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CropLife urged EPA to remove scientists from glyphosate panel

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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