New fertiliser ordinance in force since 1 May

New Fertilizer Ordinance Comes Into Force

In order to reduce the nitrate content in groundwater, stricter regulations on fertilisation have been in force since 1 May. Parts of the regulation, such as the designation of “red areas” and stricter rules for these areas, do not have to be implemented until 1 January 2021. Organic farmers are struggling with the new regulation.

Organic sector is one step ahead in biodiversity and species protection

Organic Sector One Step Ahead in Animal and Plant Protection

Food producers and retailers have a major impact on biodiversity. Yet, few industry standards and labels set criteria for species protection, according to an EU-wide study. This also applies to the organic sector. Some producers have become active themselves and are committed to biodiversity using their own strategies.

Alternative plant protection products and fertilisers for organic farming

Alternative Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers for Organic Farming

Organic farming is dependent on the use of externally produced pesticides. Often, copper-based pesticides are used here, while in the Mediterranean region they are also mineral oil-based. However, their use is controversial. The European research project RELACS is looking for alternatives.

Thunen-Report sees great potential in ecological management

Enormous Potential Through Ecological Management

What organic farming can do for the environment and society was the focus of a study by the Thünen Institute. The result is a predominantly positive picture of the potential of organic farming.

Otmar Seibert fights against loss of agricultural land

Prof. Dr. Otmar Seiber: “Consumers Bear Responsibility”

Prof. Dr. Otmar Seiber of the research group Agricultural and Regional Development Triesdorf GbR (ART) advocates the revaluation of regional products in order to stop the creeping loss of agricultural land.

Direct payments indispensable for competitiveness

Direct Payments Remain CAP Trump Card

In Germany, state governments and associations have positioned themselves: The Federal Government should work towards improvements to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Federal Government is in a dilemma because she has to reconcile opposing positions.

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