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Austria: Glyphosate-free Roundup

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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 ( explains the arrival of this vinegar-based product.

Glyphosate: Brussels wants to extend licence for ten years

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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

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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

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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

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18.05.2017 Redaktion

Genetically Manipulated (GM) crops grew on less than 13% of global cropland in 2016. Presented by GMWatch (, the information provided by Gene Ethics Director Bob Phelps ( 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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28.04.2017 Editor

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

Protest against Mega-Merger Bayer-Monsanto

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28.04.2017 Editor

Before Bayer's Annual Stockholders' Meeting this Friday in Bonn development organisations were warning about the consequences of Bayer taking over the US corporation Monsanto.

France: celebrities test positive for glyphosate

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26.04.2017 Editor

After the urine of 30 people in France was tested  for residues of glyphosate, the most used active agent in herbicides worldwide, every sample was shown to contain the molecule.

Qatar: organics on the increase

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13.04.2017 Editor

In Quatar, rising demand for organics means expansion of organic agriculture, higher local production.

IFOAM: Pesticides a global human rights concern; call for a new treaty

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07.04.2017 Editor

IFOAM Organics International recently reported on the demand of two UN experts that dangerous pesticides used in agriculture should be regulated and phased out and should be replaced by sustainable farming techniques.

Roundup – carcinogenic or not?

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05.04.2017 Editor

Has evidence that Roundup causes cancer been suppressed? Collusion on the part of Monsanto and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?

UK: Natural and Organic Products Europe 2017

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05.04.2017 Editor

The organic sector in the UK is thriving. That's just one of the findings in the Soil Association's latest Organic Report that tells us that the organic sector, with an increase in sales of 7.1% in 2016, is now worth more than 2 billion pounds annually.

USA: Organic Farming Research Foundation´s report on challenges of organic farming

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03.04.2017 Editor

In the USA the demand for organic food is growing rapidly and there is a need for more research so that farmers can deal with the special difficulties and problems that accompany practising organic agriculture


After Excessive Pesticide Use Kerala Goes Organic

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30.03.2017 Editor

The New Indian Express reports that almost a year-and-a-half ago the state of Kerala in India finally recognised the dangers associated with the excessive use of pesticides.

FiBL trial in Bolivia: comparing cacao in agroforestry and monoculture

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28.03.2017 Editor

Because of the growing demand for cacao the land under cultivation has expanded in tropical forest areas and monoculture has replaced agroforestry systems.

£31 million windfall for one in four British dairy farmers

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27.03.2017 Editor

Arla Foods is a dairy cooperative owned by 12,000 farmers in Europe, 2,500 of whom operate in the UK.

New study: organic agriculture as a role model with downsides

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23.03.2017 Redaktion

Two scientists at the University of British Columbia in Canada have presented a new meta- analysis of organic agriculture.

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