Agrifood

20-10-2017

MEPs call for complete glyphosate ban in 2020

As a petition against glyphosate continues to amass support from European citizens, MEPs adopted on Thursday (19 October) a resolution calling for a total ban on the weed killer from 2020. EU member states will vote on the renewal of the glyphosate licence on 25 October. EURACTIV France reports.

19-10-2017

Put traceability and safety first with plant breeding legislation, say Greens

As the EU debates how to regulate the so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), critics have urged the Commission to build a legal framework that guarantees traceability and safety, while allowing farmers and consumers to support the model of farming of their choice.

19-10-2017

UN partners with ethanol producers to boost biofuels at COP23

The UN’s climate change agency has joined forces with a European bioethanol company to promote the use of biofuels in transport, as global leaders prepare for the COP23 climate conference in Bonn in November.

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Not so fast: Macron and his farmers get trade onto ‘full’ EU summit agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.

19-10-2017

Farmers call for investment to make rural areas ‘worth living in’

Europe needs to address the rural exodus with policies and investments that make farming an attractive career choice. But political uncertainty over the bloc’s agricultural policy is keeping investors away, experts said at an event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels on Tuesday (17 October).

18-10-2017

More than half of EU biodiesel made from imported crops, study finds

Some 53% of EU biodiesel is made with imported feedstock, according to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, and almost half of imported palm oil is burned in car engines.

18-10-2017

EU farmers ready campaigns to highlight lack of alternative to glyphosate

European farmers are raising the pressure on the European Commission and the member states to extend the licence of weed-killer glyphosate as there is no alternative on the market and a ban could increase overhead costs, they claim.

17-10-2017

De Castro MEP: New plant breeding techniques are nothing like ‘Frankenstein’ GMOs

The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production while cutting the environmental impact of farming, but environmentalists remain sceptical.

16-10-2017

Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, experts warn

Mergers in the agrifood sector squeeze farmers’ income and consolidate current models of food production, aggravating environmental and social fallouts, according to experts, who warn that they also create barriers for victims of industrial disasters seeking justice.

Climate change 16-10-2017

Oyster flatulence worries climate scientists

Plans to expand aquatic farming could have a serious knock-on effect on climate change, climate experts have warned after new research revealed that underwater shellfish farts produce 10% of the global-warming gases released by the Baltic Sea.

16-10-2017

Commission wants ‘real progress’ on live animal transport but no law review plans

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis wants to see “real progress” in the proper implementation of animal transport rules, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com. But the EU executive claims the current legislation is comprehensive and does not plan to review it.

13-10-2017

Digital skills and 5G centre stage as precision farming vies to enter mainstream

Farmers, digital experts and representatives from the agricultural technology industry joined forces in Brussels on Thursday (12 October) to urge policymakers to bring precision farming into the mainstream in the EU.

11-10-2017

Farmers face ‘cuts agenda’ as Brexit unravels EU farm subsidies

Brexit raises big questions about the viability of agriculture on both sides of the Channel, as the sector currently relies on the EU for around half of its income. UK farm profits may fall dramatically as the sector adjusts but EU farmers will also feel the squeeze as the bloc searches for budget savings.

11-10-2017

Key glyphosate hearing to take place in heated atmosphere

The European Parliament’s environment and agriculture committees are holding on Wednesday (11 October) a highly anticipated public hearing on the so-called “Monsanto papers" and glyphosate, which is expected to further heat up the debate on the controversial chemical substance.

11-10-2017

Commission tells member states to improve sustainability of pesticide use

The European Commission said on Tuesday (10 October) that member states must do more to ensure pesticides are used sustainably to avoid putting human or environmental health at risk.

10-10-2017

EU agencies accused of cherry-picking evidence in glyphosate assessment

Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.

Development Policy 09-10-2017

Report: Rural areas key to economic growth in developing countries

Millions of young people in developing countries who are poised to enter the labour force in the coming decades need not flee rural areas to escape poverty, according to a new FAO report published on Monday (9 October), seen in advance by EURACTIV.com.

MEPs reject Commission’s endocrine disruptor definition

The European Commission will have to rewrite its definition of endocrine disruptors, after MEPs shot down the executive's proposal in a vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (4 October). EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environment reports.

06-10-2017

Andriukaitis: ‘Enough’ with member states hiding behind the Commission on glyphosate

The member states should stop hiding behind or even pointing the figure at the European Commission regarding the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.

Competition 06-10-2017

EU pauses inquiry into Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

The EU said on Thursday (5 October) it had "stopped the clock" on its probe into German chemical firm Bayer's proposed mega-takeover of US agri-giant Monsanto while it waits for the companies to provide information.

06-10-2017

Biofuels phase-out will raise demand for feed imports, industry warns

Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses its future biofuels policy, their contribution to the bloc's animal feed supply and impact on food prices have emerged as major battlegrounds between supporters and critics.

Health 06-10-2017

Healthy food offers healthy returns to all

Experts say all companies can benefit from encouraging healthier food choices, but businesses are still hesitant to make the investments needed.

06-10-2017

Study: Bee-harming pesticides in 75% of honey worldwide

Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75% of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said yesterday (5 October).

05-10-2017

Biofuels emerge as burning issue in EU-Mercosur talks

Biofuels have emerged as a make-or-break issue in the EU's negotiations with South American trading bloc Mercosur, and EU farmers fear they will be left to fend off stronger competition in a shrinking market.