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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…

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…

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…

The future of organic food: Ten take-aways of the Organic Food Conference 2021

Our Organic Food Conference 2021 was a success, and we are happy to share the ten key take-aways. The European…

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…

Welcome note June 2021 newsletter

Dear readers, I am glad to tell you that IFOAM Organics Europe organised another successful digital edition of our European…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The European organic movement welcomes opportunities promoting organic agriculture in the European Commission's promotion policy work programme

The European organic movement welcomes the special attention reserved to organic agriculture in the European Commission’s promotion policy work programme.…

Welcome note November 2020 newsletter

Dear readers,   I would like to use this opportunity to look back on a turbulent year, marked with great successes…

Political hotspot November 2020 newsletter

The European Commission is set to publish the next European organic action plan (OAP) at the beginning of next year.…

Our suggestions for the new Organic Action plan

The Commission is set to publish the next European organic action plan at the beginning of next year and has…

Joint letter calling for balanced speaker representation at forthcoming EU Agricultural Outlook Conference

IFOAM Organics Europe, Slow Food, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), and others call for balanced representation in terms of speakers…

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…

How will the EU Green Deal change Europe’s food prices change? Join our colleague Silvia online to get an idea!

On 12 November from 15:30-17:00, Silvia Schmidt, our food policy officer, will take part to the online event “The Green…

Political hotspot October 2020 newsletter

On 19–20 October, EU-27 agriculture ministers met in Luxembourg to adopt their general approach on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).…

CAP ‘reform’: Parliament's small steps not good enough for a green transformation of food and farming

BRUSSELS, 23 OCTOBER 2020 – This week, Members of the European Parliament voted on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and Agriculture Ministers reached an…

Organic Movement calls on MEPs to align the CAP with the Green Deal ambitions

IFOAM Organics Europe has sent a press release to all Members of the European Parliament as they are voting on…

The Commission’s first Farm to Fork conference – Review & highlights - 15-16 October 2020, online

The European Commission’s first Farm to Fork conference took place on 15–16 October 2020 and focused on how to build…

Open letter calling for full alignment of the reformed CAP with the European Green Deal

Together with NGOS and national coalitions from across Europe, IFOAM Organics Europe urges the President of the European Commission, the…

Launch of the Green Deal call at the European Research & Innovation Days 2020

From 22-24 September, the European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission’s annual flagship event, brought together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs,…

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…

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…

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…

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

The organic movement calls for ambitious targets to increase organic land and consumption in the EU ahead of the publication…

JOINT LETTER: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology

Brussels, 31 March 2020 To: Executive Vice President TimmermansCc: Commissioners Kyriakides, Wojciechowski and Sinkevičius We are writing to you as…

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…

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

BRUSSELS, 13 FEBRUARY 2020 – As the European Commission is expected to release the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies,…

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…

Developing Organic: Join our ‘Pesticide use and contamination’ project

Dear IFOAM EU members, Today we’re launching a call to join our first ‘Developing Organic’ project on Pesticide use and contamination:…

Policy brief on the organic approach to inputs - Plant protection products, fertilisers, veterinary drugs and feed additives explained

A new policy brief offers a clearer picture on the principles and regulations governing the use of different inputs in…

IFOAM EU welcomes the agreement on a new Fertiliser Regulation

IFOAM EU welcomes the agreement on a new Fertilising Product Regulation (FPR), reached after almost two years of negotiations. Around…
 
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