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Naturland

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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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weltkarte2021 finalGräfelfing – Conversion to organic despite Corona: in 2020 Naturland succeeded in consolidating the growth figures of recent years, thus once again making an exceptionally strong contribution to the expansion of organic agriculture, both in Germany and globally.

The Corona pandemic continues to challenge us every day - it has fundamentally changed the way we live and work. This also has an impact on organic inspections. 

Even though the global economy is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and many sectors suffer from serious revenue losses, the food trade is recording a strong increase in demand. Organic markets in Europe in particular have proven to be stable in the crisis so far and this development is also expected to continue in the future. It is therefore important to ensure that Naturland products are continuously certified through the underlying EU organic and Naturland inspections and certification, thus ensuring that the demand continues to be met.

The indigenous Mayan beekeeper and friend of Naturland Leydy Pech received the 2020 Goldman environmental prize also known as the alternative Nobel prize. In the past, she visited Naturland's headquarters in Germany and Naturland supports her fight against GMOs in Mexico.

Beekeeping is a 3000-year-old practice carried out by indigenous Mayan communities in the tropical forests of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. Especially Mayan women are engaged in keeping the endangered Melipona bee species (Melipona beecheii) native to Central America.

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

Kakao Qualitaetskontrolle SaoTome 250Whatever the product, be it coffee, cocoa, bananas or cane sugar: a good number of the organic products we consume on a daily basis are grown by smallholders in the global south. For them, reliable and affordable certification is just as important as being paid a fair price. It is this former aspect which the amendments the EU plans to make to its inspection system that will make the hardest financial impact on these very smallholders.

“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.