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04/05/2016

Sustainable farming

Agriculture & Food


Trade body: Don't lump 'new plant breeding techniques' in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with EurActiv.com
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

Canada to compensate dairy farmers for Europe trade deal

The Canadian government said on Monday (2 May) it would compensate the country's dairy farmers for increased European imports allowed under a pending free trade deal.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Health and consumer groups say TTIP leak confirms fears

The leaked documents of current US positions in the ongoing transatlantic trade talks have made health and consumer rights organisations wary that EU legislation could still be watered down under the agreement.
Agriculture & Food 02-05-2016

Belgium and France are EU's bee mortality hotspots

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published figures on the loss of bees in the EU. Belgium tops the list for winter mortality, and France for the beekeeping season. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

France, US exchange warnings over agriculture in trade pact

French President François Hollande threatened on Sunday (1 May) to reject the ambitious TTIP trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, triggering similar warnings from the US regarding exports of farm produce to Europe

Commission takes Germany to task over water pollution

Brussels has announced that it will prosecute Germany in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to take effective measures against water pollution caused by nitrates. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Agriculture & Food 29-04-2016

EurActiv highlights - stakeholders debate the CAP

Highlights of stakeholder workshops to debate the latest CAP reforms. Organised and filmed by the EurActiv network in Brussels, Italy, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the UK.
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Agriculture & Food 29-04-2016

Investment in agriculture, growth and jobs. What role for the CAP?

In the EU, agriculture directly employs more than 10 million farmers. More than 77% of the Union’s territory is rural and home to half of its population. Overall, Europe’s agri-food industry accounts for 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.
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'European MIT' will look for innovators in food, industry and urban mobility

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is opening a “new chapter” to overcome some of its early mistakes, and plans to expand by adding food, the digitalisation of industry and urban mobility to its priority areas.
Agriculture & Food 27-04-2016

Food safety watchdog won't discuss funding shortfall with Health Commissioner

The EU's food safety watchdog faces a funding shortfall over the next five years but will not discuss the issue with Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis when he visits its Parma headquarters for the first time today (27 April).

EFSA wants to review the chemical BPA, again

A new report on the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) has forced the EFSA, the EU's food safety watchdog, to review the effects of the chemical on human health once more.


Agriculture & Food 27-04-2016

Fishing industry in murky waters

Today 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted or fully exploited, to the extent that without urgent measures, we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans, writes Linnéa Engström.
Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

Study: ‘Fat tax’ made Denmark healthier

The short-lived Danish levy on fatty foods was heavily criticised when it was first introduced in October 2011. But research shows that the fat tax achieved its objective in changing Danish grocery shopping habits, and saving lives.
Agriculture & Food 25-04-2016

Agriculture, growth and jobs: what role for the CAP?

Europe’s agri-food industry provides 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.
Development Policy 22-04-2016

MEPs speak out against GMOs in 'New Alliance' food strategy for Africa

European lawmakers have urged the EU not to support the introduction of GMOs in Africa, in a resolution criticising the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. EurActiv France reports.
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Agriculture & Food 21-04-2016

Potocnik: Farmers and consumers 'equally responsible' for agricultural transformation

SPECIAL REPORT / Every food producer should help make agriculture sustainable, Janez Potočnik told EurActiv.com.
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Agriculture & Food 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

SPECIAL REPORT / Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

Trade associations want to stop off-trade selling of alcohol to minors

It’s too easy for minors to buy alcohol in supermarkets in the EU, say local trade associations, who are stepping up their efforts to promote responsible drinking.
Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

Galician fishermen share concerns with MEPs

MEPs that travelled to the north-western Spanish region of Galicia have presented their findings and concerns about the area’s all-important fishing industry to the fisheries committee of the European Parliament. EurActiv Spain reports.
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Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

UN chief: Food chain shows peoples’ fate 'interdependent'

SPECIAL REPORT / Humankind needs to take a more collaborative approach to agriculture in order to sustain its future nutrition needs, while at the same time minimising environmental harm to the planet, global leaders and luminaries have warned.
Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

What is happening with the EU’s Russia sanctions policy?

The EU has recently experienced several digressions from its official line on sanctions against Russia. The growing frustration of European farmers with the sanction regime has prompted national politicians to undermine the EU’s position on Russia, writes Julius Lorenzen.
Agriculture & Food 18-04-2016

The challenge of ensuring the long term viability of EU farming

While employment is a key objective for rural development, an ageing working force on farms has become an impediment  for rural areas in the EU.
Agriculture & Food 18-04-2016

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Policymakers agree that agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s most pressing challenges – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all.