International_EN, Latin America23.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz
In January 2018, the auditors of the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety reviewed a control body operating in the Dominican Republic. By their criticism, they overshoot the mark.
International_EN, Latin America08.08.2018 Editor
After the successful approval by the Chilean congress and the initiative of new state president Sebastián Piñera, Chile has now banned plastic bags as the first country in Latin America.
International_EN, Latin America25.06.2018 Karin Heinze
In mid-April the riots began in Nicaragua. The people expressed their frustration after more than a decade of oppression. Since then, the Ortega regime has been crushing the people´s revolt with brutal force. There is a need for soldarity.
International_EN, Latin America15.05.2018 Editor
GMWatch UK informed about the proposals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to label food that contains genetically engeneered ingredients. The drafts show smileys and sunny faces as labels.
International_EN, Latin America24.04.2018 Editor
On May 24, 25 and 26, the seventh edition of Green Rio/Green Latin America will take place at Marina da Glória venue in Rio de Janeiro. The event will bring together exhibitors and speakers from the organic and sustainable sector as well as representatives of the Green Economy.
International_EN, Latin America13.02.2018 Editor
Arla Foods the world’s largest producer of organic dairy productswill acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, UK and announced new partnership with Britain’s leading organic dairy brand.
International_EN, Latin America07.12.2017 Editor
All organic agricultural products marketed in Chile or abroad will carry the new Chilean organic label in future.
International_EN, Latin America24.11.2017 Editor
Natura Cosmeticos, the Brazilian leader in the cosmetics industry has finalized the acquisition of The Body Shop from French group L’Oréal after achieving permission by the competition watchdogs.
International_EN, Latin America02.11.2017 Editor
On Saturday October 28 Laura Montenegro passed away in Buenos Aries, Argentina. She was one of the international leaders of the organic sector. She pioneered third party certification in Argentina and built up her company, Argencert, into one of the significant certifying bodies.
International_EN, Latin America10.10.2017 Editor
The illegal cultivation of GM soya beans in Mexico poses a threat to the livelihood of the indigenous Mayan beekeepers on the Yucatan peninsula. Mexican delegation seeks supporters in Germany – visit to Naturland.
International_EN, Latin America05.10.2017 Editor
By its own account, Unilever has announced to take over the Brazilian organic food producer Mãe Terra for an unknown sum.
International_EN, Latin America01.08.2017 Editor
Brazil´s biggest company for phyto and natural cosmetics Natura Cosmeticos is acquiring the British cosmetics cpmpany The Body Shop owned by L´Oréal for 1 bilion Euro.
International_EN, Latin America21.07.2017 Editor
The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will focus on food fraud, ethical sourcing, and sustainable ingredients. Organized by Ecovia Intelligence the executive summit will take place in São Paulo on 18-20th September.
International_EN, Latin America07.07.2017 Editor
From 7 to 10 June the 13th Biofach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair saw around 35% more than visitors than the previous year (25,664) and 167 purely organic exhibitors (2016: 117).
International_EN, Latin America27.06.2017 Kai Kreuzer
Ritter Sport likes to parade its green image. This German chocolate manufacturer does have an organic line in its product range, but it's not doing so well. Four years ago, Ritter wanted to withdraw from its organic business and convert to “sustainable raw materials”, although it didn't carry through its intention. Now, however, the decision has obviously been made. The company is demanding that 3,500 cocoa farmers in Nicaragua acquire UTZ or Fairtrade certification, which in effect will put an end to organic cropping on these farms.
International_EN, Latin America25.05.2017 Editor
BioFach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair is Brazil’s most important meeting point for the organic sector and a focal point for visitors and exhibitors from around the world. After its outstanding success in 2016, this year's fair will open its doors from 7 to 10 June 2017. The 13th edition will take place in the Biennial Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil.
International_EN, Latin America28.03.2017 Editor
Because of the growing demand for cacao the land under cultivation has expanded in tropical forest areas and monoculture has replaced agroforestry systems.
International_EN, Latin America08.03.2017 Editor
On 6 March 2017, the European Council adopted a decision on the signing of an agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products.
International_EN, Latin America08.02.2017 Editor
Organic or not organic? The issue is not clear in the case of mate tea. The EU Commission and the organic authorities in a number of federal states in Germany question whether certified organic mate tea from South America can be sold as an organic food item.
International_EN, Latin America03.01.2017 Editor
The Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready).
International_EN, Latin America07.12.2016 Editor
The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.
International_EN, Latin America06.12.2016 Editor
Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico.
International_EN, Latin America23.10.2016 Karin Heinze
The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.
International_EN, Latin America14.09.2016 Redaktion
On 27-29th January 2017, the Mexican Health Products Summit will take place in Puerto Vallarta.
International_EN, Latin America07.09.2016 Redaktion
Last year, the government of Venezuela passed the so called Seed Law, which intended to impose one of the worlds toughest regulations on GMO seeds.