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1 million EU citizens knock on EU’s door: No synthetic pesticides to save bees & farmers

Over 1 million EU citizens are asking to restore nature, provide healthy food, healthy soil and clean water. On Friday 25…
14/09/2022
Biodiversity

European Parliament adopts position on deforestation-free products

The European Parliament has voted on its position on the Commission proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products. On 13…
29/07/2022
Seeds

European Parliamentarians, NGOs and organic sector discuss seed marketing rules

Before the European Parliament’s summer break, the political process reviewing seed marketing rules kickstarted with an event on 22 June.…
24/03/2022
Seeds

New rules vegetative plant reproductive material for organic production

While the new EU Organic Regulation officially entered into force on 1 January of this year, not all details were…

Soil Health Law: Organic movement’s contribution to public consultation

60-70% of soils in the EU are not healthy and the EU still lacks a comprehensive soil protection policy. In…

Trialogues on Regulation on Statistics on Agricultural Inputs and Outputs to start

On 10 December, the Council of the EU approved its mandate for negotiations on the Regulation on Statistics on Agricultural…

Revised Directive for a Sustainable Use of pesticides expected on 23 March

The indicative calendar of the European Commission for the first half of 2022 mentions the launch of a “Nature restauration…

Read our new leaflet on plant health care in organic farming

Have you ever heard of all the preventive plant protection measures implemented by organic farmers to produce food without using…

Mainstreaming organic plant breeding – celebrating 20 years of organic plant breeders

‘How to make organic plant breeding mainstream’ – was the guiding question of the 20th anniversary event of the organic…

Over 1 million signatures demanding a restoration of biodiversity & support for farmers

Across Europe, more than 1 million citizens are calling for a reduction of 80% in the use of synthetic pesticides…
22/09/2021
Biodiversity

Sign ‘save bees and farmers’ before 30 September!

In case you have not signed the European Citizens’ Initiative to ‘Save bees and farmers’ yet, you can still do…
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.…
06/08/2021
Biodiversity

Only few days left to sign the European Citizens’ Initiative to save bees and farmers!

To those in our network who have not signed the European Citizens’ Initiative to ‘Save bees and farmers’ yet, you…

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.…

How can EU policies consider organic farming’s benefits for biodiversity?

IFOAM Organics Europe recently published a new report highlighting the contribution of organic farming to protecting Europe’s biodiversity. By setting…
24/06/2021
Seeds

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…

Comics showing why industrial agriculture is broken

In May 2020, the EU released its Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies as part of the European Green Deal.…

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…

IPBES and IPCC call to prioritize solutions benefiting both biodiversity and climate

On 10 June 2021, scientist and leading experts from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and…
22/05/2021
Biodiversity

Organic is Part of the Solution in Ensuring Biodiversity

This article was first published by IFOAM Organics International on their blog ‘Organic without boundaries‘. Each and every animal, microorganism…
03/05/2021
Seeds

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…
20/04/2021
Biodiversity

Sign the European Citizens’ Initiative to save bees and farmers!

To all our members, newsletter subscribers & website visitors who have not signed the European Citizens’ Initiative to ‘Save bees…

Towards a new framework for EU soils?

Soil is a non-renewable resource key to all growing and living on it. Part of the EU Biodiversity strategy for…

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…

European Commission’s Soil Strategy

Healthy soils are essential to meet climate and biodiversity goals set by the European Green Deal. As part of the…

[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…
23/03/2021
Seeds

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…

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…
11/03/2021
Biodiversity

Help us save bees and farmers - sign the petition to transform Europe’s food and farming systems now!

Do you want to help save bees and farmers? Then add your signature to The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) before…

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…

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
Seeds

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…

Registration to IFOAM Organics Europe Meets Business 2020 closes next week. Secure your spot!

IFOAM Organics Europe Meets Business 2020 is around the corner! In a little more than two weeks we will meet…
23/11/2020
Biodiversity

Sign the petition to call on Europe to save the bees and farmers!

More than 400.000 participants have already signed the European Citizens’ Initiative to ‘Save bees and farmers’ and you can add…

1 million citizens are calling on the Commission: Our forests are in danger, act now!

One million people demand EU law to stop deforestation More than a million people have so far called for a…
12/11/2020
Seeds

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…

IFOAM Organics Europe meets business – Agenda available! 8-9 December, online

Save the date for the next “IFOAM Organics Europe meets business” taking place online on 8-9 December 2020. “Bringing the…

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,…
15/10/2020
Biodiversity

Why is it important to save the bees and farmers? Watch this video

As part of their ongoing campaign, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ‘Save bees and farmers!’ has released a set of…

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…
15/09/2020
Seeds

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…

Help protecting our forests by demanding deforestation free supply-chains – Together4Forests

Forests and other ecosystems are under pressure worldwide: A total of 13 million hectares are deforested each year and almost…

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…

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…
 
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