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Global protests: March Against Monsanto #MAM

World, World

15.05.2018 Karin Heinze

The organisation March Against Monsanto #MAM announced that 2018 May 19th will be the date for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The global events will take place in hundreds of cities on six continents with the objective to further educate and raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and the increasingly toxic food supply, as well as its merger with the German pesticide, GMO and pharmaceutical giant Bayer.  


New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

World, World

19.04.2018 Editor

Research results from China show that plants made resistant to glyphosate by genetic engineering have a surprisingly high potential for uncontrolled spread.


New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

World, World

18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".


Global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies

World, World

16.04.2018 Editor

At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.


UN moves towards recognising human right to a healthy environment

World, World

02.04.2018 Editor

©Since long there has been a strong demand of many NGOs and of the organic sector towards political representatives worldwide to take more responsibility for a healthy environment.


IFOAM: Louise Luttikholt new Executive Director

World, World

22.03.2018 Editor

Louise Luttikholt is announced the new Executive Director of IFOAM Organics International, headquartered in Bonn, Germany. She follows Markus Arbenz and will take the responsibility from July 2018 .


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

World, World

21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

World, World

19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.


GOTS certified facilities increase 8,2% in 2017

World, World

15.03.2018 Editor

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS shows an increase of 8,2% to 5,024 facilities in 2017. GOTS certified facilities are located in 62 countries around the world. 


Vivaness: German natural cosmetics market by far the biggest in Europe

World, World

27.02.2018 Karin Heinze

More and more consumers are purchasing natural cosmetics. Over the last two years their number has increased by 1.2 million. The winners benefiting from this trend continue to be the drugstores; the losers include the specialist trade. The turnover of natural cosmetics grew by around 1.2 billion euros. As well as providing the latest market data, Vivaness presented many product innovations on the 275 stands in Hall 7A, on the joint German Newcomers Stand and in the Breeze exhibition area. In our article you find details on market data, trends and many photos.


Naturland with record increase of 25% in farmers and area

World, World

26.02.2018 Editor

The Germany based international organic association Naturland has publishing excellent figures at BioFach: currently there are 54,000 farmers in 52 countries the world over operating in compliance with the Naturland standards. This is 26.4% more than a year ago.


Biofach and Vivaness attract around 50,000 visitors

World, World

19.02.2018 Editor

"Best atmosphere among 3,218 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors", Nürnberg Messe announced at the end of the four days of the fair on Saturday late in the afternoon.


Global organic data show resilient growth

World, World

14.02.2018 Karin Heinze

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. This is the résumé of the 19th edition of „The World of Organic Agriculture“. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International launched  the statistical yearbook at Biofach  2018 in Nuremberg. This comprehensive collection of the latest available data (2016) on organic agriculture worldwide contains data on area, operators, and retail sales: 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars.


PGS: initiatives in more than 60 countries

World, World

11.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM – Organics International is collecting worldwide data on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in a bi-annually global survey. PGS are recognized in a national organic regulation Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico and India.


IFOAM Organic World Congress: global meeting of the movement

World, World

21.12.2017 Karin Heinze

It was a global organic event in India last month. Almost 2,500 delegates from 121 countries plus more than 7,000 day visitors attended the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC). More than 1,000 farmers joined the organic mega event in Delhi/ Greater Noida and discussed topics concerning agriculture innovations, techniques, trends, challenges, success stories and other key issues of the sector. The motto of the OWC was „An Organic World through an Organic India.“ Every fifth organic farmer in the world lives in India. Read the summary and watch a video with impressions and statements.


Mintel: key trends for 2018

World, World

20.12.2017 Editor

Mintel has identified five key trends set to impact the global food and drink market in 2018. They include transparency, traceability, self-care, and scientifically engineered ingredients.


Gates Foundation lobbies for gene drive

World, World

08.12.2017 Editor

As documents published earlier this week show, an international campaign is underway behind the scenes to pave the way for the release of genetically engineered insects and mammals, carrying a so-called gene drive.


Sikkim: An organic vision becomes reality

World, World

05.12.2017 Karin Heinze

Sikkim, a small northeastern Himalayan state between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that boarders China in the North, made an important decision in 2010. Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling had a visionary goal: he wanted to place the state’s entire agriculture land under organic management. To achieve his goal, Chamling launched the Sikkim Organic Mission and within 15 years, the entire agriculture process was converted to organic, and Sikkim was declared “Organic State“ in 2016. This is a worldwide lighthouse example for further conversion of lands towards a 100% organic status. Watch the Video.


BioFach global analysis: organic industry continues upward trend

World, World

28.11.2017 Editor

The global organic market is nearing USD 90bn in turnover and is developing in the right direction with excellent future prospects. The growth rates are particularly high in North America and northern Europe.The analysis of sales in the USA and European countries shows a double digit growth in 2016. A bright future awaits the organic industry, explains NurembergMesse the organiser of the BioFach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. The organic industry will next come together at the exhibition that takes place in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February 2018.


IFOAM: organic agriculture to combat climate change

World, World

14.11.2017 Editor

At the moment, presided over by the Government of Fiji, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, is still ongoing. With reference to the event, IFOAM – Organics International calls upon the participating parties to concentrate on mitigating the consequences of climate change people have to face who actually contributed least to the problems.


IFOAM: Nachfolger für Präsident und Geschäftsführer gesucht

World, World

03.11.2017 Redaktion

Am 12. November 2017 wird auf der Generalversammlung der IFOAM – Organics International in Neu Delhi ein neuer Präsident gewählt. Ein halbes Jahr später steht außerdem der Wechsel des Geschäftsführers bevor.


IFOAM: new President and new Executive Director coming

World, World

31.10.2017 Editor

On the General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International in New Delhi, a new World Board and a new President will be elected. Half a year later, there will be also a change of Executive Director. Succession planning is ongoing.


OWC: biggest organic farming event on the planet

World, World

31.10.2017 Karin Heinze

The Organic World Congress (OWC) is a global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. It is coming to India for the first time in 40 years and will take place from 9-11 November 2017 Greater Noida, New Delhi. The event will play a critical role in strengthening the world organic farming movement and tilting India’s agricultural. According to the organizers the OWC will welcome around 3,000 delegates from 110 countries. As a parallel event BioFach India together with India Organic Trade Fair will take place at the same venue.


Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

World, World

26.10.2017 Karin Heinze

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe. Yesterday representatives of governments have again rejected the Commission’s proposal for a ten year renewal of the licence for glyphosate. A final vote has been postponed to November.


Countdown for the Organic World Congress

World, World

24.10.2017 Editor

The countdown for the 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM Organics International is running. From 9 - 12 November it will take place in Noida (New Delhi).


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