World, World12.07.2016 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.
World, World08.07.2016 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.
World, World05.07.2016 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.
World, World30.06.2016 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.
World, World30.06.2016 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.
World, World29.06.2016 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.
World, World27.06.2016 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.
World, World21.06.2016 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.
World, World16.06.2016 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.
World, World14.06.2016 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.
World, World11.06.2016 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.
World, World31.05.2016 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.
World, World31.05.2016 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.
World, World17.05.2016 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.
World, World17.05.2016 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.
World, World10.05.2016 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.
World, World14.04.2016 Editor
Breaking news from the European Parliament. Yesterday it voted for new regulations on Glyphosate including stopping pre-harvest use.
World, World08.04.2016 Redaktion
The global market for organic cosmetics is growing, according to the Global Organic Cosmetics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2021: TechSci Research Report.
World, World04.04.2016 Editor
And the benefits of organic farming extend beyond just bringing healthy food to our markets, according to Mission Network News.
World, World29.03.2016 Editor
In recent years, the food sector has been regularly hit by crises, according to the site Fresh Plaza.
World, World28.03.2016 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.
World, World21.03.2016 Editor
The Fairtrade Foundation will increase its investment in business innovation between 2016 - 2020.
World, World16.03.2016 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.
World, World09.03.2016 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.
World, World03.03.2016 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.