Organic food Archives

  • Fischler pledges EU Action Plan to boost organic farming

    News | Future EU 27-01-2004

    Consumer awareness, financial assistance and GMO co-existence were among the burning issues discussed at a Commission hearing on organic farming on 22 January.

  • NGO warns of devastating effects of CAP on bird populations

    News | Sustainable Development 19-01-2004

    A study published by BirdLife International says the Common Agricultural Policy's support to intensive farming has caused a sample of common species to decrease by 30% on average.

  • No EU sanctions against German food products

    News | Health 12-06-2002

    In an emergency meeting on 11 June, the EU's
    Standing Committee on the Food Chain decided not to take any
    additional measures in the case of German food products
    contaminated with the banned herbicide
    nitrofen.

  • Organic farming more efficient, according to Swiss study

    News | Health 03-06-2002

    Organic farming is more efficient, and organic
    farms have more fertile soil and a higher biodiversity,
    according to a new study by the Swiss Research Institute of
    Organic Agriculture.

  • Organic farming hit by German food scandal

    News | Health 27-05-2002

    In Germany, about 100 organic farms are believed to have been feeding their chickens with wheat containing the banned herbicide Nitrofen. The Agriculture Ministry in Lower Saxony believes that affected meat and eggs have already been sold and consumed.

  • American study shows one fourth of organic foods contain pesticides

    News | Health 09-05-2002

    A study of government data by the US Consumers Union found that pesticides residues, including from banned chemicals like DDT, are present in 23 percent of organic fruits and vegetables, and in nearly 75 percent of conventionally grown produce.

  • New Zealand study questions nutritional superiority of organic food

    News | Health 02-05-2002

    Researchers from the University of Otago (New Zealand) reviewed about 100 international food studies and concluded that there is no evidence that organically grown foods are healthier or tastier than those grown using chemicals.

  • Debate on organic farming in EU heats up

    News | Climate change 13-02-2002

    The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the
    European Association of Consumers (AEC) and the Dutch Bureau of
    Food Trade (CBL) called on the EU to boost organic farming.
    They presented a study on how to increase organic food
    production in the EU to 10% by 2006, by reducing VAT and
    introducing levies on the use of pesticides and
    fertilizers.

  • Agri-environment farming not working

    News | Agrifood 17-10-2001

    A Dutch study, prepared by scientists from Wageningen Agricultural University, says that EU green farming projects have largely failed. The study, published in the Nature magazine, found out that EU agri-environment projects in the Netherlands had little beneficial effect on preserving biodiversity and protecting bird wildlife.

  • Germany and UK push for green farming

    News | Agrifood 19-07-2001

    British and German agriculture ministers want to work together to push through a greener future for farms following Agriculture Commissioner Fischler's challenge for more sustainable farming. At the one-day conference in London on 17 July, the ministers argued that radical reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) was still possible. Mr Fischler had announced last week that reform was not possible until 2006.

  • Agriculture ministers call for organic action plan

    News | Agrifood 17-05-2001

    Agriculture ministers call for creation of European action plan for the development of organic farming and food

  • Organic farming [Archived]

    LinksDossier | Health 27-03-2001

    In the last few years, organic farming has been increasingly in the spotlight due to the various food crises sprouting up around Europe. As a result of such crises as BSE and foot-and-mouth, modern agrochemicals and intensive farming methods have come under attack, leaving organic farming the next best alternative. Organic farming provides a more sustainable system of food production. However, unlike "true" sustainable farming techniques, organic farming is still dependent on fossil fuels for production, transport and processing.