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Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

Politics, Politics

15.08.2018 Editor

A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.


Organic farmers are also suffering from drought

Politics, Politics

07.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.


Massive criticism of the Belgian eco-control system

Politics, Politics

03.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The EU's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety has identified massive shortcomings in the Belgian eco-control system in 2017. The report has only just been published.


Call to Action: GFGF European Days of Action in October

Politics, Politics

02.08.2018 Editor

The Good Food, Good Farming Movement invokes citizens and stakeholders from the organic sector to contribute to their new campaign European Days of Action 2018 in October.


Human induced climate change likely to have caused current heat wave

Politics, Politics

01.08.2018 Editor

According to reports by The Guardian and BBC Online, the current heatwave in Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change caused by human behavior, scientists state.


IFOAM EU: Annual Report 2017 published

Politics, Politics

30.07.2018 Editor

Recently, IFOAM EU has published its Annual Report 2017. The report aims at informing IFOAM members as well as the wider public about the organization and what it does to make Europe more organic.


EU: New genetic engineering methods considered genetically modified

Politics, Politics

25.07.2018 Editor

The European Court of Justice has ruled that new genetic techniques like CRISPR/Cas should also fall under Europe’s genetic engineering law including risk assessment as well as labelling.


IFOAM EU: 12th European Organic Congress in Vienna

Politics, Politics

17.07.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU invites interested parties to its 12th European Organic Congress ‘Organic on every table: Added value for farmers, consumers and society’ taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 25th-26th September 2018.


Retail groups call on strict regulation of new genetic engineering

Politics, Politics

16.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading food retailers from Germany and Austria such as Edeka, Lidl, Rewe and SPAR have appealed to the EU Commission to make the procedures of new genetic engineering subject to EU genetic engineering law.


USA: Draft for investment in organic research and education

Politics, Politics

11.07.2018 Editor

Over the last decade federal funding for organic agriculture research has remained roughly level, and not kept pace with the growth and opportunity that the organic sector has demonstrated. The recent farm bill draft let´s hope for more investment.


German Alliance publishes resolution to regulate new genetic engineering processes

Politics, Politics

09.07.2018 Editor

In the coming weeks, the European Court of Justice will give its opinion on the legal classification of new genetic engineering procedures. On this basis, the EU Commission and EU Member States decide whether and how they will regulate them in future.


Germany: 1.4 million hectares organic land

Politics, Politics

05.07.2018 Editor

The figures published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirm that many German farmers switched to organic farming in 2017. This is an opportunity for policymakers to achieve important sustainability goals, says the organisaton BÖLW. 


IFOAM EU: What will change with the new Organic Regulation?

Politics, Politics

28.06.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU has put together a briefing on what the new Organic Regulation will change for farmers, processors and certifiers.


Nicaragua: Riots affect organic farms and social initiatives

Politics, Politics

25.06.2018 Karin Heinze

In mid-April the riots began in Nicaragua. The people expressed their frustration after more than a decade of oppression. Since then, the Ortega regime has been crushing the people´s revolt with brutal force. There is a need for soldarity.


EU Commission criticises eco-control authority in Sri Lanka

Politics, Politics

20.06.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The EU Commission has had an eco-control office in Sri Lanka checked and has come across massive grievances. These “undermine the credibility of the control system”, it says in the audit's report.


EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

Politics, Politics

14.06.2018 Editor

According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.


Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

Politics, Politics

12.06.2018 Karin Heinze

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.


EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

Politics, Politics

05.06.2018 Editor

According to a proposal by the EU Commission, ten disposable plastic products are to be withdrawn from the European market.


India: Uttarakhand with a law for organic

Politics, Politics

01.06.2018 Editor

The government of  the North Indian state Uttarakhand will soon bring in  a law to  give organic farming a legal backing, writes the Hindustan Times. The reason is a big demand for organic products in the domestic and foreign markets.


EU: new organic farming rules adopted

Politics, Politics

23.05.2018 Editor

In a press release the Council of the European Union informed that on 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products.


Green Brexit: the future for food, farming and environment

Politics, Politics

22.05.2018 Editor

The British association Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) together with other leading organic organisations is urging government to recognise the opportunities organic offers to deliver a green Brexit.

 


India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

Politics, Politics

15.05.2018 Editor

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to labal all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients.


USA: smiley label for GMO foods introduced

Politics, Politics

15.05.2018 Editor

GMWatch UK informed about the proposals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to label food that contains genetically engeneered ingredients. The drafts show smileys and sunny faces as labels.


Global protests: March Against Monsanto #MAM

Politics, Politics

15.05.2018 Karin Heinze

The organisation March Against Monsanto #MAM announced that 2018 May 19th will be the date for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The global events will take place in hundreds of cities on six continents with the objective to further educate and raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and the increasingly toxic food supply, as well as its merger with the German pesticide, GMO and pharmaceutical giant Bayer.  


USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

Politics, Politics

10.05.2018 Editor

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.


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