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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 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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Planned amendments to the EU eco-regulation multiply the cost of certification for co-operatives – joint letter signed by fair trade members

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“The EU Commission’s actual intention is to make the certification of producer groups more reliable”, comments Steffen Reese, who is the general manager of Naturland, organic agricultural association, and a board member of Forum Fairer Handel, the German fair trade association. “However, the proposals presented so far will in all probability have the converse effect”, he warns. In a joint letter signed by Naturland, Forum Fairer Handel, GEPA – The Fair Trade Company and Fairtrade Deutschland, addressed to Julia Klöckner, Germany’s minister of agriculture, they called for her to make a case for Brussels to come up with more viable solutions.

The interaction between humans and nature in organic agriculture was a matter close to the heart of Friedrun Sachs. For 15 years she has been extremely committed and dedicated for Naturland - she launched and managed the Naturland Fair and Social Responsibility department.

In February of this year she was diagnosed with cancer. Surrounded by her family, Friedrun died on Sunday, August 30th at the age of 58.

BIOFRUITNET connects organic fruit growers in Europe

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Plant protection against pests and diseases is a big issue for organic fruit growers, as fruit is a very sensitive produce. Many organic farmers in Europe have adapted locally their own practices and techniques to succesfully deal with the challenge of organic crop protection.

However, this valuable practical knowledge often remains at the local level, instead of being shared with fruit growers in other regions facing the same problems. The BIOFRUITNET project aims at connecting practitioners in the organic fruit sector throughout Europe and making these successful methods of crop protection available to all.

Delegates from all four corners of the earth attend a joint video conference

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Gräfelfing – This year, for the first time ever, the annual spring assembly of Naturland delegates and its World Advisory Board was replaced by a video conference, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this digital conference, which spanned three days, from 11th – 13th May, delegates from Africa, Asia, Latin America an Europe reported on the challenges currently facing people in their home countries.

In India, for example, the enforcement of a strict lockdown means no-one now can go to their place of work, which is making a severe impact on the many day labourers, as reported by Dr Hubby Matthew, representative for PDS Organic Spices, a Naturland Fair partner in the state of Kerala. “Fortunately many of our smallholders are self-sufficient where staple foodstuffs are concerned“, according to a reassuring statement by the Naturland delegate for India.