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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.

EU Parliament votes for ban of disposable plastic from 2021

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a ban on disposable plastics. In addition to plastic cutlery, other products are affected. Before the implementation of the ban, however, the Member States must also adopt the ban.

Austria: Organic share of food at almost nine percent

The Austrians have the fourth highest proportion of organic food in the whole of Europe. This was announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA) - which provided further organic figures.

EU: Still shortcomings in eco-control system

The EU Court of Auditors has examined the eco-control system. Some things are going well, but many things are going badly. Read about where the greatest problem is.

What is decisive for a purchase? Seal or price?

Agricultural economists at the University of Göttingen have examined purchasing intentions and decisions. Read what the study says is more important: seal or price?

USA allow cultivation of genome-edited plants without risk assessment

According to research carried out by Testbiotech, the US agricultural authority APHIS has already granted more than 20 approvals for plants whose genetic material has been modified using new genetic engineering methods.

US judgement confirmed: Roundup causes cancer

The jury in the Hardemann vs. Monsanto case has decided: The herbicide Roundup from Bayer subsidiary Monsanto is primarily responsible for Edwin Hardeman's cancer. The case is regarded as precedent-setting.

France: Garden centre chain Botanic integrates organic markets

60 large garden centres, trading under the name "Botanic", have expanded their range to include organic food. The markets are mainly located in the east and southeast of France.

Measurements show: Pesticides pollute the air in South Tyrol

In the Vinschgau region of South Tyrol, the wind blows pesticides from conventional orchards even to remote places. This is the result of a study by the Munich Environmental Institute.

Pesticides in organic imports

An EU statistic shows: Pesticides are particularly often reported in organic imports from China, India and Turkey.

Organic strawberries with pesticide cocktail

40 tonnes of frozen strawberries from Turkey were contaminated with 25 pesticides. The EU Commission suspects fraud.

Textile certifier GOTS: 14,6% growth in 2018

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) continues to grow with an increase of 14.6 percent. The organisation now certifies 5,760 companies in 64 countries. GOTS presented further business figures in a press release.

IFOAM: European Organic Congress in June 2019

IFOAM EU invites interested parties to save the date for the 13th European Organic Congress in June and gives a short glimpse at the most important program points.

ProVeg: New Food Conference and Veggie World Berlin 2019

Plant-based alternatives and cultured meat: Proveg International’s “New Food Conference – Rethinking the Food Industry” as well as the trade fair VeggieWorld will take place in March in Berlin.

US: How to grow more organic grain

The organic grain production in the US is growing, but not fast enough to meet the needs of the food and expanding organic livestock industry. This is the result of a report released by the US Organic Grain Collaboration, in partnership with the Organic Trade Association.

Bayer and glyphosate: Continuing wave of lawsuits

In the USA, 11,200 lawsuits have been filed by people who blame the pesticide Roundup with its active ingredient glyphosate for having caused their cancer disease. This was announced by the Bayer Group in its 2018 Annual Report.

Coop: increase of in sales of organic food

The Swiss grocer Coop reported an increase of organic food in 2018. The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture also published positive figures - for organic cheese.

France, a booming market for organic food

In France the consumption of organic food has increased in 2017. So, the french market offers a genuine opportunity to brands wishing to develope their export sales. Read for more details.

No EU organic seal for slaughtering without anaesthesia

Meat obtained from ritual slaughter without prior stunning must not bear the European organic logo. This was decided  by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Dennree cracks the billion-euro-barrier

How did the fiscal year 2018 go for Dennree? The organic pioneer took stock at the Biofach press conference. Marketing Director Lukas Nossol also commented on the cooperation of Bioland and Lidl.

EU Organic Regulation: Haggling over the details

The EU Commission, member states and the organic industry are struggling to determine the details of the new EU Organic Regulation. It depends on them whether the regulation will lead to progress or chaos.


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