Groundbreaking research proves the benefits of buying organic milk throughout the year 01/19/2011

photo de vache “A new report from scientists at Newcastle University shows that organic milk is higher in beneficial nutrients and fatty acids throughout the year. It comes in a long line of research proving the benefits of buying organic milk.

 

The paper not only shows why there is a difference in the nutritional quality of organic and non-organic milk, but also identifies the importance of feeding at least 60% grass or conserved grass to organic cows, as required by organic standards.
The research emphasises the huge importance of allowing cattle to graze outdoors and to eat a natural diet high in grass. This means organic cows do not depend on high levels of grain and proteins such as soya”.

 

This very important news was released by the Soil Association on it’s website. We invite you to read more about it.

ProNatura wishes you a happy new Year 01/ 3/2011

 

 

 

ProNatura wishes you a happy new year web 

 

 

Let’s 2010 go away with its good and bad moments.

 

 

We wish this new period a very good and hopful one for everybody.

Let’s share and help the most needful ones among us.

 

For all of you we hope your dearest wishes to be realised, the love of your beloved and the satisfaction to bring joy around you.

 

 

 

Take care

 

 

From ProNatura Team

Organic strawberry farms produce higher quality fruit 09/17/2010

Fraise1 Washington State Universtity Research found that “organic farms produce better fruit, leave healthier soil” after having tested “if there are significant differences in fruit and soil quality from 13 pairs of commercial organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems in California”.

 

They also found “that their higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress”.

 

More (abstract and video) and full study

Ifoam opened a job position for a Financial and Legal officer 08/30/2010

ProNatura is pleased to relay this following job position.

 

Ifoam Eu GroupThe IFOAM EU Group has opened a job position for a Financial and Legal officer. Please find all relevant information on this link: http://www.ifoam.org/about_ifoam/around_world/eu_group-new/ifoameu/php/vacancies.php

IFOAM EU Group

 

Email: info@ifoam-eu.org

 

The IFOAM EU Group is the European working level within the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. It brings together more than 300 organisations, associations and enterprises from all EU-27, EFTA and candidate countries. IFOAM´s goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture. Read more: www.ifoam-eu.org

Organic and GMO can not coexist 08/27/2010


3149313154 Juli Berge, organic farmer in Catalonia (Spain) is forced to downgrade its maize harvest due to contamination by GMO corn from its neighbors. Spain is the largest user of GM crop in Europe and in this country, the GMO lands are growing very rapidly and threaten organic farming everywhere.

The good question is not how to make organic and GMO coexist, but how to ensure that GMOs don’t make all other agriculture disappear.

 

To know more about Juli Berge case (in french)

Ifoam annual report : Organic farming is a powerful tool based on the utilization of biodiversity 08/10/2010

 

IFOAM Annual Report 2009 We are please to relay last Ifoam’s annual report as this organisation works hard to promote Organic Farming all over the world.

 

Here are some extracts we thought useful to share.

 

“There are 67 million hectares of land, organically managed by 1.4 million certified producers. Non-certified producers, for which no official figures exist, are presumed to represent the total of certified producers many times over”.

 

“Global sales reached 50.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2008, doubling in value from 2003.

 

“70% of the world’s food is produced by a web of small producers, including 1.5 billion smallholder farmers. These farmers form the backbone of food security in the developing world”.

 

“Organic agricultural systems sequester on average 560 kg of CO2 per hectare per year more than conventional systems in temperate regions. In tropical regions the difference lies at an average of 1 tonne of CO2 per hectare. These benefits, however, could potentially be dwarfed by the devastating impacts of industrial agriculture, should agriculture as a whole be recognized and rewarded as carbon sinks in climate policies”.

 

Organic farming is a powerful tool based on the utilization of biodiversity. Farming communities relying on their ecosystems and traditions, combined with the innovation of organic research and experience, improve their soils, animal welfare and their families’ livelihood. Statistics show that organic farmers in industrialized countries have a higher income than their conventional colleagues. Impact studies in developing countries reveal increased resilience and prove that farming communities taking up organic agricultural practices consume a more varied diet and enjoy better health. It is widely known that yields of organic crops are slightly lower in temperate zones, with optimal conditions particularly in the first years after conversion. However, it is also widely ignored that organic farmers achieve higher yields on marginal land. Overall, organic agriculture performs similarly with less investment. With a strategy of eco-intensification, it is possible, even in the future, to feed the world with organic agriculture”.

 

Full Ifoam's annual report

Brazil:Federal court revokes Bayer’s GM maize 08/ 6/2010

“In a landmark ruling published on July 27th, the Paraná Federal Court revokes authorization for the commercial release of Bayer’s Liberty Link maize and censures CTNBio’s actions

3149313154 A new chapter has been added to the dispute over GM crops in Brazil. A court ruling now prohibits Bayer from marketing Liberty Link maize – resistant to the herbicide glufosinate – anywhere in the country due to the absence of any plan for post-release monitoring. The federal judge Pepita Durski Tramontini from the Curitiba Environment Court also specifically revoked authorization for the crop’s release in the North and Northeast of Brazil due to the absence of any studies relating to the potential impacts of this technology on the regional biomes.
Additionally the ruling annulled the approval given by the Council of Ministers (the National Biosafety Council) to commercial release of the maize since their decision had been based on irregular procedures undertaken by CTNBio.
CTNBio – the National Biosafety Technical Commission, responsible for approving release of GMOs in Brazil – has now been ordered to ensure comprehensive access to the GMO release procedures. It must also introduce a norm setting a time limit for any decision on requests for confidential business information, allowing all non-secret information to be made public”.
To know more

‘Organic won’t feed the world’ mantra is “nonsense” — Prince Charles 06/ 7/2010

 

untitled The Prince of Wales has dismissed as “nonsense” the mantra that ‘organic won’t feed the world’.

The Prince’s comment came in a speech he made at Elm Farm Organic Research Centre (ORC) last month. In his speech, part of ORC’s 30th birthday celebrations, he insisted “organic is the only truly sustainable form of agriculture and the one approach that has a real chance of mitigating the worst effects of climate change”.

The Prince criticised the “wasteful” approach of intensive farming and the fragmented systems that props it up. He added: “Organic, on the other hand, recognises that Nature is finite and has to be respected.”

 

 

To be followed on naturalproductsonline

35 Million Hectares of Organic Agricultural Land World-wide 02/16/2010

FiBL and IFOAM present new facts and figures about Organic Agriculture world-wide at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany


logo_news  35 million hectares of agricultural land are certified Organic in 2008. It represents almost three million hectares more compared to 2007 : 

- Oceania dominates with 34.7 percent, followed by Europe with 23.4 percent and Latin America with 23 percent.

- Australia accounts for the largest certified organic surface area with 12 million hectares, followed by Argentina with 4 million hectares, and China (1.9 million hectares).

-The global market for organic products reached a value of over 50 billion U.S. Dollars in 2008.

 

These figures are presented at Biofach (17 to 20 February).

 

To have more details, please read Ifoam Release.

ProNatura's new platform in Rungis 09/23/2009

Rungis 2 We have chosen to settle in Rungis to be closer to our customers located in the north of France.
In this building of 3 000 m², operational since late July, we sell and ship a wide variety of organic fresh and dry fruit and vegetables, as well as organic fruit juices.
We have nearly two hundred customers in this region and aim to deliver 150 more by 2010.
The new warehouse allows us to shorten delivery times, improve our service and maximize the freshness of our fruits and vegetables.
We also reduce the distances that separated us from the production areas of North, Central and North West of France.
The warehouse in Rungis is the fourth ProNatura's French platform after Cavaillon, Perpignan and Plouha (Britain).

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