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New Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products

Belgium | 31/03/2014 | The European Commission has published the proposal for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. The proposal focuses on three main objectives: maintaining consumer confidence, maintaining producer confidence and making it easier for farmers to switch to organics. To help organic farmers, producers and retailers adjust to the proposed policy changes and meet future challenges, the Commission has also approved an Action Plan on the future of Organic Production in Europe.
The European Council and European Parliament will now discuss and adapt the legal proposal, with the final legislation expected to enter into force in 2017.

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Olivier De Schutter :"World’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned"

Switzerland | 11/03/2014 | The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger.

“The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” Mr. De Schutter stressed during the presentation of his final report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur.

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Growing reliance on fewer crops will increase risk of drought and disease

United States | 06/03/2014 | Results of 50-year study suggest changing food patterns will lead to rise in obesity and global food insecurity. The world food supply has grown increasingly dependent on a shrinking list of crops, such as wheat and maize, in the past 50 years with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security, according to a new study.

The loss of biodiversity poses risks, the study warns. A more homogeneous global food basket makes agriculture more vulnerable to drought, pests and diseases, which will be exacerbated by climate change. The researchers single out actions to foster diversity in food production and consumption to improve nutrition and food security.

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