Other issues Agriculture03.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz
A new pest is threatening agricultural yields worldwide. Now, some scientists and manufacturers are propagating genetically modified Bt-maize as a solution to the triumphant advance of the pest. Instead, holistic strategies are needed.
Other issues Agriculture28.08.2018 Editor
TP Organics calls for innovations in order to compile solutions contributing to the transformation of European food & farming systems based on organic and agroecological principles.
Other issues Agriculture27.08.2018 Editor
According to the Canada Organic Trade Association, the Canadian government is investing $8.3 mn in organic agriculture research.
Other issues Agriculture23.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz
In January 2018, the auditors of the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety reviewed a control body operating in the Dominican Republic. By their criticism, they overshoot the mark.
Other issues Agriculture15.08.2018 Editor
A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.
Other issues Agriculture09.08.2018 Editor
Around 350 actors recently met in Bingenheim to further develop the vision of independent organic farming.
Other issues Agriculture07.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz
Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.
Other issues Agriculture07.08.2018 Editor
The recently introduced European project Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems (RELACS) has just launched its new project website.
Other issues Agriculture01.08.2018 Editor
According to reports by The Guardian and BBC Online, the current heatwave in Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change caused by human behavior, scientists state.
Other issues Agriculture31.07.2018 Editor
PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some EU member states on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.
Other issues Agriculture26.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz
For ten months, organic food producer Rapunzel, supported by 30 companies and associations from the organic sector, has collected confessions against genetic engineering in the field and on the plate.
Other issues Agriculture25.07.2018 Editor
The European Court of Justice has ruled that new genetic techniques like CRISPR/Cas should also fall under Europe’s genetic engineering law including risk assessment as well as labelling.
Other issues Agriculture24.07.2018
With more than two million hectares Spain has for the first time taken the lead in Europe concerning certified organic land. This is one of the results of a new report by the organic consultancy EcoLogical. The organic market is developing well, the main reasons being increasing demand, better availability and investment on the part of producers. The report has been compiled from a number of sources and provides data on the current situation in the Spanish organic sector.
Other issues Agriculture19.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz
The class action lawsuit filed by 450 cancer patients blaming the manufacturer Monsanto and its glyphosate-containing pesticide Roundup for their disease has taken a decisive hurdle.
Other issues Agriculture17.07.2018 Editor
IFOAM EU invites interested parties to its 12th European Organic Congress ‘Organic on every table: Added value for farmers, consumers and society’ taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 25th-26th September 2018.
Other issues Agriculture12.07.2018 Editor
Organic farming can benefit from technological developments and innovative solutions. The conference „Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” in Cologne will take place on October 1st and 2nd.
Other issues Agriculture10.07.2018 Editor
A 100% supply of Austria with domestic, organically produced food is possible. This is the result of a new study carried out by the Centre for Global Change at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). By the study, the authors show the economic advantages and positive consequences for health and the environment. The study was presented by the initiative Mother Earth as well as Greenpeace as part of the key subject 2018 “Look where your food comes from!”
Other issues Agriculture10.07.2018 Editor
EcoLogical, an independent consultancy for organic businesses in Spain, has published the ‘Organic Sector in Spain 2018’. This report gathers the most up-to-date information about national and international public bodies and contains original studies about the Spanish organic sector.
Other issues Agriculture05.07.2018 Editor
The figures published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirm that many German farmers switched to organic farming in 2017. This is an opportunity for policymakers to achieve important sustainability goals, says the organisaton BÖLW.
Other issues Agriculture26.06.2018 Editor
BioSuisse, umbrella association of Swiss organic producers, reports that there is a supply shortage of the biological plant protection agent Novodor.
Other issues Agriculture21.06.2018 Editor
The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), will launch the new international studies "Organic Agriculture and Food Production (OAFP).”
Other issues Agriculture19.06.2018 Jochen Bettzieche
Robots, sensors and artificial intelligence: The Internet of Things is becoming more and more involved in agriculture. This also presents opportunities for the organic sector.
Other issues Agriculture12.06.2018
Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.
Other issues Agriculture11.06.2018 Editor
Recently, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina published the discussion paper “The Silent Spring – On the need for sustainable plant protection”, written by a group of experts including Prof Andreas Schäffer of RWTH Aachen University and Prof Juliane Filser of Bremen University among further authors.
Other issues Agriculture07.06.2018 Editor
IFOAM – Organics International invites interested parties to their 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems taking place on 13-15 June 2018 in Bologna, Italy.