Eu court breaks the power of the world seed companies

Eu court breaks the power of the world seed companies

The judges upheld current EU rules that allow farmers to continue to grow old varieties of vegetables and potatoes even if industrial producers no longer offer them.

The effects of the ruling are controversial: according to the environmental association BUND, the agricultural industry’s monopoly on seeds has been "thwarted. The federal ministry of consumer affairs also saw the ruling as a step towards preserving the diversity of varieties. Critics, on the other hand, complain that these are only individual traps with no broad effect and that the marketing bans remain largely in place. Old varieties continue to disappear, the campaign for seed sovereignty complains.

The german farmers association (DBV) expressively buries the verdict. The arbeitsgemeinschaft bauerliche landwirtschaft (abl) spoke of a "victory for biodiversity" and assumes that many varieties can now be traded again. The way is clear for varieties such as the "rosalie" potato, the "hinrichs riesen" bush bean or the "lobbericher mohre", abl managing director georg janben told dpa. A number of affected breeders is not known.

The world as poetic utopia

the world as poetic utopia

Udo langer’s fairy tale and musical rewards continue after some very successful productions with the origin story of "jules verne’s adventure" into a new round. A foretaste of what awaits the audience this fall was on display this weekend in the "menu&" series marchen" in baiersdorf.

Jules verne’s visionary abilities have made many things that seemed to belong to the realm of utopia and fantasy more than 100 years ago become reality in one way or another. Then as now, the world was at the dawn of a new age. At that time, it was the beginning of industrialization and an unbelievable belief in progress. Today, jules verne’s ingenious achievements such as steamers, snorting railroads and telegraphs are long outdated. Today we are at the beginning of industrialization 4.0. Jules verne was an extremely prolific writer during his lifetime, with 60 books published.

A book with a warning

At the center of udo langer’s youngest production is a book wrapped in blue tissue paper, which miraculously falls into the hands of three friends after 30 years – with the warning that when they open a chapter, they will already be in the middle of the story.

Eltmanners want to make amends at home

Since top-ranked TSV knetzgau is taking a break, FC sand II was able to close the gap in the title fight of the fubball-kreisliga schweinfurt 2 with a three-goal win in rothlein.
Relatively relaxed can approach both the TV konigsberg and the TSV westheim their meeting. While the promoted TVK still needs one or the other point for the safe class preservation, but is no longer seriously endangered, the already relegated guests around coach werner robler want to say goodbye with proper performances. – in order to put TSV knetzgau under pressure right to the end, FC sand II, the team chasing them, does not want to give itself any more blob in the final spurt of the season and clearly decides its away game at FC rothlein/schwebheim for itself. After the currently third-best away team and the best return team in the league recently achieved clear away victories, the almost-relegated team should not be too much of a hurdle. – with a seven-point gap to second place in the table and a nine-point lead over fourth place, the 1. FC habfurt's only focus in the last four games of the season will probably be to deliver good games and do as well as possible. With a home win against FT schweinfurt II, the fclers would at the same time do a great favor to TSV prappach, which is currently fighting most fiercely with schweinfurt for the first non-relegation spot. – TSV prappach could take the step towards a non-relegation spot if it wins its home game against jahn schweinfurt and the
1. FC habfurt the FT schweinfurt II defeats. Because the guests in their last two auswartsauftritte conceded 15 goals against and even only once "in the black" have hit, the prappacher go with much hope into this enormously important game and want to land the fourth home victory. – SG sennfeld does not want to slip up again if it is to finish fourth in the table. FC neubrunn, on the other hand, which has also secured a place, could make up at least one more place and therefore wants to take home at least one payer, as it did in the goalless draw in the previous round. – coach detlef pfister was also very upset by the heavy defeat at FC sand II, which is why he hopes to make amends in his SG eltmann's home game against TV obertheres. Since the wallburgstadter won however only one of their last five home games, count themselves the auswarts so far five times successful tvler good chances out. – against the TV habfurt, keeper peter trautner and co. To bring the class preservation for the SV rapid ebelsbach also arithmetically finally under roof and fach bring. But since the "gymnasts" the spectators can look forward to what is sure to be an exciting battle.

The next shopping market closes its doors

The food market close& good in volkach closes its doors. As was announced at the city council meeting on monday evening, the lights are going out at the successor store to the former delta (both edeka) due to inefficiency. The food market near& good in the dr.-eugen-schon-strabe 11 a is already the second supermarket within shortest time, which gives up its business operation. The retail company tegut is closing its supermarket in industriestrabe at the end of this month. After the opening of the new "volkacher mainschleife" shopping park the smaller grocery stores in the wine city are thus slowly but surely coming to the end of their rope.
In 2007, edeka had promised the city in writing that it would rebuild the former delta supermarket in dr.-eugen-schon-strabe at least with a reduced sales area for the basic range of groceries as nah& well continue to operate. The delta-markt and the comet-markt in the industriestrabe (both edeka) were dissolved and merged into the gross edeka-supermarket in the new shopping park. With nah& a smaller supermarket close to the old town, which was supposed to supply the population in the immediate vicinity with basic foodstuffs, remained in good condition. According to edeka and the kolb operating family, the actual acceptance by the population is now so low that the economic basis has long since ceased to exist. Edeka and kolb therefore asked the city of volkach to release them from the operator commitment made in 2007.
Mayor peter kornell (G) recalled that the former delta market was the "mercedes of our supermarkets" was. After its move to the shopping park, the question arose as to what should happen to the empty building. "The supply of local amenities, especially for the elderly, was an important topic, according to the head of the city. The promise by edeka to maintain this local supply in the area close to the city with a basic range of foodstuffs solved the problem for the time being.
In recent years, it has now become clear that customer frequency is too low. Kornell suggested that the edeka proposal be approved, because "no one can live by adding to it," he said. The mayor recalled his own experiences with loss-making municipal facilities such as the operation of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Controversy arose in the council over the background to the closure of the nah& good and the question of guilt discussed. Holger scheidig (local spokesman for gaibach) saw it as the duty of the citizens, who were responsible for the development through their purchasing behavior. The behavior of edeka is quite understandable. Heiko bauerlein (CSU) also had a heart for the edeka proposal. The nah& in his opinion, gut has a "stepmotherly existence" guided. If the edeka company cannot operate profitably there, it can no longer be expected to run the store for much longer. "Better to stay than to let it go to waste", peter haupt (G) spoke clearly. Fresh meat and cheese have not been on offer at nah& for a long time well, he gave his experiences from the youngest time.
That the blame should not be placed solely on the shoulders of the customers, emphasized 3. Burgermeister gunter nicola (SPD). "The operator can also control this with his prices", he said. Nicola pointed out that some basic foodstuffs were up to 50 cents more expensive than in the new edeka supermarket in the shopping park. "Only with a bellyache" ingrid dusolt (burgerliste) wanted to agree to edeka's request to be released from the operator's commitment. "Apart from the most important basic foodstuffs, there was also a large selection of foodstuffs in the nah& well at the end anyway nothing more", dusolt knew.

Employees come under

When it came to voting on edeka's request, all council members were unanimous in the end and approved the proposal, mainly because the employees of the nah& good will do business at edeka in the new shopping park in the future.
If nah& well its shelves in the dr.-eugen-schon-strabe, the question arises as to the subsequent use of the building, which offers plenty of scope for speculation. According to mayor kornell, it has not yet been decided who will build the building in the dr.-eugen-schon-strabe moves in, including a rough parking lot. "We will accompany all developments in a positive way, auber a playing hall", said kornell. With gambling halls volkach is sufficiently supplied.

Full board for horse and cow

Full board for horse and cow

The cow is visibly happy. She is lying there in the shade – completely relaxed – and dozing away. "We have a resting area for our animals here, where they like to retreat", says farmer hans-georg warmuth. Almost like in a hotel. "And even with full board."
Because the calves, cows and horses on the farm of the warmuths also get food of course. But first the hay must be harvested. This always happens in the middle of june – at least when the weather plays along. "We are very dependent on the weather", says district farmer marion warmuth "if it doesn't rain in the spring, the grass grows poorly. If it is not sunny in summer, the hay does not dry out. And if it rains constantly in the summer, the hay becomes damp and mouldy." So some things have to fit.
A farmer needs three sunny days in a row if he wants to harvest his hay. First the grass is cut, then spread on the meadow – so that it dries faster. It remains there for the next two days. Once or twice a day the farmer comes and turns the hay.
"The time of harvesting is very important, because depending on it the ingredients of the hay change", explains warmuth. While young grass is very high in protein, old grass contains more fiber and is therefore easier to digest.
Sometimes, however, nature conservation dictates the time of harvesting. There are, for example, grassland breeders such as the lapwing, which are literally dependent on the meadow. "We will of course take this into consideration. Such meadows are mowed only later", says warmuth.
In this context, the district farmer also points out that meadows are not free areas where everyone is allowed to let off steam with their dog. "Fields and meadows are private property – many people are not aware of this", says marion warmuth. Dog excrement often remains on the fields and thus gets into the feed of the animals. "This is harmful and can lead to diseases." Since the dog is a carnivore, it excretes certain parasites that the herbivore's defenses can't handle. Farmers also often have problems with unseasonal hay. "People walk on the field paths and simply throw their mull onto the meadow. That's not possible", says warmuth.

Machines replace manual labor

But back to the hay: after two days, everything is dry, then the hay is straightened into long strips again. The round baler then ensures that the hay is formed into the practical bale shape and held together with a net. One bale weighs 300 to 400 kilograms. "There's not much you can do with your hand", says hans-georg warmuth. That's why everything is done by machine: the front loader splits the bales and loads them onto the hanger, which takes the hay to a shed for storage. It remains there for another four weeks. Only then can it be fed.

Israel wants to criminalize nazi comparison

Israel wants to criminalize nazi comparison

The initiative came a good week after ultra-orthodox jews in jerusalem dressed up as inmates of nazi concentration camps and pinned a yellow jewish star to their chests during a demonstration. Policemen were insulted as nazis. This was met with sharp criticism as an abuse of the holocaust.

According to the draft, it will be forbidden in the future to use the word nazi or similar sounding words and terms associated with national socialism, the third reich or any of its leaders. Whoever wears striped clothing reminiscent of the clothes worn by concentration camp inmates, or uses a yellow jewish star or similar symbols, is also liable to prosecution. Photos, drawings and sculptures depicting the swastika or related symbols are also to be banned. The penalty is up to six months in jail and the payment of 100,000 shekels (20,000 euros). The only exception is the academic study of the holocaust.

Traumatized by “aktenzeichen xy

traumatized by 'aktenzeichen xy

What kind of person actually writes gripping thrillers that leave their readers chewing on objects?? A likeable person with rough entertainment value – at least in the case of sebastian fitzek. The bestselling author made a guest appearance in kulmbach on friday evening at the invitation of the rupprecht bookstore and presented his new novel “der insasse” in front of. Due to the ongoing construction work in the bookstore, managing director maria rupprecht switched to the new break hall at the MGF as the venue, where the 300 visitors were comfortably seated.

But back to the author: sebastian fitzek, a man without allures, it seems, and with a voice with which he could easily record his horbucher himself. The “gunther-jauch-verschnitt”, as he was once called, presented an evening of antitheses, making the audience laugh and shortly afterwards plunging them into oppressive silence with scenes from his new book.

Fitzek doesn’t look back on a typical career as an author, nor does he know of a recipe for success – except for one certain component: luck. He didn’t want to become a writer as a child, but preferred to be a tennis player or drummer, but then began to study veterinary medicine, which he gave up again after three months. Then he studied law for a while, which certainly benefits him today, but “I”m actually quite a failure, I haven”t achieved anything I set out to do. However, bucher had been with him since childhood.

Transporter with exotic animals involved in an accident

Transporter with exotic animals involved in an accident

A serious traffic accident with one lightly injured person occurred in the early hours of tuesday morning on the A 7 freeway in the direction of wurzburg.

The 46-year-old driver of a van loaded with small animals for a pet shop hit the central crash barrier on the A7 near schondra at around 3 a.M. For reasons that are still unclear, and then hit an articulated train, according to the schweinfurt-werneck traffic inspectorate. The collision damaged several transport containers for small animals and caused the death of several animals. The damage was about 40 000 euro.

Python on board

The still living animals, among them about 50 exotic fish, ten birds and a python, were reloaded by the fire department of bad bruckenau into a replacement truck. After first aid by the fire department, the animals were handed over to the courier service, writes the bad bruckenau fire department.

Poll sees spdn only eight percentage points ahead of afd

poll sees spdn only eight percentage points ahead of afd

With just under a week and a half to go before the federal elections, the SPD has reached a new low: in the ARD "deutschlandtrend," the party of chancellor candidate martin schulz has again lost one percentage point and is now only at 20 percent.

This is her weakest score since january and also in the "deutschlandtrend" in general. In the infratest dimap survey, the social democrats are now only eight percentage points ahead of the third-placed afd, which has gained 12 percent (plus 1). In polls by the forsa and insa institutes also published this week, however, the SPD was at 23 to 23.5 percent.

In the "deutschlandtrend", chancellor angela merkel’s union remains the strongest party at 37 percent. FDP moves up to fourth place with 9.5 percent (plus 0.5). The left loses slightly and comes to 9 percent (minus 1), the greens to 7.5 percent (minus 0.5).