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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.


UK: Organic food production thriving

Other issues, Agriculture

26.05.2017 Editor

The organic licensing body OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) says the latest government figures show that the
organic food production sector is thriving as it responds to strong market growth.
 


Austria: Glyphosate-free Roundup

Other issues, Agriculture

26.05.2017 Editor

The name is the same, the container is the same, but the contents are different. On the  market in Austria is a new version of the herbicide Roundup. An article in GMWatch (gmwatch.org) explains the arrival of this vinegar-based product.


Glyphosate: Brussels wants to extend licence for ten years

Other issues, Agriculture

24.05.2017 Editor

The authorisation for glyphosate runs out at the end of 2017. EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis recently presented a proposal to permit the use of glyphosate in the European Union for a further ten years.

 


Germany: failure of draft bill banning GMOs

Other issues, Agriculture

23.05.2017 Editor

The controversial draft bill on banning the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture has failed. The coalition partners in the federal government – the SPD and the CDU/CSU -  could not reach a consensus. Critics say no law is better than a bad law.


New plant varieties needed

Other issues, Agriculture

23.05.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

While in southern Bavaria frost and snow at the end of April caused the fruit blossom to freeze, farmers in other regions in Germany were moaning about drought. And that's just the start – coming down the line is climate change and it's imperative that the food industry adjusts to what is on the way.


GM crops stalled in 2016

Other issues, Agriculture

18.05.2017 Redaktion

Genetically Manipulated (GM) crops grew on less than 13% of global cropland in 2016. Presented by GMWatch (gmwatch.org), the information provided by Gene Ethics Director Bob Phelps (geneethics.org) and the latest report by the ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications) chart developments in GM agriculture across the world as some countries ban GM, some are reducing GM and some are embracing GM technology.


EU: Sign the Petition to ban Glyphosate

Other issues, Agriculture

18.05.2017 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), the umbrella organisation of the organic world, has just launched a petition to ban glyphosate in the EU once and for all. Glyphosate has been shown to be harmful to humans and the environment. Despite massive protests glyphosate was relicensed for use in the EU for a limited period.


David against Goliath in the Vinschgau Region

Other issues, Agriculture

09.05.2017 Kai Kreuzer

A municipality in the Italian province of South Tyrol dispenses with all pesticides. The governor of the province objects and senses it could set a precedent. But many people are supporting the pesticide opponents of Mals.


Belgium: glyphosate herbicide ban

Other issues, Agriculture

08.05.2017 Editor

The safety of glyphosate is an ongoing issue, with the EU Commission still refusing to put in place legally binding restrictions on glyphosate herbicides. In the light of probable re-authorisation at EU level, member states are taking matters in to their own hands.


EU: CETA and cloned cattle

Other issues, Agriculture

06.05.2017 Editor

A research commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group in the EU Parliament and carried out by Testbiotech  revealed it is likely that cloned cattle stemming from cloned bulls have entered the EU.


Protecting soil worldwide

Other issues, Agriculture

05.05.2017 Editor

Earth day is an event in April every year that is celebrated in more than 150 countries to encourage people to think about the consequences of consumption and to behave responsibly and sustainably.


Europe: Eaten plenty of pesticides today?

Other issues, Agriculture

04.05.2017 Editor

According to the 2015 pesticide residues report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published in early April, 43.9% of all European food tested positive for residues.


Agriculture and climate change

Other issues, Agriculture

04.05.2017 Editor

Organic farming can mitigate climate change. With the CAP to be reviewed and member states working on plans to achieve carbon neutrality IFOAM EU calls on agriculture to play its part in preventing climate change.


US: glyphosate and reproductive problems

Other issues, Agriculture

03.05.2017 Editor

In an article posted this month by Sustainable Pulse, the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN, a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment) said there is new evidence regarding  sharply rising herbicide use and risks to pregnant women and children living in the rural Midwest of the US.


EU: hardly any pesticide contamination in organic products

Other issues, Agriculture

28.04.2017 Editor

In the EU significantly fewer pesticide residues are found in organic food than in conventional products.


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