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Glyphosate and cancer: Bayer arraigned

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


IFOAM EU: 12th European Organic Congress in Vienna

Other issues, Agriculture

17.07.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU invites interested parties to its 12th European Organic Congress ‘Organic on every table: Added value for farmers, consumers and society’ taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 25th-26th September 2018.


High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Austria: 100% organic food supply is possible

Other issues, Agriculture

10.07.2018 Editor

A 100% supply of Austria with domestic, organically produced food is possible. This is the result of a new study carried out by the Centre for Global Change at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). By the study, the authors show the economic advantages and positive consequences for health and the environment. The study was presented by the initiative Mother Earth as well as Greenpeace as part of the key subject 2018 “Look where your food comes from!”


Spain: Impressive growth in the organic sector

Other issues, Agriculture

10.07.2018 Editor

EcoLogical, an  independent consultancy for organic businesses in Spain, has published the ‘Organic Sector in Spain 2018’. This report gathers the most up-to-date information about national and international public bodies and contains original studies about the Spanish organic sector.


Germany: 1.4 million hectares organic land

Other issues, Agriculture

05.07.2018 Editor

The figures published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirm that many German farmers switched to organic farming in 2017. This is an opportunity for policymakers to achieve important sustainability goals, says the organisaton BÖLW. 


Switzerland: Shortage of Novodor due to potato beetle combat

Other issues, Agriculture

26.06.2018 Editor

BioSuisse, umbrella association of Swiss organic producers, reports that there is a supply shortage of the biological plant protection agent Novodor.


Poland: Warsaw University offers studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production”

Other issues, Agriculture

21.06.2018 Editor

The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”


High-tech in organic agriculture: the Internet of Things

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Leopoldina: Experts’ discussion paper calls for sustainable plant protection

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


IFOAM: 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems’

Other issues, Agriculture

07.06.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International invites interested parties to their 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems taking place on 13-15 June 2018 in Bologna, Italy.


Insect mortality: EU Commission to take action

Other issues, Agriculture

07.06.2018 Editor

According to the EU Press Office, the following new measures are proposed: a new indicator to improve monitoring and data and better coordination of EU action in different sectors and policy areas to counter the social and economic impact of the decline in pollinating insects.


Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"

Other issues, Agriculture

04.06.2018 Editor

An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.


India: Uttarakhand with a law for organic

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


UK: Defra released organic farming statistics for 2017

Other issues, Agriculture

29.05.2018 Editor

Data compiled by approved organic certification bodies are the basis for the organic farming statistics 2017. It presents estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and numbers of organic producers and processors in the United Kingdom.


Germany: more and more organic eggs from factory farming

Other issues, Agriculture

22.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The size of poultry houses for organic laying hens has once again become an issue in the German media: there is an increasing trend to big poultry houses. It's not possible to see where this will lead because the new EU Organic Regulation approves the current practice in Germany and a number of other EU countries of keeping 30,000 and more organic hens in one poultry house. When consumers buy their eggs they have no information regarding the size of a particular poultry house.


GreenTech Amsterdam with Organic Farmers Fair

Other issues, Agriculture

07.05.2018 Editor

From 12-14 June 2018, the international fair GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 will be held at RAI Amsterdam. Forthe first time "The Organic Farmers' Fair (TOFF)", will be at the exhibition in a separate hall.


EU bans three bee-harming neonics

Other issues, Agriculture

04.05.2018 Editor

Following a proposal of the European Commission, the EU member states have banned three bee poisonous pesticides for outdoor use. Germany also supported the ban. However, for environmental associations, the new regulation does not go far enough.


Naturland demands fair wages for cocoa farmers

Other issues, Agriculture

03.05.2018 Editor

Cocoa is the main source of income for over five million smallholders, mostly from West Africa. At the fourth World Cocoa Conference from 22nd to 25th April, 1,500 players from the cocoa industry met to exchange views and also to discuss the working conditions for cocoa farmers. On this occasion, Naturland demanded the conference’s participants to take action by passing concrete resolutions in favour of cocoa smallholders.


Bio Suisse limits the use of concentrated feed for ruminants

Other issues, Agriculture

27.04.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The Swiss organic association Bio Suisse aims at reducing the proportion of cereals and protein-containing components such as sunflower meal in ruminant feed. Cows, sheep and goats are to receive only five percent of their feed ration as concentrated feed from 2022.


New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


The Green Path Project: an Indian flagship model

Other issues, Agriculture

17.04.2018 Karin Heinze

The South Indian social entrepreneur Mr H.R. Jayaram started his organic journey two decades ago. His visionary ideas and his passion for organic farming and ecological solutions made him start an organic farm, an organic shop, an eco hotel, an eco retreat and an eco experience center with a big organic store and restaurant. He is convinced: „Organic is essential for the world today." Watch the video of Sukrishi organic farm and the interview with Jayaram. Learn more about the Organic Experience Center "Organic State" in Bangalore.


Austria: Strong increase of organic farming in Tyrol

Other issues, Agriculture

16.04.2018 Editor

Organic farming is growing steadily in the Tyrol region, Austria. Around 190 organic farms in areas ranging from milk production to vegetable cultivation have been added in the last two years.


Global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies

Other issues, Agriculture

16.04.2018 Editor

At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.


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