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.
The herbicide Roundup Pro 360 from Bayer may no longer be sold and used in France. This was decided by the administrative court of the French city of Lyon. The judges argued that the approval of the weedkiller by the ANSES in 2016 was flawed.
Hunger wages, poverty, child labour: The fact that many cocoa farmers live below the poverty line was an important topic at the International Confectionery Fair (ISM) in Cologne. Even a higher minimum price for Fairtrade cocoa is not enough if we want to continue eating chocolate.
Online retailer Amazon started to test sending free product samples to customers. At the moment, the program is limited to the United States. Nevertheless, international retailers should take a closer look a the program.
Pesiticide drift pollutes wild herbs just as much as domestic gardens. A monitoring program by the German tea and herb specialist Heuschrecke now shows how dangerous this drift is.
German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas.
With Nature Thanxs, the Society for Applied Business Ethics (GfaW) has introduced a new standard for skin care cosmetics for neurodermatitis and other skin diseases. Read what this is about.
At BioFach, the world's leading trade fair in Nuremberg, not only lots of new products will be presented, but also valuable information for everyday trading. Here are a few event tips.
Worldwide, more than two billion cups of coffee are drunk every day. That makes an annual turnover of 175 billion euros. But there is less and less for the farmers.
Ecocert has to develop its standard further. If nothing changes, detergents and cleaning agents with Ecocert certification may soon fall out of the assortment guidelines of the specialist organic trade. Read about the reasons for this.
Modern sensor technology integrates food transports into the Internet of Things and thus, reduces the risk of the goods spoiling on their way to their destination.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an ordinance regulating how food containing genetically modified ingredients is to be labelled in the USA in future. Consumer protectors criticized the regulation as inadequate.
The Bayer Group sold rapeseed contaminated with traces of the genetically modified GT73 rapeseed line. GT73 is not approved for cultivation in the EU, and zero tolerance applies: even with minor contamination, the seed is not marketable and may not be cultivated.
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.
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?
The SGS Institut Fresenius has rejected Neumarkter Lammsbräu's criticism of its seal of approval for premium mineral water. The institute examines legal steps.
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.
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.
Agriculture, food and horticulture: Again, the International Green Week will take place in January. We have selected two event tips for the organic sector.
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.
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.
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