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PFT Conference: European policies, local strategies and future

Other issues, Agriculture

21.09.2018 Editor

The European network Pesticide Free Towns invites interested parties to its conference on “European policies, local strategies and future”, which will take place on 27th September at the European Parliament.


GMO-free regions call for an international GMO register

Other issues, Agriculture

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”.


KTG bankruptcy: Manager in the dock

Other issues, Agriculture

11.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Two years after the spectacular insolvency of the agricultural group KTG Agrar, the legal review has now begun. Eight former board members and supervisory board members stand before a German Regional Court.


12th IFOAM EU Organic Congress: Last days of registration

Other issues, Agriculture

05.09.2018 Editor

From 25th - 26th September, the 12th European Organic Congress will place in Vienna. Registration for the congress is still open until 15th September.


Genetic engineering is not beyond the fall armyworm

Other issues, Agriculture

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

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

Other issues, Agriculture

27.08.2018 Editor

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.


Control authority audit: Any residue is suspicious

Other issues, Agriculture

23.08.2018 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.


Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Bingenheim Seed Day: Impulses for organic breeding and organic food trade

Other issues, Agriculture

09.08.2018 Editor

Around 350 actors recently met in Bingenheim to further develop the vision of independent organic farming.


Organic farmers are also suffering from drought

Other issues, Agriculture

07.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.


RELACS EU: Project website launched

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


Human induced climate change likely to have caused current heat wave

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


PAN Europe: New report on alternatives to glyphosate published

Other issues, Agriculture

31.07.2018 Editor

PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some EU member states on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.


FOODprint action: 100,000 people want food without genetic engineering

Other issues, Agriculture

26.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

For ten months, organic food producer Rapunzel, supported by 30 companies and associations from the organic sector, has collected confessions against genetic engineering in the field and on the plate.


EU: New genetic engineering methods considered genetically modified

Other issues, Agriculture

25.07.2018 Editor

The European Court of Justice has ruled that new genetic techniques like CRISPR/Cas should also fall under Europe’s genetic engineering law including risk assessment as well as labelling.


Spain: Double-digit growth of the organic market

Other issues, Agriculture

24.07.2018 Karin Heinze

With more than two million hectares Spain has for the first time taken the lead in Europe concerning certified organic land. This is one of the results of a new report by the organic consultancy EcoLogical. The organic market is developing well, the main reasons being increasing demand, better availability and investment on the part of producers. The report  has been compiled from a number of sources and provides data on the current situation in the Spanish organic sector.


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).”


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