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André Leu: “We must join ecological forces”

World, World

18.10.2016 Karin Heinze

André Leu is President of IFOAM Organics International. At the People´s Assembly and Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague October 14 - 16, 2016 we asked him about his expectations of the event and the possible perspectives for the future.

 


Monsanto Tribunal starts tomorrow

World, World

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

World, World

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

World, World

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.


Donating muesli for refugees in Greece and Italy

World, World

16.09.2016 Editor

Malnutrition and eating the wrong kind of food are sometimes the biggest problems faced by refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iran in the reception camps in Greece and Italy.


Jumbo merger: takeover of Monsanto by Bayer

World, World

15.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The German chemicals corporation Bayer has announced  the friendly take-over of its US competitor Monsanto. Bayer is paying Monsanto shareholders US$128  per share - a premium of 44 % on the quoted price.


Organic products from abroad: are prices and wages fair ?

World, World

13.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The objective is clear: people producing organic goods must earn enough to live on. But do importers in fact pay prices that enable the producers and the workers in the fields and plantations to have a decent standard of living? If the answer is that they often don't, what does that mean for the specialist organic trade?


Natural and Organic Personal Care Market Expected to Grow

World, World

09.09.2016 Redaktion

The global natural and organic personal care market is expected to value around $21 million by the end of 2024.


Organic Soy Protein Market Worth 500.4 Million USD by 2021

World, World

30.08.2016 Redaktion

Because consumers become more and more aware of the advantages of organic soy-milk and the number of lactose-intolerances is growing, the demand for soy-based products is steadily increasing.


Monsanto in court

World, World

23.08.2016 Karin Heinze

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.


Organic Canned Fruits offer Multimillion-Dollar Opportunity

World, World

20.08.2016 Redaktion

The global market opportunity in canned fruits is expected to rise from $9.45 billion to over $10.82 billion by 2019.


Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

World, World

11.08.2016 Editor

Together, the IFOAM Organics International, Navdanya, Organic Consumers Association, Biovision and many more are organizing The People’s Assembly as well as The Monsanto Tribunal, 14 -16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.


Monsanto Tribunal: Vadana Shiva´s Call to Action

World, World

01.08.2016 Editor

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Dr. Vandana Shiva calls to action and explains the background.


European Commission registers 'People4Soil'

World, World

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."


Get a .bio web address by IFOAM

World, World

28.07.2016 Editor

In one year, from June 2015 to June 2016, .bio grew by +50%, reaching 16,000 registrations and expanding to 26 additional countries, now having registrants in a total of 102 countries, explains the IFOAM.


China – one of the top 4 organic markets worldwide

World, World

26.07.2016 Karin Heinze

For years there were no official figures available for the organic market in the People's Republic of China, even though this huge country has for a long time been supplying a lot of organic products. According to the data we now have access to, catapulted China into fourth place in the worldwide ranking of organic markets. Karin Heinze has been travelling in China and at BioFach in Shanghai she spoke to the chairman of IFOAM-Asia Zhou Zheijang and Markus Arbenz, the managing director of IFOAM Organics International (Video and Gallery).


Agriculture should play its part in emission reduction

World, World

22.07.2016 Editor

The organic food and farming movement welcomes the Commission’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key economic sectors such as agriculture by 30% by 2030.


Organophosphate pesticides hiding in food products

World, World

21.07.2016 Editor

In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.


Summer Special

World, World

19.07.2016 Editor

With the Summer Special Offer at organic-market.info, you can advertise for more than 8 weeks from 1 August to 30 September for the price of only 6! 



Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly

World, World

14.07.2016 Editor

Navdanya is co-organizing the Monsanto Tribunal and a People’s Assembly for the future of food, the future of the planet from 14th-16th October 2016 at The Hague.


The True Costs of Food Campaign started in Europe

World, World

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?

World, World

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.


Danone buys WhiteWave

World, World

08.07.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The food corporation Danone intends to take over the US American manufacturer WhiteWave. Both companies expect the sale to be concluded by the end of the year, provided they have the agreement of the authorities.


Demeter International adopts leitmotif for future operations

World, World

05.07.2016 Editor

The Demeter International Members' Assembly was held from 13 to 18 June in Finland. In view of the challenges occurring in our time we need a paradigm shift in agriculture. The Demeter actors from all regions of the world saw in the biodynamic method a holistic model for societal change. Representatives of Demeter and biodynamic associations in 23 countries on five continents gathered to discuss and adopt strategies for taking forward agriculture and the food economy. There was also agreement that new gene technologies like CRISPR-Cas, Cisgenetics and TALEN have to be regulated, since they are technical interventions in cell and genome.


Glyphosate Update: Final EU Commission decision

World, World

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.


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