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Groundbreaking research results: glyphosate persists in soil

Other issues, Agriculture

19.10.2017 Editor

A new research study shows that 45% of Europe’s top soil contains glyphosate residues. Glyphosate persists in soils affecting not only soil fertility and crop quality, but also human and environmental health.


MEPs call on the EU Commission to phase out glyphosate by 2020

Other issues, Agriculture

19.10.2017 Editor

On 16 October a cross-party group of MEPs demanded a phase-out of glyphosate by December 2020. A ban on non-professional use of the herbicide and use in public parks or playgrounds they require by the end of this year.


Study „Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Other issues, Agriculture

17.10.2017 Editor

The Soil Association’s recent report about GM cotton in India was launched at the Textile Exchange sustainability Conference in Washington DC last week. 


European Parliament: objection against criteria for hormone-altering chemicals

Other issues, Agriculture

09.10.2017 Editor

On Wednesday, the European Parliament has entered an objection against the criteria for defining hormone-altering agents (endocrine disruptors) proposed by the European Commission. Thus, the delegates now have been following an objection proposed by the Greens/EFA group.


France: resolute drawback from glyphosate

Other issues, Agriculture

04.10.2017 Editor

By the end of this end year, the member states of the EU will vote on the future of the pesticide glyphosate. Last week, France officially announced that it will vote against the reauthorisation of glyphosate.


USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

Other issues, Agriculture

29.09.2017 Editor

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.


EU Parliament: group presidents deny access for Monsanto lobbyists

Other issues, Agriculture

29.09.2017 Editor

Yesterday, the European Parliament’s leaders decided to ban Monsanto lobbyists and other representatives of the group until further notice.


IFOAM Organics International launched Policy Toolkit

Other issues, Agriculture

27.09.2017 Editor

For the first time ever, a complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled, and tools for advocates and policy-makers are now available in the ‘Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’.


US: new food label beyond organic coming soon

Other issues, Agriculture

27.09.2017 Editor

On 13th September 2017, the Rodale Institute presented draft standards for a product certification considering organic standards as well as regeneration of resources.


The new Organic Regulation – status quo and outlook

Other issues, Agriculture

26.09.2017 Karin Heinze

At the IFOAM EU Organic Congress in Tallinn representatives of the EU and of the organic sector discussed pro and contra of the new European Organic Regulation (video). After a record time of more than three years and 18 trilogues Regulation probably will be launched in June 2020, although neither the Council and Commission nor the Parliament and the stakeholders of the organic sector are fully satisfied with the compromise.


Sikkim Organic State – a best practice example for other states

Other issues, Agriculture

26.09.2017 Editor

According to The Hindu online the Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, informed that the government is increasingly focusing on organic farming to boost production of nutritionally rich agri produce.


Degradation of a third of Earth’s soil caused by intensive agriculture

Other issues, Agriculture

19.09.2017 Editor

According to a UN-backed study, one third of the planet’s soil is massively degraded by the impacts of urbanization, climate change, forest loss, erosion as well as, most importantly, industrial farming - a total of 24bn tonnes of fertile land are being lost every year.


Breakthrough study shows organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change

Other issues, Agriculture

18.09.2017 Editor

A new research by The Organic Center and Northeastern University proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere and helps to fight climate change.


Northern Ireland: opposition against proposed mega pig farm

Other issues, Agriculture

15.09.2017 Editor

Due to the potential of spreading antibiotic resistance, a planned mega farm for pork in Northern Ireland has received tough criticism.


France: Vote against proposal for a new glyphosate license

Other issues, Agriculture

13.09.2017 Editor

About two weeks ago, the French government stated that France will vote against the re-authorization of the pesticide and thus, against the European Commission’s proposal for a renewal of the license for glyphosate.


IFOAM EU Congress: Roadmap for making Europe more organic

Other issues, Agriculture

12.09.2017 Karin Heinze

IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030 (Organic Vision 2030). The new launched "Organic Roadmap" should serve as an inspiration and source of ideas. (Video interview with IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes)


Sustainable Farming: IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap

Other issues, Agriculture

06.09.2017 Editor

To reach the Organic Vision 2030, IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap to Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Europe at the 11th European Organic Congress in Tallinn.


Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture in November 2017

Other issues, Agriculture

05.09.2017 Editor

On 6th and 7th of November 2017, At the Epicenter, a US nonprofit organization, is hosting the Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture in Boulder, Colorado.


In Tallinn EU ministers of agriculture must look further than their egg cups

Other issues, Agriculture

04.09.2017 Editor

Estonia holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of this year. At their meeting in Tallinn from 3-5 September the topics to be discussed by the EU ministers of agriculture will include the fipronil scandal.


Syngenta: Less sales and decreased net profit

Other issues, Agriculture

30.08.2017 Editor

The Swiss agriculture organization Syngenta has generated less sales and a smaller net profit during the first half of 2017. The sales have stagnated most notably in Latin America.  


India: Central government’s ultimate decision on GM mustard likely in September

Other issues, Agriculture

24.08.2017 Editor

The question whether the commercial rollout of GM mustard will be allowed in India is still unacknowledged. As India’s sowing season usually starts in October, the central government, located in New Delhi, plans to make its final decision on GM mustard by September.


Swiss quality strategy association: Invitation to a conference on new breeding methods in Bern

Other issues, Agriculture

23.08.2017 Editor

The “Verein zur Förderung der Qualitätsstrategie der Schweizer Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft“ (Association to support the quality strategy of Swiss agriculture and food economics) invites interested parties to its autumn conference about new methods of plant breeding taking place on the 8th of September 2017 in Bern.


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.


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