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22/11/2019

ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING MOVEMENT ASKS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON NEW GENETIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES

The Council of the European Union is expected to request a new study and a legal proposal on new genetic engineering techniques to the European Commission.

IFOAM EU demands immediate action by the European Commission and national authorities to ensure the traceability of new GMOs.

Eric Gall, IFOAM EU Policy Manager explains why: “The legal status of new genetic engineering techniques is crystal clear since the 2018 ruling of the European Court of Justice. The Court deems the European legal framework on GMOs is fit to regulate the new techniques. What we need now is action from the Commission to ensure a proper implementation of the law by Member States and to develop detection methods, not a delay of the enforcement of the legislation”.

The organic movement is concerned that the proposed study could stall the implementation altogether, leaving European farmers, the food industry and consumers exposed to non-approved GMOs. IFOAM EU is against a legal proposal that would exempt the new genetic engineering techniques form the risk assessment, traceability and labelling that apply to GMOs.

As Eric Gall puts it, “any attempt to bypass the Court of Justice’s ruling with a new legal proposal would amount to taking away consumers’ right to know how their food is produced and deprive operators in the food production chain from the means of identifying GMOs.”

According to IFOAM EU, it must be a priority for the EU Commission and national authorities to: Subject new genetic engineering techniques to risk assessment, traceability and labelling that apply to GMOs; Prioritise that the EU network of GMO laboratories develops methods and strategies to identify unknown genome edited products, based on a clear EU mandate and funding; Demand that imports of rapeseed and soybean from the USA and Canada are certified as free from new GMOs that are not authorised in the EU; Instruct national food authorities to carry out the necessary controls. Ends Background At the ECOFIN Council on 8 November, ministers are expected to approve a Council Decision. This decision requests the Commission “to submit a study on the Union's options for addressing the legal situation of 'novel genomic techniques’”. This study will be “followed up by a [legislative] proposal if appropriate in view of the outcomes of the study”. The ruling from the European Court of Justice of July 2018 clarified that all GMOs, old and new, are subject to the EU’s obligations for risk assessment, authorisation, traceability and labelling.

According to IFOAM EU, this is essential since the genetic engineering process can lead to unexpected outcomes that are not detected by the internal controls of the biotechnology industry, as a recent example of “genome edited” cattle has shown. Subjecting new genetic engineering techniques to the same rules as GMOs is also the only way to safeguard traceability and transparency for breeders, farmers, food and feed producers, traders, retailers and consumers, from organic or conventional production alike.

For more information please contact: Eva Berckmans, Communications Officer +32 (0)2 416 52 32, eva.berckmans@ ifoam-eu.org
Martin Sommer, Policy Coordinator on GMOs, Patent and Seeds +32 (0)2 416 27 63, martin.sommer@ifoam-eu.org Or visit www.ifoam-eu.org

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Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products 9% organic share in the food retail trade

24/06/2019

Interview with Bryn Ferris, co-founder of Grounded Uk

Interview with Bryn Ferris, Co-founder of Grounded Uk, the innovative company which produces cold-pressed juice drinks, smoothies and vitamin drinks

20/06/2019

Diet to stay healthy and save the planet: tips to adjust our diet to low CO2 emissions

Taking care of our planet, our health means to take care about what we put on our tables

17/06/2019

Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods

Our weekly Interview with Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods. We'll know more about its company and how he deals with international sales. Happy to share his experience with our audience of international companies and operators of the sustainable industry.

05/06/2019

Politycal Hotspot may 2019, many challenges to face

In the coming months, the political parties of the European Parliament (MEPs) will nominate candidates for the role of Commission President, many challenges to face

05/06/2019

Interview with Hamza Kayani Director of Chanar Sugar Mills producer of organic brown sugar

We are very happy to share this second interview to Hamza Kayani  Director of Chanar Sugar Mills

03/06/2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEST ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES IN MOUNTAIN AREAS

The FAO's Mountain Partnership is seeking case studies for its publication “Agro-ecological and Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas”

29/05/2019

Interview with E-Silk Route Ventures (Pvt) Ltd, committed in producing fairly and ethically

Let's start our series of Ekowarehouse members interviews with the first company, E-Silk Route Ventures, committed in producing fairly and ethically spices, herbs, tea, fruits and vegetables.              

22/05/2019

$125 discount to register on Ekowarehouse for companies registered at Connature

Connature new Partner, Ekowarehouse the B2B Trade Platform for Organic Products and raw materials which accellerate sales.

06/05/2019

Ifoam, welcome note 2019

Feeding Europe without pesticides is a realistic objective, and a full transition of our agriculture towards agroecology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 40% to 47% while at the same time preserving our biodiversity. 

23/04/2019

EU commission withdraws licence of international organic certifier

EU commissions has withdrawn the organic certification licence for five countries from the international certification body Control Union, as its bad performance facilitated organic fraud

18/04/2019

European critics for Ukraina control body

European critics for Ukraina control body

08/04/2019

A new study confirms that organic farming protects the climate

The impact of long-term organic farming on soil-derived greenhouse gas emissions

01/04/2019

Household panel of market researchers highliths austrian organic share of food at 9%

The Austrians buy almost nine percent of fresh products in the conventional food retail in organic quality" -  announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA

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

24/11/2020

NATRUE's Standard update - Version 3.9

NATRUE Standard, the internationally applicable benchmark for the formulation of natural and organic cosmetics update standard

21/11/2020

Don’t miss the New Rainforest Alliance Certification Seal

The Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard,  the result of the merger of the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ in 2018

27/10/2020

EU agriculture reform pits farmers against environmentalists

For farmers, big and small, Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) keeps them in business, and it’s a big slice of the European Union’s budget too, representing over a third of the entire expenditure

21/10/2020

Increasing Demand of Organic Food Expected to Enhance the Growth of the Global Organic Food Market

The Global Organic Food Market is expected to garner a revenue of USD 416,049.7 Million at a CAGR of 12.4% during the forecast period, according to a report published by Research Dive

12/10/2020

TA EU publishes Farm to Fork action plan to reach 25% organic in 2030

The Commission has presented in spring 2020 visionary Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, warmly welcomed by the Organic Trade and Processing Association Europe (OPTA)

25/09/2020

German consumers reach for regional products in the supermarket

In a survey commissioned by the German grocery retailer Rewe, 2,500 consumers provided information about their purchasing behavior. The focus was on regional products in supermarkets

16/09/2020

Organic share in Austrian retail double-digit for the first time

According to a report by Derstandard.de in Austria there's been a share of organic goods in retail

14/09/2020

EU-Organic-Regulation to be postponed

Last week, the EU Commission proposed to postpone the application of the new organic legislation by one year to January 1, 2022

01/09/2020

U.S. bilateral organic equivalence arrangement with Taiwan

The fast-growing organic market of Taiwan is poised to grow even faster. 

28/08/2020

Amazon continues to shake up US retail trade

New planned grocery stores named "Amazon Fresh"by Amazon

14/08/2020

Ethical Fashion Market to Reach globally $8.25 Billion by 2023

The "Ethical Fashion Global Market Report 2020-30: COVID-19 Growth and Change" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering

12/08/2020

Let's understand AD, ADBA responds to Policy Connect report

Out of the 674 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK, just over 100 treat solely food waste, over three times as many treat agricultural wastes and 164 wastewater, while the rest treat a combination of different organic wastes.

10/08/2020

Swiss Updates: Bio-Suisse launches online shop for Bud-products

The Swiss can now order products online in their region from Bio-Suisse farms nationwide. Since last weekend, the umbrella organisation of Swiss bud farms has given its customers the opportunity to purchase...

29/07/2020

Organic Food Trade and its ups and downs

 The ups and downs of international organic trade: how is this possible?

16/07/2020

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers

Today, the European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic

09/07/2020

Jan Plagge re-elected President of IFOAM Organics Europe

At its 10th General Assembly, IFOAM Organics Europe’s members elected a new Board

08/06/2020

How to use Connature properly to connect to new suppliers, buyers

We write down some tips to connect properly to new operators

04/06/2020

Argentina seeks bigger share of China’s organic market

From raw materials to final products, from pears to honey, producers of organic products hope existing demand for healthy food will be consolidated after the coronavirus

02/06/2020

Agriculture Bill vote leaves Green Brexit in the balance

A ‘Green Brexit’ for food and farming? After the vote it’s hanging in the balance

01/06/2020

Four new Standards included in the IFOAM Family of Standards

IFOAM – Organics International has endorsed four new standards as organic for inclusion in the IFOAM Family of Standards...

25/05/2020

PRESS RELEASE: IFOAM EU WELCOMES LANDMARK DECISION TO PUT ORGANIC AT THE HEART OF FUTURE EUROPEAN FOOD SYSTEM

IFOAM EU WELCOMES LANDMARK DECISION TO PUT ORGANIC AT THE HEART OF FUTURE EUROPEAN FOOD SYSTEM

14/05/2020

Austrians ask more for organic food

Food retailers in Austria generated seven percent more revenue with fresh organic food in 2019 than in the year before. The number of organic farmers has also grown

12/05/2020

Switzerland: Rise of Organic food, share rises above ten percent

The Swiss spent 3.24 billion francs, or 3.07 billion euros on organic food in 2019...

16/04/2020

Gepa reports on Coronavirus

Gepa, the fair trade organisation has reported on the situation for its worldwide partners from for craft enterprises as well as food producers. 

09/03/2020

THE NEW EU ORGANIC REGULATION: WHAT WILL CHANGE?

The EU organic regulation has a major impact on organic farmers, processors, traders, retailers, certifiers, researchers and consumers. After today’s publication of the new organic regulation, IFOAM EU provides you with a brief overview on the main changes that can be expected in the near future.

24/02/2020

IFOAM EU calls for a target of 20% organic land in the EU

As the European Commission is expected to release the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, the organic food and farming movement calls for ambitious EU targets to increase organic land and consumption in the EU

 

18/02/2020

Swedish organic farmers at BioFach

First time at the BioFach that the Swedish Organic Farmers

07/02/2020

Settlement of the glyphosate lawsuits in the USA is approaching

Final round for Bayer

30/01/2020

Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location

For organic farms, size matters: not so much the size of the farm itself, but the size of the neighboring fields.

08/01/2020

Austria can ban glyphosate

The European Commission did not block the glyphosate prohibition passed by the Austrian parliament

21/12/2019

New rules make household appliances more sustainable

In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission today adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions

10/12/2019

Organic movement’s research & innovation priorities launched at Organic Innovation Days

Bruxelles, TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming, launched its new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda at its annual Organic Innovation Days.  

22/11/2019

ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING MOVEMENT ASKS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON NEW GENETIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES

IFOAM EU demands immediate action by the European Commission and national authorities to ensure the traceability of new GMOs

28/10/2019

New organic legislation from 2021

From the 1 January 2021, there will be an overhaul of the current organics regulations for Europe

28/10/2019

European Initiative out to save bees and farmers

One year to collect one million signatures from at least seven member states. If they succeed, the EU Commission will have to deal with the citizens’ concerns!

15/10/2019

What are the future prospects for export of organic food products from India?

Indian suppliers of organic food as spices, rice tips to promote their products to conquer european distributors and buyers
 

 

15/10/2019

Europe Leads the Organic Market

In the last 10 years, the total number of new food and drink product launches globally with an organic claim rose from 6% to 10%, according to Mintel. 

03/10/2019

Organic Voices, with support of more than 100 brands and organizations, launches campaign to highlight lack of chemicals in organic

Only Organic launched a new campaign highlighting the more than 700 chemicals prohibited from use in organic food, farming, and products

23/09/2019

Australia’s status as world leader in organic to be irreversibly undermined

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations tabled in the Federal Parliament threaten to irreversibly undermine Australia’s status as a world leader in organic. The decision would leave the majority of new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR/Cas unregulated

30/08/2019

Waste water: Commission refers Sweden to the Court for its failure to treat urban waste wate

Sweden has failed to ensure that urban waste water is subject to appropriate treatment before it is discharged back into the environment. 

17/08/2019

Customers Prefer Sustainable Companies. An authoritative new study finds that regardless of product category, brands with legitimate sustainability claims do better.

New about latest Nielsen ratings and report "How and Why Sustainability is Gaining Momentum with Customers."

13/08/2019

Lets brand your sustainable product: social media, storytelling and social influencers

Branding your products is crucial to sell them. Investing in and improving your organisation will help your business grow, but you must also promote your organisation, making sure potential buyers and even consumers are aware of your unique selling points (USPs)

06/08/2019

Organic movement calls to maintain and correctly implement the GMO legislation

The organic food and farming movement reiterates that it is crucial to ensure that risk assessment, traceability and labelling apply to all GMOs and all genetic engineering techniques

22/07/2019

Engineered eggplants on Indian fields

Illegal genetically engineered eggplants were found on Indian fields in a small farm

08/07/2019

UK Consumers Want More Organic Everything

The Soil Association has reported  on how current consumer trends in health and sustainability are rapidly driving the organic sector in the UK — almost £45 million a week is spent on organic products

01/07/2019

Austria: Organic boom continues

Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products 9% organic share in the food retail trade

24/06/2019

Interview with Bryn Ferris, co-founder of Grounded Uk

Interview with Bryn Ferris, Co-founder of Grounded Uk, the innovative company which produces cold-pressed juice drinks, smoothies and vitamin drinks

20/06/2019

Diet to stay healthy and save the planet: tips to adjust our diet to low CO2 emissions

Taking care of our planet, our health means to take care about what we put on our tables

17/06/2019

Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods

Our weekly Interview with Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods. We'll know more about its company and how he deals with international sales. Happy to share his experience with our audience of international companies and operators of the sustainable industry.

05/06/2019

Politycal Hotspot may 2019, many challenges to face

In the coming months, the political parties of the European Parliament (MEPs) will nominate candidates for the role of Commission President, many challenges to face

05/06/2019

Interview with Hamza Kayani Director of Chanar Sugar Mills producer of organic brown sugar

We are very happy to share this second interview to Hamza Kayani  Director of Chanar Sugar Mills

03/06/2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEST ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES IN MOUNTAIN AREAS

The FAO's Mountain Partnership is seeking case studies for its publication “Agro-ecological and Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas”

29/05/2019

Interview with E-Silk Route Ventures (Pvt) Ltd, committed in producing fairly and ethically

Let's start our series of Ekowarehouse members interviews with the first company, E-Silk Route Ventures, committed in producing fairly and ethically spices, herbs, tea, fruits and vegetables.              

22/05/2019

$125 discount to register on Ekowarehouse for companies registered at Connature

Connature new Partner, Ekowarehouse the B2B Trade Platform for Organic Products and raw materials which accellerate sales.

06/05/2019

Ifoam, welcome note 2019

Feeding Europe without pesticides is a realistic objective, and a full transition of our agriculture towards agroecology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 40% to 47% while at the same time preserving our biodiversity. 

23/04/2019

EU commission withdraws licence of international organic certifier

EU commissions has withdrawn the organic certification licence for five countries from the international certification body Control Union, as its bad performance facilitated organic fraud

18/04/2019

European critics for Ukraina control body

European critics for Ukraina control body

08/04/2019

A new study confirms that organic farming protects the climate

The impact of long-term organic farming on soil-derived greenhouse gas emissions

01/04/2019

Household panel of market researchers highliths austrian organic share of food at 9%

The Austrians buy almost nine percent of fresh products in the conventional food retail in organic quality" -  announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA

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