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Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

Politics, Politics

26.10.2017 Karin Heinze

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe. Yesterday representatives of governments have again rejected the Commission’s proposal for a ten year renewal of the licence for glyphosate. A final vote has been postponed to November.


Glyphosate - ban in Europe?

Politics, Politics

25.10.2017 Karin Heinze

The EU Parliament yesterday voted by a large majority for an expiry of the approval of the herbicide glyphosate by 2022. Parliamentarians thus clearly opposed the Commission's proposal for a ten-year extension.


Monsanto in trouble

Politics, Politics

24.10.2017 Karin Heinze

Monsanto is in trouble for many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year. More and more weeds are resistant to Roundup. Monsanto’s ‘solution’ to this problem, another very toxic herbicide Dicamba, turns out to be a complete failure. The Monsanto Tribunal last fall in The Hague and court cases have been exposing the way Monsanto works, and this helps to inspire others to show the true cost of Monsanto’s business. Films and books were released too.


Monsanto Tribunal Documentation: “Roundup, the trial" on Arte tv

Politics, Politics

20.10.2017 Editor

On Tuesday evening, the new documentary movie „Le Roundup face à ses juges” by French movie maker and book author Marie-Monique Robin (The World According to Monsanto, 2008) has been screened on Arte in French and German (Roundup, der Prozess).


MEPs call on the EU Commission to phase out glyphosate by 2020

Politics, Politics

19.10.2017 Editor

On 16 October a cross-party group of MEPs demanded a phase-out of glyphosate by December 2020. A ban on non-professional use of the herbicide and use in public parks or playgrounds they require by the end of this year.


EU Parliament: hearing on “the Monsanto papers and glyphosate”

Politics, Politics

12.10.2017 Editor

Yesterday, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held a public hearing in the European Parliament concerning “the Monsanto papers and glyphosate”. As Monsanto recently refused to attend the public hearing, the panels took place without the agrochemical corporation.


EU: Glyphosate license expiring

Politics, Politics

11.10.2017 Editor

Soon the EU member states will have to cast their vote for the final decision on the glyphosate license. On the 11th of October there will be an official hearing in the EU Parliament.

 


Plagiarism? EU voting on re-authorization of glyphosate deferred

Politics, Politics

10.10.2017 Editor

Did the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) copy a report by Monsanto? Back in September, the Greens already expressed this suspicion. Now, the voting over the re-authorization of glyphosate has been postponed.


US / EU: Soilless cultivation - organic or not?

Politics, Politics

02.10.2017 Editor

The discussion basically concerns the possibility to grow organic products not in the soil but in substrates. In the USA this has not been regulated until now. It is not explicitly forbidden. And in the regulatory void hydroponic companies were certified organic. 


USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

Politics, Politics

29.09.2017 Editor

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.


New genetic engineering techniques need to be regulated as GMOs

Politics, Politics

28.09.2017 Editor

On September 28, the European Commission organises a stakeholders discussion on new genetic engineering techniques and their legal status at the High Level Conference Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture. The decision on how to regulate these new GMOs will have important consequences on the whole food production chain and on the organic sector in particular.


IFOAM Organics International launched Policy Toolkit

Politics, Politics

27.09.2017 Editor

For the first time ever, a complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled, and tools for advocates and policy-makers are now available in the ‘Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’.


The new Organic Regulation – status quo and outlook

Politics, Politics

26.09.2017 Karin Heinze

At the IFOAM EU Organic Congress in Tallinn representatives of the EU and of the organic sector discussed pro and contra of the new European Organic Regulation (video). After a record time of more than three years and 18 trilogues Regulation probably will be launched in June 2020, although neither the Council and Commission nor the Parliament and the stakeholders of the organic sector are fully satisfied with the compromise.


Sikkim Organic State – a best practice example for other states

Politics, Politics

26.09.2017 Editor

According to The Hindu online the Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, informed that the government is increasingly focusing on organic farming to boost production of nutritionally rich agri produce.


IFOAM Organic Congress: video documentation

Politics, Politics

25.09.2017 Editor

IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Six videos document the Congress now.


Germany: organic agriculture gains importance in policy

Politics, Politics

12.09.2017 Editor

Organic agriculture can play an important role in fighting hunger and in the adaptation of agriculture to climate change. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) therefore invests in the strengthening of organic agriculture in Africa.


IFOAM EU Congress: Roadmap for making Europe more organic

Politics, Politics

12.09.2017 Karin Heinze

IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030 (Organic Vision 2030). The new launched "Organic Roadmap" should serve as an inspiration and source of ideas. (Video interview with IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes)


Sustainable Farming: IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap

Politics, Politics

06.09.2017 Editor

To reach the Organic Vision 2030, IFOAM EU has launched an Organic Roadmap to Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Europe at the 11th European Organic Congress in Tallinn.


In Tallinn EU ministers of agriculture must look further than their egg cups

Politics, Politics

04.09.2017 Editor

Estonia holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of this year. At their meeting in Tallinn from 3-5 September the topics to be discussed by the EU ministers of agriculture will include the fipronil scandal.


Germany: vote on meat terminology for veggie products

Politics, Politics

28.08.2017 Editor

Rissoles, bratwurst, cutlets or steak: In Germany, it is still allowed to describe vegan-vegetarian products just like their counterparts of animal origin – but only if the “Guideline on naming vegetarian and vegan food,” as formulated by a committee of experts, is included in the German Food Code (the legal foundation for food legislation in Germany). The guideline has been submitted to the various associations for discussion and a vote is underway.


Traceability: different systems round the world

Politics, Politics

08.08.2017 Editor

Tracing the movement of goods in the organic sector both within the EU and worldwide leaves much to be desired. Even with the EU's new electronic certification system TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) optimum traceability can't be achieved.


IFOAM EU: aims of the 11th European Organic Congress

Politics, Politics

04.08.2017 Editor

The 11th European Organic Congress takes place in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 -7 September 2017. IFOAM EU Group has a clear agenda what they want for organic in Europe by 2030.


Glyphosate: extending authorisation only if EU states say yes

Politics, Politics

27.07.2017 Editor

The wrangle over re-authorising glyphosate goes on and on. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, from the European Health and Food Safety Commission, has stated that this pesticide will be approved for a further 10 years only with the agreement of member states.


Germany: organic land reaches record level

Politics, Politics

26.07.2017 Editor

According to the latest data provided by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, organic farming in Germany experienced above-average growth in 2016.


New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

Politics, Politics

25.07.2017 Leo Frühschütz

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.


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