German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops

The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), government sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Germany had announced in September 2015 that it will ban cultivation of crops with GMOs under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of their cultivation. An EU law […]

ProTerra SILVER approval on benchmarking to SAI Standard

Following up from on our previous correspondence regarding the benchmarking of Proterra production standard against SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessement 2.0, we would like to publish the result on line from the following link: under ‘Benchmark results and planning’. Proterra production standard has a Silver level equivalence (100% essential, 80% basic and 62% advanced) […]

ISEAL Alliance

Graham Mitchell Executive Director participated in ISEAL’s first DC Event in which Certification leaders are working to evolve their systems rapidly in the face of the changing landscape of sustainability and the need to achieve greater scale. Some stakeholders are saying certification should focus on its core and evolve carefully, while others feel the time […]

Land titles for farmers help cut Brazil’s forest loss: scientist

By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil should speed up its program to grant small farmers formal land ownership to slow down the rate of logging and deforestation, a leading scientist said. Farmers on small holdings are responsible for about 30 percent of the logging and destruction of Brazil’s vast forests, […]