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2.6 million dead bees make stinging point about pesticides

Politics, Politics

04.07.2016 Editor

A truck loaded with 2.6 million dead bees made its final stop earlier this month on the 22nd of June at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in downtown Washington, said First Post.


Glyphosate Update: Final EU Commission decision

Politics, Politics

30.06.2016 Editor

The Commission adopted the extension of the current approval of glyphosate for a limited period until the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has concluded its review and gave recommendations on the use of glyphosate.


Brexit: IFOAM EU emphasises organic European union

Politics, Politics

30.06.2016 Editor

Brexit is reality since last week. Organic-Market.info asked IFOAM EU for a statement.


Glyphosate is to receive 18 months extension

Politics, Politics

29.06.2016 Editor

As the European Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Tuesday at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Luxembourg the Commission will extend the European approval for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate to 18 months.


Soil Association: EU referendum statement

Politics, Politics

28.06.2016 Editor

The British  organisation for the organic sector Soil Association published a statement related to the „Brexit“: „We are very disappointed that the UK will be leaving the European Union.


Glyphosate - again no majority: EU Commission should withdraw authorization

Politics, Politics

27.06.2016 Editor

On Friday last week the EU , the appeal committee has about glyphosate tuned: Even after long negotiations, there was no qualified majority. “EU Commission should withdraw authorization”, says the German MEP Martin Häusling.


New EU organic legislation: the courage to say No

Politics, Politics

27.06.2016 Editor

After two-and-a-half years of negotiations, one thing can be said about the planned new organic legislation: it's not yet ready. “Because of the obstructive approach of the EU Commission the ambitious Dutch leaders in the negotiations will not succeed in finishing the revision as planned by the time of the meeting of EU Ministers of Agriculture to be held on 27- 28 June in Luxembourg,“ says Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, the chair of the German Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW). “We welcome the fact that the EU Parliament and member states are remaining steadfastly opposed to the nonsensical proposals of the EU Commission.


Parliament calls for EU action to help farmers fight unfair trading practices

Politics, Politics

14.06.2016 Editor

MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday the 7th of June.


EU: glyphosate authorisation fails again

Politics, Politics

09.06.2016 Editor

For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.


Denmark launches Europe’s first organic food business group

Politics, Politics

09.06.2016 Editor

The Food and Agriculture Ministry is launching Europe’s first organic food business group to assist the Danish government in boosting the sector.


Interview: "Only genuine progress justifies new organic legislation"

Politics, Politics

24.05.2016 Karin Heinze

The trilogue between the European negotiating partners, Commission, Agriculture Committee and Parliament engaged in the revision of the EU organic regulation is entering the decisive round. It does not appear possible to adhere to the target of getting the organic legislation off the ground by the end of June. Although the trilogue is taking place behind closed doors, Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), representing the interests of the organic industry in Germany, is being kept informed about the stage reached in the negotiations in Brussels.


USDA invested 1 billion into organic sector

Politics, Politics

24.05.2016 Editor

Statistics of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that the US retail market for organic products is steadily growing an reached $39 billion last year.


USA: First World Fairtrade Challenge campaign

Politics, Politics

19.05.2016 Editor

This year, the Bolivian Embassy highlighted Fairtrade organic coffee grown by small-scale Fairtrade coffee farmers during the Open Day of the embassies in Washington DC that attracted over 30,000 visitors.


FAO conference ends with call for sustainable agriculture

Politics, Politics

18.05.2016 Editor

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe concluded on the 6th of May, as members called for better nutrition, food security and more sustainable agriculture practices.


Organic farmers urge EU-Commission to ban patents on seeds

Politics, Politics

18.05.2016 Editor

Today, a symposium on patents and plant breeders’ rights will be hosted by the Dutch Minister for Agriculture. IFOAM EU welcomes the Dutch Presidency initiative and urges the Commission to take concrete, legal action to put an end to patents on seeds.


China: consequences of the Syngenta acquisition

Politics, Politics

17.05.2016 Editor

With the aquisition of Swiss GMO company Syngenta China puts genetically modified food on menu. But a majority of Chinese consumers don´t want it.


Conventional food is considerably more expensive than organic food

Politics, Politics

17.05.2016 Karin Heinze

For a long time the organic industry has been having a discussion about so-called externalized costs. But far from all consumers are aware of the fact that the low price of food is achieved at a cost because of the chemicals used in agriculture, factory farming and the severe consequences for the environment. Or they put it to the back of their minds. It’s high time to tell people the truth. This is the reason why Volkert Engelsman, head of the Dutch organic company Eosta, has launched the information campaign “The True Cost of Food”. Organic supermarkets have started to promote the campaign. The background and a video interview with Volkert Engelsman.


IFOAM: need for more sustainable farming

Politics, Politics

12.05.2016 Editor

On Earth Day, IFOAM - Organics International urges governments to address the role industrial agriculture plays in damaging the earth and accelerating climate change and call for the worldwide adoption of agroecological farming practices.


Modified mushrooms not considered as GMO

Politics, Politics

10.05.2016 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators pondered an outwardly unremarkable mushroom for two and a half years before they decided its GMO status earlier this month.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

Politics, Politics

10.05.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.


Banned in Europe but widely used in the U.S.

Politics, Politics

04.05.2016 Editor

The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems and fetal development, which is the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides.


EU vote: German minister can ban glyphosate

Politics, Politics

03.05.2016 Karin Heinze

It is likely that on 18 or 19 May the EU member states will vote on whether and under what conditions to approve the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate. An open letter calls on the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to vote against approval and thus to prevent further authorisation of glyphosate. The European Commission now wants to restrict the renewal of authorisation to 10 years. In its proposal at the beginning of March renewal was for 15 years. The Dutch Council Presidency had called for a reduction of five years, the Greens asked for a complete ban.


Bulgarian companies represented at biggest natural products show in Europe

Politics, Politics

29.04.2016 Editor

On Sunday the 17th of April, the Minister Lukarski visited the Bulgarian stand at Natural and Organic Products Europe 2016.


Challenges and opportunities to developing organic farming under a new organic regulation

Politics, Politics

26.04.2016 Karin Heinze

Is the new EU Organic Regulation negotiated until June? Where are still sticking points? That was the topic on the second day of the IFOAM EU congress in the Netherlands. The 200 participants from 27 EU countries listened intently what the negotiators from Brussels brought up in the discussion. There are still some open issues, but the Dutch have indicated their objective of concluding the trialogue between the Commission, Council and Parliament, and to bring the new regulation by the end of its EU presidency on the way. With video documentation on BioMarktInfo Youtube.


Attack on Vermont's GMO labeling law!

Politics, Politics

26.04.2016 Editor

Under pressure from Monsanto and Big Food lobbyists, Vermont lawmakers are weighing a rider to the state budget bill that would let food companies off the hook for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law until January 1, 2018.


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