For years, researchers have been trying to explain the epidemic kidney diseases of agricultural workers on sugar cane plantations in Central America and rice fields in Sri Lanka. Now, an international research team sees the cause of the disease in the intensive usage of herbicides glyphosate and paraquat, to which agricultural workers are exposed without protection.
In the Indian state Haryana, a small farmer has illegally planted genetically modified eggplants. Environmental activists fear that this is not an isolated case and demand decisive action from the authorities – so far without success.
President Donald Trump has ordered the revision of the regulations for approvals of genetically modified organisms (GMO). According to the agency Bloomberg, his aim is to speed up the approval process for GMOs in agricultural products, reduce development costs and increase investments in agricultura biotechnology.
The decision of the Austrian parliament to prohibit glyphosate has once again rekindled the debate about the controversial weedkiller. The German government plans to present an exit plan in September.
The organic community gathered the European Organic Congress in Bucharest, Romania, on 20-21 June. The theme of the congress was innovation and technology. Read the most important take-aways following the event.
The herbal specialist Sonnentor has initiated an association for the promotion of an Austrian environment suitable for grandchildren. This association is committed to agriculture free from pesticides and wants to support organic farmers whose crops have been contaminated by pesticide drift.
Sales of organic food and natural products increased in the USA in 2018. This was announced by the Organic Trade Association. The figures in detail.
It is once again time to nominate innovation ideas, projects, and individuals from around the world for the One World Award (OWA). This international award will be presented for the sixth time by organic food producer Rapunzel and global non-profit IFOAM – Organics International.
The Vinschgau producers of fruit and vegetables have presented a new project for the traceability of their products: "BioGraphy". Read what it is all about.
The US Department of Agriculture has suspended the accreditation of the Turkey office of Control Union office for certification of the US National Organic Program. At the same time, the authority tightened controls on organic import from the region.
The organic association Naturland has adopted the first-ever EU organic farming directive for insects. The insects are to be processed into feed for organic fish.
In July organic products will take centre stage at the Impact Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, when Biofach South East Asia is held for the second time. The programm offers many highlights.
Sergiy Galashevskyy is the general manager of the Ukrainian control body Organic Standard. He talked with organic-market.info about the organic sector in the Ukraine, about his control work and the challenges.
In the USA, some strawberries grow in pots containing nutrient solutions, on soils previously treated with glyphosate. Nevertheless, they are sold as organic products.
Organic apple producers in Europe must supply the market until the new season. But in 2018 they had to contend with extreme weather conditions.
Retail, wholesale and HoReCa: The Organic F&B market in the Middle East is growing. Read what it is expected to be worth by 2022.
Soil Association Certification joined forces in a formal partnership, with ECOCERT Group, the leading French Organic Certification body. Read what it is about.
Bananas, cereals or animal feed: the EU imported 3.26 million tonnes of organic food in 2018. New statistics show what and from where.
A study by the research institute FiBL shows that most organic smallholders in Southern countries have formed groups and obtain their organic certification jointly. The study found that this system brings the farmers significant advantages.
Switzerland’s largest dairy company buys into well-known organic goat milk processor. They promise further growth in the future.
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