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.

High presence of Glyphosate in U.S. products

Politics, Politics

14.10.2016 Editor

According to a recent study, glyphosate in American bee honey is twice as high as the EU regulations allow. Even in organic honey.

Monsanto Tribunal starts tomorrow

Politics, Politics

13.10.2016 Editor

Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly will take place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October.

Bayer-Monsanto merger about to happen

Politics, Politics

11.10.2016 Editor

On 24 September, the board of Monsanto agreed to accept the offer of Bayer to purchase Monsanto for $66 billion pending regulatory approval. The outcome will depend on the European Commission’s decision in Brussels.

Public trial of Monsanto for ecocide

Politics, Politics

08.10.2016 Editor

Over 800 organizations from around the world are supporting and participating in this process while over 100 people's assemblies and tribunals are being held across the world.

Europe’s biggest trade agreement reaches its most crucial point

Politics, Politics

07.10.2016 Editor

The process has been mostly marked by strong resistance by the people. Austria, Belgium, Germany and France have had the biggest anti-CETA/TTIP movements.

EU Parliament objects to new GMO authorisations

Politics, Politics

06.10.2016 Editor

Today the European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs.

Organic growth for post-Brexit Ireland?

Politics, Politics

05.10.2016 Editor

Up to now, only 2% of Irish farmers are certified organic which means, that the majority does not acknowledge their most obvious market opportunity.

European Organic Fruit Forum sets the direction of further development

Politics, Politics

03.10.2016 Redaktion

On the occasion of this year's general assembly, the members of the Europäische Bioobst Forum (EBF) met at the premises of the fruit farmers belonging to the Biosüdtirol cooperative in Gargazon near Lana.

US Senate overrides stringent GMO labelling

Politics, Politics

28.09.2016 Editor

The US Senate has, with 63 votes to 30, voted for a law prescribing standard labelling nationwide for genetically modified foods. This means that the stricter labelling rules of individual states like Vermont are nullified.

Takeover of Syngenta: resistance in the USA

Politics, Politics

23.09.2016 Editor

ChemChina wants to take over the Basel agribusiness Syngenta for US$43bn. According to a report by the Swiss Landwirtschaftliche Informationsdienst (Lid) opposition to the takeover is building in the  USA.

Official Launch of the European Petition for Soil Protection

Politics, Politics

23.09.2016 Editor

On Thursday September 22nd the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) ‘People4soil’, is launched at ‘Terra Madre’, the global Slow Food event on good, clean and fair food in Turin, Italy. The minimum target is to gather one million signatures.

Monsanto Tribunal: Vandana Shiva calls for action

Politics, Politics

22.09.2016 Editor

From 14 to 16 October 2016 the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in the Hague. In a video, the environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva appeals to people all over the world to get involved, and she explains the background to her call for action.

EU Commission no longer recognises organic salmon from Norway

Politics, Politics

22.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

From 1 January 2015 organic salmon from Norway has no longer been organic. That's the opinion of the EU Commission.  What the consequences are is not the least bit clear. The only thing that is clear is the fact the production conditions of Norwegian organic salmon farmers have not changed. What's going on here is to do with the legal situation– and diplomacy in agriculture.

Cork 2.0 declaration: Strong political commitment on public goods payments needed to turn words into reality

Politics, Politics

10.09.2016 Editor

On the 7th september, the Declaration oh the future EU Rural Development was proposed at the Cork Conference on Rural Development.

US Aquaculture Standards still in Progress

Politics, Politics

08.09.2016 Redaktion

One year ago, the US Agriculture Department introduced a plan for organic aquaculture standards. Now the White House Office of Management and Budget has calculated that it will presumably take double time to pass the standard.

Venezuela’s Seed Law at Risk

Politics, Politics

07.09.2016 Redaktion

Last year, the government of Venezuela passed the so called Seed Law, which intended to impose one of the worlds toughest regulations on GMO seeds.

“Agro-Resistance” in Palestine

Politics, Politics

02.09.2016 Redaktion

For years, Israel has been trying to drive Palestinian farmers off their land by restricting agriculture. “Canaan Fair Trade”  is a farming project, that wants to support local small-hold farmers by helping to grow resistant organic crops, buying products to above market prices and finding markets for the produce.

Dairy Farmers Adapt to EU's Changing Conditions

Politics, Politics

01.09.2016 Redaktion

As the European Union ended its quota system in April 2015, the dairy sector was hit particularly hard.

Will UK comply with Demand for Organic Food?

Politics, Politics

24.08.2016 Redaktion

The UK is the world’s fourth-biggest organic market after the US. While sales of non-organic food and drinks fell by 1 percent last year the organic market grew at 4.9 percent.

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