TTIP: disaster through the back door

Since June 2013, Europe and America have been negotiating about the biggest free trade zone in the world, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Although the negotiations are being conducted in camera, details have emerged that have put organic associations, politicians, consumer protection organizations and other NGOs on the alert. Many people regard the agreement as alarming in the extreme and are calling for the negotiations to be suspended. The agricultural and food processing sectors are currently the focal points of the TTIP discussions. This is where the worlds collide: genetic engineering, cloned and hormone-treated meat, and the law controlling seed. (Picture: Creative protest by many organizations against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)
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UK: CSA movement launches crowd funding campaing

Denmark: Twice as much organic food in food service

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