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Organic farming could feed the world

World, World

30.06.2016 Editor

For many years, the prevailing perception has been that organic farming cannot produce the sort of yields needed to provide food for the world’s population, explains The Huffington Post.


Glyphosate is to receive 18 months extension

World, World

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.


Glyphosate - again no majority: EU Commission should withdraw authorization

World, World

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.


Bitter aftertaste: Oxfam study of pineapple and banana cropping

World, World

21.06.2016 Leo Frühschütz

Conventional tropical fruit for German supermarkets is being produced under horrifying ecological and social conditions.This is the picture presented by the development organisation Oxfam in a report dealing with pineapple production in Costa Rica and banana production in Ecuador. Criticism is also directed at the Rainforest Alliance that certified several of the plantations under investigation.


IFOAM 2015 Annual Report

World, World

16.06.2016 Editor

The title of the 2015 Annual Report, ‘Into the Future’, reflects the journey that the IFOAM is committed to with Organic 3.0 – The Next Phase of Organic Development.


Bayer&Monsanto: the next merger in the agrochemical industry is imminent

World, World

14.06.2016 Editor

Merger mania has broken out among agrochemical corporations. Chinese ChemChina wants to buy Swiss Syngenta, Dow Chemical and DuPont want to join and Bayer has offered US$62bn for its competitor Monsanto.


Global Organic Textile Standard Revision 5.0

World, World

11.06.2016 Editor

The revision process of GOTS Version 4.0 has commenced announced the Certifiers Council meeting in February 2016, a first revision draft for GOTS Version 5.0 has now been released to stakeholders for their inputs and comments.


Great May march against Monsanto

World, World

31.05.2016 Editor

In response to Monsanto’s GMO activities, March Against Monsanto’s main peaceful protest of GMOs in the global agricultural industry is an annual march, held in multiple cities globally.


Amarjit Sahota: visionary of worldwide organic development

World, World

31.05.2016 Kai Kreuzer

Fifteen years ago the now 44-year-old Sahota founded a management consultancy in London. Nobody suspected at that time what the little firm called Organic Monitor would one day become. Now this modest Englishman of Indian descent and his exceptionally dedicated team organize a large number of congresses all over the world. Watch the video interview.


China: consequences of the Syngenta acquisition

World, World

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

World, World

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.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

World, World

10.05.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.


EU Parliament opposes re-approval of glyphosate for most uses

World, World

14.04.2016 Editor

Breaking news from the European Parliament. Yesterday it voted for new regulations on Glyphosate including stopping pre-harvest use.


Organic cosmetics to grow globally

World, World

08.04.2016 Redaktion

The global market for organic cosmetics is growing, according to the Global Organic Cosmetics Market Forecast & Opportun­ities, 2021: TechSci Research Report.


Organic Greenhouse Farming

World, World

04.04.2016 Editor

And the benefits of organic farming extend beyond just bringing healthy food to our markets, according to Mission Network News.


Markets have to adjust to Europe’s food safety legislations

World, World

29.03.2016 Editor

In recent years, the food sector has been regularly hit by crises, according to the site Fresh Plaza.


Projects to revitalize agricultural soils

World, World

28.03.2016 Editor

According to the recent United Nations report, Status of the World’s Soil Resources, the world can ameliorate soil degradation if more sustainable practices are promptly implemented.


Fairtrade Foundation looking for more partners

World, World

21.03.2016 Editor

The Fairtrade Foundation will increase its investment in business innovation between 2016 - 2020.


Open calls for the Organic World Congress 2017

World, World

16.03.2016 Editor

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, will take place from 09th to the 11th of November 2017 in India, now opens its Call for Papers.


Glyphosate: EU postpones decision on continuing authorization

World, World

09.03.2016 Editor

At the beginning of the week, the decision on extending the authorization of glyphosate was on the agenda of the representatives of EU member states in Brussels. A number of countries had refused to give their permission for renewal. Since no agreement was reached, the vote was postponed.

 


Seed giants active around new methods of genetic engineering

World, World

03.03.2016 Redaktion

The German organisation Testbiotech has published a report which for the first time gives an overview of patents filed by large corporations for the use of gene-editing and synthetic gene technology in food plants.


Global Organic Textile Standards certification keeps growing

World, World

22.02.2016 Editor

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) kept on growing last year, increasing from 3,663 facilities in 2014 to 3,814 facilities in 2015.


Record number of visitors at BioFach and Vivaness

World, World

15.02.2016 Karin Heinze

As NürnbergMesse announced at the end of the four-day industry get-together in Nuremberg, approximately 48,000 visitors attended this year’s trade fair duo BioFach and Vivaness  – 4,000 more than last year.


43.7 million hectares of organic land worldwide

World, World

10.02.2016 Karin Heinze

The latest global data on organic farming has been presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BioFach fair in Nuremberg.


Bio wächst weltweit: 43,7 Millionen Hektar Biofläche

World, World

10.02.2016 Redaktion

Das Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL) und IFOAM – Organics International präsentierten am 10. Februar 2016 die neuesten Zahlen zum Biolandbau weltweit.


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