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

Politics, Politics

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?

Politics, Politics

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

Politics, Politics

09.10.2018 Editor

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


Trademark protection for EU organic label expired

Politics, Politics

05.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The Office of the European Union for Intellectual Property has deleted the EU organic label as a company trademark. Sounds strange – because it is emblazoned on every organic food in the EU after all.


PFT Conference: European policies, local strategies and future

Politics, Politics

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.


12th IFOAM EU Organic Congress: Last days of registration

Politics, Politics

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.


Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

Politics, Politics

27.08.2018 Editor

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.


Control authority audit: Any residue is suspicious

Politics, Politics

23.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

In January 2018, the auditors of the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety reviewed a control body operating in the Dominican Republic. By their criticism, they overshoot the mark.


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.


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