European Union and United States agree to historic new partnership on organic trade

Feb 27 2012

The European Union and the United States announced on February 15, 2012, that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale.

Formal letters creating this partnership were signed on 15 February 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany, by Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development; Kathleen Merrigan, U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary; and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui, U.S. Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator. The signing took place at the BioFach World Organic Fair, the largest trade show for organic products in the world.

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Ragus Attend Bonsucro Conference 2012

Feb 27 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on a successful growth year for Bonsucro. The annual conference was held this year at the Museum of London in what was the world’s first dedicated sugar warehouse.

146 people of whom 69 were Bonsucro members participated in the biggest conference to date. Guest speakers included representatives from Bacardi, which is committed to buying 50% certified sugar by 2017 and 100% by 2022; Louis Dreyfus Commodities who’s policy is to manage supply risk by trading visit this in a diversity of sugar based products; Marks & Spencer who’s policy of good governance will be a priority of business to business rather than the current business to consumer, and Raízen which has a strategy to see 100% of its sugar and ethanol Bonsucro certified.

After just one year of the certification program, 2.32% of the world’s production of sugarcane is now Bonsucro certified, resulting in the sale of certified sugar and ethanol.

Looking forward, Bonsucro has an ambitious business plan to achieve 20% certification of the world’s sugarcane grown by 2017

Bonsucro Delegates
Bonsucro delegates at London Docklands.

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