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IFOAM European Organic Congress in Estonia

International_EN, Europe

22.06.2017 Editor

The 11th IFOAM EU Organic Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap.


EU: new data for organic aquaculture

International_EN, Europe

21.06.2017 Editor

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission recently published market data for EU Organic Aquaculture.


Stavtrend: a cautionary tale of organic fraud

International_EN, Europe

20.06.2017 Leo Frühschütz

A Slovak trader sent 2,000 tonnes of what was assumed to be conventional wheat to Germany via Italy. Analysis of the case reveals that the organic control system works, but that things can nevertheless go wrong.


Soil Association: need for a climate friendly farming

International_EN, Europe

20.06.2017 Editor

Tackling climate change must be a top priority for future food and farming policy. The next government will be faced with the challenge of producing an agricultural policy for the UK for the first time in decades, says the Soil Association.


Organic Milk Market Report 2017

International_EN, Europe

16.06.2017 Editor

The 2017 edition of the OMSCo Organic Milk Market Report highlights strong growth worldwide for organic dairy, driven by a common consumer focus on health and wellness.


EU: No pesticides on Ecological Focus Areas

International_EN, Europe

15.06.2017 Editor

PAN Europe (Pesticide Action Network) welcomes yesterday’s successful vote on the Commission Delegated Regulation proposing to ban pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas that took place in the European Parliament’s plenary session.


Glyphosate: MEPs grilled Commission on “Monsanto papers”

International_EN, Europe

14.06.2017 Editor

The debate yesterday in the European Parliament MEPs say that correspondence has shed doubt on the credibility of a number of Monsanto-sponsored studies. The studies were part of the evidence used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the safety of glyphosate.


Switzerland: record year for organics

International_EN, Europe

14.06.2017 Editor

In 2016 the 7.8 % growth of the Swiss organic market was three percentage points higher than growth in 2015. For 2017, a record number of conversions to organic are reported by the Swiss organic association Bio Suisse. 


Organic Processing and Trade Association “OPTA” established

International_EN, Europe

13.06.2017 Editor

The Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017 by active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe.


IFOAM EU: Organic regulation review – risk of a bad deal

International_EN, Europe

13.06.2017 Editor

Yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers did not change the opinion of the organic sector on the current draft text for a new organic regulation. As no new content has been presented, IFOAM EU and others still question the real added value and the technical soundness of the proposal.


EU organic regulation negotiations: time for a change

International_EN, Europe

13.06.2017 Editor

In a common statement ahead of the upcoming debate at the Council of Agriculture Ministers of 12 June, the Organic (IFOAM) and Fair Trade movements (FTAO) and Organic Certifiers (EOCC) announce the need of alternative approaches.  


One World Award: winners selected

International_EN, Europe

12.06.2017 Editor

The fifth One World Award (OWA) prizes and the OWA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at a festive gala on 8 September 2017 in Legau in southern Germany at the Rapunzel headquarter.


Italy: rising turnover of organic fruit and vegetables

International_EN, Europe

09.06.2017 Editor

In 2016, per capita consumption of fruit and vegetables in Italy was 152 kg. Around 9 million tonnes were sold, with consumers opting increasingly for organic fruit and vegetables.


France: new Minister for Organic Conversion

International_EN, Europe

07.06.2017 Editor

The minister responsible for agriculture in the cabinet of new French President, Emmanuel Macron, is on the side of organic. Macron appointed Jacques Mezard as Minister of Agriculture, a man committed to the environment and an opponent of genetic engineering. Nicolas Hulot will be the Minister for Organic Conversion.


Glyphosate studies: a case for the European Court of Justice

International_EN, Europe

05.06.2017 Editor

A group of Greens/European Free Alliance MEPs has filed a case with the European Court of Justice demanding public access to the studies used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in assessing the safety of glyphosate.


Anti Fraud Initiative will meet in Ukraine

International_EN, Europe

05.06.2017 Editor

The organic market has currently the best quality management system of the whole food market, but fraud is still an issue. The Anti Fraud Initiative offers a workshop in Odesa (Ukraine) on 21-22 September 2017.


EU Organic Regulation: trilogue called off unexpectedly

International_EN, Europe

31.05.2017 Karin Heinze

Until Monday evening, when the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) met, some of the negotiators thought agreement was imminent and that the negotiations on the new EU law would be concluded. That's not the way it turned out: the final trilogue meeting, arranged for Wednesday, was cancelled. The participants reacted in different ways.


Fraud cases in the US: how conventional became organic

International_EN, Europe

30.05.2017 Editor

The Washington Post reports the case of three shipments of so-called organic corn and soy to the USA. After thorough research, it established the origin of the shipments and revealed organic fraud on a massive scale. After the article was published the Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Organic Program to thoroughly and immediately complete investigations of any reports of fraudulent imported organic livestock feed either alleged in the story or otherwise reported by trade.


EU: targets to reduce food waste

International_EN, Europe

29.05.2017 Editor

Food waste is a huge squandering of resources and money. The European Parliament is advocating financial support for donating food instead of throwing it away and wants to create greater awareness of how long food is safe to eat. The aim is to halve food waste in the EU by 2030.


Glyphosate: Brussels wants to extend licence for ten years

International_EN, Europe

24.05.2017 Editor

The authorisation for glyphosate runs out at the end of 2017. EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis recently presented a proposal to permit the use of glyphosate in the European Union for a further ten years.

 


IFOAM: 11th European Organic Congress

International_EN, Europe

24.05.2017 Editor

This Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in the Estonian capital Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap for making it happen.


Tyrol/Austria: Growth of a brand

International_EN, Europe

20.05.2017 Redaktion

The local daily paper, the Tyroler Tageszeitung, reported recently that in 2016 the organic brand Bio vom Berg (Organic from the Mountains) generated sales worth 8.7 million euros, a sharp rise compared with the previous year.


Ecovia Summit: The True Value of Sustainable Foods

International_EN, Europe

19.05.2017 Editor

Market prices do not reflect the environmental, social and health impacts of food products. At the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam it will be shown how sustainable products have lower such impacts over conventional products.


EU: Sign the Petition to ban Glyphosate

International_EN, Europe

18.05.2017 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), the umbrella organisation of the organic world, has just launched a petition to ban glyphosate in the EU once and for all. Glyphosate has been shown to be harmful to humans and the environment. Despite massive protests glyphosate was relicensed for use in the EU for a limited period.


Belgium: glyphosate herbicide ban

International_EN, Europe

08.05.2017 Editor

The safety of glyphosate is an ongoing issue, with the EU Commission still refusing to put in place legally binding restrictions on glyphosate herbicides. In the light of probable re-authorisation at EU level, member states are taking matters in to their own hands.


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