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30/12/2016

EU Court: authorisation of GM soya lawful

The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU. On Thursday, the EU court (ECJ) in Luxembourg rejected an action against the marketing of this variety produced by the seed corporation Monsanto and contained in animal feed and food for humans.

In the view of the court the soya was risk-tested in compliance with the legal stipulations. According to Testbiotech, the ECJ thus confirmed the testing carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the decision of the EU Commission. Together with three other associations, the EFSA, an institute critical of genetic engineering in agriculture, had brought an action against the Intacta soya bean.

“In fact, the risk testing by the EFSA was not complete. For example, the interactions between the residues of glyphosate and the insecticides that are formed in the plants were not examined,” said Christoph Then from Testbiotech. “We won't give up on this, even though the court has come to a different decision.”

According to the institute, millions of tonnes of genetically modified soya beans are imported every year into the EU. They are contaminated with residues of herbicide mixtures that have never been risk-tested in the EU.

The Intacta variety is grown mainly in Brazil and, according to Testbiotech, has a special combination of characteristics. The plants produce a poison to combat insects and are at the same time insensitive to the herbicide glyphosate. It says that the test to approve Intacta failed to investigate, among other things, what health risks arise from the interactions of glyphosate residues with the insecticide. Moreover, it is suspected that eating this soya raises the risk of diseases of the immune system.


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Ireland: the possibility of becoming a GMO-free country

Ireland should work towards becoming a GMO-free country in order to maintain biodiversity and to provide a wide selection of seeds for potential international food crisis

31/07/2017

New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation

13/07/2017

Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets

07/07/2017

Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched a fabulous new range of Sulphate free organic hair products

A fabulous new range of Sulphate free organic Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-bacterial Hand-wash and Moisturising Body Wash.
 

26/06/2017

Records in U.S. sales 2016 - the $40-billion mark is cracked

End of May the Organic Trade Association OTA published its 2017 Organic Industry Survey at the Annual Policy Conference in Washington D.C.. The survey shows that total sales in 2016 increased to $47 billion US-Dollar

19/06/2017

USA: organic frontrunners in east and west

In California, customers buy organic food more frequently than their counterparts in other federal states

15/06/2017

Up to now no GMO potatoes in Canada

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato

12/06/2017

Italy: rising turnover of organic fruit and vegetables

In 2016, per capita consumption of fruit and vegetables in Italy was 152 kg, around 9 million tonnes were sold, with consumers opting increasingly for organic fruit and vegetables.

09/06/2017

France: organic retail continues to expand

As last year, France is excelling with high growth rates in the organic sector, in terms of both land area and turnover, the increase is impressive

05/06/2017

A positive balance for Fairtrade Austria

Austria is among the top 5 Fairtrade countries worldwide; 92 percent of the population know what the Fairtrade organisation does, 41 percent buy products carrying its label regularly and 81 percent at least occasionally

31/05/2017

Fair trade cracks billion euro barrier

For the first time, turnover of fair trade products in Germany exceeded one billion euros. Consumers spent 1.2 billion euros on fairly traded products – a rise of  18 percent

29/05/2017

Switzerland and China: collaboration agreement signed

five-year bilateral cooperation agreement between China and Switzerland

15/05/2017

UK: Next government must prioritise soil

A news item published by the Soil Association explains that in the run-up to the general election in the UK they are urging all parties to commit to protecting and restoring soil health in their manifestos

10/05/2017

Belgium: glyphosate herbicide ban

The safety of glyphosate is an ongoing issue, with the EU Commission still refusing to put in place legally binding restrictions on glyphosate herbicide. In the light of probable re-authorisation at EU level, member states are taking matters in to their own hands

08/05/2017

Goa Organic

Goa’s melting-pot, culturally diverse population and ‘Popular Vacation Destination’ status have made it home to an ebullient organic community

02/05/2017

New York: protesters seek clarity from TIAA

An article posted by Friends of the Earth last week explains how FOE and a coalition of environmental, human rights and family farm organizations recently delivered a letter with over 100,000 signatures to pension fund management company TIAA...

29/04/2017

USA: millennials and organic – a winning combination

In North America the so called-generation of millennials is adopting organic in a big way: on the farm and on the internet, in the kitchen and in the board room

18/04/2017

The role of changing value chains in a sustainable food system

Resource efficiency, avoidance of waste and biodiversity...

13/04/2017

Qatar: organics on the increase

In Quatar, rising demand for organics means expansion of organic agriculture, higher local production and fewer imports

10/04/2017

USA: Organics on the rise in US households

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has released data showing that organic products are now used in more than 80% of kitchens in US households

04/04/2017

USA: Organic Farming Research Foundation´s report on challenges of organic farming

In the USA the demand for organic food is growing rapidly and there is a need for more research so that farmers can deal with the special difficulties and problems that accompany practising organic agriculture

03/04/2017

Organic Market in Romania

Organic domestic consumption is rising in Romania

29/03/2017

FiBL trial in Bolivia: comparing cacao in agroforestry and monoculture

Thus cacao in conventional monoculture produces higher yields but has a negative environmental impact..

22/03/2017

EU: renouncing palm oil?

Sustainable production and export criteria for palm oil and gradually  abandoning the promotion of biofuel are intended to create better protection of the rainforest and the threatened species that live therein

20/03/2017

Germany the world leader in organic and fair

Organic and Fair: nowhere else in the world is this combination as popular as in the German market. 70 percent of fairtrade goods sold in 2016

14/03/2017

Austria: 30 percent organic by 2025

Austria is continuing to play a pioneer role in Europe in terms of organic. The new target is organic management of 30% of its agricultural land by 2025

10/03/2017

Birkenstock: newcomer to natural cosmetics

It really was a surprise. Birkenstock, the traditional company we associate with healthcare footwear, has ventured into new territory...

09/03/2017

EU organic law: trialogue continues under the leadership of Malta

After a three-month break, the negotiations on the revision of the EU Eco-Regulation under the Maltese Presidency of the Council continue...

06/03/2017

Tea Promoters India: organic future for Darjeeling

Darjeeling, a region in the Himalayas, is synonymous with good tea. During the colonial era the British introduced tea growing and Darjeeling became famous for its tea

02/03/2017

EU Agricultural policy: citizens can submit proposals

EU Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, has launched a survey to find out the opinions of citizens on the future of EU agricultural policy after 2020

24/02/2017

Korea: controversial discussion on new GMO rules

As Korean media reported the government's new rules on genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling on products are into effect since beginning of  February

24/02/2017

UK: organic market tops £2 billion

The 2017 Organic Market Report was launched by the Soil Association on Monday, 21st of February

11/02/2017

Global organic personal care market to reach $25.7 billion

According to the report the global organic personal care market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 9.8% over the next decade to reach approximately $25.7 billion by 2025

06/02/2017

USA: animal welfare rule for the organic sector released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 19 published the final rule on animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry in the Federal Register

30/01/2017

Nuremberg, the organic Metropolis

Much is happening in the organic sector in Nuremberg and beyond the city boundaries. In order to further strengthen the organic sector in the region for the future, organic projects are gathered under the umbrella “Nuremberg, The Organic Metropolis”.

23/01/2017

Canada: majority of consumers still opposed to GM food

According to a report of Producer.com people don’t know much about GM foods, but have a negative feeling when it comes to genetically modified foods

13/01/2017

Germany: sales of organic vegetables booming

According to surveys by the German agricultural information service AMI, there was high demand for organic vegetables in 2016

05/01/2017

Organic cotton from India designed in New York

India is an important supplier of organic cotton...

30/12/2016

EU Court: authorisation of GM soya lawful

The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU

12/12/2016

IFOAM EU: we need a new start for the organic regulation

IFOAM EU acknowledges the efforts from the EU Commission, Council and Parliament and is delighted to accept the European Parliament invitation to discuss further developments with organic stakeholders

09/12/2016

EU safety review on glyphosate still pending

Although there has been shown clear evidence of the cancerogen potential of the weedkiller glyphosate by the WHO IARC study and the EU Parliament voted against an extension...

07/12/2016

Kenya: organic farming is productive and resource-conserving

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems

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

08/11/2016

Swiss GMO program in India in spite of their own ban

Despite the current ban on genetically modified crops in Switzerland wants to promote the development of transgenic crops in India.

09/10/2016

Europe’s biggest trade agreement reaches its most crucial point

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement mostly referred to as CETA are proposed trade agreements between the European Union and Canada and the United States

09/10/2016

EU Parliament objects to new GMO authorisations

European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs

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.