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Germany: Minister presented future strategy of organic farming

Politics, Politics

17.02.2017 Editor

The future strategy of organic farming (ZÖL) by the Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, was presented at BioFach. On nearly 100 pages goals and measures are outlined to push the organic sector in Germany.


USA: animal welfare rule for the organic sector released

Politics, Politics

06.02.2017 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 19 published the final rule on animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry in the Federal Register.


Trump´s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Politics, Politics

02.02.2017 Editor

US-President Donald Trump has nominated the former Georgia Republican Governor Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary. Stakeholders of the organic industry gave their statement.


Scotland's organic market is growing continuously

Politics, Politics

01.02.2017 Editor

According to the Organic Market Report 2016 of the British Soil Association, Scotland experienced stable market growth last year, and it was a major contributor to overall growth in Britain.


USA: GROorganic Check-off program

Politics, Politics

31.01.2017 Editor

GRO Organic Check-off is a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion program for the organic sector. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comments.


Demo „We've had enough of agro-industry“ – 9 demands for a change

Politics, Politics

31.01.2017 Karin Heinze

Election year and Green Week: time to talk about the future of agriculture and to demonstrate for a change of direction in agriculture. The seventh “We've had enough” demo in Berlin was an opportunity to do just that – 18,000 people went onto the streets. The motley crowd marched through the government district in Berlin, but the events before and after the demo too were also a platform for targeting the demands of the organic industry, animal welfare organisations, environmentalists and critics of capitalism etc. at politicians (Video).


German Environment Minister Hendricks calls for ecological agriculture

Politics, Politics

27.01.2017 Editor

At the International Green Week in Berlin Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks calls for a rethinking of agriculture and consumer behavior.


We are fed up with the agricultural industry!

Politics, Politics

24.01.2017 Editor

Under the motto "We are fed up with the agricultural industry!" 18,000 farmers and citizens demand a change in agricultural and nutrition policy. The alliance calls for a 9-point plan for animal, environment and climate change in agriculture.


OCA announced #ConsumerRevolution and #PoliticalRevolution platforms

Politics, Politics

23.01.2017 Editor

With the start of the new political era in America the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced to fight against the expected bad conditions for organic farming, GMO labeling and consumers right to know what is in their food.

 


IFOAM EU: project IoF 2020 has started

Politics, Politics

19.01.2017 Editor

IFOAM EU Group informed that the Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project has started on January 1st 2017 and will run for four years with a €30 million budget co-funded by the European Union.


EU: “Ban Glyphosate” European Citizens' Initiative registered

Politics, Politics

17.01.2017 Editor

The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) "Ban Glyphosate EU" will be formally registered on 25 January by the European Commission. With this registration a one-year process of collection of at least 1 million signatures will start.


UK: 10 million Euro EU funding for the organic sector

Politics, Politics

17.01.2017 Editor

Under the headline „UK Organic Sector backed by EU Funding“ the British Organic Trade Board (OTB) informed, that the OTB, in partnership with Organic Denmark, have been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the organic food and drink sector.


Demo in Berlin: focus on farm closures and Monsanto deal

Politics, Politics

11.01.2017 Editor

“Agricultural corporations: keep your hands off our food!” – with this motto tens of thousands will again go onto the streets in Berlin on 21 January. The occasion is the “We've had enough!” demonstration demanding a fundamental change to agricultural and nutrition policy.


France: official ban of pesticides in public green spaces

Politics, Politics

06.01.2017 Editor

From New Year’s Day on spraying of pesticides is forbidden in France, chemicals are banned from all public green spaces, including parks, gardens and forests.


Scottish farmers want organic standards to remain after Brexit

Politics, Politics

04.01.2017 Editor

Over 380 members (90%) of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) want no change in the regulation of organic foods. That is the result of a survey from December 2016.


Spain: two million hectares of organic land are not enough

Politics, Politics

03.01.2017 Karin Heinze

Greenpeace Spain congratulates all the players in the organic movement. They would have made the dynamic growth of the ecologically managed agricultural area possible, making it possible for the consumer to buy healthy and environmentally friendly food. With an increase of 18.4 per cent compared to 2014, some two million hectares are now biologically cultivated - Spain has thus reached a new record. But this is not enough yet looking at the challenges of climate change, soil loss and rural exodus, explains the Greenpeace Spain.


Argentinia: Federal Prosecutor requests ban on GMO crops

Politics, Politics

03.01.2017 Editor

The Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready).


China: Heilongjiang province bans GMOs

Politics, Politics

02.01.2017 Editor

According to several sources China´s top grain producing province Heilongjiang has decided in December to prohibit to grow GMO crops. The regulation will become effective on May 1,2017.


Jan Plagge elected deputy chair of the working group on the Common Agriculture Policy

Politics, Politics

28.12.2016 Editor

The President of Bioland  and Vice-President of the IFOAM EU Group (International Federation of Organic Agriculture) Jan Plagge was elected unanimously to be the deputy chairman of the Civil Dialogue Group (CDG). It assists the Commission and will engage in dialogue on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Brussels.


Review of the year 2016

Politics, Politics

27.12.2016 Karin Heinze

Not an easy year - politically as well as for the organic industry. Although turnover is still growing political developments as in the UK, in Turkey and the US will all impact on to the organic sector. The worldwide organic movement is working on new ideas and is fighting very hard against GMO and pesticides. Looking back over the organic year, we are summarising important events, market data, developments, trends and reports from Europe and across the world. Please join us for our review! Many more themes are available in our archive and on YouTube  and Twitter.


Glyphosate: EFSA shares raw data from risk assessment

Politics, Politics

20.12.2016 Editor

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information.


BNN: "We're doing organics because we don’t want pesticides in the environment!"

Politics, Politics

20.12.2016 Editor

After 1000 days (December 17, 2016) and 143 weeks of negotiations at European and national level, the current proposal with its  level of compromise remains far removed from reality and poorly crafted in many points. German organic trade association BNN draws a conclusion.

 


Genetic engineering law: German Federal Council calls for corrections

Politics, Politics

19.12.2016 Editor

The German Federal Council Bundesrat calls for comprehensive corrections and improvements to the draft of the new Genetic Engineering Act (Opt out).


Czech Republic: over 1 million Euro to promote organic products

Politics, Politics

16.12.2016 Editor

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales. The state will invest 30 million crowns (about 1.11 million Euro) in the initiative.


Equivalence between China and New Zealand

Politics, Politics

16.12.2016 Editor

China and New Zealand have concluded an historic equivalence agreement. The countries agreed to recognize each other's certified organic products as such. This means that a Chinese certificate is valid in New Zealand and vice versa.


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