Politics, Politics07.12.2016 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'.
Politics, Politics06.12.2016 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.
Politics, Politics02.12.2016 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.
Politics, Politics01.12.2016 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.
Politics, Politics30.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics29.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics29.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics28.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics28.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics25.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics24.11.2016 Editor
IFOAM President Andre Leu was speaker at the COP22 Green Zone debate by the federation of Moroccan organic agriculture professionals (FIMABIO) in Marrakech.
Politics, Politics23.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics17.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics15.11.2016 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)
Politics, Politics15.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics14.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics10.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics08.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics04.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics01.11.2016 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.
Politics, Politics24.10.2016 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.
Politics, Politics23.10.2016 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.
Politics, Politics21.10.2016 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.
Politics, Politics20.10.2016 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.
Politics, Politics14.10.2016 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.