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BASF wants to stop selling Fipronil as a pesticide

Other issues, Agriculture

16.08.2017 Editor

After the European egg-scandal, BASF stopps selling Fipronil as a pesticide. Recently, the North Rhine-Westphalian Department of Environment called back eggs polluted with the insecticide.


Glyphosate: extending authorisation only if EU states say yes

Other issues, Agriculture

27.07.2017 Editor

The wrangle over re-authorising glyphosate goes on and on. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, from the European Health and Food Safety Commission, has stated that this pesticide will be approved for a further 10 years only with the agreement of member states.


Switzerland: Demeter without killing chicks

Other issues, Agriculture

26.07.2017 Editor

At the annual general meeting of the Swiss Association for Bio-dynamic Agriculture the decision was taken to incorporate the  «Hahn im Glück» - happy chicken - project guidelines into the Demeter agriculture guidelines.


Germany: organic land reaches record level

Other issues, Agriculture

26.07.2017 Editor

According to the latest data provided by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, organic farming in Germany experienced above-average growth in 2016.


New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

Other issues, Agriculture

25.07.2017 Leo Frühschütz

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.


Ukraine: register for Anti Fraud Initiative Conference

Other issues, Agriculture

20.07.2017 Editor

The Anti Fraud Initiative (AFI) in collaboration with IFOAM invites for the conference “Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains” in Odesa (Ukraine) on 21-22 September 2017.


EU: vote on importing new GM soya

Other issues, Agriculture

20.07.2017 Editor

In mid July a vote was taken in Brussels on further approval by the EU of imports of genetically engineered soya beans.


USA: three states restrict the use of Monsanto´s Dicamba

Other issues, Agriculture

18.07.2017 Editor

Farmers from Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee have sent almost 600 complaints regarding the misuse of Monsanto herbicide Dicamba to the state authorities. Now the use of the pesticide is restricted.


Organic World Congress: Pre-conference on animal husbandry

Other issues, Agriculture

11.07.2017 Editor

On 7 and 8 November 2017, the conference "Role of livestock in sustainable agriculture" will take place as a preconference of the Organic World Congress in Dehli, India.


EU: Environment Committee in favour of neonicotinoid ban

Other issues, Agriculture

04.07.2017 Editor

In a vote taken last Thursday the Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected with a big majority a resolution of the Conservatives and populists not to ban the three neonicotinoids that are regarded as particularly dangerous to bees.


EU: More than 1 million against glyphosate

Other issues, Agriculture

03.07.2017 Editor

Within four months, well over a million men and women in Europe have stated in a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) that they are in favour of a ban on glyphosate.


IFOAM EU: Provisional agreement reached - impact on organic operators to be evaluated

Other issues, Agriculture

30.06.2017 Editor

Last Wednesday, after more than three years of negotiations, the three EU Institutions – the Commission, the Council and the Parliament – came to a provisional agreement on the European organic regulation.


EU: Council agrees on draft of a new organic regulation

Other issues, Agriculture

29.06.2017 Editor

DG Agri (EU) in Brussels explains that new rules were informally agreed by Council′ negotiators in the final trilogue yesterday.


India: 5,000 farmers in a organic farming project

Other issues, Agriculture

27.06.2017 Editor

The State Government has identified 10 clusters across nine districts of Assam for implementation of the centrally-sponsored Mission Organic Value Chain Development for the north-eastern region (MOVCD).


Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merge

Other issues, Agriculture

26.06.2017 Editor

The two sustainability seals Rainforest Alliance (RFA) and UTZ are joining forces. In the course of this year the two sustainability certification organisations intend to become one company that will continue operations under the name Rainforest Alliance.


OFS as model and living laboratory

Other issues, Agriculture

23.06.2017 Editor

Organic food systems are regarded as a model of sustainability and they can provide examples of continuous improvement and the integration of science and research. The OFSP is helping to share the benefits of organic methods with interested initiatives and across the whole of society.


UK: OF&G White Paper addressing the challenges of global food production

Other issues, Agriculture

23.06.2017 Editor

The British Organic certifier OF&G (Organic Famers and Growers) published a White Paper about the Future of Farming. This paper addresses the challenges of global food production.


Stavtrend: a cautionary tale of organic fraud

Other issues, Agriculture

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

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


EU: No pesticides on Ecological Focus Areas

Other issues, Agriculture

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”

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


USA: States sue EPA

Other issues, Agriculture

08.06.2017 Editor

As the German TV reported, Attorneys-at-Law from the states of New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Washington and Maryland are suing the American environmental protection agency EPA.


Up to now no GMO potatoes in Canada

Other issues, Agriculture

08.06.2017 Editor

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato. Innate potatoes bruise less and have fewer black spots than conventional potatoes.


Glyphosate studies: a case for the European Court of Justice

Other issues, Agriculture

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

Other issues, Agriculture

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.


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