In a decision that made headlines around the world, a California jury awarded $289 million dollars, a stunning amount, to a former groundskeeper for a California school district who claims that he contracted non-Hodgkins lymphoma from exposure to a commercial preparation of glyphosate, the world’s m
In previous editions of European Seed, seed company experts discussed struggles relating to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for plant genetic resources (PGR), entered into force in October 2014. In our second article in this series, we sat down with experts at various global
For years, there has been a shrinking level of expertise in the area of seed morphology. According to Germany’s Wolfgang Stuppy, scientific curator for the Botanic Garden at Ruhr-University Bochum, since the mid-20th century, seed morphology has not been a discipline practised by many botanists who
There’s a revolution going on in the ground below us. A growing group of passionate farmers have been experimenting with complex combinations of cover crops seed species which may have as much influence as cash crops on the future of sustainable farming. Have plant biologists kept up with these pion
Tea plants are native to East Asia, and probably originated in the borderlands of north Burma and southwestern China. By annual per capita consumption of tea, the countries with the highest consumption are Northern Ireland (6.9 kg), Ireland (2.19kg) and United Kingdom (1.94kg).After China and India,
Lack of quality and improved seed in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries has contributed significantly to food insecurity and poverty. The availability of quality seed in this region in terms of variety, accessibility, and volume currently stands at a meagre 20%. Thi
The East African Community (EAC) legal and policy framework for agricultural development has been established and is provided for under several key documents; the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC, EAC Customs Union, and EAC Common Market Protocol among others. In particular, Article 45 (3) (b
The national seed associations are often the pivotal point for initiating and maintaining the communication from the seed sector to the political decision makers in a country. European Seedasked four different African seed associations what kind of interactions their member seed companies have with
Prior to the year 2000, the African continent did not have an umbrella body that could collectively be the voice of the seed industry. Something had to be done about it and hence, after several meetings and consultations among key seed stakeholders, the African Seed Trade Association known as “AFSTA
The agriculture sector accounts for 22% of Kenya’s GDP, with the majority of the population dependent directly or indirectly on agriculture. Kenya has a well-established seed sector and is a member of regional and international institutions relevant to the seed sector.Kenya acceded to UPOV under the
Eighteen national organizations representing agriculture and science communities recently joined together in signing a statement in support of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology (“the International Statement”).“We commend the governments that initiate
The EU is committed to support partner countries through external policies and instruments. Emphasised in the Communication on the Future of Food and Farming of November 2017, the future common agricultural policy will play a greater role in enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development. Kn
Catherine Langat (ESA) INVITE project, Young People Going into Seed Sector, EU Policy Making, Movement Away from Science
Catherine Langat, Technical Manager Plant Breeding and Variety Registration at the European Seed Association (ESA) talks with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.
Robert van Tuil & Edwin van der Vossen (Keygene N.V.) Exciting Innovations, Coping with Climate Change
Edwin van der Vossen, VP Crop Innovation and Robert van Tuil, Director Business Development at Keygene N.V. talk with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.
The EU is Africa’s biggest trading partner, accounting for 36% of Africa’s trade in goods, worth €243.5 billion in 2017, compared to China with €107 billion (16%) and the US with €44.2 billion (6%). With that, the EU remains the most open market to African exports in the world, and many seed compani
Towards a New ‘Africa – Europe Alliance’: The EU State of the Union 2018 Seeks to Deepen Economic Relations, Boost Investment and Create Jobs in Africa
On 12 September 2018, on the occasion of his State of the Union Address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnership. And we, Europeans, need this partnership just as much. Today, we are proposing a new Alliance for Sustai
From 7-9 October, the European Seed Association (ESA) held its 2018 Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event has set a new record, with an attendance of 1050 participants from over 40 countries across the world, the importance of the ESA Congress for the European and international seed sec
It seems like yesterday when we started with European Seed. But in fact, we’re already five years on the road together, and what a rewarding five years it has been. Since the first issue, we have filled over 800 pages with tailored, seed-focused content. And quickly after the start, European Seedbec
The British Crop Production Council, BCPC, will be joining NIAB in a move that will strengthen their delivery of independent information, products and opinion. Both organisations have the latest agricultural science at their core, to boost efficient, sustainable crop production.NIAB Chief Executive
Joachim Schneider (BASF) BASF’s Growth into a Seed Company, Innovations, ECJ Ruling, Overcoming Opposition
Joachim Schneider, Head of Vegetable Seeds at BASF talks with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.
Garlich von Essen (ESA) Continued Growth, Biggest Progress, ECJ Decision, INVITE Project, and Brexit – Podcast
Garlich von Essen, Secretary-General of ESA talks with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.https://european-seed.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Garlich-von-Essen-ESA-Continued-Growth-Biggest-Progress-ECJ-Decision-INVITE-Project-and-Brexit-1.mp3
Anthony Parker (UPOV) Impact of UPOV in Canada, Shift in Crop Investments, PBR and Seed Sector Growth, PBR Barriers
Anthony Parker, Commissioner of the Plant Breeders Rights Office, Canada and Chair of the UPOV Administrative and Legal Committee (UPOV-CAJ). talks with Marcel Bruins.
Marc Cool, Global Seed Policy Lead at Corteva AgriscienceTM talks with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.
Cesar Gonzalez, Manager Public Affairs at the European Seed Association (ESA) talks with Marcel Bruins at the 2018 ESA Annual meeting in Madrid, Spain from October 7-9, 2018.