According to organic-market.info, The Czech Ministry of Agriculture plans to invest 30 million crowns (1.11 million) in promoting organic food. The government’s approved plan is to expand the share of organic food to at least three percent by 2020. About a third of organic products from Czech Republic are sold to consumers domestically; the rest is exported or sold as conventional.
After setting a goal of serving 90 percent organic food in daycare institutions, schools and elder-care centers in 2007, Copenhagen is now using 94 percent organic food in those public institutions. Furthermore, the transition was done without a budget increase, thanks to cooking from scratch, buying in season, reducing food waste and using less meat.
Aeon Co., Ltd., in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, and Marne & Finance Europe, headquartered in Brussels, have formed a joint venture called Bio c’Bon Japon to expand the organic supermarket business in Japan.
China Daily reports that adjustments to the new tariff policy for cross-boarder e-commerce may be unveiled “in near term.” The new taxes on certain cross-board e-commerce sales have already been adjusted since the policy was announced.
The list of substances acceptable in organic farming now has 39 new entries. The new products are authorized for use for different purposes such as basic substances (like vinegar) to be used as plant production products, selenised yeast as a feed additive, wood fibre as a processing aid and gellan gum as a food additive. In parallel, the Regulation allows for further clarification and simplification of the current legislation in organic aquaculture (use of juveniles), on seaweed production (spirulina’s production rules) and in organic wine (use of certain oenological practices).
Farming UK reports that one of the UK’s largest organic certification organizations, Organic Farmers and Growers, expressed concern that a UK referendum vote to leave the European Union (slated for June 23) could hamper UK organic farmers access to EU markets.