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Demeter International adopts leitmotif for future operations

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05.07.2016 Editor

The Demeter International Members' Assembly was held from 13 to 18 June in Finland. In view of the challenges occurring in our time we need a paradigm shift in agriculture. The Demeter actors from all regions of the world saw in the biodynamic method a holistic model for societal change. Representatives of Demeter and biodynamic associations in 23 countries on five continents gathered to discuss and adopt strategies for taking forward agriculture and the food economy. There was also agreement that new gene technologies like CRISPR-Cas, Cisgenetics and TALEN have to be regulated, since they are technical interventions in cell and genome.

Controversial Topics at the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference 2016

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30.06.2016 Editor

The Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will again focus on various current topics that affect the entire cosmetics industry.

IFOAM EU: 4th Organic Processing Conference

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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

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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.

China: First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum

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21.06.2016 Editor

Almost 130 participants, speakers from around the world and a regional group of TIPI in China founded: The first Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in China at BioFach China 2016.

IFOAM 2015 Annual Report

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16.06.2016 Editor

The title of the 2015 Annual Report, ‘Into the Future’, reflects the journey that the IFOAM is committed to with Organic 3.0 – The Next Phase of Organic Development.

Global Organic Textile Standard Revision 5.0

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11.06.2016 Editor

The revision process of GOTS Version 4.0 has commenced announced the Certifiers Council meeting in February 2016, a first revision draft for GOTS Version 5.0 has now been released to stakeholders for their inputs and comments.

10th IFOAM EU Organic Congress - all links

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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.

IFOAM Organic World Congress: Call for papers

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24.05.2016 Editor

Every three years sector stakeholders come together at the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering.

What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

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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

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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.

SFS Europe: Future direction for sustainable sourcing

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26.04.2016 Editor

Sustainable sourcing has become fashionable in the food industry, with a growing number of companies making such commitments. The increasing number of sustainability schemes raises questions about long-term developments that will be discussed at the Sustainable Food Summit.

Challenges and opportunities to developing organic farming under a new organic regulation

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Is the new EU Organic Regulation negotiated until June? Where are still sticking points? That was the topic on the second day of the IFOAM EU congress in the Netherlands. The 200 participants from 27 EU countries listened intently what the negotiators from Brussels brought up in the discussion. There are still some open issues, but the Dutch have indicated their objective of concluding the trialogue between the Commission, Council and Parliament, and to bring the new regulation by the end of its EU presidency on the way. With video documentation on BioMarktInfo Youtube.

Fighting against food waste

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06.04.2016 Editor

It’s a wonder the human race managed to survive before the advent of a date sticker telling us when we should be eating certain foods by, but survive we did.

Animal free agriculture rising in the UK

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02.04.2016 Editor

The case against eating meat has been gaining traction in recent years, for numerous reasons, explains Missoulian.

Glyphosate: European Environment Commission votes against approval

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25.03.2016 Editor

The European Commission “should not renew the approval of the herbicide substance glyphosate on the EU market” voted the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI).

Latin American Sustainable Food Summit: Traceability, Ingredients & Waste

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22.03.2016 Editor

For the first time, a Latin American summit will tackle food losses & waste, encourage traceability in supply chains and the use of sustainable food ingredients.

Open calls for the Organic World Congress 2017

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16.03.2016 Editor

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, will take place from 09th to the 11th of November 2017 in India, now opens its Call for Papers.

IFOAM EU: only a few places left for European Organic Congress

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14.03.2016 Editor

In three weeks the IFOAM EU is celebrating its 10th European Organic Congress. From 4 – 6 April the congress will be in Driebergen, Netherlands. There are only a few places left – register before 18 March.

Sustainable Foods Summit Europe agenda announced

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10.03.2016 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable ingredients, and approaches to tackle food losses & waste. The executive summit will be hosted in Amsterdam on 9-10th June 2016.

Seed giants active around new methods of genetic engineering

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03.03.2016 Redaktion

The German organisation Testbiotech has published a report which for the first time gives an overview of patents filed by large corporations for the use of gene-editing and synthetic gene technology in food plants.

Discussions on new EU organic regulation continue

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29.02.2016 Editor

In January 2016, the Dutch Presidency of the Council took over the role of steering the Member States through the trilogue negotiations with the Parliament and the Commission on the organic dossier. During the first three trilogue meetings not much progress was made and the key issues remain unresolved.

Ronnie Cummins talks about Organic 3.0

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Ronnie Cummins,  co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) visited BioFach Vivaness trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany for the first time. A video Intenview.


The Organic World Congress 2017 in India

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13.02.2016 Editor

The Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) is an organic-farmer-based organisation but also includes within its rolls most of the important organic farming organisations from various regions of the country.

BioFach: IFOAM Science Day 2016

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08.02.2016 Editor

On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day will take place at BioFach, in Nuremberg, Germany. It is a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

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