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Development Policy 16-03-2017

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer.

Agrifood 10-03-2017

UN report calls for end to industrial agriculture

The UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food has issued a damning indictment of the harmful effects of pesticides on flora, fauna and human beings. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 02-03-2017

Phil Hogan: ‘EU wants to help farmers negotiate good prices’

Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, attended the Paris International Agriculture Show on Thursday (2 March), to reassure French farmers that the EU executive is fighting their corner. Hogan spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Agrifood 01-03-2017

French study: Farmers can slash pesticide use without losing money

French farmers could reduce their pesticide consumption by 30% without losing profitability, a new study published in the review Nature Plants has revealed. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 15-12-2016

José Bové: ‘The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens’

The European executive will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Éric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

Agrifood 15-11-2016

EU moves to protect farmers from aggressive supermarket buying tactics

As France launches an investigation into Carrefour’s unfair business practices, a new Brussels report has called for the relationship between farmers and supermarkets to be rebalanced. EURACTIV France reports.

The Cap and the Digital Single Market
Digital 08-11-2016

The CAP and the Digital Single Market

Internet connectivity has become vital to modern agriculture.

Agrifood 26-10-2016

Éric Andrieu: ‘The CAP has been disastrous for jobs’

A European Parliament report calls on the EU to target subsidies at small and medium-sized businesses and promote short supply chains and organic food in order to boost employment in the agricultural sector. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 25-10-2016

Mapping farm fields systems could be ‘better used’, EU auditors say

The European Court of Auditors urged the European Commission to avoid “unnecessarily complicated” rules for mapping EU farm fields eligible for direct payments from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and wherever possible “simplify the system”.

Agriculture in Germany
Agrifood 05-10-2016

Structural changes in Germany as a result of climbing agricultural land price

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Family farms still largely dominate German agriculture, having to adapt to an industry that demands more efficiency and cost-effective production.

Agrifood 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

Development Policy 21-07-2016

FAO: Deforestation ‘not necessary’ to guarantee food security

Expanding agricultural land, a major cause of deforestation, is not the best way to ensure food security, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

UK Young Farmers II: challenges ahead
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK Young Farmers II: Challenges ahead

Young farmers at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show talked to EURACTIV about the future of farming, EU subsidies and the challenges ahead in the UK.

UK Young Farmers I : future of farming
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK Young Farmers I: Future of farming

Young farmers at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show talked to EURACTIV about the future of farming, EU subsidies and the challenges ahead in the UK.

The facts about the CAP
Agrifood 29-06-2016

The facts about the CAP 2014-2020

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The EU and its member states will spend over €191 billion by 2020 to help the bloc’s farming sector go green.

Climate change 11-05-2016

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.

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EURACTIV highlights - stakeholders debate the CAP
Agrifood 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.

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

The challenge of ensuring the long term viability of EU farming
Agrifood 13-04-2016

The challenge of ensuring the long term viability of EU farming

The EU gives millions of euros in subsidies to its member states to develop their rural areas and ensure the long-term viability of the European farming sector.

Agrifood 11-04-2016

China buys up agricultural land in central France

A Chinese company has acquired hundreds of hectares of cereal-producing farmland in central France. This unprecedented situation has provoked astonishment and anger in the farming community. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Organic Farming in the EU
Agrifood 23-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Organic farming in the EU

Today, organic farming plays an increasingly bigger role on the world’s agricultural stage.

In the European Union, the use of organic agricultural land has almost doubled in recent years.

Organic farming in the EU
Agrifood 21-03-2016

Organic farming in the EU

Today, organic farming plays an increasingly bigger role on the world’s agricultural stage.

In the European Union, the use of organic agricultural land has almost doubled in recent years.

Agrifood 18-02-2016

Farmers fear for their future as new TTIP round opens

As negotiators prepare for the 12th round of TTIP talks on Monday (22 February), the crisis in French agriculture is compounding the sector's fears over the trade deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 11-02-2016

GMOs and pesticides could be tolerated in organic food under new EU rules

MEPs have voted not to strip organic agricultural products of their certification if they are contaminated with GMOs or pesticides, as the majority of cases of contamination are accidental. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports