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Why the organic community should fall in love with true prices – Interview with Adrian de Groot Ruiz

Other issues, Agriculture

20.11.2018 Rebecca Sandbichler

The economist Adrian de Groot Ruiz reveals how he calculates the true prices of our food. Read about the advantages he sees for organic trade - and where he would first look for hidden social and economic costs.


Switzerland: Organic sales of vegetables, fruit and milk increase significantly

Other issues, Agriculture

15.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

From September 2017 to August 2018, customers bought 7 percent more organic vegetables in Swiss retail outlets than in the same period last year. Sales of fruit and milk increased as well.


Genetic engineering researchers demand new genetic engineering law

Other issues, Agriculture

12.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Scientists from biotech research institutions in Europe are calling for European genetic engineering legislation to be amended and GM plants to be exempted from its approval regulations. However, their demand encounters resistance.


IFOAM EU: Organic meets conventional

Other issues, Agriculture

08.11.2018 Karin Heinze

On 30th October, IFOAM EU’s event format “IFOAM EU meets business” had a successful premiere. The event aims at bringing together organic companies and companies involved or interested in organic trade.


Bayer-Monsanto Trial: Less penalty - but the court decision remains

Other issues, Agriculture

31.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has confirmed the jury's verdict in the Johnson vs. Monsanto case. However, she the assessed the fine as too high and greatly reduced it accordingly.


Call for moratorium on gene drives from UN conference

Other issues, Agriculture

29.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.


IFOAM EU meets business: Bringing the organic food industry together

Other issues, Agriculture

24.10.2018 Editor

On 30th October 2018, IFOAM EU, its Interest Group of Organic Processors and Traders (IGOP) and food companies will meet in Brussels at „IFOAM EU meets business – bringing the organic food industry together“.


New EU Organic Regulation: Large henhouses still possible

Other issues, Agriculture

23.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The detailed provisions of the new EU Organic Regulation in the poultry sector will be more detailed and cover more areas than before. However, organic farms with 30,000 or more laying hens remain possible.


Biological warfare with insects and genetic viruses?

Other issues, Agriculture

19.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The US-research agency DARPA is funding a research program that uses insects to release GM-viruses that can alter the genome of crops in the field. Scientists warn that such a system can be used as a biological weapon.


Nestlé and Unilever: Action for more animal welfare

Other issues, Agriculture

16.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Food companies Nestlé and Unilever have formed the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) together with five international catering companies.


Agro genetic engineering: Nothing new on the fields

Other issues, Agriculture

15.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Recently, mainly new genetic engineering methods have been discussed. However, genetic engineering companies continue to rely on plants that are resistant to herbicides and insect pests using classical genetic engineering methods.


Study analyses the German organic poultry market

Other issues, Agriculture

11.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Market share, price and distribution channels: The German association Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) has published a study on the German organic poultry market.


New Fair Trade Charter: How world trade can work for all

Other issues, Agriculture

10.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The global Fair Trade movement has published a new International Fair Trade Charter. The charter determines the values of Fair Trade and defines a vision for implementing of the UN sustainable development goals.


12th EOC: Who pays the true costs of food production?

Other issues, Agriculture

09.10.2018 Rebecca Sandbichler

At the 12th European Organic Congress organic stakeholders could have patted themselves on the back with complacency. Instead, the participants discussed fairness, honest prices and the CAP.


Future Policy Award: Champions in Supporting Agroecological Approaches shortlisted

Other issues, Agriculture

09.10.2018 Editor

The Future Policy Award 2018 will celebrate policies advancing a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems.


Study: Organic farming can feed Europe

Other issues, Agriculture

08.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

What if? A study by the French IDDR Institute shows the positive consequences of an agro-ecological restructuring of European agriculture up to 2050.


Glyphosate makes bees prone to infections

Other issues, Agriculture

04.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Officially, glyphosate has so far been considered safe for bees. Now, American scientists have shown that glyphosate changes the intestinal flora of bees, making them more susceptible to infections.


Volume of pesticides sold in Germany up again

Other issues, Agriculture

02.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

In 2017, pesticide manufacturers sold 7% more active ingredients than in the previous year. The exact figures were released by the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety.


Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

Other issues, Agriculture

26.09.2018 Editor

According to a survey, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again. Many of them see organic farming as an attitude to life.


Elworld Agro India: Friend of the farmer

Other issues, Agriculture

25.09.2018 Editor

In 2016, Satyendra Dwivedi has founded an organic food production company called Elworld Agro. Within only two years, he was able to win over 2000 partners – thanks to his company’s farmer-friendly pricing model.


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.


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