Politics Politics23.11.2016 Editor
According to GMWatch the epidemiologist Dr Peter Infante was removed from the review panel because the Monsanto and industry funded group CropLife had specifically demanded that to EPA.
Politics Politics17.11.2016 Editor
The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU audited a control organisation authorised to control organic imports from Thailand into the EU - and it was very critical of its work.
Ukraine is an important source of organic raw materials. Even after irregularities in recent years, some of a serious nature, nothing has changed regarding Ukraine as a sourcing country. There is potential and the new Ministry of Agriculture is working on closing gaps in the organic legislation, supporting organic farms and creating a corresponding infrastructure. However, many people feel the guidelines of the EU Commission are a hindrance to trade. The guidelines were issued as a reaction to the scandals and apply until at least the end of this year. The two-day conference “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine” was conducive to constructive dialogue between representatives from Ukraine and representatives from politics and control organisations, importers and processors. (Video interviews)
Politics Politics15.11.2016 Editor
After painfully slow negotiations in the past few months the EU Agriculture Council and the EU Parliament have agreed that they want to see the revision of the Organic Regulation concluded by the end of the year.
Politics Politics14.11.2016 Editor
It is well known that for the last 30 years the organic food market has expanded tremendously. Since the mid-1980s the EU total area of farm land increased by 3 million hectares (2014). In 2005 the EU organic retail market account for €11.1 billion in sales and it more than doubled by 2014 with €24 billion.
Politics Politics10.11.2016 Editor
For the fifth time in less than a year European Union politicians voted against genetically modified crop. The European Parliament has rejected three varieties of GMO maize, as well as one variety of maize and one variety of cotton for import and use in food and feed.
Politics Politics08.11.2016 Editor
IFOAM – Organics International is attending the COP22 climate talks to speak out on behalf of the organic food and farming community and to raise awareness of the urgent need to make organic agriculture part of a climate change solution.
Politics Politics04.11.2016 Editor
Australia is worried that EU rules and norms might become a hurdle to agricultural negotiations. The European Union is an important trade partner for Australia, since 4.5 percent of their exports go to the old continent.
Politics Politics01.11.2016 Editor
Bristish Farming Minister George Eustace has confirmed he is discussing new rules for GM crops after Brexit, and while some believe this will free the UK to move towards a more open approach to GM, others aren’t so certain.
Politics Politics24.10.2016 Editor
In July of this year the Russian Federation passed a law that prohibits genetically modified agriculture. With this law signed by Vladimir Putin, Russia becomes the largest GMO free land in the world, ahead the European Union.
The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.
Politics Politics21.10.2016 Editor
The ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside worked hard to get a New Food Act, which support small farmers to be discussed on a political level.
Politics Politics20.10.2016 Editor
The Bayer-Monsanto deal has many people worried worldwide. Over 780,000 signatures were submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in order to warn elected officials about the threat that this company merger could pose to worldwide agriculture.
Politics Politics14.10.2016 Editor
After the French State Council (“Conseil d’Etat”) and the European Commission agreed, the trial period will run for a period of two years, from 1 January 2017 until the end of 2018. COOL requirements will not apply to organic products.
Politics Politics14.10.2016 Editor
According to a recent study, glyphosate in American bee honey is twice as high as the EU regulations allow. Even in organic honey.
Politics Politics13.10.2016 Editor
Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly will take place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October.
Politics Politics11.10.2016 Editor
On 24 September, the board of Monsanto agreed to accept the offer of Bayer to purchase Monsanto for $66 billion pending regulatory approval. The outcome will depend on the European Commission’s decision in Brussels.
Politics Politics08.10.2016 Editor
Over 800 organizations from around the world are supporting and participating in this process while over 100 people's assemblies and tribunals are being held across the world.
Politics Politics07.10.2016 Editor
The process has been mostly marked by strong resistance by the people. Austria, Belgium, Germany and France have had the biggest anti-CETA/TTIP movements.
Politics Politics06.10.2016 Editor
Today the European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs.
Politics Politics05.10.2016 Editor
Up to now, only 2% of Irish farmers are certified organic which means, that the majority does not acknowledge their most obvious market opportunity.
Politics Politics03.10.2016 Redaktion
On the occasion of this year's general assembly, the members of the Europäische Bioobst Forum (EBF) met at the premises of the fruit farmers belonging to the Biosüdtirol cooperative in Gargazon near Lana.
Politics Politics28.09.2016 Editor
The US Senate has, with 63 votes to 30, voted for a law prescribing standard labelling nationwide for genetically modified foods. This means that the stricter labelling rules of individual states like Vermont are nullified.
Politics Politics23.09.2016 Editor
ChemChina wants to take over the Basel agribusiness Syngenta for US$43bn. According to a report by the Swiss Landwirtschaftliche Informationsdienst (Lid) opposition to the takeover is building in the USA.
Politics Politics23.09.2016 Editor
On Thursday September 22nd the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) ‘People4soil’, is launched at ‘Terra Madre’, the global Slow Food event on good, clean and fair food in Turin, Italy. The minimum target is to gather one million signatures.