The main agricultural policy decision on subsidies, limits and authorisation of pesticides are made at EU level. An alliance with the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) wants to apply pressure on the EU.
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.
The US Department for Agriculture (USDA) reported the find of unapproved genetically modified wheat on an unplanted field in the US state of Washington. The wheat was modified to be resistance against the herbicide Roundup.
President Donald Trump has ordered the revision of the regulations for approvals of genetically modified organisms (GMO). According to the agency Bloomberg, his aim is to speed up the approval process for GMOs in agricultural products, reduce development costs and increase investments in agricultura biotechnology.
The decision of the Austrian parliament to prohibit glyphosate has once again rekindled the debate about the controversial weedkiller. The German government plans to present an exit plan in September.
The organic association Naturland has adopted the first-ever EU organic farming directive for insects. The insects are to be processed into feed for organic fish.
Sergiy Galashevskyy is the general manager of the Ukrainian control body Organic Standard. He talked with organic-market.info about the organic sector in the Ukraine, about his control work and the challenges.
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.
An EU statistic shows: Pesticides are particularly often reported in organic imports from China, India and Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
In Ukraine, genetically modified soybeans are cultivated illegally on a large scale and marketed without declaration. This is shown by studies conducted by the Romanian environmental organisation Agent Green.
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has confirmed the jury's verdict in the Johnson vs. Monsanto case. However, she the assessed the fine as too high and greatly reduced it accordingly.
Recently, mainly new genetic engineering methods have been discussed. However, genetic engineering companies continue to rely on plants that are resistant to herbicides and insect pests using classical genetic engineering methods.
Officially, glyphosate has so far been considered safe for bees. Now, American scientists have shown that glyphosate changes the intestinal flora of bees, making them more susceptible to infections.
In 2017, pesticide manufacturers sold 7% more active ingredients than in the previous year. The exact figures were released by the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety.
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.
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.
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.
With the "Political Lime Blossom Campaign", German tea and herb specialist Heuschrecke has drawn attention to the contamination of herbs from wild collection.
An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.
The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.
First results of Ramazzini Institute´s Global Glyphosate Study were presented officially in a press conference at the European Parliament. Sustainable Pulse commented Monsanto has committed an epic fail.
One of the leading cancer research organisations in the world is launching the most comprehensive independent study on glyphosate & glyphosate-based herbicides ever. Funding for the complete budget is needed.