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IFOAM EU: Organic regulation review – risk of a bad deal

Politics, Politics

13.06.2017 Editor

Yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers did not change the opinion of the organic sector on the current draft text for a new organic regulation. As no new content has been presented, IFOAM EU and others still question the real added value and the technical soundness of the proposal.


EU organic regulation negotiations: time for a change

Politics, Politics

13.06.2017 Editor

In a common statement ahead of the upcoming debate at the Council of Agriculture Ministers of 12 June, the Organic (IFOAM) and Fair Trade movements (FTAO) and Organic Certifiers (EOCC) announce the need of alternative approaches.  


USA: States sue EPA

Politics, Politics

08.06.2017 Editor

As the German TV reported, Attorneys-at-Law from the states of New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Washington and Maryland are suing the American environmental protection agency EPA.


France: new Minister for Organic Conversion

Politics, Politics

07.06.2017 Editor

The minister responsible for agriculture in the cabinet of new French President, Emmanuel Macron, is on the side of organic. Macron appointed Jacques Mezard as Minister of Agriculture, a man committed to the environment and an opponent of genetic engineering. Nicolas Hulot will be the Minister for Organic Conversion.


France: Senate adopts resolution to ban non-agricultural use of pesticides

Politics, Politics

07.06.2017 Editor

The French Senate has adopted the European resolution to ban non-agricultural pesticides across Europe. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe and Générations Futures welcomed the resolution. 


Glyphosate studies: a case for the European Court of Justice

Politics, Politics

05.06.2017 Editor

A group of Greens/European Free Alliance MEPs has filed a case with the European Court of Justice demanding public access to the studies used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in assessing the safety of glyphosate.


EU Organic Regulation: trilogue called off unexpectedly

Politics, Politics

31.05.2017 Karin Heinze

Until Monday evening, when the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) met, some of the negotiators thought agreement was imminent and that the negotiations on the new EU law would be concluded. That's not the way it turned out: the final trilogue meeting, arranged for Wednesday, was cancelled. The participants reacted in different ways.


Glyphosate: Brussels wants to extend licence for ten years

Politics, Politics

24.05.2017 Editor

The authorisation for glyphosate runs out at the end of 2017. EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis recently presented a proposal to permit the use of glyphosate in the European Union for a further ten years.

 


IFOAM: 11th European Organic Congress

Politics, Politics

24.05.2017 Editor

This Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in the Estonian capital Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap for making it happen.


Germany: failure of draft bill banning GMOs

Politics, Politics

23.05.2017 Editor

The controversial draft bill on banning the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture has failed. The coalition partners in the federal government – the SPD and the CDU/CSU -  could not reach a consensus. Critics say no law is better than a bad law.


UK: Next government must prioritise soil

Politics, Politics

11.05.2017 Editor

A news item published by the Soil Association explains that in the run-up to the general election in the UK they are urging all parties to commit to protecting and restoring soil health in their manifestos. 


David against Goliath in the Vinschgau Region

Politics, Politics

09.05.2017 Kai Kreuzer

A municipality in the Italian province of South Tyrol dispenses with all pesticides. The governor of the province objects and senses it could set a precedent. But many people are supporting the pesticide opponents of Mals.


Germany: Empty Bins Campaign

Politics, Politics

09.05.2017 Editor

2 May was protest day against food waste. An article in Eco-World (eco-world.de) describes how activists demonstrated in front of the federal Ministry of Agriculture to vent their anger at the minister for ignoring this humanitarian and environmental issue.


EU: CETA and cloned cattle

Politics, Politics

06.05.2017 Editor

A research commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group in the EU Parliament and carried out by Testbiotech  revealed it is likely that cloned cattle stemming from cloned bulls have entered the EU.


Roundup – carcinogenic or not?

Politics, Politics

05.04.2017 Editor

Has evidence that Roundup causes cancer been suppressed? Collusion on the part of Monsanto and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?


Norway/Iceland: Back to a level playing field

Politics, Politics

01.04.2017 Editor

From March 2017, after a delay of 8 years, the EU will permit imports of organic salmon from EEA countries that have been certified in compliance with EU stipulations.


Monsanto Tribunal: Rechtsgutachten wird am 18. April verkündet

Politics, Politics

21.03.2017 Karin Heinze

Am 18. April werden die Richter des Monsanto Tribunalslöffentlich ihr Gutachten und ihre Empfehlungen in Den Haag verkünden. Es wird dazu einen Live Stream in englisch, französisch, deutsch und spanisch geben.


EU: renouncing palm oil?

Politics, Politics

17.03.2017 Redaktion

Sustainable production and export criteria for palm oil and gradually  abandoning the promotion of biofuel are intended to create better protection of the rainforest and the threatened species that live therein.


Legal opinion of the Monsanto Tribunal: April 18th

Politics, Politics

14.03.2017 Editor

On April 18th, the Monsanto Tribunal judges will publicly present their conclusions and legal recommendations in The Hague. This event will be livestreamed in English, French, German and Spanish.


EU-Chile: organic trade agreement to be signed

Politics, Politics

08.03.2017 Editor

On 6 March 2017, the European Council adopted a decision on the signing of an agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products. 


EU organic law: trialogue continues under the leadership of Malta

Politics, Politics

08.03.2017 Editor

After a three-month break, the negotiations on the revision of the EU Eco-Regulation under the Maltese Presidency of the Council continue today. The German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, has also contributed to this with his vote but opposite to the decision of the federal states and other European Member States.


EU CAP: organisations call for a radical reform

Politics, Politics

07.03.2017 Editor

Over 150 European civil society organisations from 25 EU countries have called on EU leaders to carry out a radical reform of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and related policies.


Approving eco plant protection products to become simpler

Politics, Politics

06.03.2017 Editor

The EU Parliament intends to speed up the authorisation procedures for bio pesticides. The portal euractiv.de reports that the members of parliament are calling on the EU Commission to make the corresponding changes to the law.


EU Agricultural policy: citizens can submit proposals

Politics, Politics

02.03.2017 Editor

EU Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, has launched a survey to find out the opinions of citizens on the future of EU agricultural policy after 2020.


EU: ban for British GM crops?

Politics, Politics

27.02.2017 Editor

As a leaked report by the European Parliament shows, there are plans to ban British products if they are contaminated with genetically modified organism.  


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