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Naturland

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 54,000 farmers in 52 countries manage an area of some 400,000 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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Each passing minute, the soil is suffocated, contaminated, exploited, poisoned, mistreated and depleted. Over the past 40 years, roughly one third of all fertile arable soil has been destroyed by erosion throughout the world. It should be remembered that the soil is literally the basis of all food production and performs important functions with respect to climate protection and water balance. The initiative “People4Soil”, which Naturland supports, is now demanding the institution of a legal framework for the protection of the soil.

More than 400 associations, ranging from NGOs and research institutes to farmers’ associations and environmental groups, have joined together as part of the People4Soil coalition to call for the EU to introduce specific regulations to protect the soil. Please show your support for the campaign and SAVE SOIL WITH YOUR SIGNATURE.

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Inspektorenschulung kleinAt Naturland head office in Gräfelfing, Germany, 22 inspectors from 15 inspection bodies in 11 different countries are assembling to participate in a two-day inter-active training course on the Naturland standards. This type of training course has been an integral part of Naturland quality assurance policy for some years now.

Naturland is an association of farmers who grow high-quality organic foodstuffs in 44 countries throughout the world in conformity with one strict set of standards. Naturland quality assurance ensures that they all understand the standards and implement them in the same way.

Helping to restore agriculture after the hurricane – BNN and Naturland open a special account for donations

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Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. At the moment top priority is being given to disaster relief to ensure that the minimum requirements of those affected are met directly. However, it is at the same time already necessary to think about the next sowing season so that Haitian farmers do not remain dependent on food aid long term.

To this end, BNN (German Association of Organic Processors, Wholesalers and Retailers) and Naturland have opened a special account for donations so that Haiti and its citizens can receive assistance over and above that of immediate disaster aid, assistance which this battered country is now in urgent need of.

Naturland on the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October

2016 Agropia Kartoffelvielfalt 250On the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October, Naturland is calling attention to how important smallholders are to food security. This claim is backed up by the Global Hunger Index for 2016 just recently published which emphasised the importance of making sustainable increases in smallholders’ productivity. One important prerequisite to do so is free access to seed, and a diversity of varieties. However, once Bayer has taken over Monsanto, exactly the opposite will be the case.

“The power of seed and pesticide groups today poses a threat to the genetic foundation of our food“, warns Hans Hohenester, organic farmer and chairman of the Naturland board of directors. A wide genetic spectrum is important for crops, because it enables them to adapt to fluctuations in environmental conditions. This is exactly what is called for in the sustainability objectives to which Germany has committed itself.