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BÖLW calls for pesticide tax.

The Federal government today approved a “package of measures for the sustainable use of plant protection products”. The aim of the action plan is to reduce risks for humans, animals and nature caused by pesticides, by means of suitable effective measures. The Chairman of the Federation of the Organic agriculture (BÖLW), Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein described this program as “inadequate”. “The Federal government is certainly correct that pesticides pollute the drinking water and the plants and animals in our cultural landscape harm; however, this appreciation of the consequences of insufficient consequences,” says Löwenstein. Since Organic farming uses no synthetic chemical plant protection products, the BÖLW-the Chairman of the expansion of Eco-farming for the most effective method to avoid the risks. He also reiterated the call for the introduction of a pesticide tax, which would have a steering effect to a reduction in use of plant protection products .

Import dependency: German fishing in foreign waters.

On 7. April has reached Germany this year, the so-called ‘ Fish Dependence Day, the of the German citizens consumed fish calculator comes from foreign waters. This is evident from a recent report by the Europe-wide campaign OCEAN2012, calculated for all member States, the degree of self-sufficiency. With an annual fish consumption of 15 kilogrammes per head of the legal catches of the German fishing are already reached now. Therefore, the German member associations of the campaign, pointed to the need to promote the rapid recovery of EU fish stocks, including sustainable catch limits are needed. A higher level of self-supply of the European market with fish would be the cause of the impact but also in the South: “The EU and Germany as the world’s largest import market for fish the seas at the same time, the Overfishing of the world and increase the plight of the coasts of some developing countries,” said Francisco Mari, fisheries expert of the Church’s work of bread for the world help. Thus, the consumption of imported fish contributes to the worsening of the hunger crisis in the global South .

Fight against hunger remains a challenge for Post-2015 Agenda.

Numerous representatives of international organisations, governments as well as from academia and civil society came together yesterday in Madrid to discuss the Post-2015 Agenda on Hunger and food security. “Hunger and malnutrition can be eliminated. With the right policies and investments, we can achieve dramatic progress in just one Generation – not only in the distant future,“ said UN Secretary - General Ban Ki-moon. He called for joint efforts that focus on small farmers and better nutrition for women and children. The Deadline for the Millennium development goals of the UN expire in 2015. However, the target of halving the proportion of Hungry is in the distance: According to the UN food and agriculture organization (FAO) are still 870 million people are undernourished. Worldwide enough food is produced to feed all, urged FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the access to food and balanced nutrition at a local level. The Meeting in Madrid is part of the consultation process on the future Agenda after 2015, and the three - stage theme is rounded off with tables consultation on the issue of Hunger and food security. Ahead of a two-month Online discussion to January, up from the 270 entries from all over the world, an issues paper was created was gone. An informal consultation with stakeholders of the Committee on world food 11. February had pointed the above-mentioned aspects further.

Agricultural fuels: NGOs, the Commission’s report criticised as whitewashing.

The European Commission has released on Wednesday a report on the sustainability of the consumed in the EU agri-fuels. Non-governmental organizations, reacted with disappointment to the balance of the social and environmental impact of the Renewable energy Directive and referred to in the paper as a whitewash. “The European Commission is the head in the Sand. The report concludes that it is unclear whether the demand for agro-fuels in the EU on the violation of land-use rights contributions and implications for food prices down“, writes Marc-Olivier Herman from Oxfam. The Commission looks at the contribution of the EU policy on Biofuels to the rise in food prices in 2008 and 2011 as a minimum. Depending on the raw material and the increased demand contributed only to an increase of 1-4%, the price explosion is mainly a result of lower Harvests and greater demand for meat. The production of Biofuels in the EU requires in 2010, about 2.2 million hectares of additional land compared to 2000. In the country deals with serious socio-economic implications of a connection to the European market according to the Commission, but only 50,000 to 160,000 hectares. The organization ActionAid criticised, the figures underestimate the extent of Land Grabbing in connection with the European requirements. A report by ActionAid estimated that European companies have brought in Africa from 2009 to 2013, around 6 million hectares of Land under their control, in order to serve the high demand of the EU for agricultural fuels, with devastating consequences for the small local farmers.

Lack of water: Efficient water use in agriculture is needed.

On the occasion of world water day on 22. March, warns the Worldwatch Institute, in front of increasing water scarcity. In the year 2025 an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in regions that are affected due to climate change, population growth, inefficient use of available resources or a lack of investment and mismanagement of water deficiency. Worldwide, 70% of the water withdrawal to agriculture is eliminated, while in countries such as India, their share is 87%. Therefore, it is required according to the Worldwatch Institute the policy, to take bold measures to tackle the water problem. The focus should be on small farmers, because the majority of the investment in agricultural water management goals on large-scale irrigation systems. A large Potential for the efficient use of water, such as through the cultivation of a variety of plants that are adapted to local conditions, or the drip-irrigation system, through which the water is fed directly to the roots was just the farmers. The report recommends that rice farmers in addition, the System of Rice Intensification, a method of farming that will earn not only higher yields, but also 20% to 50% less water is required because the fields are not flooded .

Empty words, empty stomachs: report criticises policy on the fight against hunger.

The International research Institute for Agricultural and food policy (IFPRI) has pulled in a last week report published a negative balance on the successes in the global fight against hunger. With the current “tepid promises and unfulfilled Commitments will not reach the international community that the Millennium development goal to halve the proportion of Hungry in the world population by 2015,” said IFPRI Director Shenggen Fan. And this is despite new Figures from the food and agriculture organization of the UN, which are due to changes in calculation methods with 870 million chronically undernourished people more optimistic than previous estimates. The report also warns that food prices will remain in 2013, more high. Causes also to wrong political decisions such as export bans, in addition to droughts, in the past year. The IFPRI criticized the agricultural policy of the USA and the EU, which produce with high subsidies, even if indirect in nature – enabling its farmers, and more, which lead to market distortions and agricultural production in developing countries under the course. In the light of future risks to food security, as extreme weather events, conflicts, and fluctuations in the prices of food, was more technical and financial assistance from developed countries is needed. Therefore, “now is the time to let deeds, not words,” said Shenggen Fan.

No qualified EU-majority against bee venoms.

A proposal from the EU Commission to ban bee-harmful pesticides, the companies Bayer and Syngenta, initially for 2 years, found today no qualified majority in the competent EU Committee, among other things, because Germany abstained from the vote. Neonicotionide, the v. a. used as mordant, damage to the evaluation of the EU food safety Agency EFSA bees. Syngenta had been delayed by the threat of a lawsuit for a vote in February. Today, agriculture Minister Aigner, declared that she wanted to receive the high level of protection for bees. The German beekeepers ‘ associations threw her in a joint opinion duplicity. The Commission now wants to think more. You can adopt the ban, even without a Committee-majority .

Appeal to MEPs to global effects of the agricultural policy.

On the occasion of this Wednesday’s upcoming vote in the European Parliament on the EU agricultural reform, the Protestant aid organisation bread for the world has appealed to the members to take into account the impact of the Common agricultural policy on hunger eradication and rural development in the world. The President of bread for the world Cornelia Füllkrug-criticized-Weitzel, was that the current presentation of the EU agricultural Committee for development policy aspects and the consequences of the EU agricultural exports and imports leave completely out of eight. Belongs to “a responsible policy to monitor the impact of agricultural exports and producers from developing countries to listen to,” said also, Stig Tanzmann, agricultural expert of the Agency. The EU exported in the year 2012 alone, 400,000 tonnes of poultry meat to Africa. Due to the enormous cheap poultry meat remains the production of poultry in some countries, shortly before the Standstill, for example in Nigeria, where the European poultry meat get over Benin. A further aspect of global relevance in the shaping of the fruit is control result: “legumes-binding input to get in the crop rotation. Then, the soy imports from South America can be reduced, finally, and the country can again serve directly for the nutrition of the population, “ said dance man.

Europe claimed enormous areas on other continents.

According to a study by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) in Vienna, the EU States consume 44 percent more surface area than on the continent, available to cover their needs for consumer goods and food. This is associated with deforestation, use of pesticides and Eutrophication – which can be swapped out in the producer countries. To reduce the most important measure is the “Land footprint” of Europe, was a reduction of meat consumption.

Rights of women to fight Hunger .

Women and girls in rural areas are disproportionately affected by Hunger. The people made the right - organization FIAN on the occasion of world women’s day on 8. March carefully. “The reasons for this strong violation of the Right to food of rural women in their legal, political, social and family discrimination,” said Gertrud Falk, the Gender Officer of FIAN Germany. For example, women are entitled to today, in some countries, still to inherit the Land. Also the special Rapporteur on the human right to food, Olivier De Schutter, had to be disabled denounced in a Monday report published on the discrimination of women, making them, in their role as food producers. Women need equal access to Land, agricultural advice, credit and other resources. The competency and training of women is a secret weapon in the fight against food insecurity, stressed De Schutter to the Guardian.

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