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EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

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According to a proposal by the EU Commission, ten disposable plastic products are to be withdrawn from the European market.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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


EU bans three bee-harming neonics

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04.05.2018 Editor

Following a proposal of the European Commission, the EU member states have banned three bee poisonous pesticides for outdoor use. Germany also supported the ban. However, for environmental associations, the new regulation does not go far enough.


Naturland demands fair wages for cocoa farmers

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03.05.2018 Editor

Cocoa is the main source of income for over five million smallholders, mostly from West Africa. At the fourth World Cocoa Conference from 22nd to 25th April, 1,500 players from the cocoa industry met to exchange views and also to discuss the working conditions for cocoa farmers. On this occasion, Naturland demanded the conference’s participants to take action by passing concrete resolutions in favour of cocoa smallholders.


Acrylamide: New requirements for minimization

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26.04.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The new EU Acrylamide Regulation came into force in April. The new regulation aims at a further reduction of the harmful substance, which is mainly found in fried, roasted and baked products and is considered carcinogenic in animal experiments.


European Parliament’s plenary adopts the new EU organic regulation

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19.04.2018 Editor

Today, the European Parliament adopted the text for a new organic regulation, as preliminarily agreed by the Council and the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture in November 2017. The voting was very clear: 466 MEPs voted in favour of the new regulation and only 124 against.


New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

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18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".


Global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies

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16.04.2018 Editor

At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.


Canada: Quebec government supports organic industry

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13.04.2018 Editor

Quebec Province´s  liberal government recently unveiled a policy and a high budget to encourage the development of the food sector, including organic farming.


Germany: 20% organic acreage until 2030?

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10.04.2018 Editor

Almost six months after the election of the new German government last September, the governing coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD is now in place. One of the agreed goals of the two parties is to achieve 20% organic cultivation land by 2030. Julia Klöckner (CDU), new Federal Minister of Agriculture and Food, is about to implement the announcements for sustainable agriculture.


China submits new maximum residue limits for pesticides in food to the WTO

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03.04.2018 Editor

As we can see from the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report by the American Department of Agriculture (USDA), the People's Republic of China has recently submitted an extensive list of pesticides with corresponding maximum residue limits (MRLs) to the the World Trade Organization (WTO). 


UN moves towards recognising human right to a healthy environment

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02.04.2018 Editor

©Since long there has been a strong demand of many NGOs and of the organic sector towards political representatives worldwide to take more responsibility for a healthy environment.


Organic India: shape of things

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27.03.2018 Editor

A strong regulatory framework and multiple policy initiatives lay the foundation for the rapid development of the organic foods sector in India in the coming years. With the surge in demand for organic foods, and the subsequent influx of new products into the market, organic certification has become crucial to ensure quality and prevent fraud and mislabelling. Certification develops confidence amongst consumers about the product’s genuineness as Organic. It also certifies that the product does not contain any non-organic ingredients and that it complies with the organic production standards laid out by regulatory authorities. Let us take a look at the certification processes in India for organic products.


Sikkim bans entry of non-organic foods

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27.03.2018 Editor

Consolidating its organic stance further, the government of Sikkim has recently announced a ban on the supply of all perishable vegetables, mangoes and bananas into the state, from March 31 onwards.


Belgium: Brussels government takes Commission to EU Court over glyphosate

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26.03.2018 Editor

The government of the Brussels region has decided to file a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its decision to re-authorise the pesticide glyphosate in Europe. Belgium was among the nine member states that voted against the renewal of the controversial chemical substance.


EU CAP reform: IFOAM EU calls for a clear framework

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26.03.2018 Editor

There was no agreement on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform for 2020 at the last meeting of the Agriculture Ministers on Monday 19 March. They were unable to agree on common conclusions on the Commission communication on "The future of food and farming", an important milestone in the discussion. 


EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

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23.03.2018 Editor

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision. And Germany plays an inglorious role in this.


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

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21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


USA: OTA blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule

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21.03.2018 Editor

The North American Organic Trade Association (OTA) strongly condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation. The Association calls action “egregious", and says battle will continue in court.


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