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Welcome to Naturland

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 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 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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At the beginning of September, the international organic movement meets in Rennes, France, for the Organic World Congress (OWC). The congress, which had to be canceled last year due to the corona pandemic, will now be rescheduled as a hybrid event, most of the participants will join digitally. Naturland is one of the sponsors of the OWC and is also represented with several contributions to the congress program.

“The Organic World Congress shows one thing very clearly: Organic is not only the most sustainable form of agriculture, but a worldwide movement for the future of our planet. At Naturland we are proud to be part of this movement,” emphasized Naturland Vice President Hans Bartelme in the run-up to the international conference, which will take place from 6 to 10 September.

Two women newly appointed to the Naturland board of directors

naturland praesidium 350Frankfurt/Main – Hubert Heigl is to embark on another term at the head of Naturland. On Wednesday evening, the international assembly of delegates from this organic association, which is present in 60 countries throughout the world, elected Heigl, an organic farmer (56) from Bavaria, Germany, in a unanimous vote for a further four years as a member of the association’s board of directors. The five members of the new board then voted for Heigl for a new term as president of the association.

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The devastating exploitation of our oceans is a gigantic problem which urgently deserves greater attention. “Seaspiracy”, a documentary broadcast on Netflix, a streaming platform, has raised awareness of this catastrophe by shining a merciless light on the dark sides of the international fishing industry of which there are doubtless countless examples. However, this light is so harsh that it almost obliterates all the successful alternatives and solutions which have been seen to work.

The general tenor of this documentary is that making industrial fisheries sustainable is a goal impossible to achieve. This statement is both wrong and dangerous.

Internal Control Systems (ICS) enable smallholder farmers to access organic certification and hence organic markets and their associated benefits. Currently, more than 150 cooperatives or producer groups are members of the Naturland association.

In 2018, the EU has adopted a new organic regulation 2018/848 that sets new rules for group certification with ICS, which are further defined in the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279.