Politics, Politics10.10.2018 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.
Politics, Politics09.10.2018 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.
Politics, Politics09.10.2018 Editor
The Future Policy Award 2018 will celebrate policies advancing a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems.
Politics, Politics05.10.2018 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.
Politics, Politics21.09.2018 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.
Politics, Politics05.09.2018 Editor
From 25th - 26th September, the 12th European Organic Congress will place in Vienna. Registration for the congress is still open until 15th September.
Politics, Politics27.08.2018 Editor
According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.
Politics, Politics23.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics15.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics07.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics03.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics02.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics01.08.2018 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.
Politics, Politics30.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics25.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics17.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics16.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics11.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics09.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics05.07.2018 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.
Politics, Politics28.06.2018 Editor
IFOAM EU has put together a briefing on what the new Organic Regulation will change for farmers, processors and certifiers.
Politics, Politics25.06.2018 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.
Politics, Politics20.06.2018 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.
Politics, Politics14.06.2018 Editor
According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.
Politics, Politics12.06.2018 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.