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European Commission registers 'People4Soil'

Politics, Politics

29.07.2016 Editor

The European Commission has today taken the decision to register 'People4Soil' European Citizens' Initiative which aims to "recognise soil as a shared heritage that needs EU level protection and develop a dedicated legally binding framework covering the main soil threats."


USA: organic farmers criticise corporation-dominated organic umbrella organization

Politics, Politics

21.07.2016 Editor

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.


People4Soil expected to launch this September

Politics, Politics

18.07.2016 Editor

"It's time to save the soils of Europe" says the citizens' initiative People4Soil that is expected to be launched this September. More than 300 organisations ask EU a common legal framework to counteract land take, soil degradation and contamination.


EU: CAP not delivering the public goods promised

Politics, Politics

18.07.2016 Editor

The reformed CAP for 2014-2020 lacks clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable agriculture, the majority of tools available are limited to supporting individual farm practices and they do not promote a comprehensive transition towards sustainable agriculture.


The True Costs of Food Campaign started in Europe

Politics, Politics

12.07.2016 Editor

Organic specialist Eosta and Nature & More has entered collaboration with a large number of customers to make the true costs of regular fruit and vegetables visible for European consumers.


Brexit – What's next?

Politics, Politics

12.07.2016 Editor

The British voted by a  small majority to exit the European Union. That has consequences for the wider economy and for the EU. The wholefood industry has so far shown itself to be not particularly worried. Can that be right? After the British decision to leave the EU companies in other industries set up crisis management teams or at least working groups to assess the impact, but in the  wholefood sector most firms are operating the principle of 'business as usual'. In fact, there are many questions to be addressed, and they affect the organic sector too.


Organic regulation negotiations, is the end near?

Politics, Politics

06.07.2016 Editor

Last Friday the Slovak Republic took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from the Netherlands, and is now the sixth Presidency in a row to work on the organic dossier.


Spanish government does not respond to the risk of massive transgenic contamination

Politics, Politics

05.07.2016 Editor

The appearance of teosinte is having serious consequences for agriculture. The situation could worsen if it crosses with genetically modified maize.


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.


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