German Minister for the Environment opposed to the release of organisms with a 'gene-drive'

Politics, Politics

07.12.2016 Editor

The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.

Moratorium on new genetic extinction technology at UN convention

Politics, Politics

06.12.2016 Editor

Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico. 


US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

Politics, Politics

02.12.2016 Editor

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics.

World Soil Day: People for Soil Twitterstorm

Politics, Politics

01.12.2016 Editor

The World Soil Day (Monday 5 December) is a great chance to ask Europe to develop a specific legislation to save soil from pollution, speculative interests and poisons all around. For this reason more than 400 associations have joined together as People4Soil coalition which is promoting a European Citizens' Initiative.

EIT Food: boost to innovation for the food sector

Politics, Politics

30.11.2016 Editor

The EU wants to change the direction of travel in the the food sector by means of a powerful scientific and econmic programme.  The aims: education, research and 350 startups for new technologies, healthy food, less food waste and fewer greenhouse gas emissions in production.

Landmark ECJ ruling: research on dangers of pesticides must be made public

Politics, Politics

29.11.2016 Editor

The European Court of Justice ruled last week that safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides must be disclosed.

USDA: public-private partnerships to support regional food supply

Politics, Politics

29.11.2016 Editor

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Lillian Salerno announced three new public-private partnerships that will create economic opportunities in Elgin, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; and Chicago.

EU: Genetically engineered maize - risks not under control

Politics, Politics

28.11.2016 Editor

The EU Commission wants to allow the cultivation of three variant of genetically engineered maize for 2017. EU Member States are expected to vote on this issue on 9 December.

Organic leaders call for a regulation that supports development

Politics, Politics

28.11.2016 Editor

More than 140 people from 18 countries met in Sevilla, Spain at the 4th Organic Processing Conference to discuss the future of organic food processing.

Saving soils and climate: "4 per 1000" Initiative

Politics, Politics

25.11.2016 Editor

The “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate” aims to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned.

COP22: Manifesto for a Bio Morocco and for the Support for a Bio Africa

Politics, Politics

24.11.2016 Editor

IFOAM President Andre Leu was speaker at the COP22 Green Zone debate by the federation of Moroccan organic agriculture professionals (FIMABIO) in Marrakech.

CropLife urged EPA to remove scientists from glyphosate panel

Politics, Politics

23.11.2016 Editor

According to GMWatch the epidemiologist Dr Peter Infante was removed from the review panel because the Monsanto and industry funded group CropLife had specifically demanded that to EPA.

Criticism of Thailand's organic control

Politics, Politics

17.11.2016 Editor

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU audited a control organisation authorised to control organic imports from Thailand into the EU - and it was very critical of its work.

Ukraine: potential that ought to be exploited

Politics, Politics

15.11.2016 Karin Heinze

Ukraine is an important source of organic raw materials. Even after irregularities in recent years, some of a serious nature, nothing has changed regarding Ukraine as a sourcing country. There is potential and the new Ministry of Agriculture is working on closing gaps in the organic legislation, supporting organic farms and creating a corresponding infrastructure. However, many people feel the guidelines of the  EU Commission are a hindrance to trade. The guidelines were issued as a reaction to the scandals and apply until at least the end of this year. The two-day conference “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine” was conducive to constructive dialogue between representatives from Ukraine and representatives from politics and control organisations, importers and processors. (Video interviews)

EU: revision of the Organic Regulation concluded by the end of the year?

Politics, Politics

15.11.2016 Editor

After painfully slow negotiations in the past few months the EU Agriculture Council and the EU Parliament have agreed that they want to see the revision of the Organic Regulation concluded by the end of the year.

Europe: organic potential at risk

Politics, Politics

14.11.2016 Editor

It is well known that for the last 30 years the organic food market has expanded tremendously. Since the mid-1980s the EU total area of farm land increased by 3 million hectares (2014). In 2005 the EU organic retail market account for €11.1 billion in sales and it more than doubled by 2014 with €24 billion.

EU parliament voted against GMO varieties

Politics, Politics

10.11.2016 Editor

For the fifth time in less than a year European Union politicians voted against genetically modified crop. The European Parliament has rejected three varieties of GMO maize, as well as one variety of maize and one variety of cotton for import and use in food and feed.

IFOAM is attending the COP22 climate talks

Politics, Politics

08.11.2016 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International is attending the COP22 climate talks to speak out on behalf of the organic food and farming community and to raise awareness of the urgent need to make organic agriculture part of a climate change solution.

Australia cautious about EU Agricultural Trade Deal

Politics, Politics

04.11.2016 Editor

Australia is worried that EU rules and norms might become a hurdle to agricultural negotiations. The European Union is an important trade partner for Australia, since 4.5 percent of their exports go to the old continent.

Post-Brexit: the future of GMOs

Politics, Politics

01.11.2016 Editor

Bristish Farming Minister George Eustace has confirmed he is discussing new rules for GM crops after Brexit, and while some believe this will free the UK to move towards a more open approach to GM, others aren’t so certain.

The World’s Largest GMO-Free Territory

Politics, Politics

24.10.2016 Editor

In July of this year the Russian Federation passed a law that prohibits genetically modified agriculture. With this law signed by Vladimir Putin, Russia becomes the largest GMO free land in the world, ahead the European Union.

Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

Politics, Politics

23.10.2016 Karin Heinze

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.

Poland: new food act comes into parliament

Politics, Politics

21.10.2016 Editor

The ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside worked hard to get a New Food Act, which support small farmers to be discussed on a political level.

Bayer-Monsanto and the Concerned Organizations

Politics, Politics

20.10.2016 Editor

The Bayer-Monsanto deal has many people worried worldwide. Over 780,000 signatures were submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in order to warn elected officials about the threat that this company merger could pose to worldwide agriculture.

France in pole position on the origin of country label

Politics, Politics

14.10.2016 Editor

After the French State Council (“Conseil d’Etat”) and the European Commission agreed, the trial period will run for a period of two years, from 1 January 2017 until the end of 2018. COOL requirements will not apply to organic products.

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