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Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

The US-research agency DARPA is funding a research program that uses insects to release GM-viruses that can alter the genome of crops in the field. Scientists warn that such a system can be used as a biological weapon.

Ecovia Intelligence: Sustainability Beauty Award Finalists announced

In a press release, Ecovia Intelligence announced the finalists of the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards, which will be co-hosted alongside the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe on 6th November.

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

The run-up to the Swiss referendum on the Fair Food Initiative has shown that people want more sustainability and transparency with regard to the origin and production of food. FiBL has developed the "SMART tool" to make such achievements visible.

Ecor and Baule Volante: two Italian wholesalers

Ecor and Baule Volante - portrait of two Italian wholesalers.

New Study Confirms Ecological Virtues of Organic Farming

Organic farming has long been touted as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional agriculture.

UNCTAD, UNEP and IFOAM Join Forces for Regional Organic Standards in East Africa

New partnership announced at March 7-10 workshop in Arusha, Tanzania to promote organic agriculture development in East Africa.

Eosta: biodegradable plastic packaging - 30 million a year

Patrick Gerritsen from Natura, the packaging manufacturer, is pleased: “It was Eosta that caused the food  market to convert to biodegradable plastics.”

Wal-Mart wants more organic food offerings

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. aims to be the mass-market provider of organic food, and will have doubled its organic offerings over the next couple of weeks.

Criticism of the Amendment to the EU-Organic Regulation

Developments are fast-moving, and the lobbying by the European organic industry has begun to register success in Brussels.

Symbolic Burning of Organic GM Maize in Catalonia

For years,  people have been discussing the ‘peaceful’ co-existence of genetically modified and traditional plants without any appreciable progress being made at EU level.

Letter of Protest to the EU-Commissioner for Agriculture M. Fischer-Boel

Campaign: Send this letter to the European Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development.

MIA 2006 - The Food Service Sector in Italy is Growing

The fair “Mia” took place for the 36th time from Feb. 05 to Feb 08 in Rimini/Italy.

More organic products for Rome

The new project “Green market” was launched by the Initiative of the Commission “Agricoltura della Pisana” in Italys capital.

Slovak Republic: Organic Production for Export

The Slovak Republic has experienced an enormous growth in land under organic management since accession to the EU (almost 100 %).

First IFOAM Organic Certification Body Forum Sets Stage for Future Development of Organic Agriculture

FOAM announces the formation of an International Forum of Certification Bodies.

EU review of Organic Regulation: Straight bananas, euro-sausages and now... dilute organics?

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, responds to the proposed revision of the EU Council regulation.

Organic Food in the Conventional Retail Food Trade in France

France has about 58 million inhabitants and is one of the few western countries to have a higher birth than death rate.

US Coop Organic Valley launches "Generation Organic"

"Generation Organic," a campaign to save the family farmer from extinction by bringing new farmers into organic agriculture, was announced in December 2005.

Northern Ireland will deliver organic milk to Sainsbury’s

The organic milk market is currently experiencing supply shortages after years of oversupply with imports meeting the shortfall.

Exhilarating atmosphere at BioFach 2006

It could not have gone better. Everywhere you looked you could see beaming faces of people delighted with the success of the superlative organic trade fair that took place 16-19 February.

Organic milk from Denmark will be delivered to Lidl in Germany

Dairy group Arla Foods has signed an organic dairy supply deal with discount retailer Lidl, according to the dairyreporter.com.

4500 organic cotton farmers for 2006 envisioned in Kyrgyzstan

Many cotton growers in southern Kyrgyzstan are joining an organic farming drive in the area, with numbers up almost six times since the initiative kicked off in 2003.

Organic shops in the Netherlands and Belgium advancing

Since 2003 the organic specialty shop in the Netherlands and Belgium has gradually gained ground again as regards organic food sales via the supermarket.


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