A new motto every year: Since 2000, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Wissenschaft im Dialog have jointly proclaimed a Science Year. 2020 is all about the bio-economy.
In Germany, state governments and associations have positioned themselves: The Federal Government should work towards improvements to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Federal Government is in a dilemma because she has to reconcile opposing positions.
There will be some changes for organic farming when the revised legislation on organic farming becomes binding on 1 January 2021. According to the EU Commission in office at the time, the aim of the revision was to ensure fair competition conditions for farmers, prevent fraud and strengthen consumer confidence.
Focus on Water
Water is a human right – but millions of people worldwide suffer from water shortages and lack of hygiene. According to the UN World Water Report of 2019, almost one in three had no access to a safe drinking water supply in 2015.
If more than a quarter of renewable water resources are used, there is “water stress” according to the United Nations. According to the World Resource Institute’s (WRI) Water Risk Atlas, 17 countries are even affected by “extremely high water stress”.
In an interview, Dr. Franz Ehrnsperger, Chairman of the Quality Association for Organic Mineral Water and Senior Chef of Neumarkter Lammsbräu explains the positive effects of organic for water.
Not everything that says “organic” is also “organic”, because even in organic farming fraud is sometimes committed. Seals of approval from recognised certification bodies are intended to help consumers to distinguish reputable from dubious suppliers.
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The organic sector is doing well. But the future of many companies is at risk: Often, the succession of owners and management is not regulated. This is also because intellectual values are passed on.
Handing over your company to the next generation – it’s no easy task. The AöL has compiled a guide to how this can be achieved successfully. With many, in some cases very personal, reports and assessments, it traces how business and idealistic responsibility was transferred to successors.
Rice from Austria? Sounds exotic, which guarantees attention. Anything else you need to be successful can be learned at the start-up ÖsterReis from the Lower Austrian town of Gerasdorf.
Regional full provision, agriculture based on solidarity, organised as a cooperative: PlantAge takes a different path, but it is well received: In 2019, the company was awarded with the Next Organic Start-up Audience Award.
Nuts are very much in vogue in terms of nutrition, but are only very rarely cultivated in Germany. The company Wallnussmeisterei has discovered a niche – and developed it.
Paul Garte, investment analyst at the investment company BonVenture, on start-ups in the organic sector, their prospects and differences to other sectors.