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30/09/2016

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

Agriculture & Food


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Agriculture & Food 30-09-2016

German farmers divided over EU-Canada trade deal

SPECIAL REPORT / Despite ongoing protests around Europe, the EU still wants to conclude the CETA agreement with Canada within the next five weeks. The German agricultural sector is divided in its opinion of the deal: large farms relish the advantages and small enterprises fear transatlantic competition. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 29-09-2016

UK ‘consistently waters down’ reforms of EU farming subsidies

The UK government could have stopped wealthy landowners including aristocrats and a Saudi racehorse owner receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds from the EU’s common agricultural policy, the European commission has said.

A call on Vice-President Timmermans to free the Nature Directives

If the Commission wants to change its image as a shadowy lobbyist’s paradise, approving the Birds and Habitats Directives would show that the EU executive is in touch with its citizens, not in the pocket of powerful corporations, writes Ariel Brunner.
Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Spain reflects back on 30 years of CAP highs and lows

Representatives from the agricultural sector, food industry and the Spanish government have gathered to discuss the pros and cons of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as Spain celebrates 30 years of EU membership. EurActiv Spain reports.
Trade & Society 29-09-2016

Welsh whisky wades into precarious Brexit world

EU rules are set to allow Wales to call itself a whisky producing nation, as the country prepares for the opening of its second distillery. But it is venturing into an industry that faces immense uncertainty because of the Brexit vote.
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Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Industrial agriculture threatens to drive German smallholders into ruin

SPECIAL REPORT / The existence of many farms is dependent on economic pressure and competition brought by larger scale holdings. More and more German farms are being driven into ruin and the environment is paying a hefty price too. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Why don’t Denmark and Germany want to save Baltic cod?

Western Baltic cod is on the brink of collapse while politicians shirk responsibility, writes Lasse Gustavsson.
Agriculture & Food 28-09-2016

Romanian minister suggests food price hike to reduce waste

Romanian Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu says that food waste could be reduced by raising the price of food, adding that his countrymen do not appreciate its true value. EurActiv Romania reports.
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Agriculture & Food 28-09-2016

German agriculture: Short-term crisis management or long-term strategy?

SPECIAL REPORT / Numerous agricultural crises in Germany have made life difficult for the Agriculture Ministry lately, especially in light of much-needed structural changes to the sector. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 27-09-2016

One in seven German farmers apply for milk reduction aid

Thousands of German farmers are set to cut their milk production in order to qualify for EU funding. EurActiv Germany reports.

Nobel Laureate: EU politicians ignore ‘politically unwelcome’ GMO science

European politicians support a great deal of scientific research but they often do not pay attention to the results if they are “politically unwelcome”, Nobelist Richard Roberts told EurActiv.com.
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Agriculture & Food 27-09-2016

German researcher: Free trade can cushion impact of climate change on agriculture

SPECIAL REPORT / Poor harvests, hunger and rising food prices: Climate change threatens food production around the world. The solution to all of this could be free trade, researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen told EurActiv Germany.


Agriculture & Food 27-09-2016

Avoiding milk losses with healthier cows

One in three dairy cows in Europe suffer from disease, causing more than five billion milk servings to be discarded annually, writes Ramiro Cabral.
Agriculture & Food 26-09-2016

Romanian harvest curbed by drought

Weather conditions are once again set to wreak havoc on Romania's agricultural output. EurActiv Romania reports.
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Agriculture & Food 26-09-2016

Agricultural policy: At the limits of green growth

SPECIAL REPORT / The Green Economy is meant to create wealth and protect the environment at the same time. But experts are increasingly doubtful about the concept and are calling it a whitewash. EurActiv Germany reports.
Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2016

French expert: 'Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring'

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement.
Agriculture & Food 26-09-2016

Germany’s agricultural challenges

Despite its small size relative to the country's GDP, agriculture is a political heavyweight with the German government. With far-reaching changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy about to take effect, EurActiv.com looks at the implications for the German agricultural sector.
Agriculture & Food 23-09-2016

Chefs join MEPs in opposing Bayer-Monsanto merger

A group of MEPs has asked the Commission to examine the Bayer-Monsanto merger, and some of France’s best-known chefs have written an open letter condemning the invasion of the food chain by the agrochemical industry. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 22-09-2016

Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.
Agriculture & Food 14-09-2016

EU funds feed Bulgaria's grain millionaires

The farms of the two old classmates sit side by side in the central Bulgarian countryside. On one, a fleet of tractors ploughs through endless golden fields of wheat. On the other, a woman picks raspberries in the searing sun.
Agriculture & Food 13-09-2016

Campaign against surgical castration of piglets censored

An advertising company and a French departmental prefect have taken down posters criticising the surgical castration of male piglets, in an effort to protect "public order". Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 13-09-2016

A plea for science-based standards in TTIP

The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.
Transport 12-09-2016

EU’s fanciful transport decarbonisation strategy

Europe seeks to stop the increase in transport GHG emissions with the wrong policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.
Agriculture & Food 12-09-2016

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.