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28-04-2017

EU agricultural income since 2005

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Challenges ranging from volatile markets, high input costs and the Russian ban on agricultural exports to sluggish Chinese demand, have put a great deal of pressure on the income of EU farmers

28-04-2017

What consumers want: A supply chain for farmers and consumers

Over the past few years, price volatility has become a central concern for European farmers and consumers due to changes in demand, supply and the structural characteristics of the market.

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28-04-2017

A new EU agricultural policy for people and nature

Despite previous reforms, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) largely continues to support a resource-intensive and high-impact agricultural model which is not fit for today’s societal and environmental challenges, writes Jabier Ruiz.

28-04-2017

No quick and easy fix to food price issue, EU official admits

There will be no easy solution to high food prices in Europe unless the supply chain is made transparent and farmers get organised to take a bigger slice of the market, a European Commission official has warned.

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27-04-2017

Help nature – change agriculture

Europe's food and farming system is broken. It's not protecting farmers, nature or people. We can change it now: http://www.wwf.eu/living_land/

27-04-2017

Spanish farmers say new CAP should provide dignity

Agri-food producers recognise the need to become competitive and sustainable. But they also need to deal with market volatility, price imbalances in the value chain, uncertainty generated by free trade agreements and Russia's ban on EU imports. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

26-04-2017

Free trade deals and their crucial role in EU agri-food exports

Names like CETA, TTIP and TTP now dominate the global trade agenda. They are inescapable factors in our globalised world. But what is their effect on the European Union's agri-food sector? EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

26-04-2017

Germany’s cheap food prices come at a cost, study finds

Germans love to do their food shopping at discount retailers. But the costs incurred in order to provide such cheap prices are enormous and society is paying through the nose for it. EURACTIV Germany reports.

25-04-2017

Weak cooperatives and high input costs hike Greek food prices

In Greece, cooperatives play a limited role in the food supply chain. Combined with rising overhead costs, this has contributed to the erosion of local farmers' incomes, while emptying the wallets of consumers.

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24-04-2017

Making precision farming mainstream

"Precision farming is a farm-management concept that should and must be available to all farmers who are committed to developing a sustainable and responsible agriculture sector” says Yara’s CEO, Svein Tore Holsether.

24-04-2017

Short food chains seen as answer to farmers’ pay and product quality

Local markets, where farmers and producers sell directly to the consumer, have prospered across the EU in both rural and urban areas in recent years.

24-04-2017

Farmers under pressure

EU farmers’ income has come under rising pressure from a number of factors, ranging from climate change, high input costs, the Russia embargo and sluggish demand from China.

19-04-2017

Italy introduces new labelling law for dairy products

Starting on Wednesday, Italian dairy product labels will have to show the origin of their ingredients. Italy’s agriculture minister hopes the experiment will be copied by other EU countries. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

18-04-2017

Pesticide residues detected in almost all European foods

More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU’s national authorities. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

13-04-2017

French farmers’ union puts post-2020 CAP consultation at risk

A letter, sent by the French farmers’ union to its local members, raises concerns about the credibility of the post-2020 CAP consultation, and data protection linked to it.

12-04-2017

Commission: The future relies on boosting ‘Smart Villages’

In an effort to revitalise rural communities and make them more attractive and sustainable, together with MEPs, the European Commission on Tuesday (11 April) launched an EU action called “Smart Villages”.

11-04-2017

Parliament calls for mandatory EU-wide food waste targets by 2020

EU lawmakers today (11 April) urged the European Commission to set binding EU-wide food waste reduction targets by 2020, to be met by 2025 and 2030.

11-04-2017

Slovak study fuels concerns about lower quality food in Eastern Europe

A new study carried out by the Slovak government has found significant quality differences in the same products sold in Slovakia and Austria.

07-04-2017

French winemakers launch campaign against ‘unfair’ Spanish competition

Winemakers in the Montpellier region in southern France have launched a media campaign to alert consumers to “unfair competition” from their Spanish counterparts, passing off their wine as French. EURACTIV Spain reports.

31-03-2017

Vella: ‘By 2020, Mediterranean fish stocks should be subject to data collection’

The collection of accurate fish stock data in Mediterranean waters is a necessity for small-scale fishermen’s long-term survival, Karmenu Vella told EURACTIV.com in an interview. 

30-03-2017

EU health chief says Brazil meat scandal ‘is not closed’

Brazil needs independent controls over its meat industry, the EU’s Health Commissioner said yesterday (29 March), as he wrapped up a visit to the country rocked by an anti-corruption investigation focusing on bribery of its food-sanitation inspectors.

29-03-2017

France tables EU-wide non-agricultural pesticide ban

The senator behind France’s ban on pesticides for domestic use has submitted a draft European resolution calling on the EU to follow the French example and implement a full ban on the non-agricultural use of pesticides. EURACTIV France reports.

29-03-2017

Kofi Annan: ‘What is the point of economic growth if you cannot breathe?’

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called yesterday (28 March) for investment in developing countries in order to “produce more food with fewer resources”, while making agriculture more sustainable.

28-03-2017

Commission alarmed by ‘mass killing’ of Aegean seals and turtles

The killing of protected mammals in the Aegean Sea has raised eyebrows in Brussels, which called on the Greek government to punish the culprits.