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Bayer-Monsanto Trial: Less penalty - but the court decision remains

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31.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has confirmed the jury's verdict in the Johnson vs. Monsanto case. However, she the assessed the fine as too high and greatly reduced it accordingly.


Call for moratorium on gene drives from UN conference

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29.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.


GMO-free regions call for an international GMO register

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18.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

At its nineth network meeting in Berlin, the European network of GMO-free regions adopted a declaration to “Continue with the precautionary approach to GMOs”.


Germany: Coconut oil controversy

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06.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

A German professor described coconut oil as "the pure poison". This has triggered a broad debate about the health benefits of this food, which has become increasingly popular in recent years.


Genetic engineering is not beyond the fall armyworm

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03.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

A new pest is threatening agricultural yields worldwide. Now, some scientists and manufacturers are propagating genetically modified Bt-maize as a solution to the triumphant advance of the pest. Instead, holistic strategies are needed.


CRISPR is not free from risks

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16.08.2018 Editor

Nature Biotechnology reported CRISPR could cause mutations and genetic damage. This new method of genetic engineering has been hyped as one of the most important breakthroughs in modern science. 


Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

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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.


Sustainable Beauty Awards open to entries

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23.07.2018 Editor

Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) has announced that entries are now open for the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards in five categories.


Limited resources for natural cosmetics

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17.07.2018 Jochen Bettzieche

Raw materials for natural cosmetics are in great demand. The supply is limited, the number of interested parties and the quantity required are increasing. Many ingredients have become expensive - and there is no end in sight.


Asian Summit tackles sustainable packaging and ingredients

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13.07.2018 Editor

Hosted in Singapore on 4-5th September, the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable packaging, ingredients, and marketing.


High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

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12.07.2018 Editor

Organic farming can benefit from technological developments and innovative solutions. The conference „Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” in Cologne will take place on October 1st and 2nd.


Rapunzel: 1.4 million euros for eco-social initiatives

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03.07.2018 Editor

Rapunzel Naturkost and Deutsche Umwelthilfe have been offering the Hand-in-Hand Fund for 20 years. During this time, almost 330 eco-social projects in 55 countries were supported with unbureaucratic help for self-help.


Companies campaigning for health and future food

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03.07.2018 Karin Heinze

The Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam showed that pioneers as well as the next generation in the organic industry think differently. Their attitude goes far beyond earning money with their products. They have the aspiration to include in their companies and products fairness, social outreach and sustainability in addition to health aspects and, of course, the ideas of organic agriculture. Interesting best practice and their different approaches were presented at the summit. Video interview with Caryl Levine, Lotus Foods.


Health Ingredients Europe presents Organic Spotlight

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02.07.2018 Editor

Fi Global, the organiser of Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) Europe will host the Health & Nutrition Week around the show.  


Human rights: Poor performance of German food retailers

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29.06.2018 Editor

The human rights organisation Oxfam has compiled numerous examples of human and labour rights violations in the supply chains of the major supermarket operators in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the USA. Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Rewe performed particularly poorly.


Sustainable Foods Summit: Strategies for a circular economy

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26.06.2018 Karin Heinze

The 10th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit by Ecovia Intelligence took place in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 June. Speakers from all over the world presented a broad range of topics relating to the model of a future circular economy. The international audience consisting of stakeholders from all over the supply chain was seeking inspiration and sustainable solutions. The conference provided best practice models for sustainable cultivation, processing and packaging, but also for the reuse, recycling and avoidance of waste in order to conserve valuable resources. Watch the video interview with Erik Does, CEO Ekoplaza.


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

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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.


Sustainable Food Awards - winners announced

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15.06.2018 Editor

At the end of the first conference day of the Sustainable Food Summit Europe the inaugural Sustainable Food Awards reception was hosted at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre on 7th June 2018.


USA: OTA starts pilot project to prevent and detect fraud

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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. 


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

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12.06.2018 Karin Heinze

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.


Navdanya International: Experts met to draft a manifesto on Food For Health

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06.06.2018 Editor

Last month, experts from around the world met at a conference in Florence in order to work on drafting a manifesto on “Food for Health”. The meeting was introduced by Caroline Lockhart, vice president of Navdanya International, who also reviewed the steps that led to the establishment of the International Commission for the Future of Food and Agriculture.


India: Uttarakhand with a law for organic

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01.06.2018 Editor

The government of  the North Indian state Uttarakhand will soon bring in  a law to  give organic farming a legal backing, writes the Hindustan Times. The reason is a big demand for organic products in the domestic and foreign markets.


Sustainable Food Award finalists announced

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30.05.2018 Editor

The finalists for the premier Sustainable Food Awards have been announced by Ecovia Intelligence. After much deliberation, the jury has selected the following finalists per award category.


New GMO documentary: “The Peril On Your Plate”

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30.05.2018 Editor

The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.


Nature Bio Foods setting up subsidaries in USA and the Netherlands

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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.


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