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Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

International_EN, North America

19.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

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.


Report: USA degenerates to a dumping ground for faked organic feeds

International_EN, North America

04.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Large quantities of organic feed continue to be delivered to the USA whose organic quality is questionable. This is the result of a report published by the Cornucopia Institute, which is closely related to the US organic movement.


USA: Organic Trade Association accepts BASF and Cargill as new members

International_EN, North America

29.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The agricultural trading group Cargill and a plastics-producing subsidiary of the chemical group BASF have become members of the US Organic Trade Association (OTA).


Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

International_EN, North America

27.08.2018 Editor

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.


Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

International_EN, North America

20.08.2018 Editor

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman alleged the company of misleading consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News.


Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

International_EN, North America

15.08.2018 Editor

A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.


BioFach America in September

International_EN, North America

10.08.2018 Editor

From 13th to 15th September 2018, the BioFach America – ALL THINGS ORGANIC will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The exhibition provides visitors with a varied program.


Glyphosate and cancer: Bayer arraigned

International_EN, North America

19.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The class action lawsuit filed by 450 cancer patients blaming the manufacturer Monsanto and its glyphosate-containing pesticide Roundup for their disease has taken a decisive hurdle.


USA: Draft for investment in organic research and education

International_EN, North America

11.07.2018 Editor

Over the last decade federal funding for organic agriculture research has remained roughly level, and not kept pace with the growth and opportunity that the organic sector has demonstrated. The recent farm bill draft let´s hope for more investment.


USA: USDA to ban meat and dairy names for plant-based products?

International_EN, North America

21.06.2018 Editor

The American meat and dairy industry requires the vegan food industry to stop using product names derived from animal food like ‘fillet’, ‘sausage’, ‘milk’ and ‘cheese’.


BioFach America – All Things Organic: German Pavilion and Nexty Award

International_EN, North America

18.06.2018 Editor

BioFach America – All Things Organic will take part from13 to 15 September 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The show runs alongside the Natural Products Expo East and will draw the international organic industry to the Eastern seaboard of the USA.


USA: OTA starts pilot project to prevent and detect fraud

International_EN, North America

14.06.2018 Editor

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced the kick-off of a groundbreaking pilot project by the organic industry to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. 


Nature Bio Foods setting up subsidaries in USA and the Netherlands

International_EN, North America

28.05.2018 Editor

Haryana-headquartered organic and fairtrade company, Nature Bio-Foods (NBFL) Limited, which contributes 10% to India’s per year, has announced the launch of two international wholly owned subsidiaries.


USA: UW-Madison, Organic Valley celebrate longstanding partnership with endowed award

International_EN, North America

16.05.2018 Editor

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honors pioneer and leader in organic dairy with an endowed award.


USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

International_EN, North America

10.05.2018 Editor

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.


Canada: Quebec government supports organic industry

International_EN, North America

13.04.2018 Editor

Quebec Province´s  liberal government recently unveiled a policy and a high budget to encourage the development of the food sector, including organic farming.


Red Bull launches organic soda line

International_EN, North America

13.04.2018 Editor

The Austrian beverage producer Red Bull has launched an organic soda line called “Organics”.


Kraft Heinz to start a new platform for natural food brands

International_EN, North America

10.04.2018 Editor

Kraft Heinz plans to launch a platform for nurturing, scaling and growing food brands within the organic, natural and super-premium sector, as the US-company announced lately. The new business called Springboard Brands is said to be dedicated to “shape the next generation of food.”


HelloFresh acquires Green Chef

International_EN, North America

06.04.2018 Editor

Green Chef, a US meal kit company, will be taken over by the German Rocket-Internet-Venture HelloFresh.


Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

International_EN, North America

04.04.2018 Editor

The US research organisiation The Organic Center recently released new research findings from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale.


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

International_EN, North America

21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


USA: OTA blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule

International_EN, North America

21.03.2018 Editor

The North American Organic Trade Association (OTA) strongly condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation. The Association calls action “egregious", and says battle will continue in court.


USA: Amazon is pushing organic

International_EN, North America

13.03.2018 Editor

Step by step, the online trader is widening its presence in the American organic market. The Whole Foods range 365 Every Day Value is playing a big part in this expansion.


USA: General Mills supports transition into organic farmland

International_EN, North America

08.03.2018 Editor

General Mills announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC in South Dakota to convert 34,000 acres (almost 14,000 ha) of conventional farmland to certified organic land by 2020.


Monsanto demands data from glyphosate opponents before US court

International_EN, North America

07.03.2018 Editor

Monsanto has sued the Avaaz campaign network. Avaaz shall transfer all internal data of its glyphosate campaign to Monsanto. The Supreme Court of the State of New York has issued an order to this effect. Avaaz has appealed and is collecting donations to defend itself against the corporation.


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