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Soil Association: EU referendum statement

Europe Europe

28.06.2016 Editor

The British  organisation for the organic sector Soil Association published a statement related to the „Brexit“: „We are very disappointed that the UK will be leaving the European Union.


Glyphosate - again no majority: EU Commission should withdraw authorization

Europe Europe

27.06.2016 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.


IFOAM EU: 4th Organic Processing Conference

Europe Europe

27.06.2016 Editor

The 4th Organic Processing Conference will take place on 24-25 November 2016 in Seville, Spain. The European event is dedicated to organic food processing innovation and developments.


New EU organic legislation: the courage to say No

Europe Europe

27.06.2016 Editor

After two-and-a-half years of negotiations, one thing can be said about the planned new organic legislation: it's not yet ready. “Because of the obstructive approach of the EU Commission the ambitious Dutch leaders in the negotiations will not succeed in finishing the revision as planned by the time of the meeting of EU Ministers of Agriculture to be held on 27- 28 June in Luxembourg,“ says Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, the chair of the German Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW). “We welcome the fact that the EU Parliament and member states are remaining steadfastly opposed to the nonsensical proposals of the EU Commission.


Largest independent’ study on crop biotechnology under scrutiny

Europe Europe

17.06.2016 Editor

The Factor GMO is a project primarily organized by a Russian NGO called the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) and claims to be the worlds largest independent study of GMO safety.


Regions invest in organic for sustainable development

Europe Europe

16.06.2016 Editor

SME ORGANICS, a new European cooperation project funded by the Interreg Europe programme, presents opportunities for regional stakeholders to address these gaps and bottlenecks.


German organic food market to cross 15 billion Euro by 2021

Europe Europe

15.06.2016 Editor

According to a research report by TechSci, "Germany Organic Food Market By Type, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011- 2021". Germany's average annual household net-adjusted disposable income per capita was $ 31,925 in 2015.


Bayer&Monsanto: the next merger in the agrochemical industry is imminent

Europe Europe

14.06.2016 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.


Parliament calls for EU action to help farmers fight unfair trading practices

Europe Europe

14.06.2016 Editor

MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday the 7th of June.


LLOOF project launch in Ireland

Europe Europe

14.06.2016 Editor

Delegates from 14 different European countries attended the launch of LLOOF – Living and Learning on Organic Farms - at Organico in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland, on Monday 23 May.


EU: glyphosate authorisation fails again

Europe Europe

09.06.2016 Editor

For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.


Denmark launches Europe’s first organic food business group

Europe Europe

09.06.2016 Editor

The Food and Agriculture Ministry is launching Europe’s first organic food business group to assist the Danish government in boosting the sector.


New horizons for eco-labels and sustainability

Europe Europe

06.06.2016 Editor

Sustainable ingredients, food waste and marketing developments will be featured in the European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam from the 9th to the 10th of June.


Europe Organic Food and Beverages Report and Forecast

Europe Europe

02.06.2016 Editor

"Europe Organic Food and Beverages Industry 2016 Analysis & Forecast to 2021 Market Research Report" provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure


10th IFOAM EU Organic Congress - all links

Europe Europe

01.06.2016 Editor

Find the links to all articles from the 10th IFOAM EU Organic Congress at one place. Click here and you as a IFOAM EU member will get free access to all articles for 3 months.


Vegan on the rise in France

Europe Europe

25.05.2016 Editor

The Vegetarian Association of France (AVF) is a non-profit association, strictly secular and non-political, whose aims are to promote the vegetarian diet in France.


Interview: "Only genuine progress justifies new organic legislation"

Europe Europe

24.05.2016

The trilogue between the European negotiating partners, Commission, Agriculture Committee and Parliament engaged in the revision of the EU organic regulation is entering the decisive round. It does not appear possible to adhere to the target of getting the organic legislation off the ground by the end of June. Although the trilogue is taking place behind closed doors, Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), representing the interests of the organic industry in Germany, is being kept informed about the stage reached in the negotiations in Brussels.


FAO conference ends with call for sustainable agriculture

Europe Europe

18.05.2016 Editor

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe concluded on the 6th of May, as members called for better nutrition, food security and more sustainable agriculture practices.


Organic farmers urge EU-Commission to ban patents on seeds

Europe Europe

18.05.2016 Editor

Today, a symposium on patents and plant breeders’ rights will be hosted by the Dutch Minister for Agriculture. IFOAM EU welcomes the Dutch Presidency initiative and urges the Commission to take concrete, legal action to put an end to patents on seeds.


Conventional food is considerably more expensive than organic food

Europe Europe

17.05.2016

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.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

Europe Europe

10.05.2016 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.


Alternative technologies to combat crop infestation

Europe Europe

06.05.2016 Editor

With non-pesticide methods of farming perceived as ineffective, a Norwegian farmer has taken destiny into his own hands to combat the D. radicum ‘cabbage fly’ that destroys Brassica crops including cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.


Malta strongly rejects accusations of organics fraud

Europe Europe

05.05.2016 Editor

The Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture has strongly rejected claims that Malta was involved in a scam involving the fraudulent labelling of conventional grain as being organic.


Banned in Europe but widely used in the U.S.

Europe Europe

04.05.2016 Editor

The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems and fetal development, which is the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides.


EU vote: German minister can ban glyphosate

Europe Europe

03.05.2016

It is likely that on 18 or 19 May the EU member states will vote on whether and under what conditions to approve the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate. An open letter calls on the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to vote against approval and thus to prevent further authorisation of glyphosate. The European Commission now wants to restrict the renewal of authorisation to 10 years. In its proposal at the beginning of March renewal was for 15 years. The Dutch Council Presidency had called for a reduction of five years, the Greens asked for a complete ban.


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