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Setback for Monsanto in South Africa

Bayer subsidiary Monsanto has been trying to establish its drought-tolerant genetically engineered maize in Africa. It is intended to protect African farmers from the increasing effects of drought. But the maize does not live up to Monsanto’s promises. The South African Ministry of Agriculture has therefore denied Monsanto a cultivation permit.

Green Fashion: Innatex next week in Berlin

Sustainable fashion, lifestyle products and accessories: the international trade fair for natural textiles, Innatex, once again invites visitors to the Wallau Exhibition Centre. The smaller trade fair spin-off Xoom is already running.

Genetic engineering in natural cosmetics?

Biotechnologically produced ingredients for cosmetics are widely used today. Also in the production of components for natural cosmetics. Where are the limits to genetic engineering, what are the regulations and what do consumers expect?

Mineral water dispute: Fresenius threatens Lammsbräu with countersuit

The SGS Institut Fresenius has rejected Neumarkter Lammsbräu's criticism of its seal of approval for premium mineral water. The institute examines legal steps.

EU organic control in Italy gradually improving

The EU Directorate General for Health and Food Safety inspected Italy's eco-control system in June 2018. The audit report now published, confirms progress made by the member state, but still criticises some details.

Switzerland: Coop records 5% sales increase

Coop was able to increase its retail and wholesale sales last year. According to the Swiss company, sales rose to around 30.7 bn Swiss francs.

Berlin: International Green Week 2019

Agriculture, food and horticulture: Again, the International Green Week will take place in January. We have selected two event tips for the organic sector.

“Mechanisms of the conventional trade” – Richard Mergner on logistics in the organic industry

The organic sector is still a long way from truly environmentally friendly logistics, says Richard Mergner of BUND Germany. With organic-market.info, he spoke about possible undesirable developments.

EU: New European Fertiliser Regulation from 2022

The three European institutions Commission, Council as well as the Parliament have agreed on a new regulation for fertilisers. The new regulation is to be implemented from the year 2022.

India: International Trade Fair for Organics & Millets 2019

From 18th to 20th January 2019, the second edition of the International Trade Fair „Organics & Millets“ will take place in Bangalore, the organic capital of India. The exhibition offers a diversified program.

Whole Foods: Amazon expands network of organic supermarkets in the US

After purchasing the organic supermarket chain Whole Foods in 2017, the online retailer Amazon plans to open more organic supermarket stores in the US. Further, a delivery service for organic food is to be established at all locations. 

Kyrgyzstan to become 100% organic within ten years

As the second country in the world, Kyrgyzstan has decided to shift to a completely organic agriculture by 2028. The plan follows the action of another Asian country.

Germany: Organic specialist trade continues to grow

Despite massive organic advertising in the conventional food retail: The organic specialist trade also recorded an increase in turnover in the 3rd quarter and can now look back on a good year of continuous growth.

New study: Is organic agriculture disadvantageous for the climate?

Organic agriculture is more damaging to the climate than conventional agriculture. This is what scientists from Sweden and the USA claim. Is there a point in it?

Lammsbräu sues Danone and Fresenius

The dispute continues: After a warning in November, Neumarkter Lammsbräu filed a lawsuit against Danone and Fresenius. The case concerns labels on Volvic bottles.

Sustainable Foods Summit: North American Edition in San Francisco

From 16th- 17st January 2019, the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be held in San Francisco, USA. The summit comprises four conference sessions.

EU Commission: Sued for lack of monitoring

A German organic raw material trader has sued the EU Commission. It is to pay for the damage caused by an inspection body approved by it.

Genetic engineering bacteria in animal feed spread antibiotic resistance

Genetically modified bacteria with antibiotic resistance were introduced into animal feed mixtures throughout Europe via a vitamin supplement.

Daniel von Meißner changes to Bio Development AG

Bio Development AG is seeking reinforcement: Daniel von Meißner will support the company in the future.

Examples of future-oriented organic farming

A lot of yield on a small area - for organic farmers this should be possible with elaborated ecological cultivation methods. Three examples.

Copper remains as a spraying agent

Copper may continue to be used in agriculture as a remedy against fungal diseases. This is what the EU Commission has proposed. Why?


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