IFOAM EU Group encourages organic food in the Commission canteens
Brussels, 22/12/2009 - The IFOAM EU Group sends a letter to Mr. Pavel Misiga Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Call for experts for the organic expert panel
The European Commission has published the call for applications regarding the expert group for technical advice on organic production. Applications must be submitted not later than Friday 12 February 2010.
GMOs - no solution to face Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis
Brussels, 2/12/2009 – The IFOAM EU group emphasizes the need for comprehensive approaches to guarantee food security on a long term. Simplistic approaches to future challenges such as claimed by the GMO industry with their one-dimensional technology cannot work. The IFOAM EU Group invited to a debate on GMOs and farming solutions to face Climate Change, Biodiversity loss and Global Food Crisis today.
High Time to Align Agricultural Practices to Face Future Challenges
Business as usual is not an option – agriculture must use fewer inputs and consider climate and biodiversity say experts on 2nd European Organic Congress
Brussels, 1/12/2009 – Unsustainable agricultural practices degrade ecosystems which are crucial for human survival. At the 2nd European Organic Congress of the IFOAM EU Group experts and policy makers outline the necessary changes required throughout the food chain and present policies that must be implemented to allow us to face the challenges climate change, biodiversity loss and food security.
IFOAM EU Group press conference on December 2: GMOs offer no solution
Brussels 26/11/2009 - IFOAM EU Group invites you to a press conference with Percy Schmeiser (Canadian farmer, internationally known for his law cases against the GMO company Monsanto), Charles Benbrook, (Organic Center, USA) and Marco Contiero from Greenpeace.
Time: Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 10.30 am Place: Brussels, Residence Palace, Passage Room
Lund, 24/11/2009 – The Swedish Presidency closes today its conference on Climate Smart Food. On this occasion, Christopher Stopes, President of the IFOAM EU Group, emphasises the need to consider the climate in food decisions.
IFOAM EU's congress press conference on December 1 will spotlight organic approaches to global problems
Brussels - 18/11/2009 - The IFOAM EU Group has the pleasure to invite you to the press conference and evening reception of the 2nd European Organic Congress.
IFOAM EU Group organises on December 1st its second Organic Congress in order to bring to the attention the contributions of organic farming to solving global problems – climate change, biodiversity loss, global food crisis. The congress press conference at 10.30 on Dec 1 will stay open for questions from CAP to GMO while focusing on the congress’ main topics.
IFOAM EU Group calls for more consistency in labelling of origin
November 12-13, 2009- The IFOAM EU Group sends a letter to Mrs. Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and another letter to Mr. Jean-François Hulot, Head of Organic Farming Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission.
Expert group for technical advice on organic production: call for applications
November 10, 2009 - The Commission will soon publish a call for applications with a view to appointing members of the expert group for technical advice on organic production and establishing the relevant pool list.
The text of the call and the relative application forms will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, series C, and will also be accessible from the European Commission Organic Farming website at www.organic-farming.eu.
Organic sector - against meat from cloned animals and skeptical on nanotechnology use
November 5, 2009 – The IFOAM EU Group sends a letter to Mrs. Paola Testori–Coggi, Deputy Director General, DG Sanco, European Commission.
Organic wine rules - more clarification on additives, processing aids and banned techniques list is needed
October 28, 2009– The IFOAM EU Group sends a letter to Mr. Jean-François Hulot, Head of Organic Framing Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission.
Commission must secure adequate animal welfare at EU level: Organic provides a good reference
October 28, 2009 – The IFOAM EU Group welcomes the EU Commission objective to improve animal welfare at the EU level. The Commission report approved today outlining options for animal welfare labeling recognizes that organic farming already delivers higher animal welfare standards and therefore offers an opportunity for producers and consumers to improve, promote and support animal welfare. However, the IFOAM EU Group urges policy makers to take responsibility for ensuring sufficient animal welfare on EU level.
2nd European Organic Congress presents: climate-friendly practices in the food supply chain
IFOAM EU Group organises its second Organic Congress to bring this time to the attention the potentials of organic production for solving global problems - workshop programmes and registration are now online
October 27, 2009 – The workshop programmes for the IFOAM EU Group’s Second Organic Congress planned for December 1st are now agreed and available on the congress website. The workshops focus on the role of organic food processors in providing models, and on relevant EU policies and in particular the Common Agriculture Policy to face major challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss and the global food crisis.