Press Releases

Below you will find IFOAM press releases on a variety of issues. If you would like more information please contact communications [at] ifoam.org

 

Reports reveal that the teas of leading international brands contain hazardous pesticides, putting at risk consumers’ health, as well as the lives of farmers exposed to pesticides. A shift in the approach of the tea sector to production and processing is urgently needed to save human lives and preserve consumers’ health, as well as the biodiversity in and around tea plantations.
Discussions on the draft ‘Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture’ highlight the diverging positions between governments, the private sector, civil society and farming communities.
Organic organizations can apply for the internet domain name extension ‘.bio’, ensuring greater recognition of their commitment to the principles of organic agriculture. By using internet addresses ending in ‘.bio’, members of the growing organic food and farming sector can reach an audience that recognizes ‘.bio’ as the online destination for contents related to organic.
Smallholder farmers grow over 70% of all our food. Reports predict climatic extremes that will imperil their production and livelihoods. Unless small-scale farmers are given the agro-ecological technologies they need to meet these challenges, impacts on food production will be devastating, pushing millions into poverty.
On 24 March 2014, the EU Commission released a proposal for a complete overhaul of the EU organic regulation. Regarding imports, the proposal foresees to replace the approach of equivalence with requirements of absolute compliance with all details of the EU regulation.
Bhutan created the vision of Gross National Happiness. And, made a visionary commitment to going 100% Organic. From March 5th to 8th over 100 participants from 30 countries gathered in Bhutan at the IFOAM Conference on Organic and Ecological Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems to strengthen and consolidate the next steps towards “Organic Himalaya".
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) in a move to increase the pressure currently being applied to the Biotech industry worldwide. In addition, IFOAM President Andre Leu has joined the GGFC Steering Committee, which guides the policies and targets of the coalition.