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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.


Canada: Quebec government supports organic industry

Other issues, Agriculture

13.04.2018 Editor

Quebec Province´s  liberal government recently unveiled a policy and a high budget to encourage the development of the food sector, including organic farming.


Australia: Organic producers threatened by proposed new import rules for seeds

Other issues, Agriculture

12.04.2018 Editor

Lately, the Australian Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has proposed a compulsory treatment of seeds from crops like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and rocket with fungicides when they enter Australia to work against the increasing threat posed by seed-borne pathogens. The proposal follows the department’s introduction of mandatory fungicide treatments for some melons earlier this year.


Germany: 20% organic acreage until 2030?

Other issues, Agriculture

10.04.2018 Editor

Almost six months after the election of the new German government last September, the governing coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD is now in place. One of the agreed goals of the two parties is to achieve 20% organic cultivation land by 2030. Julia Klöckner (CDU), new Federal Minister of Agriculture and Food, is about to implement the announcements for sustainable agriculture.


Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

Other issues, Agriculture

04.04.2018 Editor

The US research organisiation The Organic Center recently released new research findings from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale.


France: Record organic area and turnover

Other issues, Agriculture

28.03.2018 Editor

With an increase of 15% over the previous year, France's organic land area grew to 1.77 million hectares. Sales rose to 8 billion euros. This is recently estimated by the organisation Agence Bio.


EU CAP reform: IFOAM EU calls for a clear framework

Other issues, Agriculture

26.03.2018 Editor

There was no agreement on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform for 2020 at the last meeting of the Agriculture Ministers on Monday 19 March. They were unable to agree on common conclusions on the Commission communication on "The future of food and farming", an important milestone in the discussion. 


EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

Other issues, Agriculture

23.03.2018 Editor

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision. And Germany plays an inglorious role in this.


Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

Other issues, Agriculture

19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.


EU: constitution of the EP Special Committee “PEST”

Other issues, Agriculture

14.03.2018 Editor

The newly formed "PEST" special committee of the European Parliament is to examine the scandalous glyphosate risk assessment and the European pesticide approval system as a whole over the next six months.


Spain with more than 2 million hectares of organic land

Other issues, Agriculture

12.03.2018 Editor

The certified, organically cultivated area in Spain exceeded the 2 million hectares mark for the first time in 2016. Compared to 2015, the area has grown by 2.6 % to 2.02 million ha.


BASF in exclusive talks with Bayer to acquire vegetable seeds business

Other issues, Agriculture

08.03.2018 Editor

The German based chemical corporation BASF is in exclusive talks to acquire Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhems®. Bayer intends to divest this business in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto.


USA: General Mills supports transition into organic farmland

Other issues, Agriculture

08.03.2018 Editor

General Mills announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC in South Dakota to convert 34,000 acres (almost 14,000 ha) of conventional farmland to certified organic land by 2020.


Ukraine at BioFach: combining innovations and traditions

Other issues, Agriculture

06.03.2018 Editor

There is an urgent need to change the attitude to Ukraine as a raw material zone and create the image of Ukraine as a country which produces quality innovative products. The Ukraine Pavilion contributes to that goal.


Award for organic farmers in conversion

Other issues, Agriculture

02.03.2018 Editor

Eleven German farmers who intend to convert their farms to organic have been awarded the “Gemeinsam Boden gut machen” prize (Improving the Soil Together) and will receive start-up finance worth 310,000 euros.

 


Breeding: Organic right from the start

Other issues, Agriculture

01.03.2018 Editor

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Public benefits of organic farming need formal recognition

Other issues, Agriculture

28.02.2018 Editor

The public benefits offered to the UK by organic agriculture need to be properly recognised and rewarded by government post-Brexit, according to leading organic certifier OF&G.


Germany: organic sales crack 10 billion euro barrier

Other issues, Agriculture

27.02.2018 Editor

In 2017, the organic sector achieved sales of over 10 billion euros for the first time. This was announced by Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW, Engl. Association Organic Food Industry), on the occasion of the annual press conference of the organic sector at the start of this year's BIOFACH in Nuremberg.


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