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05/12/2016

US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics.

Cloning, nanotechnology, synthetic biology are these new GMO technologies sometimes called as GMO 2.0. The NOSB has held its meeting (November 16 – 18) in St. Louis, Mo., home to Monsanto headquarters. Two of the hot-button issues were the new technologies but also to get the controversial food additive carrageenan out of organics.

"Both votes were big wins for consumers", explains OCA. The third and arguably hottest topic—whether hydroponic “container” production methods violate USDA organic standards—was kicked back to a subcommittee for further review.

Thousands of consumers have signed a OCA petition to the NOSB “say ‘no’ to GMOs in organics”

A few weeks ago, Melody Meyer, a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), wrote in a recent blog post that she wanted gene editing, a dangerous new form of genetic engineering, to be allowed in organic. In response, OCA and other groups pressured the NOSB to pass its Excluded Methods Terminology Proposal to update and further define the criteria for evaluating all methods of genetic engineering—including CRISPR,  cell fusion, RNA interference and recombinant DNA technologies, along with gene editing technologies.

Source: http://organic-market.info

 

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At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program

07/11/2017

Scandinavia is gaining strength in natural personal care

"The Nordic region continues to ‘set the trends’ in health and wellness for the rest of the world“, say the organisers ot the event.

30/10/2017

ISO 16128 guidelines for cosmetics

The ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics donot take consumers interests at heart, states the association NATRUE

27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year

26/10/2017

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

The political and public opposition to glyphosate is growing in Europe

17/10/2017

Study Failed promises - the rise and fall of GM cotton in India

Failed Promises: the rise and fall of GM cotton in India", is a well-documented report about the collapse of GM cotton in the world.

09/10/2017

IFOAM launches its new strategic plan

After two years of discussion internally and with stakeholders, IFOAM - Organics International launches its new strategic plan

04/10/2017

Germany: 9.3 million vegetarians and vegans

8 million people in Germany, more than 10 percent of the population, eat a vegetarian diet.

03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.