After its three-day spring meeting, which was held via video conference, Naturland appeals to the Federal Government to get the planned Supply Chain Act off the ground before the end of this legislative period.
In order to reduce the nitrate content in groundwater, stricter regulations on fertilisation have been in force since 1 May. Parts of the regulation, such as the designation of “red areas” and stricter rules for these areas, do not have to be implemented until 1 January 2021. Organic farmers are struggling with the new regulation.
Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft, advocates that the new basic organic regulation should not come into force until January 2022. The virus crisis would make it impossible to implement the already delayed schedule. The signals are positive.
Focus on Water
Almost 100 percent of German households are connected to the public water supply and have access to safe sanitary facilities. Consumer protection is a top priority in this country, which is why drinking water is subject to continuous strict controls.
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.
The producer of natural cosmetics and anthroposophical medicines, Weleda, has been present with a City Spa in Hamburg since the beginning of the year. The second spa in Germany is scheduled to open in Stuttgart in the summer. The Weleda brand should thus gain publicity.
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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.