,000 USD, the prize is awarded by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) to honor and support sustainable land management in rural areas in the dry regions of Sub-Sahara Africa.

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June 2014: Naturland News International

Volume I of Naturland News International 2014 is online! Read on twentfour pages the news of Naturland and its partner organizations:


The June 2014 issue includes the following topics:

  • IGW – Naturland at the world largest food and agricultural trade fair
  • Naturland presents comprehensive organic data bank
  • “Fair comes close – worldwide” at the BioFach 2014
  • Meat Atlas 2014 – facts and figures about the animals we eat
  • LOA meets at international Naturland member
  • We are grieving for Romeo Robles Capalla
  • TTIP - That’s not what we would call partnership!
  • Wake up! – The United Nations calls for a rethinking of Agriculture
  • International delegates visiting in Germany
  • Coffee rust – background and strategies
  • Sustainable coffee growing in times of changing climate
  • Maple syrup certified by Naturland
  • Controlling Malaria and protecting livelihoods of farmers
  • Naturland Rooibos Tea and Honeybush Tea from South Africa
  • Chia – super-seed in Naturland quality
  • Preserve world of values and drive innovation - Interview with Fritz und Felix Bläuel

 


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International delegates visiting in Germany

The newly or re-elected international delegates Frauke Weissang, Dr. Mathew Hubby and Edward Mulondo met in Gräfelfing for the first time. Throughout the Naturland Assembly of Delegates on 15th May, they exchanged views on the current situations and challenges in their countries and represented their regions in front of the Assembly. In this most important Naturland committee, they stand for the international interests of Naturland and more specifically embody Africa, Asia and European countries abroad from Germany.

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Chia – a come-back for this Mexican super-seed in Naturland quality

Chia-farmers from Jalisco

The seeds of the chia plant (Salvia hispanica) were already held in high esteem by the Mayans and Aztecs. These ancient Indian civilisations believed that chia would endow them with supernatural powers and help them conquer their foes. Messengers consumed chia to increase their energy. This natural food supplement does indeed enhance strength and stamina, the metabolism and digestion, regulates the blood glucose level and increases awareness.

At the BioFach the Naturland certificate was presented.

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Meat Atlas 2014 - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

With 58 million butchered pigs Germany is the “European champion” in butchering of pigs. Worldwide more than 1,383 billion pigs, 58,110 million chicken and 517 million sheep are slaughtered. In the USA over 42 million animals are slaughtered every week.
The Production of meat is industrialized, which causes undesirable side effects: food scandals, misuse of antibiotics and hormone residues in meat, harm to the environment.

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Wake up before it is too late – The United Nations calls for a rethinking of Agriculture

“Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate”: under this headline UNCTAD released its Trade and Environment Review 2013 in September last year. The first announcement in Germany was at the conference „Auf die Kleinen kommt es an!“ from Naturland and the German National Association of Woldshops (Weltladen-Dachverband). The report is a result of the new challenges and issues on international agriculture policy and food security emerging after the food crisis in 2008.

In order to compile a comprehensive analysis on those challenges and issues the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD – gathered over 60 international experts for this report.

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Naturland at the BioFach 2014

From the 12th to 15 February 2014 the organic industry meets to introduce new products and showcase proven in Nuremberg. Naturland presents with 50 partners in Hall 6 a tasteful diversity of organic products.

 Naturland at the BioFach 2014


Naturland presents compendium about the European organic sector on the International Green Week in Berlin

The compendium "Organic agriculture in Europe – prospects and developments" affords accurate and comprehensive facts to the current situation of the organic sector and about the political parameters in Europe. It contains data about the current status and development of organic cropland, firms, market and trade. The book is an indispensable source of information for those, who deal with issues of organic farming in Europe.

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"We are fed up!": 30,000 demonstrate in Berlin for a genuine turnaround in agricultural policy

Demand for a clear-cut "No!" to genetic engineering

Berlin - During the International Green Week Berlin, 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets to protest against genetic engineering and to campaign for a genuine turnaround in agricultural policy. At the demonstrate, which can be translated with "We are fed up!",they were demanding a change of direction towards an agricultural policy which lives up to its responsibility towards consumers and farmers, animals, the environment and the climate in equal measure. This was the clear message propounded by numerous speakers from various organisations at the initial rally on the Saturday at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. Among the speakers was Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, chairman of the board of BÖLW (German Federation of the Organic Food Industry) and a member of Naturland's board of directors.

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Naturland representative about the situation in Egypt

Current events in Egypt are cause for global concern. For weeks now reports of violent clashes between supporters of Mursi, the deposed president, with the police and military forces, have made new headlines. There have been demonstrations not only in Cairo but in some other towns too, both in the Nile Delta and in the Faiyum Governerate on the Upper Nile, which is known as the Egyptian market garden of medicinal herbs. At the moment things have calmed down somewhat, but the situation is still precarious, says Nabil Hegazi, professor (emeritus) of microbiology and Naturland representative in Egypt. From his base in Cairo, Professor Hegazi maintains contact with the various farms in Egypt which are partners of Naturland, most of them cultivating herbal teas, onions and garlic for export.

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Naturland Rooibos Tea and Honeybush Tea from South Africa


Rooibos tea and honeybush are popular drinks in South Africa, the home of both these plants. Whether they are drunk hot or cold,  with or without milk, the domestic market is an important distribution channel for these teas. However, a lot of rooibos tea is drunk in Europe too, and honeybush is gradually becoming better known.

In Germany, which is Europe's prime market for organic products, top quality organic teas are available under the Naturland logo. In South Africa, organic produce is gaining in importance.

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New information for producers

The Naturland International Department has released three new manuals for  producers. The manuals describe in an easy way the preparation of various organic fertilizers.

 The manuals


dwp - 25 Years of Fair Trade in Ravensburg


This particular anniversary of Fairhandels-Genossenschaft dwp e.G., a co-operative which has been distributing fair trade products for 25 years now, was great cause for celebration. Dwp, which has been a partner of Naturland for many years now, with some 15 years of close co-operation, issued an invitation to attend its birthday party at the co-operative's head quarters in Ravensburg. Here over 2,000 visitors were met with a broad spectrum of information, fair trade products and entertainment.

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World Advisory Board meets in Graefelfing

As part of the Assembly of Delegates of the Naturland - Association for Organic Agriculture the World Advisory Board came together from 13 - 15 May. Together with the staff of the International Department, they exchanged views on the current situation of organic agriculture in the countries, discussed problems and tasks and discussed the topics of the Assembly of Delegates.

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Naturland welcomes the Leading Organic Alliance to Munich

From 6th to 8th May, 2013, Naturland was host to the Leading Organic Alliance (LOA), an organisation uniting the leading European organic associations and certifiers. The main emphasis of their networking activities is on concrete aspects of sustainability, quality assurance topics and the exchange of information between task forces.

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BioFach 2013

From the 13th to the 16th of February 2013 the international organic sector met in Nuremberg. Over 50 Naturland partners will present a variety of their product range in Hall 6. At this BioFach Naturland was celebrating its 30th anniversary 

Further information on the fair presentation of Naturland is available  here.


Naturland demands a shift in global agricultural policy

Thai rice growers campaign for small-scale farming during a visit to Germany

"Organic agriculture, when combined with fair trade criteria, offers many farmers and smallholders a secure income, a profit margin for investments, and long-term prospects," said Mrs. Tanruang Boonjira, chief executive of Green Net, a Thai co-operative, during a visit to the ZLF, the Bavarian central agricultural fair held recently in Munich.
This corroborates the conclusion made in the IAASTD report of 2008...

 read more in our press release


Our BioFach 2012 in 3 minutes

Shortfilm "BioFach 2012 impressions" (3 Min.)

As every year also 2012 the BioFach was a very special challenge for Naturland. Enjoy watching the three entertaining minutes and get some of the many interesting exhibition-impressions.

 Shortfilm "BioFach 2012 impressions" (3 minutes)


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Naturland Fair

Organic. Social. Fair. - Certification from one source

Naturland established new norms in 2005 with its social standards. Now its assembly of delegates has erected a third pillar of sustainability to provide added support to our organic association’s holistic concept: As of now, German and international partners can apply for certifi cation to Naturland fair trade standards in the course of their annual organic inspection, which will save them both time and money.

 Brochure Organic. Social. Fair - Trading Values for those who care! (pdf-file, 1.6 MB)

 One year Naturland Fair - read more in the Naturland Fair news 2011

 Read more about this topic in the Naturland Fair News 2010

 press release february 2010

 Naturland Fair Trade Standards


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Organic and social standards combined

Naturland social standards workshop in Bolivia
Naturland social standards workshop in Bolivia

Naturland’s social standards came into force with the inspection period 2005. The social treatment of employees and the working conditions under which organic foodstuffs, textiles and cosmetic products are cultivated and processed are scrutinised as part of the organic certification procedure.The social standards list detailed requirements applicable to working conditions and the social welfare of employees. Special emphasis is placed on health and safety on the job. The standards also make clear specifications on the work done by children. For millions of children, it is quite normal to hold down a job. Naturland cannot abolish this, but it can establish a framework which excludes exploitative forms of child labour, ensuring that the children can attend school and that the work does not impair their physical and spiritual development.

 Naturland standards on social responsibility

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Lobby work

Rooibos harvest of Heiveld, a small farmers’ organisation in South Africa

Over 90% of Naturland’s members abroad are smallholders who are members of co-operatives.

In its capacity as an organic farmers’ association, Naturland champions the interests of smallholders on the national and international committees on which it is represented. It is working in co-operation with IFOAM, development and fair trade organisations, and Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (an association of German environmental and development NGOs), to try to improve the opportunities available to smallholders throughout the world. You can find details of how organic agriculture further benefits smallholders under “ Organic Agriculture – Can It Help to Reduce Poverty?”

 Organic Farming– A Contribution to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries? (pdf-file, 543 KB)

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Facilitating market access

Naturland is the proprietor of the Naturland trademark. The trademark is protected both in Germany and internationally – a hallmark of quality which enhances its high reputation with the consumer. Naturland is one of the major certification organisations for organic produce in the world.

The company Naturland Zeichen GmbH is responsible for granting the right to use the Naturland trademark, on behalf of the Naturland Association. One of the functions of Naturland Zeichen GmbH is to present the Naturland trademark in Germany and abroad. One of its most important activities is to arrange visits to international trade fairs. In this way Naturland can establish useful contacts for the benefit of its members.

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Contact

South America, South Asia, Naturland Fair, Textiles, Cosmetics

Manfred Fürst

Fon: +49 (0) 89-89 80 82-86

 m.fuerst(at)naturland.de

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Europe, Sustainability

Alexander Koch

Fon: +49 (0) 89-89 80 82-87

 a.koch(at)naturland.de

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Africa, Philippines, Naturland Fair

Friedrun Sachs

Fon: +49 (0) 89-89 80 82-88

 f.sachs(at)naturland.de

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Central- and North America, Caribbean, Western-, Central- and East Asia

Peter Gänz

Fon: +49 (0) 89-89 80 82-18

 p.gaenz(at)naturland.de

Downloads

Organic Farming– A Contribution to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries? (pdf-file, 543 KB)

  Read more about this topic in the Naturland Fair News  2010

 Naturland Fair News 2011

 press release february 2010

 Naturland Fair Trade Standards