As a result of its Strategy 2016-2020, the work of Biovision will increasingly focus on global issues, such as the UN Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) as well as raising awareness in Switzerland of the importance of sustainability. Biovision is seeking to tackle these activities in cooperation with relevant networks. At the start of 2017, it entered into a partnership with Alliance Sud, representing an important step in the process.
Biovision identifies “Beacons of Hope” in the transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems
Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development was the successful respondent to a request by The Global Alliance for the Future of Food for proposals to lead a new study called “Beacons of Hope,” the aim of which is to demonstrate the positive benefits of transitioning towards sustainable food systems.
Work in agroforestry systems is more profitable than work in monocultures. This is the conclusion of a long-term study of cacao growing in Bolivia by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).
The first December Story of this year is about mangoes in Kenya. The warning signs were clear enough - nose bleeds and sore throats – but it was a long time before mango farmer, Henry Ngare realised the cause.
The verdict on Monsanto planned for 10 December has been moved to spring 2017. The five judges with international experience want to present a well-founded verdict, which could be seminal for other legal cases and which will generate discussions about international law.
Last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the public is entitled to information on how pesticides and insecticides damage the environment: This particular ruling related to the weed-killer glyphosate (Roundup) and the insecticide imidacloprid.
A symposium on “20 years of GMOs in agriculture – risks and alternative approaches” was held recently at the Eventforum Berne. Scientists, politicians and individuals from the private sector came together to discuss the current state of knowledge. In some cases, opinions on the opportunities, benefits and risks differed.
Hopes were high for genetically modified crops: higher yields, fewer pesticides, more robust plants. Detailed research by the New York Times (NYT) in the US and Canada has found that gene technology is not living up to its promise in those countries.
One year on from the adoption of Agenda 2030 with its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, there is now evidence that concrete steps are being taken to implement them. This includes the need to free some 800 million people from hunger and at its 43rd annual session, the Committee on World Global Food Security (CFS) discussed potential support for countries seeking to achieve this aim. Biovision used the opportunity to present an effective approach using specific examples from Kenya.