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Sign by 3 December to stop toxic alliance between FAO and CropLife International

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently signed a letter of intent to formalize a partnership…

Last chance to register for the event on research and innovation for organic! 30 November-1 December, online

These are the last weeks to register for the Organic Innovation Days 2021, the only EU event on research &…

Join our webinar on the organic approach to plant health on 16 November, online

IFOAM Organics Europe and Member of the European Parliament Eric Andrieu (S&D group) are glad to invite you to their…

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On 16 November, from 10:30-12:00, MEP Eric Andrieu (S&D) will co-host our website on the organic approach to plant health…

Save the date: Webinar on organic approach to plant health 16 November, online

On 16 November, from 10:30-12:00, MEP Eric Andrieu (S&D) will co-host our webinar on the organic approach to plant health…

Save the Date & Register now for the Organic Innovation Days 2021

Register now to attend this year’s Organic Innovation Days and discuss Better inputs for organic farming. TP Organics’ annual public…

Registration open: 6th European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection17-18 November 2021, online

Registration for the 6th European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection is now open! Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), IFOAM Organics…

Watch RELACS’ new video about copper replacement in oil rose plantation

A new RELACS video explores the work and research currently pursued in the Rose Valley in Bulgaria. Organic farmers are…

MEPs in COMAGRI made a first step to improve statistics on organic agriculture

On 12 October, the Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI) adopted their report on…

Last Commission consultation before presentation revised Sustainable Use of pesticides Directive

On 5 October, Mathilde Calmels, IFOAM Organics Europe’s Policy Coordinator on Pesticides, Natural Inputs and Fertilisers, will be one of…

Upcoming vote on the Regulation on Statistics on Agricultural Inputs and Outputs (SAIO) in AGRI Committee

On 2 February 2021, the Commission published its proposal for a Regulation on Statistics on Agricultural Inputs and Outputs (SAIO),…

Save the date & contribute: 6th European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection, 17-18 November 2021, online

Recent severe weather events and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report make it clear: agriculture will have to…
16/08/2021
Events Seeds

LIVESEED – Organic seed breeding at the Organic World Congress

The LIVESEED project, which IFOAM Organics Europe co-cordinates, is contributing to the Organic World Congress (OWC) with a colourful program.…

Boosting organic seed & breeding - Policy and stakeholder recommendations

As the LIVESEED project is coming to its end, it has released a synthesis of all its results and recommendations.…
24/06/2021
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Commission opens public consultation on the review of the seed legislation

The Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) is reviewing the Union’s options to update the existing…

Beekeepers and civil society concerned about pesticide risk assessment methodology

At the Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council on 28-29 June, Member State representatives will vote on a crucial step for…

Curious about alternatives to contentious fertilisers? Read RELACS’ new practice abstracts

The RELACS project just released two new practice abstracts on promising alternatives to fertilisers suitable for organic farming. Struvite as…

Vitamin B2 supplementation and copper reduction in organic farming - New RELACS practice abstracts

The RELACS project recently published three new practice abstracts (practical guidelines) on: Vitamin B2 supplementation for laying and parent hens…
03/05/2021
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EU Commission presents options to review the common seed legislation

Following a request from Member States in 2019, the Commission has published a study on the options to update the…

RELACS and Organic-PLUS collaborate to find alternatives to contentious inputs

On 8 April 2021, more than 50 participants joined RELACS and Organic-PLUS’ webinar to discuss both projects’ activities on reducing…

Public consultation on the revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUD) legislation closes

While the European Commission is revising the Directive for a sustainable use of pesticides (the so-called SUD), IFOAM Organics Europe…

LIVESEED webinar for Members of the European Parliament & their staff - 30 March, online

On 30 March, LIVESEED invited Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and their staff to present them the outcomes of…

[Exclusive for members] Let's discuss organic hot topics

As a follow-up of the thematic sessions hosted during BIOFACH, we are bringing our members live sessions during which they…

Have your say on future EU policy options on the sustainable use of pesticides: participate in the Commission’s public consultation

The European Commission is looking for stakeholders’ feedback to design future policy options for the revision of the Sustainable Use…
23/03/2021
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Secondary legislation on ‘Organic Heterogenous Material’ finalized

The secondary legislation on Organic Heterogenous Material (OHM) is in the process of being finalized and soon to be published…

New router database connects Member States’ organic seed databases

A long-awaited solution for seed suppliers, European organic farmers, and national authorities arrived. The new router database will increase the…

The European Commission proposes updated rules for agricultural statistics on pesticides and fertilisers

The Farm to Fork strategy’s ambitions and targets have created needs for new data on pesticide and fertiliser use. In…

EUCARPIA-LIVESEED Conference - Breeding and seed sector innovations for organic food systems - 8-10 March 2021, online

A conference organised by Latvian LIVESEED partner AREI to present recent scientific results in organic plant breeding took place on…

Watch RELACS’ new project video on copper replacement in Hungarian organic vineyard

RELACS just released a new project video on replacing copper in plant protection products in organic viticulture. In the organic…

Coming soon: EU router database for organic seed

The launch of the EU router database’s for organic seed is approaching! This database will : Simplify access to international…

From lab to field: RELACS’ first project video on new plant protection products replacing copper in organic viticulture

In their commercial vineyard in Frick, Switzerland, FiBL carried out 16 treatments of new plant protection products against mildew in…

First online edition of Organic Innovation Days was a success! 24-25 November, online

On 24-25 November 2020, TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming, held its annual Organic Innovation…
25/11/2020
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Organic breeders, share your pictures - Use #BreedingABrightFuture on Twitter

#BreedingABrightFuture is LIVESEED’s social media campaign, aiming at raising awareness about the beauty and benefits of organic plant breeding to…

RELACS project on track despite Covid-19: First digital annual meeting - 10-12 November, online

The RELACS project’s third annual meeting took place digitally 10-12 November. It demonstrated that research in all work packages is…
12/11/2020
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Last week to register for the Organic Innovation Days 2020 – Brought to you by TP Organics and LIVESEED - 24-25 November 2020, online

Interested in organic research & innovation to transform food & farming? Interested in organic seed & plant breeding? This is…

Welcome note October 2020 newsletter

Dear readers,  As Board Vice President of IFOAM Organics Europe and prospective member of the TP Organics Steering Committee, it…
28/10/2020
Seeds

LIVESEED: Tools and incentives for the value chain involved in organic seed

According to Article 48 of Regulation EC No 834/2007, the establishment of a national database to list all offered organic seed and…

Organic breeders, share your pictures – Use #BreedingABrightFuture on Twitter

#BreedingABrightFuture is LIVESEED’s social media campaign, aiming at raising awareness about the beauty and benefits of organic plant breeding to…

Organic Innovation Days – register now! 24-25 November, online

You can now register for the Organic Innovation Days 2020, the only EU event on research & innovation for organic,…

Save the date: Organic Innovation Days 2020: A cooperation of TP Organics & LIVESEED, 24-25 November 2020, online

For this year’s Organic Innovation Days, TP Organics is partnering with the LIVESEED project, coordinated by IFOAM Organics Europe. Bringing…

Replacement of copper in organic farming – First results of RELACS experiments conducted by ÖMKi

Copper is currently used as a plant protection product (PPP) and/or leaf fertilizer in organic and conventional farming in several…
15/09/2020
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LIVESEED workshop on vegetative propagating material – Why organic vegetative material has a long way to go compared to organic seeds

Vegetative propagation material such as seed potatoes, rootstocks and cuttings were in the spotlight of a LIVESEED workshop on 10…

Farm gate nutrient budgets in organic agriculture

The RELACS project partners issued practical guidelines informing farmers about assessing the main nutrient flows in and out of their…

Request for proposal: Conducting research on pesticide contamination in the environment and pesticide residues in organic food

IFOAM Organics Europe (IFOAM OE) is the European umbrella organisation for organic food and farming. We fight for the adoption…

LIVESEED international workshop identifies top priorities to work towards 100% organic seed

LIVESEED’s international workshop on 25-26 June put the spotlight on North-West Europe and the EU organic regulation’s implementation on organic…

Help us identifying the needs and knowledge gaps in organic fruit growing – Fill out BIOFRUITNET’s questionnaire

Plant protection against pests and diseases is a big issue for organic fruit growers, as fruit is a very sensitive…

European Patent Office: No patents on conventionally bred varieties

On 14 May 2020, the enlarged board of appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has released an opinion that…

BIOFACH session on organic seed and organic heterogenous material in the New EU Organic Regulation

On 14 February, IFOAM EU organized a session on Organic Seed and organic heterogenous material in the new EU Organic Regulation at…

How much and which natural inputs does the organic sector need? – A lively debate during BIOFACH 2020

A lively discussion on natural inputs suitable for organic farming as well as future obstacles and opportunities for the sector’s…

The organic movement and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) call for better regulation of natural origin plant protection technologies

IFOAM EU and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) published a five years roadmap for collaboration to promote the uptake of…
 
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