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Glyphosate is the most commonly used active ingredient in non-selective herbicides worldwide and in recent years a large number of studies and investigations have been published that prove how dangerous it is. Environmental and consumer organizations around the globe launched campaigns to draw attention to the dangers and to collect signatures because the re-assessment of this active substance to approve its use in the EU in 2015 is imminent. A short time ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified this poison as “probably carcinogenic”. The Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) - Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment – announced, however, that it has concluded its assessment and is leaving further investigation of the suspicion of being carcinogenic to the European agency, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This is a scandal.
Picture: Glyphosate is a poison for humans and nature – the nature protection organisation, BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V., is calling for an immediate ban
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Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017.
The second edition on Vinitaly Bio took place at the most important Italian wine fair, Vinitaly, one of the main international wine exhibitions that was held in Verona from 22-25 March 2015. The expo had about 150,000 visitors from 140 countries and was also attended by more than 2,600 journalists from 46 countries. With only 1000 m² available in the pavilion, there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries; FederBio will try to obtain a larger exhibition are for the 2016 edition.
In the autumn of 2014, several consignments of organic sunflower cake were imported by the EU as animal feed from Ukraine. They were contaminated with pesticides and were presumably partly of conventional origin. So far, little progress has been made at EU level or in Ukraine to clear up this incident.
An international and meeting of specialist journalists from seven countries – open to the public - took place for the first time at BioFach in 2015. With some well prepared Powerpoint presentations, they introduced their print an online magazines. The common factor was that they all specialized in the theme of organic.
The Brazilian program OrganicsBrasil is designed to promote Brazilian organic and sustainable producers worldwide. It is mantained by Apex-Brasil the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, an executive department of Brazilian Ministry of Trade and Industry.
A consumer survey on behalf of the Dutch wholefood retail chain EkoPlaza revealed surprising results and evidence that organic customers live healthier lives than the average population.