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New German government: positve plans towards the organic industry

Politics, Politics

14.02.2018 Editor

Concerning agriculture the coalition negotiators took some decisions in favor of the organic sector. According to their coalition compromise the „Groko“ agreed to phase out glyphosate as soon as possible.


Bayer-Monsanto: authorities are still investigating

Politics, Politics

12.02.2018 Editor

Bayer AG submitted "extensive commitments" to the European Commission to approve the acquisition of the US seed giant Monsanto, reports  the German GMO information service Infodienst Gentechnik.


EU Organic Regulation: news, challenges and chances

Politics, Politics

06.02.2018 Karin Heinze

After endless discussions and lobby work of organic associations and stakeholders the new EU Organic Regulation is now a fact and has reached the second phase. On this stage, in a common process, the responsible EU-institution and organic sector representatives adapt details of the regulation and inconsistencies in order to makes the new rules beneficial for the value chain and for consumers. A panel at the IFOAOM EU Processing Conference discussed challenges and opportunities together with the Nicolas Verlet, new Head of the Organic Unit of DG Agri, EU Commission. Watch the video.


India: state of Uttarakhand to become another organic state

Politics, Politics

05.02.2018 Editor

With a budget of 1,500 mn Rupees (more than 23,5 mn US$) the National Government will support organic farming for the next three years in Uttarakhand.


EU organic law: dispute resolution directly at the European Court of Justice

Politics, Politics

30.01.2018 Editor

The Luxembourg Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) shall facilitate direct action for annulment in Luxembourg for companies affected by implementing regulations and delegated regulations in any way whatsoever.


Queen Máxima supports true-cost accounting movement

Politics, Politics

25.01.2018 Editor

Volkert Engelsman, Managing Director of Eosta BV, has found a new ally of the true-cost accounting movement in Queen Máxima.


"We are sick of it!": 33,000 protesters call for new agricultural policy

Politics, Politics

23.01.2018 Editor

With a deafening cooking pot concert, 33,000 people called to the We are fed up! -Demonstration to kick off the Green Week in Berlin, the future federal government on a new agricultural policy.


EU lawyer: Genome Editing can be exempted from GMO directive

Politics, Politics

22.01.2018 Editor

According to Advocate General Bobek, organisms obtained by mutagenesis are, in principle, exempted from
the obligations in the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive.


PGS: initiatives in more than 60 countries

Politics, Politics

11.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International is collecting worldwide data on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in a bi-annually global survey. PGS are recognized in a national organic regulation Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico and India.


The European Glyphosate battle

Politics, Politics

08.01.2018 Editor

The European permit for the world's best-selling herbicide glyphosate was set to expire in December 2017. The EU Commission´s proposal to renew it for another 15 years caused a storm of protest. In a review of the last year the Monsanto Tribunal organisation reports about this European battle.


Indian Food Security Authority released unified regulation on organic foods

Politics, Politics

02.01.2018 Editor

During the 19th Organic World Congress the Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh formally launched the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations 2017, along with the ‘Jaivik Bharat’ Logo and “Indian Organic Integrity Database Portal.”


USA: Senate introduces bill to promote organic agriculture

Politics, Politics

25.12.2017 Editor

For years the organic production in the USA has lagged behind because of the government subsidiesed the big food industry. But now a bill is introduced to the senat that could change the game.


IFOAM Organic World Congress: global meeting of the movement

Politics, Politics

21.12.2017 Karin Heinze

It was a global organic event in India last month. Almost 2,500 delegates from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 day visitors attended the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC). More than 1,000 farmers joined the organic mega event in Delhi/ Greater Noida and discussed topics concerning agriculture innovations, techniques, trends, challenges, success stories and other key issues of the sector. The motto of the OWC was „An Organic World through an Organic India.“ Every fifth organic farmer in the world lives in India. Read the summary and watch a video with impressions and statements.


EU: battle over pesticide safety escalates 

Politics, Politics

18.12.2017 Editor

The European Commission has announced it is prolonging the licence of glyphosate by five years. But in reaction to the massive protests the Commission also promised to present a legislative proposal in 2018 covering transparency of studies used in the assessment of pesticides and the governance of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


EU: dramatic insect decrease requires a complete and comprehensive ban

Politics, Politics

14.12.2017 Editor

This Tuesday, the competent expert committee of the EU member states in Brussels voted proposals of the European Commission for the ban on the three neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.


Glyphosate: majority of MEPs for Commission decision to be annulled? 

Politics, Politics

08.12.2017 Editor

The Greens/EFA group will try to build a majority in the European Parliament to refer the European Commission’s decision to renew the licence for glyphosate to the European Court of Justice.


Gates Foundation lobbies for gene drive

Politics, Politics

08.12.2017 Editor

As documents published earlier this week show, an international campaign is underway behind the scenes to pave the way for the release of genetically engineered insects and mammals, carrying a so-called gene drive.


EU: call for Special Committee on authorisation process of pesticides

Politics, Politics

07.12.2017 Editor

At yesterday's Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the Greens/EFA group will call for the establishment of a special committee to investigate the handling of the assessment process for pesticides.


Chile: new organic label launched

Politics, Politics

07.12.2017 Editor

All organic agricultural products marketed in Chile or abroad will carry the new Chilean organic label in future.


Sikkim: An organic vision becomes reality

Politics, Politics

05.12.2017 Karin Heinze

Sikkim, a small northeastern Himalayan state between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that boarders China in the North, made an important decision in 2010. Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling had a visionary goal: he wanted to place the state’s entire agriculture land under organic management. To achieve his goal, Chamling launched the Sikkim Organic Mission and within 15 years, the entire agriculture process was converted to organic, and Sikkim was declared “Organic State“ in 2016. This is a worldwide lighthouse example for further conversion of lands towards a 100% organic status. Watch the Video.


Breaking: EU renews glyphosate licence for five years

Politics, Politics

27.11.2017 Karin Heinze

It´s hardly to believe! Germany voted yes for a five years renewal for the weedkiller glyphosate - this ensured the qualified majority for the approval.While massive protests took place the member states disregarded the citizens requirements. 

 


Study: Major changes needed if CAP is to be made fit for purpose

Politics, Politics

24.11.2017 Editor

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.


EU Organic Regulation: strong institutional commitment needed

Politics, Politics

23.11.2017 Editor

The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation reached last June was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture on Monday and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture yesterday.


EU Organic Regulations confirmed

Politics, Politics

21.11.2017 Editor

On 20 November 2017 member states represented in the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) endorsed the deal on the overhaul of existing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.


PAN Europe: the European Court’s chance to revolutionize EU pesticide policy

Politics, Politics

21.11.2017 Editor

In October, the European Court of Justice received four prejudicial questions related to the lack of reliability of the current pesticide risk assessment of EU by the French tribunal of Foix. As the debate about glyphosate raises identical issues, this is a prevailing problematic. According to PAN Europe, there’s a chance that the safety of citizens and the environment within the EU gets improved as a result of the European Court’s answers to the questions.


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