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Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

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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.


FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

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17.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

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.


Agro genetic engineering: Nothing new on the fields

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15.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Recently, mainly new genetic engineering methods have been discussed. However, genetic engineering companies continue to rely on plants that are resistant to herbicides and insect pests using classical genetic engineering methods.


Study: Organic farming can feed Europe

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08.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

What if? A study by the French IDDR Institute shows the positive consequences of an agro-ecological restructuring of European agriculture up to 2050.


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.


TP Organics: Call for Innovations 2018

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28.08.2018 Editor

TP Organics calls for innovations in order to compile solutions contributing to the transformation of European food & farming systems based on organic and agroecological principles.


Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

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17.08.2018 Editor

Fruit growing, animal husbandry, processing: European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme. Seven of the eleven projects are funded by the German Government's organic and sustainability programme BÖLN.


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. 


RELACS EU: Project website launched

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07.08.2018 Editor

The recently introduced European project Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems (RELACS) has just launched its new project website.


FiBL: Open day in Frick

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06.08.2018 Editor

On 19th August 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm, FiBL Switzerland invites interested parties to an open day in Frick, Canton of Aargau in Switzerland.


Human induced climate change likely to have caused current heat wave

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01.08.2018 Editor

According to reports by The Guardian and BBC Online, the current heatwave in Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change caused by human behavior, scientists state.


High-tech in organic agriculture: the Internet of Things

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19.06.2018 Jochen Bettzieche

Robots, sensors and artificial intelligence: The Internet of Things is becoming more and more involved in agriculture. This also presents opportunities for the organic sector.


Leopoldina: Experts’ discussion paper calls for sustainable plant protection

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11.06.2018 Editor

Recently, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina published the discussion paper “The Silent Spring – On the need for sustainable plant protection”, written by a group of experts including Prof Andreas Schäffer of RWTH Aachen University and Prof Juliane Filser of Bremen University among further authors.


Italy: Ramazzini Institute´s glyphosate research project

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21.05.2018 Editor

One of the leading cancer research organisations in the world is launching the most comprehensive independent study on glyphosate & glyphosate-based herbicides ever. Funding for the complete budget is needed.


IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

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26.04.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture). Because of the high risk of adventitious presence of GMOs at different steps of the production chain and the consequences, there is a huge effort and high expense for measures to avoid contamination. The study aims at identifying coexistence strategies of non-GM and organic supply chain actors to ensure GMO-free products and estimate the coexistence costs.


New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

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19.04.2018 Editor

Research results from China show that plants made resistant to glyphosate by genetic engineering have a surprisingly high potential for uncontrolled spread.


Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

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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.


Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

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19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.


Natural cosmetics: Amazon vs Zalando

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16.03.2018 Editor

More and more consumers are ordering natural cosmetics on the internet. As figures from IRI Market Research testify, in the last few months 22 percent of consumers bought their cosmetics online.

 


EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

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14.03.2018 Editor

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months.


Genome editing: Legal expert criticises opinion of Attorney General of the EuCJ

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05.03.2018 Editor

On 18 January, the Attorney General of the EU Court of Justice (EuCJ) published his position on whether or not so-called genome editing must be regulated under current EU GMO legislation. On behalf of Testbiotech, expert Professor Ludwig Kraemer has analysed the position and says that there is no doubt that the new methods of genetic engineering must be regulated under the current EU Directive 2001/18.


Breeding: Organic right from the start

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01.03.2018 Editor

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Biofach: award of Organic Food Industry Research Prize

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23.02.2018 Editor

Four female researchers received the Organic Food Industry Research Prize at BioFach. In their dissertations the winners addressed the consequential costs of conventional fertilising, superfoods, organic agriculture at vocational colleges and rearing chickens for both eggs and meat, the so-called dual-purpose “ei care”.


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